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Record: 4-3-0 (8 points)
You would think a healthy Evgeni Malkin and Sydney Crosby would lead to a better record than 4-3 through seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins were embarrassed by the Islanders on their own ice on Tuesday, and you even heard a roar of boos from the hometown faithful.
Are they really missing Jordan Staal that much?
I think so. The Penguins obviously have talent in their top three guys, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Matt Niskanen and Kris Letang are good on defense. Marc-André Fleury is great in net.
Who else do you have? I really don't think Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are that good. I guess when you have fat contracts in guys like Crosby and Malkin, it doesn't leave you much room to stack up the rest of your team.
I obviously think the Penguins are elite, but I don't think they will win it all. There are way better teams in the East right now that they need to get through. I mean, they couldn't even get past the Flyers last year, and look what's happening in Philly!