Tyler J. Altemose

Last week we witnessed Philly's fall from grace. This week, the Flyers--along with the Bruins--made a strong case for first place. Also, a couple of bottom dwellers visit the top ten. Without further adieu...

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Canucks

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

The Canucks continue their strong push for the number one seed in the West. They have scoring, defense, and goaltending--all the necessary ingredients for a championship.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1

The Flyers are a team that no one can keep down for long. They won both games this week against some Western Conference teams who aren't having the best of luck right now.

 

Boston Bruins

Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 4 | +1

It's a scary thing to see a team like Boston--who already has spectacular goaltending and defense--scoring a combined 14 goals in their two wins this week.

 

San Jose Sharks

Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 7 | +3

A sweep on the road this week. Nine wins in their last ten games (the loss, in a SO). This is easily one of the top five teams in the league right now.

 

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 2 | -3

The Lightning lost two important games to teams making pushes--Buffalo and division-rival Washington. That's gonna prove costly.

 

 

Minnesota Wild

Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 10 | -4

The Wild won a home-and-home against the Colorado Avalanche. That isn't impressive. What is impressive, however, is their current playoff push.

 

 

Washington Capitals

Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 11 | +4

If your only loss of the week is against the Sharks, you can consider it a good week.

 

 

Calgary Flames

Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 16 | +8

The Flames, bottom-dwellers-turned-hot, are 8-1-1 in their past 10 after a stellar showing this week.

 

 

New Jersey Devils

Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 15 | +6

I know they're still way back in the standings, but the Devils are playing like a top ten team. They deserve to be up here.

 

 

Nashville Predators

Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 12 | +2

The Predators for shut out by the lowly Edmonton Oilers, but took a home-and-home against the Red Wings.

 

 

Detroit Red Wings

Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 5 | -6

The Red Wings lost three of their four games this week, managing an average of just one goal per game. This might be their worst week all season.

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 6 | -6

Pittsburgh's usual suspects for wins--defense and goaltending--were a no-go this week as the Black and Gold lost two of three.

 

 

Anaheim Ducks

Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 18 | +5

The Ducks swept their opponents this week which is good news for a team right there in the thick of it.

 

 

Phoenix Coyotes

Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 21 | +7

Two shutouts and an overtime win. That is how you turn things around, ladies and gentlemen.

 

 

Los Angeles Kings

Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 14 | -1

It was a short week for the Kings, but they managed to get the W against the red-hot Flames.

 

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 8 | -8

The Blackhawks took to the road this week in Canada. Canada won.

 

 

Montreal Canadiens

Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 9 | -8

The Canadiens had a rough week this week which included losing a wild one in Boston.

 

 

Buffalo Sabres

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

Consider the Buffalo Sabres in the mix of teams that apparently weren't notified that the season started until after the All-Star break.

 

 

Dallas Stars

Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 13 | -6

Four straight losses for the Stars. They're plummeting right out of the Western Conference race.

 

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 24 | +4

Even Toronto has won four of their past five games! What is this, Bizarro World?

 

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 19 | -2

The more the Hurricanes stumble, the more the Southeast division becomes a two-horse race.

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 26 | +4

Look at the Blue Jackets showing signs of life! They won three of four this week, only losing to the surging Sharks.

 

 

New York Rangers

Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 17 | -6

Three straight regulation losses pretty much cost the Rangers a shot at the Atlantic division title. I'm going to make a prediction here--the Rangers miss the playoffs...again.

 

St. Louis Blues

Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 27 | +3

A rare showing for the Blues--a decent week. They went 2-0-1.

 

 

 

Atlanta Thrashers

Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 22 | -3

The Thrashers continue their plummet, packing things in by going 2-5-3 in their past 10 games.

 

 

Florida Panthers

Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1

The Panthers' claim to fame this week is the fact that they beat the Devils. There isn't much other than that to get excited about.

 

 

Colorado Avalanche

Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 23 | -4

Did you hear that? It's the sound of the Colorado Avalanche imploding.

 

 

New York Islanders

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

Both scores of the Isles fames this week were 5-3. One was a good 5-3. The other, not so much.

 

 

Edmonton Oilers

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

The Oilers better watch out. The Senators are hot on their heels as the worse club in the sport.

 

 

Ottawa Senators

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

11 straight losses. This team is redefining what it means to be absolutely terrible.