WEEKLY NHL POWER RANKINGS

based on absolutely nothing

except tea leaves

Bruins take down Penguins but can they catch the Wild?

Week nine: Where we apologize profusely for missing week 8, but blame our extreme laziness and lack of interest on Bruce Boudreau.

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1(1)

Minnesota Wild 17-7-3 They just keep winning.  4 straight and counting.

2(7)

Boston Bruins

17-7-1

Monday’s physical (read sometimes dirty) win against the Penguins had a playoff atmosphere.
3(2)

Pittsburgh Penguins

16-8-4

It took two fights against Boston to wake these guys up.
4(3)

Chicago Blackhawks 

16-8-4

First place in the Central division, and Toews is lighting it up.

 

5(8)

New York Rangers

15-5-3

The Rangers have won 5 straight and 8 of their last 10. What idiot would have ever thought the Islanders would be the team to beat in NY?
6(14)  Detroit Red Wings 16-8-1 Jimmy Howard has a GAA of 1.83.  That’s good enough for second best in the league.
7(11) Florida Panthers 16-8-1 1st in the southeast, 7th in our hearts.
8(15)

 St. Louis Blues

14-9-3

David Payne must feel like such a tool.

9(17)

15-7-3

I could only hate on them for so long.  The Flyers are pretty sick. They’re first in GPG.

10(24)  Vancouver Canucks 15-10-1 The Canucks are better on the road this year than they are at home. Probably because they’re afraid to play there.
11(16) Dallas Stars 15-10-1 Believe it or not, Dallas has a differential of -3.
12(13)

Los Angeles Kings

13-9-4 Good test this Thursday against the Wild. On my shortlist for game of the week.
13(5) San Jose Sharks 14-8-1 Sharks could lose their next four.  Watch out!
14(6) Buffalo Sabres 14-11-1 Ryan Miller got the win in his return from a concussion. Maybe he’s the spark the Sabres need to get back on track.
15(12) Toronto Maple Leafs  14-10-2 Toronto is slipping. Can James Reimer get back to form?
16(9)

Phoenix Coyotes

14-9-3 I just watched Vrbata score in the shootout against Chicago.  I love him.
17(10)

Edmonton Oilers

13-11-3 I can’t stop thinking about Warren Moon. That dude was SICK.
18(4) Nashville Predators 12-10-4 Biggest loser.
19(22)

 Winnipeg Jets

11-11-4 Listen, the Jets may make the playoffs. Evander Kane is on a roll right now.
  20(25)

Colorado Avalanche

13-13-1 Solid wins against St. Louis and Detroit have got the AVS December looking promising.
21(18)

 Washington Capitals

13-11-1 Looks like old Bruce might have gotten out right in time.
22(21) Montréal Canadiens 11-11-5 P.K. Subban gets in trouble a lot. 35 PIM.
23(19) Ottawa Senators 12-11-3 Ottawa is still last in the league in GA. They are the Phoenix Suns of the NHL.
24(20) New Jersey Devils 12-12-1 My friend Josh called to congratulate me on the Jets beating the Devils.  I responded by rubbing it in his face.
25(26) Calgary Flames 11-13-2 Alex Tanguay could get to 500 career assists this year.
26(23)  Tampa Bay Lightning 11-12-2 Tampa Bay might actually love realignment.
27(29)  New York Islanders 8-11-5 Moulson scored 4 against the Stars. So, that was good.
28(27) Carolina Hurricanes 8-16-4 The Canes have lost 6 straight. That’s the best losing streak going!
29(28) Anaheim Ducks  7-14-5 Over or under 25 wins this year?
30(30)

Columbus Blue Jackets

7-16-3 Contraction?
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