Power Rankings, Week 25: 'Yotes Howl Their Way Up the Rankings
Tyler J. Altemose
There are a bunch of NHL teams that have had up and down seasons this year. They Phoenix Coyotes are no exception. But where it can be difficult for a lot of teams to get consistent at the end of the season, the 'Yotes are thriving. How'd they do? Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 1 | +/-0
This Washington Capitals team is hot, hot, hot!
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 2 | +/-0
Short week, mixed results. Don't know what it says about a top team in the conference that canwin on the road but not at home. That kind of play is best suited for lower seeds.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 7 | +4
Not only are the Sharks putting the puck in the net, they're doing a great job of overwhelming opponents. It isn't offensive firepower or defensive prowess at work here--its both.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 6 | +2
The Coyotes came within one goal of a perfect, four-game week. Absolutely phenomenal given it being late in the season. They're looking like a top five at this point for sure.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 5 | +/-0
The Blackhawks recovered nicely after being pummeled by the Stars early on in the week.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 8 | +2
The Rangers are scoring and King Henrik is being King Henrik. Watch out, Eastern Conference!
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 9 | +2
Talk about a thrilling week! The Ducks went into OT for each of their contests and won each one. That's the kind of resilience that'll get ya into the playoffs.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 3 | -5
This is the second of three weeks where the Red Wings have put together weak performnces. Now isn't the time for that. Or maybe they're getting it out of their system before the playoffs start. Who knows?
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 4 | -5
If you're the Kings, you want better results than this. Three out of six points is insufficient if you're playing hockey at home.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 13 | +3
Yep. I'm convinced this team will make it to the post season.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 19 | +8
Bam. Four straight wins, two of them in OT. That'll help the Predators lock up a playoff berth. This team has Pekka Rinne to thank, though.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 11 | -1
It was a short week for the Penguins, so I won't get on their case about not picking things up.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 12 | -1
It's nice to hit that 90-point mark, I'm sure. But the Bruins need to pick up their game if they're going to prove that they're one of the East's true power houses.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 16 | +2
More of the same sad results from the Flyers this week.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 14 | -1
The Canadiens may have outscored their opponents 14-11 his week, but they still received only mixed results in terms of points.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 15 | -1
Three straight losses? Poor timing, Tampa Bay.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 20 | +3
The Islanders had yet another solid week, this time on the road.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 21 | +3
The Leafs got trounced by the Panthers early on but recovered nicely.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 22 | +3
Four out of six points isn't too bad, I suppose. But that'd look muchbetter had the Stars been on the winning side of extra minutes.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 24 | +4
It was a short week for the 'Canes, but they got two huge wins to help them in their quest to make the playoffs.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 10 | -11
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Devils' miraculous climb to the postseason ended. I don't think they have enough will power in the tank after suffering a week like this.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 18 | -4
The Flames had a poor week two weeks ago, but recovered last week. This week, more desperation as the team failed to capitalize on a couple of extra minutes situations.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 23 | +/-0
Yep. I must be right. There's no way this team could be performing this well unless they had nothing left to worry about this season. No pressure? No problem!
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 17 | -7
Talk about mailing it in. The Wild, right in the thick of it a few weeks ago, pretty much bowed out of playoff contention this week.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 26 | +1
The Blues struggled again this week, but in their defense they were on the road against some pretty solid competition.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
Eesh! More poor play from the Blue Jackets.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/-0
It was a short week for the Thrashers. And honestly, it's best left at that.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 30 | +2
This was the first time the Avalanche got two consecutive wins since 18 January.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 28 | -1
First overall draft pick, anyone?
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
Three or so weeks ago this team wasn't looking so bad considering they're in a rebuilding year. But now? Yikes!