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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 is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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