[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
7. Defenses in the Eastern Conference
So Phil Kessel is going to play with Sidney Crosby, huh? There wasn't really a good answer between Kessel-and-Crosby or Kessel-and-Malkin as far as opponents went, but if you're looking to keep Pittsburgh goals off the board, that was probably about as bad as the news could have gotten.
Earlier this summer I ran the numbers on how badly a Crosby-and-Kessel combo would torch defenses, and the answer I came up with when you took plenty of data over the course of their careers into account, I came up with an estimate ofRead More »from Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Kessel and Crosby; Canes on the move?