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.

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Flyers

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.

 

 

Dallas Stars

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.

 

 

Vancouver Canucks

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.

 

 

Boston Bruins

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.

 

 

Chicago Blackhawks

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.

 

 

Nashville Predators

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.

 

 

Anaheim Ducks

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.

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

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.

 

 

Montreal Canadiens

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.

 

 

Washington Capitals

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.

 

 

Atlanta Thrashers

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.

 

 

Phoenix Coyotes

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.

 

 

Minnesota Wild

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.

 

 

Florida Panthers

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.

 

 

Colorado Avalanche

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.

 

 

Carolina Hurricanes

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.

 

 

Buffalo Sabres

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.

 

 

Calgary Flames

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.

 

 

Ottawa Senators

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!

 

 

Edmonton Oilers

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

Five goals in a game against the Sharks? Too bad it still only equates to two points.