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.
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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.
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It was a short week, but hey--they're that much closer to the first overall pick of 2011!
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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?
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Since this whole debacle started on 26 January, the Colorado Avalanche have been outscored 34-83.