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Thursday, November 27, 2014

PI Power Poll: 11/14-11/21/2014

The members of PensInitiative.com took a look at the week's perfomance by each of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a survey, members ranked their opinions of how each performed in relation to the rest of the team and were based on the games between November 14 and November 21, 2014. Those four games resulted in a 3-0-1 record against the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Canadiens and the Islanders who handed the Pens a 5-4 shootout loss. The results of that survey were used to create this week's PI Power Rankings.

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The oft-injured Beau Bennett made a huge splash in his re-debut against the Canadiens. Bennett scored the first goal of the game, adding two assists in a 4-0 route of the Atlantic Division's top team.

Brandon Sutter has been tearing it up with responsible play at both ends of the ice, domination in the circles and steady offensive contribution. Sutter won 57.1% of his draws and went 15/17 against NYR in a tight game.

Evgeni Malkin recorded a goal and four assists in four games for the Pens. He also kept up his aggressive play, racking up 10 PIM.

Sidney Crosby just never stops, even when he's not putting points up on the board. He only ended up with a goal and an assist but averaged nearly 20 minutes on the ice over the four games.

Chris Kunitz brought a physical edge to the top line this week, recording 9 hits. He added 8 shots to the stat sheet, getting 2 assists for his efforts.

While career win number 300 would have to wait, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 87 of 93 shots enroute to a 2-0-1 record this week. He also recorded a shutout.

Blake Comeau sat a game out with an illness, but made a huge difference in the games he played. He scored two goals but 17 hits over three games is where his real impact was felt.

High-powered versatility is what Patric Hornqvist brings to the Pens. This week, he scored a goal and 4 assists and recorded a dozen shots while bouncing between the top two lines.

Steve Downie has been the physical presence that the Pens were missing. 10 hits are expected out of him. His goal and two assists are bonuses.

Kris Letang has been having himself a season, albeit quietly. His point totals are modest, but he has been heavily relied on by HC Mike Johnston in all situations. He recorded SH TOIs of 7:48, 4:42 and 3:56 this week.

I was a little late publishing this edition after being sick for the majority of the week and playing catch-up with my various "real life" responsibilities.  The next PI Power Poll will come out Sunday, Nov. 30th and cover the games in Long Island, Boston and against the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes at Consol.

Again, lists like these are completely subjective and open to debate. If you would like to share your opinions, feel free to do so in the comment section below, via twitter, or on the PensInitiative facebook page. - Brian

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