WEEKLY NHL POWER RANKINGS

based on absolutely nothing

except, well, nothing

Week Six: Stars. Stars. Stars. Stars. Stars. Stars. Stars. Stars.

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1(2)

Dallas Stars  11-5-0 Dallas beat the Caps.  Highlander rules say they are the best (despite their current 2 loss slide).

2(3)

Pittsburgh Penguins

10-4-3

Is there any scenario that would allow James Neal to be traded to Winnipeg?

3(1)

Washington Capitals

10-4-1

The Caps are 1-2-1 in their last four games with losses to the Islanders and New Jersey… not impressed.
 

4(6)

Chicago Blackhawks 

11-4-3

The Hawks lead the league with 25 points. A consistent, winning machine.
 

5(4)

Edmonton Oilers

9-6-2

The Oilers are in the middle of a hellish 12 game span where only 2 games are at home.
   6(12)  New York Rangers  9-3-3 6 in a row and counting.  We see two more easy ones before life gets a little tougher.
  7(5)

Toronto Maple Leafs 

10-6-1 I know everyone is tired of hearing about how amazing Kessel is, but come on, the man has 24 points already!

8(13)

Detroit Red Wings

9-5-1

Win 5, lose 6.  Win 4…?

9(8)

9-5-3

The Wild have got to figure out a way to score more goals.  They are 29th in the league in GPG. Games against the Ducks, Bjs, and Avs this week might help.
   10(9) Buffalo Sabres 10-6-0 The Sabres are winning the easy ones.
  11(14) Phoenix Coyotes 8-4-3 31 saves and a shutout against the Guppies on Saturday. Good way to start a 5 game road trip.
 

12(20)

Florida Panthers

8-5-3

After losing 3 straight shootouts, the Panthers have won 2 straight (you know, before they met the Flyers)

13(10)

Nashville Predators

8-5-3

Is Craig Smith the ROY? 7G,7A
 

14(17)

Los Angeles Kings

8-6-3

Terry Murray gets his 1000th win and his team is in 2nd in the Pacific, good week.
  15(15)

San Jose Sharks

 9-5-1 This is a streaky team, and their next two games are against the red hot Wings and Stars.
  

16(11)

Tampa Bay Lightning

8-6-2 Brett Connolly’s OT goal against the Flyers made everything right in the world. The Flyers should be kicked out of the league for that pathetic showing.
  17(7)

Philadelphia Flyers

9-4-3 That slow-ass, puck stopping, no movement forward play against the Lightning’s 1-3-1 defense was the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It actually made me angry. That is unwatchable hockey.
 

18(23)

Boston Bruins

8-7-0

Over .500! Are the Bruins making their move?
  19(16)

Vancouver Canucks

9-8-1 The Sedin’s have 41 points combined. When are things going to turn around for the Canucks?
   20(18)

Ottawa Senators

8-9-1 Nick Foligno became the first to record at least two goals and eight hits in a game since 2009.
  21(21)

 New Jersey Devils

8-6-1 The Devils have started their longest road trip of the season with a quality win over the Caps.
   22(19)  Colorado Avalanche 8-8-1 Ryan O’Reilly is a bright spot for the Ducks, but only 28 shots isn’t going to get it done.
   23(27)  Montréal Canadiens 7-7-2 After that disastrous start, the Habs are starting to put things together.
   24(28)  St. Louis Blues  8-7-1 New coach, new attitude. The Blues’ are on the rise.
  25(22)  Calgary Flames 7-8-1 It’s looking doubtful that the Flames will be able to have another 40 win season.
   26(24) Carolina Hurricanes   6-8-3 Their win against the Penguins is about the only thing worth noting this season for the Canes.
 

27(26)

Anaheim Ducks 

6-8-3

When you don’t score, you don’t win.
   28(25) Winnipeg Jets  5-9-3 When the Jets play fast and a little bit recklessly, they can put opponents on their heels, when they don’t, they get picked apart.
 

29(29)

New York Islanders

4-7-3

It really says something about your team’s status when the biggest story of the week was a rumored trade with the worst team in the hockey.

30(30)

Columbus Blue Jackets

3-12-1

I think the BJs will ultimately overtake the Islanders.
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One thought on “WEEKLY NHL POWER RANKINGS

  1. chaosof99 says:

    Okay, you’re new to this game so I think I have to explains something to you: Hockey lives on the forecheck. It’s what keeps things moving, what forces the people with the puck to play, to advance, and sometimes into making mistakes. The Forecheck is what makes hockey exciting.

    What the Flyers did against the Lightning is what can happen when the team without the puck refuses to forecheck. Plain and simple. The forecheck is the virtual shot clock of hockey if you will. If you remember, or at least were told, what basketball was like before they introduced the shot clock, it will seem familiar. It’s simply that the Lightning turned off the shot clock, in a 0-0 game, by refusing to forecheck.

    What the Flyers did wasn’t “pathetic”. It was simply a demonstration of the ridiculousness of Tampa’s defensive system. That is what could happen if more teams adopted that system and in a world of hockey without a forecheck.

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