Power Rankings, Week 26: Canucks Back On Top, West Takes Over
Tyler J. Altemose
It took them a couple of weeks, but the Vancouver Canucks have once again reestablished their dominance over the league. It's part of a movement that has a bunch of the West teams in the top ten, with not as much Eastern Conference representation. Perhaps this will respark the conference debate--which is better? Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 2 | +1
The Canucks have now won 12 of their past 15 games. Welcome back to the top, Vancouver.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 9 | +7
The Kings are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games. That is how you make the playoffs, folks!
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 1 | -2
Their reign atop the rankings may be over, but this team is far from ready to lie down at this point in the game.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 4 | +/-0
Another solid week from Bryzgalov and Co.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 2 | -3
It was a short week for the Sharks. The results weren't too shabby.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 7 | +1
Solid effort from the Ducks this week. They're proving to be true contenders.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 13 | +6
The Bruins re-asserted their dominance this week. They outscored their opponents 12-2.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 10 | +2
This Sabres squad is absolutely unbelievable.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 11 | +2
You can't complain when your only loss of the week comes at the hands of the Canucks. I'm very impressed by this Predators team.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 12 | +2
Yep. I knew it was only a matter of time until these guys made yet another push. Yadda, yadda, yadda, Dan Bylsma for coach of the year.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 5 | -6
The Blackhawks slipped up this week behind backup net minder Cory Crawford.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 6 | -6
What a low scoring week for the Rangers. Good thing their goaltending is up to par!
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 8 | -5
More sloppy play from the Wings. They're 5-3-2 in their past 10, including an absolutely crushing loss (10-3) to the Blues. Yikes!
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 14 | +/-0
Overall, strictly in terms of points, the Flyers are improving. Still though, there is lingering concern about this squad.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 16 | +1
This week saw improvement for the Lightning. Once again, you gotta give Stevie Y. credit for getting this squad together.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 20 | +4
The Hurricanes are making quite a push for the playoffs. My guess is that their fate is decided after game 82.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 18 | +1
"Optimus Reim' as they call goaltender James Reimer, will get this team back into the playoffs--just not this season.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 15 | -3
When the only team you can manage to beat is the Atlanta Thrashers, things look pretty down. Do the Canadiens make the playoffs, or do they choke?
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 23 | +4
This is three or four weeks in a row now where the Senators haven't looked half bad. Where was that effort in the first half?
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 25 | +5
This was the best week the Blues have had in a while. A shootout loss against the Wild was the only thing keeping them from a perfect week.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 24 | +3
The Wild split a home-and-home with the Blues this week. If it weren't for the fact that they were from Minnesota, I'd say no one cared.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 22 | +/-0
It was a short, unproductive week for the Flames who may or may not find themseves on the outside looking in once the playoffs start.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 19 | -4
It was a short, forgetful week for the Stars. They're gonna miss the playoffs by the slimmest fo margins. A sad stort for a team once seeded third in the conference.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 27 | +3
Mixed results for the Thrashers this week, which is actually an improvement come to think of it.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 21 | -4
...and back to the depth of the doldrums for the Devils. How anticlimactic.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 17 | -9
Three straight losses, and down to the bottom 1/3 of the rankings.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 30 | +3
The Panthers got swept this week, but they at least got some points out of the effort.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 26 | -2
The Blue Jackets are 3-7-5 in their past 15 games. 'Nuff said.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 28 | -1
Ah, yes. Another week of being swept in regulation.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 29 | -1
No matter how badly the Avs have been playing, the Oilers are still worse.