Power Rankings, Week 18: Flyers Fall From First
Tyler J. Altemose
Ah, it's been a while, hasn't it. Well, I'm back on track now. Thanks to you who give a crap about this.
Anyhow, this week we see the Flyers fall from first. It was a short week for most teams given the All-Star break, so don't expect things to get shuffled up too much. Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 2 | +1
Not only did the Canucks beat both of their opponents this week, they did it handily--and against opponents that are in the process of making a strong Western Conference push.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1
The Lightning are proof that even teams like the Flyers have their Kryptonite.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 1 | -2
What's the best way to lose your top ranking? Lose in your only game of the week. It's been a nice run for the Orange and Black though.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 6 | +2
The Bruins continue their quest for Eastern Conference dominance.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 4 | -1
A win against the Ottawa Senators (their only opponent) this week is fine and dandy, but how do you let them score on you five times?
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 5 | -1
Many people assumed that when Crosby and Malkin suffered injuries that this team was done. Their fantastic defense and stellar goaltending (MAF) are keeping them in the thick of it.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 11 | +4
The Sharks have won 5 of their last 6. That loss, by the way, was in a SO. This team is on fire right now.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 10 | +2
The Chicago Blackhawks continue to win games that matter--games against Central division opponents.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 15 | +6
The Canadiens found themselves on the positive side of a couple of close contests this week.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 16 | +6
It was Minnesota's goaltending that earned them two well-deserved points this week.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 8 | -3
The Caps have lost three games in a row. That's not good considering they're in a race for the Southeast division and a shot at the playoffs.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 7 | -5
The Predators have now lost three games in a row. This isn't going to help their efforts to make the playoffs within the Western Conference.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 9 | -4
The Stars follow a five-game winning streak with three losses in their past four games. Does this team have what it takes to turn things around?
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 18 | +4
The Kings have returned from their recent slump, winning 4 of their past 5.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 22 | +7
The Devils are now 7-2-1 in their past 10 games. Talk about turning things around. If they can keep it up we might be discussing them with other playoff-bound teams.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 21 | +5
This week brings us win number 5 in a row for the Calgary Flames. Can anyone say "playoff push"?
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 12 | -5
The Rangers fall in a shootout to division-rival Pittsburgh this week. It was their third shootout in four games.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 13 | -5
The Ducks' only results this week consisted of a loss to the San Jose Sharks. I really can't blame them though--the Sharks are hot right now.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 14 | -5
The Hurricanes ran into a road block this week in the form of the Boston Bruins.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 19 | -1
Buffalo had the week off. Ever since I started doing this segment I'm pretty sure I haven't ever seen a team have an entire week off.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 17 | -4
Ouch. Losing two in a row this week puts the Coyotes at 4-6-0 in their past 10 games. They're going to need to improve to keep pace with the Sharks.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 20 | -2
This week's loss to the lowly Islanders puts the Thrashers at 2-5-3 in their past 10 games. They're in utter freefall--enough so that I'm getting close to considering them out of the playoff race altogether.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 23 | +/-0
The Avalanche had only one game this week. It was postponed due to inclement weather. Catch ya next week!
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 26 | +2
Hey, look at that! A win!
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 24 | -1
The Panthers are 2-4-4 in their past 10 games. This isn't news or anything, but you can consider them out of the hunt in the Southeast division.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
The Blue Jackets have to turn on the afterburners if they want to keep up with the rest of the West.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/-0
Remember how the Avalanche game was postponed? The Blues were supposed to be their opponent.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 28 | +/-0
The Islanders are losers of four of their past five games. That isn't news to anyone, I know, but I had to write something here.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 30 | +1
Three wins in their past 15 is enough to lift the Edmonton Oilers out of the basement (for now). And yes, there is a team worse than this right now.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
The Senators have won just one of their past 15 games. Of those 14 losses, they managed to scrounge a point in just four of them. Hello, basement!