Tyler J. Altemose
Well, it's finally come to an end. The Vancouver Canucks, who held the top spot four weeks in a row, have been ousted from the number one spot of Philly Reign's Power Rankings. A familiar face has taken over once again. So without further adieu, this week' rankings.
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 2 | +1
Can anything keep this team down? They are easily the top team in the East, but the Flyers have to prove they can finish in the playoffs.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1
In the back of my mind I used to think, "They'll flounder eventually." The longer we go into the season, however, the quieter that voice gets.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 1 | -2
Only 1 for 3 on the road, shut out twice. It's an inevitable bump in the road, but it's also enough to knock the Canucks out of the top spot.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 8 | +4
With Tim Thomas at the helm, this team continues to prove how dangerous it can be. Watch out for these guys come playoff time.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 4 | -1
Honestly, I expect better. They have to do better than that if they're going to keep up with the other Western Conference power houses.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 5 | -1
Their shutout victory over the very strong Canucks and trouncing of the Leafs makes up for their tough losses to the Canadiens and Flyers.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 6 | -1
It was a short one, but Chicago got the best of the surging Predators in their home-and-home this week.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 9 | +1
Even though the Blackhawks got the best of then, this wasn't a bad week for my Western Conference dark horse.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 10 | +1
The Ducks continue to stay in the Western Conference mix with a respectable showing this week.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 7 | -3
The Bolts stumbled a bit this week, but retained control of the Southeast. Stevie Y continues to look like a genius.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 14 | +3
The Flower has blossomed into one of the league's top goaltenders, and the Penguins keep themselves in the mix in the Atlantic division.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 11 | -1
Carey Price kept the Canadiens in it this week. Still though, you have to be concerned about contributions from the rest of the team.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 13 | +/-0
Not only are the Capitals struggling to get that top spot, but now the Thrashers and 'Canes are coming.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 12 | -2
The Thrashers are going to have to do better than that if they're going to stay in the thick of things in the Southeast.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 16 | +1
The Sharks have turned a corner, ending their 6-game losing streak this week. We'll see if they can keep their winning ways.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 15 | -1
With the West as tight as it is, Phoenix cannot afford to flounder during these home stand opportunities.
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 23 | +6
The Wild certainly have gotten over that 3-game skid they were on. This is going to be a team to watch out for in the final stretch.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 22 | +4
The Panthers have received points in 5 straight contests. It's enough to knock them up and out of the bottom 20.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 19 | +/-0
The Avs had consecutive wins this week. It's the first time since 19 December that they managed to pull that off.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 18 | -2
I sort of figured that their 3-game winning streak was too good to be true. Still though, this team isn't completely out of it yet.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 17 | -4
This season certainly hasn't gone as expected. To go from "how deep can this team go in the playoffs" to "better luck next season" is a shame.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 20 | -2
Things are woefully disappointing in St. Louis considering how optimistic they looked at the beginning of the year.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 24 | +1
Ryan Miller has a lot of weight on his shoulders. He needs to step up if this team is going to turn things around.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 21 | -3
After being outscored 14-2 this week, there are all kinds of questions in net. Come to think of it, that can just be added to the growing list.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 26 | +1
The Blue Jackets recorded their first win of the year this week, halfway into January. And it didn't even happen until OT.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
Losses to Ottawa and New Jersey in the same week pretty much sums things up for DiPietro and Co.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 28 | +1
Ah, so there's some signs of life coming from Calgary. Like a phoenix, the Flames rise from the.......Flames.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 30 | +2
The Devils arise from the underworld. Who knows how long this'll last, but Lemaire deserves credit if he can keep this team running like this.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 27 | -2
For the record, I've officially given up on this team. My dark horse in the East is dead. I'm over it. Here's to the 2011-12 season!
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
Five goals in a game against the Sharks? Too bad it still only equates to two points.