Pittsburgh Penguins: Week 15 NHL Power Rankings

By Larry Snyder

The Pittsburgh Penguins (28-11-5, 61 points) wrap up their road trip seeking their third win in a row when they battle Metropolitan Division opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes (21-16-7, 49 points) Friday at 7:00 p.m. at PNC Arena.

Here is a reminder from Twitter about Sunday’s meeting with the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena…

Let’s set sail around cyber-space and see how the experts are rating Pittsburgh this week.

Bleacher Report – This Week: #5 / Last Week: #1 – Adrian Dater was prophetic when he wrote the Pens would reverse their losing streak as they are 7-3-0 in their last 10 matchups and have won two in a row.

CSNNE.com – This Week: #6 / Last Week: #3 – Joe Haggerty thinks the injury to defenseman Kris Letang could prove costly in the long run but was among the many hockey fans who enjoyed the 8-7 victory by the Pens over the Caps this week.

ESPN – This Week: #6 / Last Week: #2 – Scott Burnside adds his concern about the Letang injury to the blue line crew and how it is a rough start for the Black and Gold in 2017.

The Hockey News – This Week #3 / Last Week: #1 – Ken Campbell has this City of Bridges reminder, Pittsburgh has not been beaten in regulation at home since Nov. 21, a span of 13 contests.

OddsShark.com – This Week #6 / Last Week: #2 – The puck watchers gather 12 sets of NHL stats and spread the data across the league. Then they run their specialized formula against those numbers. Pittsburgh’s drop was from their Monday calculations.

Sportsnet.com – This Week #4 / Last Week: #3 – Luke Fox goes with a five-word description this week in his power ranking analysis. For the Pens, it is “Kris Letang on injured reserve.” Chorus try-outs are stage left, Luke.

Toronto Sun – This Week #3 / Last Week: #2 – Mike Zeisberger was bullish on Letang’s recent scoring before the injury.

TSN – This Week #5 / Last Week: #3 – Scott Cullen likes the fact the Black and Gold has the team speed to continue to play run-and-gun despite their recent injuries.

Do you think Mike Sullivan’s squad should still own a spot in the Top Three in the NHL? Please tell everyone your thoughts in the comments area at the bottom of this page.

From SportsNet Canada on YouTube.com – Looking back at all 15 goals from the Capitals and Penguins game in 87 seconds…