Tyler J. Altemose
This has to be frustrating for the Flyers. No matter how well they do, the Canucks just seem to do as well or better. Our #1 and #2-ranked teams remain the same, while a couple of teams that I thought were an afterthought have shot into the top five. Yes, I mean it. Without further adieu...
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The 'Nucks continue to roll. There isn't much else to say about this team other than "watch out".
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Nearly a sweep this week for the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 8 | +5
The Flames continue to look absolutely stellar, obtaining 5 of 8 points this week including a 9-1 victory where they made the Avs look just silly.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 11 | +7
The Wings got the best of the Bruins in a home-and-home this week.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 9 | +4
The Devils have had one regulation loss in the past month. One. Right about now is where we should start discussing Lemaire as potential coach of the year.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 5 | -1
The Lightning found themselves on both the good and bad end of extra minutes this week.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 6 | -1
4 out of 8 points this week isn't bad, but in a tight Western Conference you're going to want to get the W against better teams.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 3 | -5
Three losses in a row. Bing, band, boom. That's gotta hurt.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 4 | -5
The road was not kind to the Sharks as they fell to two of the East's worst teams. They need to get back to the Tank.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 15 | +5
Wow. Props to the Kings this week, who took the show on the road and brought back 7 of 8 points.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 14 | +3
Ilya Bryzgalov started his 16th and 17th consecutive games this week. The man continues to prove to be a work horse capable of lifting an entire team on his shoulders.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 7 | -5
Winning a wild onw in Anaheim was the highlight this week for a struggling Washington Capitals team.
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The Ducks may have lost a wild one to the Caps, but they otherwise remained strong this week.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 10 | -4
This was a short week for the Preds, a team who is teetering on the precipice of playoff positioning.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 12 | -3
The Pens straight-up got beat this week, struggling in the process to gain 2 points in two separate OT contests.
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Shootout losses will still get you a point, but you don't want to leave too many of them behing, especially out in the West.
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 18 | +1
Here's what desperation looks like. The Sabres struggled this week, going into extra minutes in three of their four games. However, they ended up getting 5 of 8 (valuable) points.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 17 | -1
4 out of 6 points isn't bad, but I expect more from the Canadiens during a home stand.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 20 | +1
The Leafs picked up two big wins against division rivals this week.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 22 | +2
At 6-3-1 in their past 10 games, the Blue Jackets are proving that just about everyone from the West is still in this thing.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 26 | +5
The Panthers showed this week that teams who are out of the playoff hunt often play better because, frankly, there are no expectations. No expectations, no pressure.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 28 | +6
This week's four-game win streak marks a record for the Isles this season.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 19 | -4
Talk about a fall from grace. The Dallas Stars, formerly atop the Pacific and 3rd in the West, are now 2-7-1 in their past 10 games.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 21 | -3
The road can be a fickle thing. At least it was to the Carolina Hurricanes this week.
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It was a short, meaningless week for the imploding Atlanta Thrashers.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 23 | -3
The six-game losing streak is over!
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 24 | -3
The Blues are feelin' the blues, that's for sure.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 30 | +2
The hits just keep on comin'. Luckily, there are two teams who performed worse than them this week.
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Let's put things into persepective here. The Oilers have 17 wins. The first team to hit 17 wins this season was the Washington Capitals. They did so back on 28 November.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 27 | -3
The Avs are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games. Props to probably the most spectacular debacle/implosion/choke of the season.