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NHL Power Rankings: Week Six

b0480bfaefdfeb24410f6a706700cc951.)  Colorado Avalanche (15-2-0; 28 points) (#1, Week Five):

The Av’s keep up their streak in the top spot in our rankings. That makes it three consecutive weeks, and 4/5 in the top spot. We’ll see if anything develops with Varlamov’s situation, but until then, the Av’s will be right here. – Lenny Rowe

2.)  Anaheim Ducks (15-3-1; 31 points) (#3, Week Five):

This team is on fire. They have racked up five straight wins and eight in 10 games. They are pulling away in the stacked Pacific Division, with 31 points, five more than second place Phoenix. – Eric Russo

3.) Phoenix Coyotes (12-4-2; 26 points) (#5, Week Five):

Shootout wins have the ‘Yotes leapfrogging in the standings, but a 12-4-2 record looks pretty good regardless. This week will decide if the ‘Yotes are contenders or pretenders, as they face St. Louis, Chicago, Tampa, and Colorado. Yikes. – LR

4.) Tampa Bay Lightning (12-5-0; 24 points) (#9, Week Five):

Oh, boy. The Lightning’s four-game win streak ended in Boston on Monday, but that was the least of their worries. All-around stud Steven Stamkos suffered a broken tibia and could be out for quite some time. Not good for the NHL, not good for the fans, not good for Lightning. – ER

5.) St. Louis Blues (11-2-2; 24 points) (#10, Week Five):

The Blues have deep scoring and a solid back end. I feel like they are going to stick in the top ten for the next few weeks. Alexander Steen has a 10-game point streak and is tied for the league lead in goals at 14. … Just absurd. – LR

6.) Chicago Blackhawks (12-2-4; 28 points) (#6, Week Five):

The defending Cup champs are cruising. They’ve won three straight and sit tied with Colorado atop the Central Division, with 28 points. – ER

7.) Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0; 22 points) (#2, Week Five):

The Pens have lost two straight, but James Neal is back in the lineup. Look for them to get back to top form this week. – LR

8.) San Jose Sharks (10-2-4; 24 points) (#4, Week Five):

The Sharks are struggling. They have lost five straight and six of 10 (four in OT/shootouts). After opening the season on fire, they appear to be hitting a wall. – ER

9.) Vancouver Canucks (11-5-2; 24 points) (#8, Week Five):

The Canucks are losers of two straight, but are 6-3-1 in their last 10. The average stretch has them dropping a spot.  — LR

10.) Boston Bruins (11-5-1; 23 points) (#11, Week Five):

The B’s were a little Jekyll-and-Hyde (thanks, Claude) for a couple weeks, but they are straightening out. Three straight wins, including victories over Tampa Bay and Toronto, have them looking more like the team everyone expected. – ER

11.) Toronto Maple Leafs (11-6-0; 22 points) (#13, Week Five):

The Bernier-Reimer goaltending tandem is a solid one. Combined with some guy named Phil Kessel finding the back of the net, the Leafs are in pretty good shape. Back to back games against Buffalo will have them in the top ten next week. – LR

12.) Los Angeles Kings (11-6-0; 22 points) (#14, Week Five):

I’ll say it again: the Kings deserve better. They have won seven out of 10, but sit in sixth place in the Pacific division, 9 points out of first place. That division is incredibly tough. – ER

13.) Minnesota Wild (10-4-4; 24 points) (#12, Week Five):

Josh Harding is killing it in net with a 9-2-2 record, .947 save percentage, and 1.22 GAA. For the time being, he needs to be the Wild’s #1. 7-1-2 in their last 10, if the Wild keep this up, they’ll be in our top ten in no time. – LR

14.) Washington Capitals (9-8-1; 19 points) (#15, Week Five):

The Caps have lost two straight, but Alex Ovechkin is back from his injury. With the Rangers on their heels, they will have pick it up a bit. – ER

15.) Detroit Red Wings (9-5-4; 22 points) (#7, Week Five):

The Wings just aren’t getting the bounces their looking for, dropping two straight OT games after winning three straight. A favorable schedule this week may have them back to their winning ways. – LR

16.) Montreal Canadiens (9-8-1; 19 points) (#16, Week Five):

Montreal continues to be excellent defensively, but they’ll have to score more to be considered one of the top teams in the East. – ER

17.) Ottawa Senators (7-6-4; 18 points) (#22, Week Five):

Backup goalie Robin Lehner has been prolific in net for the Sens. It’s also worth noting they’re on a three-win streak. – LR

18.) Nashville Predators (8-6-2; 18 points) (#18, Week Five):

This is exactly where the Preds will be all season long…stuck in (or around) the middle. – ER   

19.) Dallas Stars (8-7-2; 18 points) (#21, Week Five):

Winners of three games out of 5, the Stars don’t have it so RUFF this week. – LR

20.) New York Rangers (8-8-0; 16 points) (#19, Week Five):

What a rebound for the Rangers. They have shot up to third in the Metro after winning three straight and seven of 10. Their early season demise is a thing of the past. They are healthy now, and it appears that ridiculous nine-game road trip to start the season clearly had a negative effect.ER

21.) New York Islanders (6-9-3; 15 points) (#17, Week Five):

On a four game skid, Isles might continue to slide as they face the Preds, Kings, and Wings this week. – LR

22.) Calgary Flames (6-9-2; 14 points) (#20, Week Five):

Calgary is slipping a bit. They have lost three straight and are 8 points behind Los Angeles who is right above them in the Pacific. Quite the hill to climb. – ER

23.) Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-0; 12 points) (#23, Week Five):  

I really thought this team would be a lot better. Welp, here’s to the future. – LR

24.) Winnipeg Jets (8-9-2; 18 points) (#25, Week Five):

The Jets have won two straight. Light is appearing on the horizon.  – ER

25.)  Philadelphia Flyers (5-10-1; 11 points) (#26, Week Five):  

Not all hope is lost. The Flyers are slowly waking up, so maybe Mason won’t have to carry this team after all. – LR

26.)  Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-4; 16 points) (#27, Week Five):

The Canes are in no-man’s land. They are fourth in the Metro division, but are just 4-5-0 over their last nine games. Not much happening in Raleigh. – ER

27.) New Jersey Devils (5-7-5; 15 points) (#24, Week Five):

Hey, Brodeur blanked the Preds in his last start … and Philly looking at NHL.com. I thought they’d be better than 4-7-5 … but I’ve been wrong before. – LR

28.) Edmonton Oilers (4-13-2; 10 points) (#29, Week Five):

This young team is not turning things around like I expected. They have lost three straight and eight of 10. My Western Conference Finals prediction looks worse and worse each week. – ER

29.) Florida Panthers (3-11-4; 10 points) (#28, Week Five):

Tim Thomas made his return between the pipes with 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. He stopped 25 of 29. Head Coach Kevin Dineen was fired after two years, sooo “Started From the Bottom,” anyone? – LR

30.) Buffalo Sabres (3-15-1; 7 points) (#30, Week Five):  

Do we even have to say anything? It’s the same story in Buffalo: Ineptitude. – ER

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