Tyler J. Altemose
This week's Power Rankings has a bit of a "streaky" side to it. All of the top teams have all had or are currently in the middle of winning streaks. Conversely, those teams at the bottom have been performing, let's say, "sub-par." So without further adieu, I present this week's Power Rankings.
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 7 | +6
Last season, Braydon Holtby was a relative unknown who was playing in the ECHL. This week he led the Caps between the pipes to their third and fourth straight wins against some very good Eastern Conference competition.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 1 | -1
The Flyers saw their 6-game point streak come to an end in overtime on Sunday. Fortunately for them, their 7-game point streak lives on.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 12 | +9
Much like Philadelphia, the Canucks also saw their 6-game win streak come to an end this week.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 9 | +5
The Blues won 7 straight before getting crushed by Columbus Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 3 | -2
The Kings have won 8 of it's last 10, including both contests at home this week.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 16 | +10
My dark horse in the East continues to ride! Four in a row!
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 27 | +20
The Ducks took care of some struggling competition this week to extend their winning streak to 5 games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 10 | +2
This team may actually be for real.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 4 | -5
The Red Wings continue to stay strong.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 14 | +4
The Wild and their nasty special teams (2nd-ranked PP and 8th-ranked PK) continued to win this week.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 2 | -9
The Bs were having a rough week until the Penguins utterly imploded before their very eyes the other night.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 20 | +8
Les Habitants had a solid week which included ending Vancouver's 6-game winning streak.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 18 | +5
The 'Canes stumbled out of the gate this week but managed to stick the landing.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 5 | -9
There isn't much you can say about a team that wins one game 6-3 and loses the other 0-5.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 13 | -2
Remember Antti Niemi? You know, the goaltender who won the Stanley Cup championship last season with the Blackhawks? He's 1-4-0 so far this season.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 24 | +8
To go 2-2 on the week isn't really a bad thing if you're the Florida Panthers.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 6 | -11
Lightning wasn't striking on the road at all this week.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 8 | -10
After the week they had at home, the Avalanche look to hit the road.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 21 | +2
Things continue to look gloomy in Calgary.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 23 | +3
If we have to call them the "Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks" for the next seven months they better start playing like it.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 15 | -6
The Penguins continue to struggle, dropping 2 of 3 and falling to 10th in the East.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 11 | -11
I finally give this team some praise and they go and lose 3 of 4. Someone go reinstate the "Henrik Lundqvist Suicide Watch".
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 28 | +5
The Sabres mastered the shootout this week.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 19 | -5
The Thrashers got thrashed this week.
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 17 | -8
The 'Yotes managed to lose in regulation, overtime, and shootout all in the same week.
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 26 | +/-0
The Oilers send their thanks to the Blackhawks for continuing to lose to all the terrible teams such as themselves.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 29 | +2
I don't know what's worse: the fact that the Isles have lost 8 straight as of Thursday or that they've done so and still aren't in last place in the Atlantic division.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 25 | -3
Kovalchuk's shootout "attempt" against the Sabres the other night serves as a metaphor for this team's season so far.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 22 | -7
The Preds have lost 8 of their last 10 games, including all three this week.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
The Maple Leafs have lost 10 of their last 11. Remember when they were the best team in the league? Neither do I, really.