For the last several weeks, the conversation -- as subjective as these talks are -- centered around the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks as to who was the true No. 1 team in the league. Theres a new team (at least for this season) to consider: the Pittsburgh Penguins. A 12-game winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season, isnt too bad of an argument.
1. Penguins 25-8 -0 2
The Pens may play in the East, which doesnt compare from top to bottom to the West, but Pittsburgh has beaten its conferences best on this streak, including Boston (twice) and Montreal. And this ranking takes into account the grit they just acquired via Stars forward Brenden Morrow and Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray.
2. Ducks 22-5 -4 --
The Ducks fell to the Red Wings twice over the weekend. (Sundays loss got really ugly, too, with unsportsmanlike and misconduct penalties flying everywhere.) That lack of composure, however, doesnt negate Wednesdays 4-2 victory over Chicago.
3. Blackhawks 24-3 -3...