Tyler J. Altemose

Ah, here we are. Another year, another refreshing start, and conveniently halfway (or so) through the NHL season. With that said, I wonder what each NHL team plans to do to make things better. Well, never fear. This week's power rankings brings you each resolution from each team around the league.

 

 

Vancouver Canucks

Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 1 | +/-0

To prove that they're the best in the West.

 

 

Dallas Stars

Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 4 | +2

To play as well in 2011 as they did finishing the year in 2010.

 

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 6 | +3

To finish that little project they started working on way back in June.

 

 

Detroit Red Wings

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

To play better against the East than they have this week.

 

 

Washington Capitals

Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 5 | +/-0

Head coach Bruce Boudreau's resolution is for the Caps to "f***ing play f***ing better they f***ing started out this f***ing season."

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 3 | -3

To play in another Winter Classic.

 

 

Boston Bruins

Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 8 | +1

To not take a 3-0 series lead in the playoffs for granted.

 

 

New York Rangers

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

Sean Avery's resolution is to be a nicer person and prove that everyone's got him all wrong.

 

San Jose Sharks

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

To not completely screw things up in the playoffs.

 

 

Atlanta Thrashers

Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 10 | +/-0

To acquire half of this season's Stanley Cup-winning roster in hopes that, together with half of last season's Chicago Blackhawks, they can win the Cup in 2011-12.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 15  +4

To continue proving that Stevie Y. is a genius.

 

 

Montreal Canadiens

Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 13 | +1

The team's fans have resolved to learn that celebrations need not include burning the city down.

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 11 | -2

To make better offseason decisions in 2011.

 

 

Nashville Predators

Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 19 | +5

To have better luck in the playoffs this year than last.

 

 

Anaheim Ducks

Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 16 | +1

To work on and improve their "Flying V" and knucklepucks.

 

 

Los Angeles Kings

Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 12 | -4

To be involved in every single blockbuster trade rumor over the summer.

 

 

Colorado Avalanche

Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 14 | -4

To prove to the league that youth cannot hold them back.

 

 

St. Louis Blues

Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 17 | -1

Halak has resolved to take the Blues to the playoffs as an 8th seed. There he'll take out two of the most powerful Western Conference teams before losing in the Western Conference Finals.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 20 | +1

To keep up with the Bolts and Caps.

 

Phoenix Coyotes

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

To not get relocated.

 

 

Minnesota Wild

Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 18 | -3

To make this 10th Anniversary season more memorable than it has been (at least in a better way).

 

Florida Panthers

Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 22 | +/-0

To undergo a transformation for the better--a "rebuilding" of sorts.

 

 

New York Islanders

Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 25 | +2

To beat the Flyers.

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 21 | -3

To stop continually being a disappointment to the good people of Columbus, Ohio. Oh, wait. Nevermind. No one is watching.

 

Ottawa Senators

Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 23 | -2

To make a miraculous comeback and make the playoffs, once again proving yours truly correct.

 

Buffalo Sabres

Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 26 | +.-0

To never, ever, ever use the "lightning slug" logo ever again. (Speaking of, I gotta change that myself.)

 

Calgary Flames

Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/-0

To completely forget about this season.

 

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

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

To find a greater appreciation for waffles.

 

 

Edmonton Oilers

Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0

To get that coveted first overall pick.

 

 

New Jersey Devils

Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0

To make it to 15 wins on the season.