On a torrid 12-1-0 run, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the NHL's best team in the regular season’s final week.
The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, they were energized by a mid-season coaching change.
Could it be happening again?
The Pens are a different team under Mike Sullivan than they were with Mike Johnston at the helm. They're skating fast and having fun. That's not the same as playing run 'n' gun, but much like the Dallas Stars they're not denying that their strengths lie in the offensive zone. And while holding on to the puck at that end of the ice, they've built up the second-best goal differential in the league.
They might not be the best team in hockey, but they're the best team in hockey right now. And with the start of the playoffs just a week away, that's a pretty good thing to be.
Biggest jump: Vancouver Canucks (30 to 25)
Biggest drop: Nashville Predators (4 to 11)