NHL Power Rankings 2011, Week 2: Penguins Solidly In Top Ten

The Pittsburgh Penguins have not been the strongest team so far this Season, but that hasn't caused those around the Internet to lose faith yet.

I would never say that the Pittsburgh Penguins have flown out of the gate this year (you can make a flightless birds comment if you like) but they have been playing pretty solidly. And did I mention that Sidney Crosby got cleared for contact yesterday? That must be why they appear so high in NHL Power Rankings from around the Internet.

ESPN: No. 5

Earning five out of six points in Western Canada is a terrific start to the season, but Evgeni Malkin's sudden scratch Sunday night is an obvious concern.

Fox Sports: No. 4

Sidney who? The Pens scored 9 goals this weekend, even with Evgeni Malkin sidelined for a game. Eight different players found the back of the net for Pittsburgh in its western Canada excursion.

Sporting News: No. 10

The Sidney Crosby concussion saga drags on longer than anyone expected, but Evgeni Malkin’s return from a devastating knee injury provides hope in the Steel City.

CBS Sports: No. 3

 

Losing to Edmonton in a shootout probably wasn't the game you would have expected the Penguins to drop on their season-opening three-game road trip through Western Canada, but picking up five of a possible six points through Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton isn't a bad way to start the season. Especially with Evgeni Malkin missing the final game of the trip.

For more on the Penguins, be sure to check out PensBurgh.

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