NHL POWER RANKINGS

NHL Hockey Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings


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Posted April 08, 2013 04:02 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks became the first team to secure a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and with 10 games left in the lockout-shortened, 48-game schedule no less. A 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators to complete a home-and-home sweep sealed that playoff trip on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Pens — still minus Sidney Crosby but with just about every other seemingly trade-worthy skater available before last Wednesday’s deadline — have slouched a bit.
 

+9

Phoenix Coyotes

-8

Columbus Blue Jackets

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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29-5 -4 1 1/7
Chicago held mostly firm at the deadline, the lone major acquisition being veteran center Michal Handzus from the Sharks. It’s hard not to feel confident about this roster. The team that went on a 24-game point streak at the start of the season remains atop the Western Conference and hasn’t sagged much.
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29-10 -0 1 1/8
Minus Sidney Crosby (broken jaw), the Pens are 1-2 --- and Pittsburgh needed a shootout for that one victory over the Rangers on Friday. Not a good run, but there was some good news to be had in Pittsburgh. While there is still no timetable for his return, Crosby isn’t suffering from concussion-like symptoms. The Pens didn’t even need to be on the ice, however, to clinch first East playoff spot when the Devils fell to the Sabres in a shootout on Sunday.
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26-8 -5 1 2/17
Ryan Getzlaf has missed consecutive games with a lower-body injury suffered against the Stars on Wednesday. The Ducks split those two contests, the latter a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over the rival Kings Sunday night. The Ducks aren’t just minus a captain in Getlzaf, but their leading scorer (43 points).
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25-8 -5 1 3/26
The Habs have won five of their last six overall and also have the same 5-1 record against the rival Bruins this season. A 2-1 Montreal victory Saturday closed out the regular-season series against the two Original Six franchises, a win powered by the Habs sixth-ranked power play.
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24-9 -4 1 3/6
It’s hard to call any concussion that involves Patrice Bergeron “moderate.” His most recent concussion came against the Sens on Tuesday and is the star center’s fourth reported concussion as an NHL player, the first suffered in October 2007 that forced him out the rest of the season. He remains out indefinitely and the Bruins’ center depth remains thin.
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21-11 -6 1 3/17
No, Vancouver couldn’t deal its high-priced backup goalie Roberto Luongo. He’s had a good vantage point to watch Cory Schneider shine, like he did in a 5-2 win over the Flames in his 10th consecutive start on Saturday. Vancouver enters the week atop the Northwest Division and, just as good of news, forward Ryan Kesler (broken foot) is back practicing.
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22-13 -4 4 3/25
Maybe that lockout was the best thing for the defending champs. The Kings looked like the fresher team against the Ducks on Sunday, despite the fact LA played a night prior and it was its third game in four days. The Kings dropped the tilt in a shootout, 4-3, but not before pushing the action for much of the contest, coming back three times and outshooting the Ducks.
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20-11 -7 2 2/17
The Sharks weren’t quite perfect at home in this most recent home stand. San Jose surrendered two two-goal leads in a shootout loss to the Stars on Sunday. It was certainly a point that got away, but San Jose finished the stand 5-0-1 and became relevant in the West again in the process.
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22-14 -2 4 5/23
April hasn’t treated Minnesota so well. A 3-0 victory over the Blue Jackets on Sunday was Minnesota’s first in four games this month. In those first three games, the Wild averaged a goal a game in losses to the Blues, Sharks and Kings. The Wild will be without forward Dany Heatley for at least the immediate future after The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported he had shoulder surgery.
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21-14 -2 6 1/18
T.J. Oshie (lower-body injury) and Andy McDonald (flu) were out against the Red Wings on Sunday. Captain David Backes was in the lineup, but again he didn’t show up in the scoring column. (Granted, Backes scored a goal in each of the previous games, giving him double the output for any month this season.) The Blues scored ugly on a Chris Porter goal and that was plenty for a 1-0 victory, St. Louis’ fourth in a row.
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21-13 -4 3 8/30
The Leafs kicked the tires on Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff. Nether goalie moved as GM Dave Nonis seems content sticking with James Reimer. That’s probably a good decision. This team is more than a goalie away from challenging for the Cup, especially if that goalie has a lengthy and costly contract like Luongo’s.
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12

19-13 -6 3 7/14
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13

20-17 -2 8 9/27
It’s the Caps’ turn to sit atop the Southeast Division. Every team (minus the Panthers) has had a somewhat lengthy stay. The Caps can close out their fifth division title over the last six seasons if Alex Ovechkin --- who tied the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos for the goals lead (25) with an empty-net goal in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Tampa – and the goaltending remain solid.
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19-15 -4 4 2/20
There’s been talk in recent days of a more cohesive Rangers locker room. It could have something to do with the additions (like Sharks forward Ryane Clowe) and subtractions (mainly forward Marian Gaborik), but winning doesn’t hurt. The Rangers are back in the playoff picture by going 3-0-1 over their last four games.
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15

19-15 -5 1 9/18
The Wings have nine games left and enter play Monday in eighth place in the West. This is as precarious a situation as the Wings have been in over the last few seasons when it comes to their playoff streak, which currently sits at 21 seasons. Retirements and injuries certainly haven’t helped.
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17-15 -6 9 11/25
Maybe more of stellar play in net by Mike Smith showcased in a 4-0 victory over the Avs on Sunday could push the Coyotes back into a playoff slot. While it was Smith’s fifth shutout of the season, his goals against average (.904) is well behind his 2011-12 mark (.930). He’s also averaging a half a goal more per game this season compared to last.
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17

19-16 -4 3 12/30
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18

18-17 -3 1 12/27
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19

15-14 -10 7 2/23
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20

19-19 -2 5 12/28
Winnipeg halted a five-game skid — a slide that cost the Jets the division lead — with a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Saturday. If the Jets can find some consistently and more goaltending like Ondrej Pavelec showed in that 30-save effort against Philly, maybe all isn’t lost for Winnipeg.
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21

16-16 -7 8 13/30
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22

16-15 -7 5 17/28
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23

17-18 -3 1 8/27
Philly had a nice four-game winning streak going before it was snapped by the Jets on Saturday. The Flyers looked listless overall in that 4-1 loss, especially on defense. That puts even more emphasis on Tuesday’s game against the Islanders, a team that holds the eighth and final playoff spot and is five points ahead of Philly.
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24

16-17 -6 3 18/30
Goalie Ryan Miller has played some his best hockey of late, including victories over the Penguins, Senators and Devils over the last week. He had a .948 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average in those contests. Miller’s contract doesn’t expire until after next season, but he is at least raising his trade value for a team set on rebuilding.
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25

15-17 -8 3 10/27
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26

16-20 -2 3 7/29
Even Steven Stamkos’ Rocket Richard Trophy (most goals in the season) is in jeopardy. A recent run by the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin has pulled him even with Stamkos (25 goals) entering play Monday. There’s not much left to cheer for in Tampa Bay other than Stamkos’ hunt for his third scoring title.
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27

16-19 -2 4 8/27
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28

13-20 -6 2 19/30
Florida has had its best stretch of the season, winning four of its last five games. The Panthers allowed 41 shots in their latest win (a 2-1 victory over the Senators on Sunday) to improve to 5-1 when the other team puts at least 40 shots on net. That’s not typically a recipe for success.
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12-21 -5 1 20/29
The Avs have the third-best penalty kill percentage (90.4 percent) in the league, although when they do allow a goal it’s not pretty. Colorado is 2-15-3 when the opposition scores on its power play, something the Avs have allowed to happen in each game of their current four-game skid.
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13-20 -4 4 21/30
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