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NHL Power Rankings: Week Eight

Some NHL teams cooled down last week. Where does your favorite team end up in our Power Rankings? Lenny Rowe and Eric Russo break down all 30 in Week Eight of the NHL Power Rankings. 

1.) St. Louis Blues (17-3-3; 37 points) (#2, Week Seven)

The Blues are the Bruins 2.0. They have great goaltending, play a stymy defensive style, and have a balance offensive attack. However, unlike the Bruins, they have the league’s top power play and second-leading goal scorer in Alex Steen. – Eric Russo

 2.) Chicago Blackhawks (17-4-4; 38 points) (#3, Week Seven)

With an 8-2-0 record in the last ten, the Hawks are on an absolute tear. Goaltending has been shaky, but a league-best 92 goals has bailed them out. I really like the re-acquisition of Kris Versteeg too. Look for the Hawks to keep it up this week. – Lenny Rowe

3.) Colorado Avalanche (17-5-0; 34 points) (#9, Week Seven)

There’s been a little bit of slippage with the Avs of late. But they have won three straight and with 34 points and if they were in the East, they would find themselves tied with the Bruins atop the conference. – ER

4.) San Jose Sharks (15-3-5; 35 points) (#4, Week Seven)

It’s tough to move the Sharks up when the West is red-hot right now. Very impressive start to the season, solid all-around team. Maybe if Brent Burns was doing better in fantasy they’d get the advantage. – LR

5.) Minnesota Wild (15-6-4; 34 points) (#1, Week Seven)

The Wild are finally emerging a year after they signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to those massive contracts. The moves are beginning to pay off. – ER

6.) Boston Bruins (16-6-2; 34 points) (#11, Week Seven)

This team has been very consistent of late. Timely scoring from all four lines, and some guy named Tuukka Rask holding down the backend. Also, can we just give Torey Krug the Calder? Tough week ahead against the Wings, Rangers, Blue Jackets, and Pens; but the Black and Gold look up to the task. – LR

7.) Anaheim Ducks (17-6-3; 37 points) (#12, Week Seven)

The Ducks have yet to lose in regulation at home. They’re 5-3-2 in their last 10, but still lead the stacked Pacific Division with 37 points. — ER

8.) Phoenix Coyotes (14-6-4; 32 points) (#6, Week Seven)

One regulation win in the last five, I think we may have had the ‘Yotes up too high this week. I kind of thought Phoenix would be in the basement by now, but their 14-6-4 record is impressive. – LR

9.) Los Angeles Kings (16-6-3; 35 points) (#5, Week Seven)

The Kings are rolling. They have not lost in regulation since Nov. 2, a span of 10 games (7-0-3). And did I mention they’re doing it without injured goalie, Jonathan Quick, who has been out for most of the streak, and won’t be back for a while? – ER

10.) Washington Capitals (12-10-2; 26 points) (#10, Week Seven)

Alexander Ovechkin is the first to 20 goals. He carries this team night in and night out. Problem is, outside of the top two lines, there hasn’t been much production. Things are looking up for Washington for sure. I really think this team will continue to see success. – LR

11.) Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-1; 31 points) (#14, Week Seven)

The Penguins are 4-5-1 in their last 10 and are coming off of a 4-3 OT loss to the Bruins, their second straight loss. But they still lead the Metro division by 5 points over Washington. – ER

12.) Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-1; 29 points) (#13, Week Seven)

Besides the 6-0 to Columbus last night, the Leafs have been pretty good. The Bernier-Reimer goaltending tandem has been solid. I just can’t wait for HBO’s 24/7 to kick off. – LR

13.) Dallas Stars (11-9-2; 24 points) (#7, Week Seven)

Dallas was starting to make a move, but have now dropped two straight. Tyler Seguin has 12 goals. My thoughts…Who cares? – ER

14.) Tampa Bay Lightning (15-8-1; 31 points) (#8, Week Seven)

This team has been decent in the two weeks without their leading scorer, posting a 3-3-1 record in that span. Speaking of which, Stamkos reportedly walked into a press conference – without crutches. – LR

15.) Montreal Canadiens (13-9-2; 28 points) (#20, Week Seven)

The Habs have won three straight. A few more wins and they’ll really be back in the playoff picture. — ER

16.) Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-2; 22 points) (#22, Week Seven)

The Flyers are awake, and are 6-1-1 in their last eight. We’ll see if they can keep it up. – LR

17.) Vancouver Canucks (12-9-5; 29 points) (#17, Week Seven)

The Canucks have hit a rut. They are 2-4-4 in their last 10 and are 19th in goals per game and 28th on the power play. Other than the Sedins and Ryan Kesler, not much happening offensively. – ER

18.) Winnipeg Jets (11-11-4; 26 points) (#18, Week Seven)

Pretty weird month for the Jets. In 12 games, five have been decided in shootout. A 6-4-2 record in that stretch, but they’re not beating the West in the standings. Five game road trip upcoming for the Jets, including an 11:30 a.m. game in Philly on Friday. I have them slipping. – LR

19.) New York Rangers (12-12-0; 24 points) (#25, Week Seven)

The Rangers went on quite the run to get themselves back into a playoff spot in the Metro. But they have lost four of seven. – ER

20.) New Jersey Devils (9-10-5; 23 points) (#19, Week Seven)

Hey, Brodeur and Schneider are starting to bounce back, with pretty good appearances of late. With a favorable schedule ahead, maybe the Devils can get on a roll. – LR

21.) Detroit Red Wings (11-7-7; 29 points) (#16, Week Seven)

Detroit is still tied with Toronto for third in the Atlantic with 29 points. But they recently lost seven in a row (when’s the last time that happened?). Since then, though, they have won two of three, albeit against Carolina and Buffalo. – ER

22.) New York Islanders (8-13-3; 19 points) (#21, Week Seven)

With the Isles going 2-8-0 in the last 10, sub-par netminding, and a brutal schedule ahead, the future is not looking bright. – LR

23.) Nashville Predators (12-10-2; 26 points) (#26, Week Seven)

Nashville is average. They have fallen 8 points behind Minnesota for fourth place in the Central. – ER

24.) Columbus Blue Jackets (9-12-3; 21 points) (#23, Week Seven)

Injuries have decimated this team, last year’s hero, Sergei Bobrovsky has been just awful in net. I had doing pretty well by this point… oops. – LR

25.) Ottawa Senators (9-11-4; 22 points) (#28, Week Seven)

The Sens are ninth in goals per game, and 25th in goals against. Defensive improvement is needed north of the border. — ER

26.) Florida Panthers (7-13-5; 19 points) (#24, Week Seven)

Tim Thomas has been decent enough for the Panthers, it’s just they’re not scoring enough. Maybe they’ll wake up and go on a 20-win streak. – LR

27.) Carolina Hurricanes (9-10-5; 23 points) (#15, Week Seven)

The Canes need to score. They are 28th in the league (2.0 GPG). Eric Staal, their leading scorer, has six goals. – ER

28.) Calgary Flames (8-11-4; 20 points) (#30, Week Seven)

Looks like Reto Berra was just a flash in the pan. All three Flame netminders currently have sub-.900 save percentages. Yikes. – LR  

29.) Edmonton Oilers (7-16-2; 16 points) (#29, Week Seven)

It’s still not getting better in Edmonton. That is all. – ER

30.) Buffalo Sabres (5-19-1; 11 points) (#27, Week Seven)

I mean, John Scott is clearly their best player. 0-0-0 totals, -5, 33 PIM in 11 games. Beast mode? — LR



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