Power Rankings, Week 22: The East Takes Over (At Least in the Top Spot)
Tyler J. Altemose
Another week, another new number one. This week an Eastern Conference power house takes over. And no, it isn't the Flyers. In fact, the Orange and Black are falling off the radar altogether. Who takes over then? Ch-ch-check it out! Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 4 | +3
The Bruins went perfect on the road. This team looks good. Like, scary good. Like, "better than the Flyers" good.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 1 | -1
They stumbled out the gate, but the Red Wings showed just how resilient they can be this week.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 3 | +/-0
The Canucks regained their footing this week, but it wasn't enough to surpass the Red Wings.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 6 | +2
The Sharks took full advantage of the shootout this week. Props to Niemi.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 12 | +7
Six wins in a row. This team is on fire.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 9 | +3
That's the kind of comeback I like to see!
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 8 | +1
The Flames continue to be red hot.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 5 | -3
This week we saw the first Devils regulation loss since 26 January.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 2 | -7
This was a short, forgetful week for the Flyers.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 13 | +3
Did I say that the Kings were toast a few weeks ago? If I did, I take it back.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 10 | -1
The Caps got over the sting of losing 0-6 to the Rangers by taking a home-and-home against the Islanders.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 7 | -5
The Wild decided to choose this time to drop three of four contests. Not a wise move.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 15 | +2
Dan Ellis didn't seem to have any "problems" this week.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 11 | -3
See what happens when you bench Bryzgalov once in 20 games? You totally throw his game off!
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 17 | +2
The Habs looked improved this week as they continue their push toward a Northwest division title.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 18 | +2
Ryan Miller continues to be the pillar keeping the Sabres from crumbling. Can they continue to ride him into the playoffs?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 21 | +4
The Leafs are still in this thing. They scored points in every contest this week.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 14 | -4
This isn't the kind of performance that I expect from my Western Conference dark horse.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 22 | +3
The Rangers scored a touchdown against the Caps but missed the extra point. Unfortunately, those two points gained don't make up for the four lost.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 20 | +/-0
Cosidering the teams the Blue Jackets had to face this week, it wasn't a bad showing.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 16 | -5
The Maple Leafs took it to the Penguins this week. Are the Pens starting to show signs of fatigue sans Crosby and Malkin?
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 23 | +1
After sweeping at home this week, the 'Canes look to improve upon their "barely in this thing" status.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 28 | +5
Do the Stars make the playoffs or do they go supernova? This week they made a case for the former.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 19 | -5
It didn't take the Islanders too long to get back into their losing ways.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 24 | -1
The Blues took it to the road this week. Or rather the road took it to the Blues this week.
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
More of the lackluster effort from the Sens that we've been accustomed to this season.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/0
This is a Thrashers team that, several weeks ago, I would have considered a dark horse for the playoffs. Now they can't seem to get much of anything going as they plummet down the standings.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 26 | -2
The first overall pick is looking more like a reality each and every day.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
The bad news? The Panthers look terrible. The good news? The Avs look much, much worse.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
The Colorado Avalanche organization would like to sincerely apologize for that 22 February blip on the losing streak. They promise it'll never happen again.