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#TribHKY Power Poll: ‘Hawks tops, Caps in back.

A good morning to the dear readers. Every couple of weeks this blog author offers the community a chance to kick a guy while he’s down, which is usually the case after trying to assess the state of all 30 clubs. As always, a plea to keep in mind these rankings are based off one man’s opinion and that man picked the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup in 2012. Be kind, and enjoy:

1 – Blackhawks

2 – Devils

3 – Bruins

4 – Ducks

5 – Sharks

6 – Canucks

7 – Penguins

8 – Senators

9 – Predators

10 – Maple Leafs

11 – Red Wings

12 – Blues

13 – Lightning

14 – Rangers

15 – Canadiens

16 – Stars

17 – Oilers

18 – Hurricanes

19 – Coyotes

20 – Jets

21 – Wild

22 – Flyers

23 – Sabres

24 – Islanders

25 – Kings

26 – Avalanche

27 – Panthers

28 – Flames

29 – Blue Jackets

30 – Capitals


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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