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...

 

 

 

Vancouver Canucks

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

The 'Nucks continue to roll. There isn't much else to say about this team other than "watch out".

 

 

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 2 | +/-0

Nearly a sweep this week for the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

 

 

 

Calgary Flames

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.

 

 

 

Minnesota Wild

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.

 

 

 

Boston Bruins

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.

 

 

 

Phoenix Coyotes

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.

 

 

 

Washington Capitals

Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 7 | -5

Winning a wild onw in Anaheim was the highlight this week for a struggling Washington Capitals team.

 

 

 

Anaheim Ducks

Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 13 | +/-0

The Ducks may have lost a wild one to the Caps, but they otherwise remained strong this week.

 

 

 

Nashville Predators

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.

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

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.

 

 

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 16 | +/-0

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.

 

 

 

Buffalo Sabres

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.

 

 

Montreal Canadiens

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.

 

 

 

Florida Panthers

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.

 

 

 

Dallas Stars

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.

 

 

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 21 | -3

The road can be a fickle thing. At least it was to the Carolina Hurricanes this week.

 

 

 

Atlanta Thrashers

Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 25 | +/-0

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.

 

 

 

 

Ottawa Senators

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.

 

 

 

Edmonton Oilers

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

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.

 

 

Colorado Avalanche

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.