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2/15/2013 Penguins Power Rankings

Doing what I can to earn my keep around here.

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
CBS 6 8 If it weren't for those darn Devils; Penguins had five-game win streak before a weekend sweep at hands of New Jersey. … The defensive corps is really beat up right now. [Ed. note: Not anymore!] That's about the last thing they want considering it's been a sore spot for a while.
ESPN 7 8 Things seemed to be back on the rails during a five-game winning streak, but then came two straight losses to the Devils with the Pens' big stars held in check.
FOX 3 8 How exactly does a team as stacked as the Pens score a single goal three times already this season, including in their past two games (back-to-back losses to the Devils)? [Ed. note: Someone's never heard of random variance. How adorable.]
The Hockey News X 8 Pens took care of games against lowly [Capitals and Islanders], but dropped both games against division rival Devils.
NHL 5 7 Things were going pretty well for the Penguins until they ran into the Devils this weekend. The back-to-back losses snapped a five-game winning streak in which they outscored the opposition 23-8. Luckily for the Penguins, they don't run into Peter DeBoer's club again until their 47th game of the regular season.
Sports Illustrated 5 5 Sidney Crosby is heating up. He entered Tuesday with points in six of his previous eight games (12 in all). The explosiveness in his stride is back, as is his shot. Once he really gets it going, he'll make a run at the scoring title. Back-to-back 3-1 losses to the Devils over the weekend, though, took some of the happy out of Penguins fans. Expect GM Ray Shero to try to make a deal for another forward, someone who can complement Evgeni Malkin a little better than Zach Boychuk, who was pointless after his first six games despite playing left wing on Malkin's line.
TSN 7 12 Back-to-back losses to New Jersey isn't the end of the world but, in a small sample size way, it also reflects how the Penguins miss D Kris Letang. Even though Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for 20 shots on goal in those two games, they combined for one assist, by Malkin.
Hockey Prospectus X X Nothing published yet.

Aggregate rating last week: 5.50. This week: 8.00.
Publishing days:
CBC – removed!
CBS, FOX, NHL,THN – Mondays
ESPN – Wednesdays
HP – Monthly