Tyler J. Altemose

This week we witnessed the end of the incredible win streak held by the Pittsburgh Penguins to their cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have been the most consistent team in the NHL this season, and this week was no different. As the Orange and Black take over the power rankings once again, check out where your team stands.

 

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 7 | +6

Right now it seems to be the Flyers, then everyone else. Four offensive lines which pose a scoring threat, a 5/6 defensive pairing with the top two +/- standings in the league, and an incredible goaltending tandem.

 

Detroit Red Wings

Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 9 | +7

The Detroit Red Wings are to the West this season what the Flyers are to the East. 1997, anyone?

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 1 | -2

It was a spectacular streak to witness, and Sidney Crosby is keeping his personal point streak alive, but it's a fall from grace for the team as a whole this week.

 

Vancouver Canucks

Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 5 | +1

Goaltending was the difference in a couple of close contests that went in favor of the Canucks this week.

 

Dallas Stars

Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 6 | +1

"Backup" goaltender Andrew Raycroft boasts a 5-3-0 record, a 2.31 GAA, and a .925 SV%. The Stars continue to ride him to success.

 

Montreal Canadiens 

Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 2 | -4

The Canadiens are experiencing a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season. Sacrebleu!

 

San Jose Sharks

Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 3 | -4

The Sharks seem to be in a bit of a scoring funk, averaging just two goals per game over the course of this week.

 

Atlanta Thrashers

Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 13 | +5

The Thrashers continue to play like a team possessed. They have just three regulation losses in the past month. Not only that, but they're in position to take over the Southeast division.

 

Boston Bruins

Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 8 | -1

Tim Thomas with the rare loss in a goaltender duel with Philadelphia's Brian Boucher this past weekend.

 

Anaheim Ducks

Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 12 | +2

A perfect week for the Ducks.

 

 

New York Rangers

Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 17 | +6

The Rangers were red-hot this week, winning three of four including a 7-0 rout of the Washington Capitals

 

Washington Capitals

Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 4 | -8

With seven straight losses, the Washington Capitals are in serious danger of losing the Southeast division lead to either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Atlanta Thrashers.

 

Nashville Predators

Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 19 | +6

26 November, 2010: the last time the Nashville Predators played a game and didn't get a point.

 

Los Angeles Kings

Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 15 | +1

What a difference a month makes. The Kings went 5-7-0 in November. So far in December they're 4-0-1.

 

Colorado Avalanche

Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 20 | +5

Goaltender Craig Anderson has lifted the Colorado Avalanche onto his shoulders. The last time he had a start and lost in regulation was 23 October. He's 5-0-2 since then.

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 10 | -6

The 'Hawks finally make it back into the top ten only to lose three straight.

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 11 | -6

The Blue Jackets have only one regulation win in the month of November. Perhaps I spoke too soon about these guys being for real.

 

Phoenix Coyotes

Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 14 | -4

The formerly red-hot Coyotes have cooled off a bit, exchanging wins and losses each game so far for the month of December.

 

St. Louis Blues

Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 16 | -3

Hard times continue to fall upon Jaroslav Halak and the St. Louis Blues.

 

 

Ottawa Senators

Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 18 | -2

From 6-15 November, the Ottawa Senators were at or above .500. Both prior to and since that point they have been a sub-.500 club.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 21 | +/-0

Both goaltenders in Tampa are having a pretty rough season so far. Enter...Nabakov?

 

Buffalo Sabres

Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 24 | +2

Things are falling into place for the Sabres.

 

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 23 | +/-0

Solid week on the road for the 'Canes.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 26 | +2

It's been a month, but the Leafs have back-to-back regulation wins.

 

 

Minnesota Wild

Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 27 | -2

To add to the lack of consistency in Minnesota, goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore have been playing every other game since the beginning of the month.

 

Florida Panthers

Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 22 | -4

The Florida Panthers are the only remaining team in the NHL without an OT or SO loss.

 

Edmonton Oilers

Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 25 | -2

Hard to believe, but it's been a month since the Oilers lost two straight in regulation (until this week, of course).

 

Calgary Flames

Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 28 | +/-0

The Calgary Flames have the most regulation losses of any team in the Western Conference. They're well on their way to that first overall draft pick in 2011.

 

New Jersey Devils

Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 30 | +1

Even if you switch their wins and regulation losses, the New Jersey Devils are still fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

 

New York Islanders

Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1

The New York Islanders have lost 20 of 22. Yes, you read that correctly. 20 of 22. They're almost better at losing than the Flyers are at winning.