January 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM #53080
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There is just a couple of week left until the NHL takes a brief hiatus for the Olympics. Some teams remain strong while others have stumbled the last couple of weeks. But the cream remains at the top of the NHL standings and on top of the Power Rankings as well.
Let’s break it all down in Dave B’s bi-weekly edition of the NHL Power Rankings
1. Anaheim Ducks (Two Weeks Ago: 1)
The Ducks are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games – the only loss in the last two weeks came at the hands of Chicago – on the road. The team went on to beat a terrific Blues team the next night and is now 19-2 in their last 21 games – unreal! Anaheim has yet to lose in regulation on home ice this year and lead the overall standings by four points over…
2. Chicago Blackhawks (Two Weeks Ago: 2)
The Blackhawks have continued to go to overtime and have still failed to make much progress in extra time – the team is 5-1-4 in their last 10 games overall. But picking up points in 14 of their last 16 games is still an impressive feat. If the Hawks could solve their PK woes (a league worst 77%) they could return to the top of the Rankings soon.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (Two Weeks Ago: 4)
The Pens are 5-0-1 in 2014 with an OT loss to Edmonton – what? They are as healthy as they have been in a while and look like the top dogs in the East by a mile. A 7-2-1 stretch has the Penguins third in the overall standings – seven points up on Boston who sit second in the East.
4. St. Louis Blues (Two Weeks Ago: 3)
The Blues have lost two straight games but are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games overall. They still lead the league with an incredible +59 goal differential which speaks to their defense and their offense working in perfect unity. Scoring leader Alex Steen is on the verge of returning to the lineup making a great team even better.
5. San Jose Sharks (Two Weeks Ago: 6)
The Sharks ride a three game win streak into this week and sit fifth in the overall standings. San Jose is still playing some good hockey and deserves a top 5 spot.
6. Colorado Avalanche (Two Weeks Ago: 9)
The Avs are enjoying an 8-1-1 stretch at the moment – impressive to say the least. Up and down the lineup the Avs are strong and every time that a slump looks inevitable they somehow pull themselves from the brink.
7. LA Kings (Two Weeks Ago: 7)
The Kings are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games but the play of Jonathan Quick since returning from injury certainly gives this team a sense of optimism. A lack of goal scoring is rearing its ugly head again – watch for LA to make a move at the trade deadline.
8. Boston Bruins (Two Weeks Ago: 5)
The Bruins are just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games overall and are coming off a 3-2 loss to Chicago. But this team is too deep, too experienced and too responsible defensively to flounder out of a top 5 spot in the Rankings.
9. Tampa Bay Lightning (Two Weeks Ago: 8)
The Lightning have gone just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games but they too may be getting a superstar back in the fold sooner than later in the form of Steve Stamkos. They are currently tied with Boston and have two games in hand on the Bruins. Thank goodness for Martin St. Louis.
10. Minnesota Wild (Two Weeks Ago: 14)
The Wild have won two straight games and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games overall – moving into a tie with the Canucks in the West. When the Wild get Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu back from injury they will make the Western Conference playoff race mighty interesting.
11. New York Rangers (Two Weeks Ago: 15)
The Rangers are finally starting to come around winning three straight games and six of their last seven overall. Somehow the Rangers own a playoff spot and players like Rick Nash are starting to heat up.
12. Montreal Canadiens (Two Weeks Ago: 11)
The Habs have struggled a tad lately going 4-4-2 in their last 10 games overall but they still look comfy in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Habs are a better team than they have been playing and should reasonably be in the top 10 before too long.
13. Vancouver Canucks (Two Weeks Ago: 10)
14. Philadelphia Flyers (Two Weeks Ago: 18)
15. Phoenix Coyotes (Two Weeks Ago:17)
16. Detroit Red Wings (Two Weeks Ago: 12)
17. Ottawa Senators (Two Weeks Ago: 16)
18. Toronto Maple Leafs (Two Weeks Ago: 19)
19. Columbus Blue Jackets (Two Weeks Ago: 26)
20. Washington Capitals (Two Weeks Ago: 21)
21. Carolina Hurricanes (Two Weeks Ago: 20)
22. New Jersey Devils (Two Weeks Ago: 24)
23. Dallas Stars (Two Weeks Ago: 13)
24. Winnipeg Jets (Two Weeks Ago: 23)
25. New York Islanders (Two Weeks Ago: 27)
26. Nashville Predators (Two Weeks Ago: 25)
27. Florida Panthers (Two Weeks Ago: 22)
28. Calgary Flames (Two Weeks Ago: 28)
29. Buffalo Sabres (Two Weeks Ago: 30)
30. Edmonton Oilers (Two Weeks Ago: 29)
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