Pittsburgh Penguins Keep Rolling Atop Metro Division Power Rankings


The Black and Gold of Pittsburgh has extended their win streak to six games as they won 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night over the Jets in Winnipeg. Going into Thursday’s contest, the Pens outscored the opposition 23-4 during their five-game winning streak.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his first shootout victory of the season and his eighth win overall of the season.

1) Pittsburgh Penguins (8-2-1, 17 points) – Last Week #1: Mike Johnston’s crew is leading the National Hockey League with an average 4.09 goals per game. Their run of 18 consecutive goals without allowing one was the longest since the Arizona Coyotes accomplished it in 2003-2004.

2) New York Islanders (7-5-0, 14 points) – Last Week #2: While the Isles have scored the second most goals in the division with 39, they are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for surrendering the most goals at 41 apiece. Jack Capuano‘s squad is 29th in the league with an .881 save percentage.

3) New York Rangers (6-4-2, 14 points) – Last Week #4: While Rick Nash has been lighting the lamp for 10 goals in 12 games, the team was rewarded when coach Alan Vigneault moved Martin St. Louis from center back to right wing and he scored two goals against the Blues and one against the Red Wings. Previously, St. Louis had one goal in 10 games at center.

4) New Jersey Devils (6-4-2, 14 points) – Last Week #6: One of the bright spots for the Devils has been the play of rookie defenseman Damon Severson who is second on the team in ice time per game at 21:59. He is also second with eight points in 12 games.

5) Philadelphia Flyers (5-5-2, 12 points) – Last Week #5: Right wing Jakub Voracek has contributed four two-point games, and leads the Bullies from Broad Street in assists with 13 and points with 18.

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6) Washington Capitals (4-5-3, 11 points) – Last Week #3: The Caps have dropped their last five contests with a major area of concern is the relatively poor .892 save percentage they are getting from Braden Holtby and Justin Peters between the pipes.

7) Columbus Blue Jackets (4-8-0, 8 points) – Last Week #7: The Jackets under coach Todd Richards have lost their last six in a row as the injuries continue to take a toll on the roster. With nine players down for the count, can Columbus get healthy in time to climb back up in the standings?

8) Carolina Hurricanes (3-6-2, 8 points) – Last Week #8: The struggling Canes, under Coach Bill Peters, finally broke into the win column in a big way as they have started the month of November with a three-game winning streak. They shut out the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Nov. 1, then edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Nov. 2, and rounded out their streak with a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Nov. 4.