Early 2013-2014 Grades for Each Pittsburgh Penguins' Line and Defense Pairing

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Early 2013-2014 Grades for Each Pittsburgh Penguins' Line and Defense Pairing
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As the Pittsburgh Penguins approach the end of the first month of the NHL season, the team finds itself atop the Metropolitan Division with a 7-2 record and on pace for 128 point season, most since the 1995-1996 Detroit Red Wings finished with 131 points.

While that pace is most likely unsustainable, it is reassuring for Pens fans to note that, despite the absence of all-stars Kris Letang and James Neal, neither of which has seen the ice yet this season, the team is still in first place and figures to only get better.

Although it is still early in the season and there's a lot of hockey still to be played, let's take a look at how each forward line and defense pairing should be graded thus far.

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