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NHL Power Rankings 11/18

Posted By Graig Woodburn On November 19, 2009 @ 7:47 am In General | 2 Comments


As the NHL nears the quarter mark of the season, the WEEI power rankings sort things out.

New Jersey Devils [1]1. 14-5-0 The Devils are tough on the road (9-1) and just rounding into form under Jacques Lemaire, posting an 8-2 mark in their last 10. Strong start for forward Zach Parise [2], 24 points in 19 games, a plus-13. Martin Brodeur [3] has started 17 of 19 and posts a .920 save percentage.

San Jose Sharks [4]2. 14-5-4 Tuesday loss to Nashville costs the Sharks the top spot. Dany Heatley [5]‘s 14 goals not a great surprise, but Patrick Marleau [6] with 13?  Still, it’s November.

Washington Capitals [7]3. 13-4-4 Return of MVP Alex Ovechkin [8] gets high-powered Caps offense (league-best 83 goals) back on track.

Chicago Blackhawks [9]4. 12-5-2 The Blackhawks are starting to click on all cylinders. Cristobal Huet [10] is getting things done in goal, (2.25 GAA). They have the best penalty-killing in the league. Duncan Keith [11] (15 points in 19 games) is sixth in the league in scoring by defensemen.

Colorado Avalanche [12]5. 13-6-3 The Avalanche may be coming back to earth after a surprising start. The Avs are just 5-4-1 in the last 10 games. Center Ryan O’Reilly [13] is third in rookie scoring (15 points) but was minus-3 in a loss Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild [14]6. 12-5-1 Look out, the Sabres are starting to settle into the division lead. And wrestling it back from 6-foot-8 rookie defenseman Tyler Myers [15] (averaging 21 minutes of ice time) could be a tall order.

Calgary Flames [16]7. 12-5-2 The Flames’ leading scorer is Rene Bourque [17] (21 points). Enough said. Specials teams is in the middle of the pack. Must be the goaltending — as in, Miikka Kiprusoff [18] and his .921 save percentage.

Los Angeles Kings [19] 8.  13-8-2 Decent (3-2) road trip, then a stumble at home Wednesday to the Flyers. Anze Kopitar [20] is atop the league in scoring, but he was shut down in a loss to the Flyers.

Detriot Red Wings [21]9. 10-6-3  Leaves are falling, Wings are rising (7-2-1 in last 10). What else is new ? How about the Niklas among the list of top scoring defenseman being Kronwall [22] (13 points) and not Lidstrom [23].

Pittsburgh Penguins [24]10. 14-7 The Penguins’ last-second comeback and OT win against Bruins gets the defending champs back in the groove. Getting that Malkin [25] guy back doesn’t hurt.

Philadelphia Flyers [26]11. 12-5-1 Nice win Wednesday in LA to start a West Coast swing for the Flyers, who had been 7-3 in their last 10. Steady as it gets for defenseman Chris Pronger [27] — 17 points in 18 games, a plus-14.

Columbus Blue Jackets [28]12. 11-6-2 Rick Nash [29] is getting it done offensively (13 goals, 11 assists) for the Blue Jackets, but a minus-7 rating? Calder winner Steve Mason [30], with a horrific 3.67 GAA and .879 save percentage, is being badly outplayed by Mathieu Garon [31] (2.46, .923).

Tampa Bay Lightning [32]13. 8-4-6  The talent is starting to shine in the Sunshine State. All those who said Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki [33] would post anything near a 1.93 GAA and .939 save percentage, please step forward.

New York Islanders [34]14. 8-6-7 It’s Matt Moulson [35] time on the Island. His 10 goals rank as tops on the team. Number 1 pick John Tavares [36] leads the team and all NHL rookies in scoring (19 points in 21 games). Gritty win against the B’s.

Atlanta Thrashers [37]15. 10-6-1 Ilya Kovalchuk [38] returns, and the Thrashers take flight. Maxim Afinogenov [39] (17 points in 17 games) was a nice under-the-radar free agent signing. In goal, Ondrej Pavelec [40] (.917 SP) has been solid. You knew that, right?

New York Rangers [41] 16. 11-9-1 The Blueshirts are fading after a fast start, just 4-6 in their last 10. Rookie defensemen Michael Del Zotto [42] (15 points) and Matt Gilroy [43] (19 minutes a game) are still playing big roles.

Dallas Stars [44]17. 9-5-6 No one dances into securing one standings point like the Stars. Just don’t lose in 60 minutes, baby. Second-year winger James Neal [45] already has 11 goals.

Phoenix Coyotes [46]18. 12-9 Ilya Bryzgalov [47] (2.04 GAA) and a veteran defense keep things level for the Coyotes in the desert. Offense still is a problem. Two defensemen, Ed Jovanovski [48] and Adrian Aucoin [49], are among the team’s point leaders. Not a good thing.

Vancouver Canucks [50]19. 11-10-0 Meandering along at .500 is not where the Canucks want to be, but playing without Roberto Luongo [51] in goal for two weeks makes it not so bad.

Nashville Predators [52]20. 10-8-1 They’re starting to find the right chord in Music City, as the Preds are 7-3 in their last 10. Solid second season for goalie Pekka Rinne [53] (2.40 GAA, .914 SP)

Ottawa Senators [54]21. 9-6-3 The Senators are not the power they once were. But they’re no pushover either. Daniel Alfredsson [55] is generating his usual point per game (19 points, 18 games), but Johnathan Cheechoo [56] (1 goal) is hardly making fans forget about Dany Heatley.

Boston Bruins [57] 22. 8-8-4 The Bruins have been treading water until their top-line players return, but that project is just about complete. Considering the scoring woes and stretches of lackluster play, .500 is not a bad place from which to get back into winning form.

Montreal Canadiens [58]23. 10-11-1 Looking for offense, the Habs added Brian Gionta [59], Mike Cammalleri [60] and Scott Gomez [61]. The result? Tomas Plekanec [62] leads the team in scoring. Defensively, Roman Hamrlik [63] sets the tone, logging a team-high 25:26 of ice time. Au revoir.

Florida Panthers [64]24. 8-9-2 You could do a lot worse than counting on Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun [65] (.921 SP) to carry you into the playoffs. You probably could do a lot better than expecting leading scorer Steven Reinprecht [66] (15 points) to do the same. Just saying.

Minnesota Wild [67]25. 7-12-2 Those boring wins under former coach Jacques Lemaire are not looking so bad now for the Wild. Derek Boogaard [68] is still looking for his first point of the season. To the extent he looks for points.

Anaheim Ducks [69]26. 6-10-3 Who would have thought that trading monster Chris Pronger and other key defenders would result in an awful defensive team. Couldn’t see that one coming. Corey Perry [70]‘s current 12-game point streak (17 points) is the best in the league this season. It could win him a trip to the Vancouver Olympics.

Edmonton Oilers [71]27 9-10-3- A third-period rally allowed the Oilers to end a four-game losing streak Wednesday. It was just the third win for Edmonton in the last 13 games. Much-maligned offer sheet signee Dustin Penner [72] finally is showing his worth, leading the team in scoring (23 points).

Toronto Maple Leafs [73]28. 3-11-5 Toronto still is waiting for that Phil Kessel [74] infusion (5 goals, 3 assists in 7 games) to lead to wins. The Leafs are just 2-5 since No. 81 jumped into the lineup. Then again, they have twice as many wins with him as without.

St. Louis Blues [75]29. 6-8-4 The hottest team in the league after December last season is frozen in a bad place so far this year. Fewest goals scored in the league — on a team with Keith Tkachuk [76], Paul Kariya [77], Andy McDonald [78] and Brad Boyes [79]? Them’s the Blues.

Carolina Hurricanes [80]30. 3-12-5 The Hurricanes are heading south, probably farther than Aaron Ward [81] (minus-11) had in mind.

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[2] Zach Parise: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3355&team=11

[3] Martin Brodeur: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=686&team=11

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[5] Dany Heatley: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2415&team=18

[6] Patrick Marleau: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1644&team=18

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[8] Alex Ovechkin: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=23&type=roster

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[10] Cristobal Huet: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3062&team=4

[11] Duncan Keith: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3266&team=4

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[13] Ryan O’Reilly: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4786&team=17

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[15] Tyler Myers: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4485&team=2

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[17] Rene Bourque: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3632&team=3

[18] Miikka Kiprusoff: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2017&team=3

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[20] Anze Kopitar: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3788&team=8

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[22] Kronwall: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2517&team=5

[23] Lidstrom: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=78&team=5

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[25] Malkin: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3638&team=16

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[27] Chris Pronger: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=639&team=15

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[29] Rick Nash: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3153&team=29

[30] Steve Mason: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4163&team=29

[31] Mathieu Garon: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1968&team=29

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[35] Matt Moulson: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4040&team=12

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[38] Ilya Kovalchuk: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2944&team=28

[39] Maxim Afinogenov: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1906&team=28

[40] Ondrej Pavelec: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4052&team=28

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[42] Michael Del Zotto: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4496&team=13

[43] Matt Gilroy: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4649&team=13

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[45] James Neal: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3818&team=9

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[47] Ilya Bryzgalov: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2594&team=24

[48] Ed Jovanovski: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1041&team=24

[49] Adrian Aucoin: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1288&team=24

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[51] Roberto Luongo: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1793&team=22

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[53] Pekka Rinne: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3764&team=27

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[55] Daniel Alfredsson: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1339&team=14

[56] Johnathan Cheechoo: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2100&team=14

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[59] Brian Gionta: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2144&team=10

[60] Mike Cammalleri: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2991&team=10

[61] Scott Gomez: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1844&team=10

[62] Tomas Plekanec: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3005&team=10

[63] Roman Hamrlik: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=577&team=10

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[65] Tomas Vokoun: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1541&team=26

[66] Steven Reinprecht: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2101&team=26

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[70] Corey Perry: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3365&team=25

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[72] Dustin Penner: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3587&team=6

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[76] Keith Tkachuk: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=558&team=19

[77] Paul Kariya: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1000&team=19

[78] Andy McDonald: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2175&team=19

[79] Brad Boyes: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=2525&team=19

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[81] Aaron Ward: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=539&team=7

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