Tyler J. Altemose
This week's Power Rankings date from 18-24 November, just prior to Thanksgiving. So, naturally, I decided I'd comment on what I think each of the teams in the NHL are thankful for so far this season. Take a look.
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 2 | +1
The Flyers are thankful for GM Paul Holmgren, who not only put together what is currently the best team in the league, but is also doing more than his fair share to ensure that this team stays solid for years to come.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 6 | +4
The Blue Jackets are thankful that this season is going as well as it has been so far.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 1 | -2
The Capitals are thankful that they're in the Southeast division.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 5 | +1
The Canadiens are thankful that the Senators, Sabres, and Maple Leafs are playing horribly so far. They're also thankful that Carey Price hasn't been a bust so far.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 3 | -2
The Canucks are thankful that they've managed to hold onto first place in the Northwest division.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 4 | -2
The Red Wings are thankful for Sweden.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 15 | +8
The Penguins are thankful that The Flower is blooming.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 10 | +2
The Blues are thankful for Jaroslav Halak. They're even more thankful for Pierre Gauthier.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 11 | +2
The Sharks are thankful for the Shark Tank. They've received 11 out of a possible 14 points there this month.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 8 | -2
The Ducks are thankful for Teemu Selanne. The guy is forty and shows no signs of an empty tank at all.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 7 | -4
The Kings are thankful that their road trip is over.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 9 | -3
The Senators are thankful for the fact that the Maple Leafs and Sabres are even more terrible than them right now. It gives them a fighting chance at the playoffs at the quarter mark of the season.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 13 | +/-0
The Bruins are thankful for their goaltending, because their offense certainly isn't proving to be that potent.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 14 | +/-0
The Avs are thankful for the fact that, much like a fine wine, they're only going to get better with age.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 12 | -3
The Wild are thankful for their sick-nasty special teams. It's the only thing keeping them afloat in the West.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 16 | +/-0
The 'Canes are thankful for the two points they've managed to squander this week.
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 20 | +3
The Coyotes are thankful for this seven-game winning streak they're on.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 22 | +4
The Lightning are thankful for GM Steve Yzerman.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 21 | +2
The Rangers are thankful for Marty Biron, whose 5-2-0 record, 2.15 GAA, and .917 SV% is keeping this team competitive.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 17 | -3
The Stars are thankful for Brad Richards while they still can be.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 19 | -2
The Blackhawks are thankful that they broke that 49-year Cupless streak last season, because it certainly doesn't look like they'll be winning it this year.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 18 | -4
The Panthers are thankful that they have an excuse for their awful season. Ah, "restructuring"!
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 26 | +3
The Thrashers are thankful for their first three-win streal of the season, for half of the Chicago Blackhawks' roster from last season, and for Ilya Kovalchuk being a New Jersey Devil.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 24 | +/-0
The Flames are thankful for the possibility of a number one draft pick next season.
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 23 | -2
The Sabres are thankful that there will only ever be one 40th Anniversary season, because this one is proving to be pretty lackluster.
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 25 | -1
The Predators are thankful that November is almost over.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 28 | +1
The Maple Leafs are thankful for their fan base. Most others would have given up by now.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 27 | -1
The Devils are thankful for consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
The Oilers are thankful for the 1980s.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
The Islanders are thankful that there are only 61 games left in the season.