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NHL Power Rankings: Penguins Stuck In The Middle

Let's take a glance at how the Penguins place in NHL power rankings from around the internet. The commentary below isn't anything too noteworthy, as you'll see, but even though these rankings came out before last night's collapse against the Bruins, these rankings are a good reminder that as bad as things have gotten for the Penguins, there are still a bunch of teams beneath them. And with plenty of hockey left to play, there's time for the Pens to get things together - if, that is, Marc-Andre can recover from his Steve Blass disease and the defense can play better and Jordan Staal can come back and ... well, anyway, there went my attempt at optimism. Anyway, as you'll see below, the Pens continue to rank in the middle of the pack.

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ESPN: 12 (last week: 11).

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A shootout victory over Phoenix on Saturday salvaged their western trip (1-2-0), as the Pens continue to search for a groove.

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FOX Sports: 19 (last week (20).

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The Pittsburgh Penguins come into Week 6 a struggling bunch. The team dropped two of three last week, giving the club five losses in its last seven games.

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CBSSports.com: 15 (last week: 9).

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Crosby continues to carry the load for the Penguins, while goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's play continues to be a concern.

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For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.