Sather: Pens are best team in league

Scary to think that the Penguins have won nine games without both superstar center Sidney Crosby and top defenseman Kris Letang. Considering they are expected to return both Thursday against the Rangers, Pittsburgh is now viewed by many as the team to beat.

Including Rangers general manager Glen Sather.

"They're obviously, I think, the best team in the league," Sather told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun after the GM meetings wrapped up in Boca Raton, FL Wednesday. "With [Crosby] back, it's certainly going to make it a lot more difficult."

The Rangers have won two straight to open a seven-game homestand at MSG, but will face a scorching Penguins team tonight in a match-up between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division standings.

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