NHL POWER RANKINGS

NHL Hockey Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings


WEEK#    
Posted February 18, 2013 04:46 PM EST

The lockout may have truncated the schedule, but there are still plenty of storylines. The Blackhawks are on the brink of history. The Penguins are rounding into form. Backup goalies around the league are playing like All-Stars, well, if there were an All-Star Game this season.

+8

New York Rangers

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San Jose Sharks

FOX SPORTS NHL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

12-0 -0 - 1/7
A victory Tuesday over the Canucks would tie the 2006-07 Ducks for the most points to start the season. Traditionalists might quibble about the fact modern-day teams get points for OT and shootout losses, but it’s impossible to question this team’s dominance.
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11-5 -0 6 1/8
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11-2 -0 2 2/17
The Ducks just had their best trip of five or more games (at least when it comes to winning percentage, at .833). Anaheim finished the six-game trip 5-0-1, and alleged backup goalie Viktor Fasth (8-0-0) remains perfect, joining Ray Emery and Bob Froese as the only goalies to win their first eight decisions.
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9-3 -0 2 2/23
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9-2 -0 1 3/6
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9-4 -0 7 3/26
A week after he was allegedly bit, Max Pacioretty suffered a more serious (albeit almost as atypical) injury when his chest was cut by a skate blade Saturday in a 4-1 win over the Flyers. He was back at practice on Sunday and faring better health-wise than PK Subban and starting goalie Carey Price.
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8-3 -0 1 3/17
Ryan Kesler has points in his first two games since returning shoulder and wrist surgeries. Although not fully able to take advantage of a four-game homestead as they closed out the series with consecutive losses, the Canucks haven’t been a bad run of late.
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8-5 -0 8 2/20
If their tilt Sunday against the Capitals was a barometer, the Rangers could be primed to meet those preseason expectations. The Rangers killed four Caps power plays, had a rare goal with the man-advantage and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in a 2-1 win, New York’s fourth in five games.
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9-5 -0 1 1/18
St. Louis needed OT (Detroit) and a shootout (Vancouver) to do it, but it strung together three consecutive wins entering this week. The other was a cakewalk against Calgary, which, like the others, was with backup Jake Allen in net. No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak is back off injured reserve, though why not stick with Allen a little longer?
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10

7-3 -0 5 10/27
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7-4 -0 8 2/17
They weren’t that good, obviously. But are the Sharks really this bad? Probably not. Sure, the team that won its first seven games has dropped seven in a row. But this six-game trip, which includes two games in Chicago in seven days, is the Sharks’ toughest stretch of the season.
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8-4 -0 6 8/27
The ’Canes have three impressive wins in a row (Islanders, Devils and Maple Leafs), although they begin the weak with a depleted blue line. Defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason reportedly didn’t make the trip to Montreal for Monday’s game because of lower-body injuries.
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13

9-6 -0 2 8/30
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14

7-6 -0 7 7/14
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7-6 -0 2 11/25
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7-6 -0 7 9/18
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8-7 -0 5 12/27
Minus Kari Lehtonen, the Stars sputtered. Dallas lost twice to Calgary in a matter of five days --- the first a 7-4 embarrassment with backup Richard Bachman in net. Lehtonen was forced out of Friday’s game against Vancouver, a contest the Stars came back to win.
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7-6 -0 4 7/29
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7-6 -0 4 5/23
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20

6-9 -0 - 18/30
Buffalo was a few minutes from following up a victory over the Bruins on Friday with another major victory. Then the Pens mounted a third-period comeback, one that Sabres goalie Ryan Miller told reporters was the product of not being either competent or experienced enough to play with a lead. Ouch.
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21

5-5 -0 7 21/30
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6-9 -0 3 8/27
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6-7 -0 4 12/30
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24

5-9 -0 2 9/27
Plain and simple, the team needs Nicklas Backstrom to thrive, or at least be serviceable, to get back into contention. As much attention (and usually rightly so) is paid to Alex Ovechkin and his struggles, Backstrom is the one who powers that top line and the power play.
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25

5-6 -0 1 3/25
A season after winning the Cup, the Kings have yet to find steady play in just about every part of their game. They entered Sunday with back-to-back victories, but a slow start against Chicago doomed what would have been their first statement win of the season.
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26

6-5 -0 4 17/28
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5-7 -0 2 20/29
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5-8 -0 7 12/28
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29

4-6 -0 - 19/30
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30

4-9 -0 - 13/30
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