Stolen from Japers' Rink because Hooks told me that I need to start earning my keep around here and he's right. Please keep in mind that all these media outlets publish their rankings on different days of the week (and Hockey Prospectus is only once a month). Also keep in mind that this ultimately means next to nothing next to actual playoff seeding and Stanley Cup victories.
|Website||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
||They have a chance to match the Bruins for the longest win streak of the season at 10 on Thursday in Manhattan.|
||1||The Penguins are still right there with the New York Rangers and can control their own destiny, as of Monday, when it comes to getting the top seed in the East. They enter the week having not lost a game in regulation since February 19, and are 23-4-2 over their past 29 games.|
|ESPN||1||1||The Penguins are scorching hot, even though they had an 11-game winning streak halted in Philadelphia on Sunday when the Flyers beat them 3-2 with a Scott Hartnell goal with 0.9 seconds left in OT. With Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang back in action, the Penguins are as impressive a squad as there is in the league right now.|
||They’re not perfect, but they are 23-4-2 since Jan. 13. Sidney Crosby’s return has drawn considerable notice, but Kris Letang was a plus-five in his first game back last Thursday. Could their April 5 home game against the Rangers decide the division and the East’s top spot?|
|The Hockey News||2||1
||Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury have been Pens' MVPs this year, but by the time the playoffs are over, Sidney Crosby could be in that role; talk about an embarrassment of riches.|
|NHL||1||1||If you're the type of person desperate for negative Sidney Crosby news, here you go: He has a 10-game goal drought. However, if you are that type of person, seek help. He has five points in three games since coming back Thursday.|
||There was plenty of hope before Crosby. Now that El Sid has returned, however, the Penguins' old swagger is back. They went into New York and smacked the Rangers, a real statement victory as far as regulation ones go. Everything is going their way now. Crosby only put up five points in his first two games back. Geez Sid, scrape off the rust, will ya?|
||Sunday's OT loss to Philadelphia ended an 11-game winning streak, but with Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang back in the lineup, the Penguins are now the team to beat and are ranked first for the first time since early November.|
|Next to the Red Wings, the Penguins have the biggest GVT contribution from their skaters (40.8). And this is without Sidney Crosby. They're flying a bit under the radar as well.|
Aggregate rating last week: 2.00. This week: 1.33, running the table but for the monthly ranking of Hockey Prospectus...