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NHL Power Rankings: Week Ten

1.) Chicago Blackhawks (21-6-4; 47 points) (#1, Week Nine):

Rough week last week, but the Hawks are over it. Look for them to take flight against Dallas, Philly, and Toronto. They hold the best offense in the league with 116 goals. Plus that Kris Versteeg guy is doing pretty well.  — Lenny Rowe

2.) Anaheim Ducks (21-7-5; 47 points) (#7, Week Nine):

The Ducks are fourth in the league in scoring and 11th in goals against. They have won three straight and are starting to open up some room in the Pacific. — ER

3.) San Jose Sharks (19-6-5; 43 points) (#1, Week Nine):

Three losses set the Sharks back this week. Still, Tomas Hertl (14-9=23) is making a strong case for the Calder Trophy. I don’t see them slipping this week. — LR

4.) St. Louis Blues (20-6-3; 41 points) (#3, Week Nine):

Second in scoring, sixth in goals against, second on the power play, and a respectable 13th on the PK. Not much is going wrong out in St. Louis. — ER

5.) Montreal Canadiens (21-7-5; 47 points) (#8, Week Nine):

The Habs climb up in our standings this week, winning five of their last six. With games upcoming against the Flyers, Isles, Panthers, and Coyotes, I think they might move up even more. – LR

6.) Boston Bruins (21-8-2; 38 points) (#4, Week Nine):

Even though it seems like half the team is out injured or suspended, the Black & Gold just keep chugging along. They have won three straight and seven of 10, despite not having Adam McQuaid, Shawn Thornton, Loui Eriksson, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, and Johnny Boychuk, who returned on Tuesday night. — ER

7.) Pittsburgh Penguins (21-10-1; 43 points) (#6, Week Nine):

Rough week ahead for the Pens. Losing James Neal to a suspension is a bad enough, but losing Brooks Orpik on an already depleted roster? The near future looks grim for the Pens. – LR

8.) Los Angeles Kings (20-7-4; 44 points) (#10, Week Nine):

One of a host of teams on fire in the Pacific division. They have won four straight and are allowing just 1.9 goals a game, despite being without Jonathan Quick. Rookie goalie Martin Jones played his first three games over the last week and is 3-0-0 with a .975 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average. Not bad. — ER

9.) Vancouver Canucks (18-10-5; 41 points) (#14, Week Nine):

Five win streak and a 7-2-1 has Vancouver roaring in the West. It should be a nice reunion on Saturday when they play the Bruins. – LR

10.) Colorado Avalanche (20-9-0; 40 points) (#5, Week Nine):

Things are still cooling off out in Denver. After the Avs’ torrid start, they continue to be mediocre. They are 6-4-0 in their last 10, but have lost two straight. — ER

11.) Minnesota Wild (18-9-5; 41 points) (#12, Week Nine):

The Wild currently hold a one point advantage over the Avs for the third playoff spot in the Central. Average of late, going 5-4-1, but Josh Harding is killing it with a 16-4-3 record with three shutouts and a .938 save percentage. – LR

12.) Detroit Red Wings (15-9-8; 38 points) (#9, Week Nine):

The Red Wings are losers of two straight and are losing ground in the Atlantic. They now trail the first-place Bruins by six points. — ER

13.) Phoenix Coyotes (16-8-5; 37 points) (#13, Week Nine):

The ‘Yotes grind it out night in and night out, yet they’re still five points behind the Kings. Maybe the West is best. – LR

14.) Washington Capitals (17-12-2; 36 points) (#16, Week Nine):

Four goals by Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday night in a 6-5 shootout win over Tampa Bay could provide a spark for the Capitals. It was their third straight win, but they’ve got some work to do to catch up to Pittsburgh. They are seven points behind and sit in second place in the Metro. — ER

15.) Tampa Bay Lightning (17-10-2; 36 points) (#11, Week Nine):

Steven Stamkos is aiming for a February return, but his team is stalling without him. The bright side? Ben Bishop is shining as a starter. — LR

16.) Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3; 35 points) (#21, Week Nine):

Things aren’t so hot up in Toronto. they have lost seven out of 10 and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bruins on Sunday. Near the top of the East for much of the first two months of the season, they now sit in seventh in the conference, 9 points behind Boston. — ER

17.) Dallas Stars (14-9-5; 33 points) (#15, Week Nine):

With 33 points, the Stars are currently on the outside of the playoff picture. Well see if that changes this week. – LR

18.) New York Rangers (15-16-1; 31 points) (#18, Week Nine):

The Blue Shirts were on the way up for a while. Not anymore. They are losers of three straight and six of their last 10. — ER

19.) Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-6; 32 points) (#25, Week Nine):

Where the Stars have 33 points and are out of the playoff picture, the Canes have 32 points, and are in the playoff picture in the red-hot Metro Division. Yikes. – LR

20.) New Jersey Devils (12-14-6; 30 points) (#22, Week Nine):

When 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr is your leading scorer, things probably aren’t going that well. But, hey, 11 goals for Jags already. Have to think Bruins fans wish he had used a couple of those in the Stanley Cup Final in June. — ER

21.) Winnipeg Jets (14-13-4; 32 points) (#20, Week Nine):

I bet Winnipeg also wishes they were in the Metro. With a 4-4-2 record in their last ten, things could be better for the Jets. – LR

22.) Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-3; 29 points) (#19, Week Nine):

The Flyers have Claude Giroux, Vincent Lecavalier, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, and Scott Hartnell on their roster. But they are 27th in scoring and don’t have a single player with more than nine goals. Not a recipe for success. — ER

23.) Nashville Predators (13-14-3; 29 points) (#17, Week Nine):

A -19 goal differential, inconsistent netminding, the Preds are struggling to stay afloat. It will be interesting to see if they start moving towards a more offense-orientated system before the trade deadline. – LR 

24.) Ottawa Senators (12-14-6; 30 points) (#26, Week Nine):

I feel like I write the same thing about the Senators every week. They’re a disappointment. — ER

25.) Calgary Flames (11-14-4; 26 points) (#27, Week Nine):

Sooo how’s that rebuiling thing going?. – LR

26.) Edmonton Oilers (11-18-3; 25 points) (#24, Week Nine):

See above re: Ottawa. Though, the Oilers are 6-3-1 over their last 10. That is progress! — ER

27.) Columbus Blue Jackets (21-7-5; 47 points) (#23, Week Nine):

Curtis McElhinney gets the nod with Bobrovsky out for 4-5 weeks. He’s been pretty good in his last four starts, including a shutout against the Wild last week. Still not in playoff contention, but it’s a start. – LR

28.) Florida Panthers (10-17-5; 25 points) (#29, Week Nine):

Scoring: 28th. Goals against: 27th. Power play: 29th. Penalty kill: 29th. But don’t worry, your starting goalie only cares about making the US Olympic team. — ER

29.) New York Islanders (9-18-5; 23 points) (#28, Week Nine):

Another major disappointment. A playoff team a year ago, the Islanders, with loads of young talent, are dead last in the Metro with 23 points and have lost nine of 10. — ER

30.) Buffalo Sabres (6-22-2; 14 points) (#30, Week Nine):

When will the Sabres crack 10 wins? I’m calling January 7th against the Canes. – LR



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