Power Rankings, Week 12: 'Nucks Take Over
Tyler J. Altemose
Ah, yes. It's that time once again. My apologies for the three-week delay. The Christmas season was a busy one for me, and I spent New Years in Florida. But I'm back now, bringing you some tasty Power Rankings action. As you can gather from the title, the Vancouver Canucks have taken over the top spot rather quietly. Check out how the other 29 teams did.
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 4 | +3
You'd have to go back to 20 November to find the last time that this team lost by more than 2 goals. Luongo's decision to drop the 'C' is paying dividends, and the offense is getting contributions all around.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1
The Penguins are back to their winning ways.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 5 | +2
I'm not supposed to enjoy the fact that a team from the deep south is playing so well, but I do.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 1 | -3
You wouldn't imagine that the road block in the Flyers' recent stretch of success would be the Florida Panthers.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 7 | +2
The Sharks goaltending was outstanding this week.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 2 | -4
The Wings have been struggling to find their footing as of late.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 8 | +1
Not a bad week for the Thrashers. They continue to stay competitive with the Bolts and the Caps in the Southeast.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 11 | +3
The Caps managed to stay tough after tripping out the gate this week.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 6
Scoring seemed to be an issue for Les Habitants this week. But hey, look at the bright side: you beat the Bruins!
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 9 | -1
No matter what they do, the Bruins seem to have issues with scoring.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 16 | +5
The Blackhawks swept through some pretty fierce competition this week.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 12 | +/-0
It was a short and uneventful week for the Rangers.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 14 | +1
Not a bad week on the road.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 15 | +2
The Avalanche's 0-5 loss to the Kings this week was their worst all season.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 10 | -5
The road has not been kind to the Ducks this week.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 13 | -3
The fact that the Preds beat the Devils is pretty much overshadowed by the fact that they were outscored 10-2 in their other two games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 21 | +4
Nearly a perfect week for the Bolts.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 18 | +/-0
Tough week on the road against the East for the 'Yotes.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 19 | +/-0
The more I see from this team, the more I believe that their youth is going to end up costing them in the long run.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 17 | -3
Oh, Blue Jackets. What happened to you?
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 23 | +2
The 'Canes need to do a little more if they're going to want to stay competitive in the Southeast.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 20 | -2
My dark horse in the East is pretty close to being put down.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 26 | +3
The Panthers looked unusually strong this week until they went to Pittsburgh.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 25 | +1
Nice home and home wins against the Flames.
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 22 | -3
Mediocre goaltending and a weak offense has been the story in Buffalo for the better part of the week.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 30 | +4
The Isles haven't had two wins in the same week since 21 October. Nice work, fellas.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 24 | -3
Three straight losses, outscored 15-6. 'Nuff said.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 27 | -1
It was a short week for the Oilers, but you never want to overlook a win with this team.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 28 | -1
It's hard to imagine, but things are finding a way to get worse in Calgary.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
At the end of the week, the Devils were looking at a 2-8-0 record in their past ten games.