This week, 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 the Sabres and Rangers. The results of that survey were used to create this, the PI Power Rankings.
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Sidney Crosby had a rough night against the Rangers. His performance in Buffalo cannot be argued with, though. His five point night gave him 45 career points against the Sabres in just 27 games.
Playing alongside Crosby, Patric Hornqvist notched the official game-winning goal against Buffalo, recording 2 PPG in the game.
Chris Kunitz provided excellent play away from the puck in support of Crosby and Hornqvist, registering two assists. Defensively, he contributed 2 blocked shots, 2 hits and a takeaway over the two games.
While yielding 5 goals on 35 shots against the Rangers, who had clear looks at him all night, Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar against the Sabres. MAF stopped 20 of 21 in that matchup.
Kris Letang showed Buffalo why he is likely to be a Norris Trophy candidate, scoring 2 and adding 2 assists. Despite logging 19:25 TOI in the team's 5-0 loss to New York, Letang finished with a Minus-1 rating.
Malkin didn't put up many points this week but was often the Top 6's best backchecker. He peppered the opposition's net with 11 shots in the two contests.
Super Duper spent a considerable amount of time on the PK this week. His physical play drew a late 1st period penalty that set the Penguins up against the Rangers even though they didn't capitalize.
Paul Martin led the Penguins in TOI against the Rangers and was one of only 5 skaters that finished with an Even Plus/Minus rating. He added an assist in Buffalo.
Simon Despres has been growing into his own this season. His 7 hits led the team over the two games.
Downie has been doing exactly what he was brought into town to do. He dropped the gloves with Mike Weber (BUF) and added 3 shots against the two teams.
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.