Tyler J. Altemose
This week, the Flyers retained the top spot in Philly Reign's Power Rankings. The best in the West is close on their heels though. Aside from that, there's been a shakeup in the top ten. Check out how each team looks coming into the All-Star break.
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 1 | +/-0
Arguments can be made for several teams, but as far as Cup contenders are concerned, I see no reason why this team doesn't rank atop that list.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1
Back on track, the Canucks look like the strongest Cup contenders in the West. PHI/VAN would be rather interesting.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank:10 | +7
Five straight wins, and the Lightning have absolute control over the Southeast. This team is quite the force in the East.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 5 | +1
That loss to division rival Chicago Blackhawks is going to sting. Still though, the Wings did well enough to move up a spot.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 11 | +6
It must be frustrating, consistently winning but gaining no ground on the Flyers. Once this team gets healthy, however, it'll be a different story.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 2 | -4
It was Dallas v. Canada this week. All things considered, Canada won. It'll knock them down a few pegs, at least for now.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 8 | +1
Pretty good showing on the road this week from the Preds. Did I mention they're my dark horse of the West? They're my dark horse of the West.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 4 | -4
Mixed results this week from the Bruins. Don't look for this team to spend too much time in a funk though.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 9
Jonas Hiller and Co. continue to look strong, but not quite strong enough to get themselves out of that number nine spot.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 7 | -3
Poor showing from the 'Hawks this week, but in their defense they were up against some pretty stiff competition.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 6 | -5
The Southeast division took it to the Rangers this week. It's a pretty big blow to a team trying to keep up with the Penguins and the Flyers.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 13 | +1
Nice effort by the Caps this week to keep up with the 'Bolts. It's weeks like this that are going to pay dividends for this team in the long run.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 16 | +3
Some tough, close losses kept the 'Yotes from a perfect week. It's only a matter of time until this team is in the top ten.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 14 | +/-0
There's a good chance they may represent the third of three Southeast division teams in the playoffs if they can keep it up.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 12 | -3
Hopefully the Canadiens start the post-All-Star break better than they ended before it. They can't afford to slip up now.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 20 | +4
Carolina is right on the precipice of playoff position. If they continue like they did this week, they'll make it in.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 15 | -2
Niemi carried the Sharks on his shoulders this week and did a pretty splendid job. Props to him for this week's successes.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 17 | -1
The Wild continue their strong push for playoff position. If I had to venture a guess now, I'd say they make it.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 18 | -1
Considering their position in the Eastern Conference, the Florida Panthers don't look half bad for a team undergoing a complete overhaul.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 23 | +3
The Sabres are 8-3-1 in the month of January. At that rate, anything is possible, especially with the Senators and Canadiens losing ground.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 21 | +/-0
I'm calling it now. The Los Angeles Kings will not make the playoffs. Out of all thirty teams, this one is the biggest disappointment.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 19 | -3
Unless this team turns things around after the All-Star break, they're going to miss the playoffs altogether this season.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 27 | +4
A win coming off of the All-Star break would set a season-high 5-game winning streak for the Flames. They're gonna need it.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 25 | +1
I don't give their fan base enough credit. Year in and year out they have playoff aspirations and seem to fall short. Props to their fans for not giving up.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 22 | -3
Four straight losses coming into the All-Star break. Here's to the 2011-12 season. It's alright though. These guys are young. Better things will come.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 28 | +2
How bad do you have to be to go 6-1-1 in your past 8 games but still be the worst team in the league?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 24 | -3
That's the nice thing about the All-Star game. Even the Maple Leafs are represented. Now that I think about it, this might be the high point of the season.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 26 | -2
I was trying to think of a clever comment for this week's Isles post. Here it is. Alliteration of the day: Nabakov says "nyet" to Nassau.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 30 | +1
While other teams like the Sabres, Flames, and Devils are making an effort to do better, the Oilers are making an effort to get that first overall pick.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
How is no one being fired in Ottawa? How?