While many expected a tight race in the Atlantic Division, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be head and shoulders above the competition.
That shouldn't come as much of a surprise to the New York Rangers.
Hoping to stay unbeaten in March, Pittsburgh tries for a seventh consecutive victory over New York as these division rivals square off in a matinee showdown Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins (20-8-0) are looking every bit like the team to beat in the Atlantic, with a sizable lead over second-place New Jersey. Pittsburgh, which is tied with Montreal atop the Eastern Conference, is averaging an NHL-best 3.6 goals and an even more impressive 4.6 during a 7-0-0 run this month.
That success is due in large part to Crosby, who leads the league with 47 points. He turned in another superb performance in Thursday's 3-1 win at Toronto, setting up Pascal Dupuis' game-tying and go-ahead goals in the third period.
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