Power Rankings, Week 24: Make Way for the Kings
Tyler J. Altemose
This week we witness the Washington Capitals extend their reign atop the standings. And speaking of "reign", there's another team shooting up the rankings--a team I thought was dead in the water a few weeks ago. Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Kings. Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 1 | +/-0
The Caps continue to play like the best team in the league. And for that they remain in the top spot in the Power Rankings.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 2 | +/-0
In the words of Charlie Sheen, "duh, winning!"
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 6 | +3
The Red Wings bounced back this week, reestablishing their dominance within the Western Conference.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 13 | +9
What a week for the Kings! Three straight wins on the road. 4-2 each game. Deja vu.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 4 | -1
It was a short week for the Blackhawks, but they made the best of it.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 18 | +12
The Phoenix Coyotes want to make the playoffs so bad they can taste it. They're hungry like the wolf. Pun intended.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 3 | -4
Well, the hunt for that elusive 40th victory has finally arrived. But the Sharks struggled this week getting there.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 16 | +8
Short week for the Rangers, but they swept nonetheless. This team is making a pretty solid push.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 14 | +5
They thought he'd never play again. Not only did he play, but he got the W. Nice work, Ray Emery. Nice to see you back.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 10 | +/-0
This team can literally smell the playoffs. That is absolutely crazy.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 15 | +4
The Habs got the best of the Pens this week, but the Black and Gold finished strong against some weaker competition.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 5 | -7
This is two weeks in a row now where the Bruins have put together less-than-stellar performances.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 11 | -2
The Sabres slowed down a bit, but they got half the possible points this week while up against divisional competition that'll always give them a run for their money.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 7 | -7
This team has a tendency to be very up and down. This week, they were down.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 12 | -3
This week was set out on a silver platter for the Bolts. Three weaker Eastern Conference teams, and all they could muster were three measly points.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 17 | +1
This team is getting wins together, but don't be fooled. They're capable of so much more. Underperforming will keep them out of the top 15 once again.
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 8 | -9
This was an absolutely brutal week for the Wild. They didn't just lose, they were beat up.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 9 | -9
No! You're so close! You can't lose three in a row now!
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 20 | +1
The Preds are taking baby steps toward establishing a rhythm in the West. That concerns me.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 23 | +3
The Islanders got 3 out of 6 points this week against some pretty tough opponents. I have to give this team credit--they've been half decent lately.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 21 | +/-0
Win, loss, win, loss. I think I'm going to be sea sick.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 19 | -3
The Dallas Stars are about to go supernova here. No, that's not a good thing.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 26 | +3
The Senators took to the road this week and didn't do half bad.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 22 | -2
If anything, the Hurricanes teetered toward "not making the playoffs" this week.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 24 | -1
It was a "blah" week for the Blue Jackets. They've seen plenty of them though this season.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
This week brings you regulation loss #30 of the season. But never fear, Blues fans--this team has a lot of growing up to do.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank | 27 | +/-0
The Thrashers had a couple of trysts with the Devils and Flyers. They got the best of the Flyers, but the Devils got the best of them.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 28 | +/-0
It was a short week, but hey--they're that much closer to the first overall pick of 2011!
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
It was another miserable week for the Panthers, but they got an OT win against state-rival Tampa Bay. That's gotta count for something, right? No?
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
Since this whole debacle started on 26 January, the Colorado Avalanche have been outscored 34-83.