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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 [1] nears the quarter mark of the season, the WEEI power rankings sort things out.

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.

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

3. 13-4-4 Return of MVP Alex Ovechkin [6] gets high-powered Caps offense (league-best 83 goals) back on track.

4. 12-5-2 The Blackhawks are starting to click on all cylinders. Cristobal Huet [7] is getting things done in goal, (2.25 GAA). They have the best penalty-killing in the league. Duncan Keith [8] (15 points in 19 games) is sixth in the league in scoring by defensemen.

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 [9] is third in rookie scoring (15 points) but was minus-3 in a loss Wednesday.

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 [10] (averaging 21 minutes of ice time) could be a tall order.

7. 12-5-2 The Flames’ leading scorer is Rene Bourque [11] (21 points). Enough said. Specials teams is in the middle of the pack. Must be the goaltending ‘€” as in, Miikka Kiprusoff [12] and his .921 save percentage.

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

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 [14] (13 points) and not Lidstrom [15].

10. 14-7 The Penguins [16]‘ last-second comeback and OT win against Bruins gets the defending champs back in the groove. Getting that Malkin [17] guy back doesn’t hurt.

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 [18] ‘€” 17 points in 18 games, a plus-14.

12. 11-6-2 Rick Nash [19] is getting it done offensively (13 goals, 11 assists) for the Blue Jackets, but a minus-7 rating? Calder winner Steve Mason [20], with a horrific 3.67 GAA and .879 save percentage, is being badly outplayed by Mathieu Garon [21] (2.46, .923).

13. 8-4-6  The talent is starting to shine in the Sunshine State. All those who said Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki [22] would post anything near a 1.93 GAA and .939 save percentage, please step forward.

14. 8-6-7 It’s Matt Moulson [23] time on the Island. His 10 goals rank as tops on the team. Number 1 pick John Tavares [24] leads the team and all NHL [25] rookies in scoring (19 points in 21 games). Gritty win against the B’s.

15. 10-6-1 Ilya Kovalchuk [26] returns, and the Thrashers take flight. Maxim Afinogenov [27] (17 points in 17 games) was a nice under-the-radar free agent signing. In goal, Ondrej Pavelec [28] (.917 SP) has been solid. You knew that, right?

16. 11-9-1 The Blueshirts are fading after a fast start, just 4-6 in their last 10. Rookie defensemen Michael Del Zotto [29] (15 points) and Matt Gilroy [30] (19 minutes a game) are still playing big roles.

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 [31] already has 11 goals.

18. 12-9 Ilya Bryzgalov [32] (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 [33] and Adrian Aucoin [34], are among the team’s point leaders. Not a good thing.

19. 11-10-0 Meandering along at .500 is not where the Canucks want to be, but playing without Roberto Luongo [35] in goal for two weeks makes it not so bad.

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 [36] (2.40 GAA, .914 SP)

21. 9-6-3 The Senators are not the power they once were. But they’re no pushover either. Daniel Alfredsson [37] is generating his usual point per game (19 points, 18 games), but Johnathan Cheechoo [38] (1 goal) is hardly making fans forget about Dany Heatley [39].

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.

23. 10-11-1 Looking for offense, the Habs added Brian Gionta [40], Mike Cammalleri [41] and Scott Gomez [42]. The result? Tomas Plekanec [43] leads the team in scoring. Defensively, Roman Hamrlik [44] sets the tone, logging a team-high 25:26 of ice time. Au revoir.

24. 8-9-2 You could do a lot worse than counting on Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun [45] (.921 SP) to carry you into the playoffs. You probably could do a lot better than expecting leading scorer Steven Reinprecht [46] (15 points) to do the same. Just saying.

25. 7-12-2 Those boring wins under former coach Jacques Lemaire are not looking so bad now for the Wild. Derek Boogaard [47] is still looking for his first point of the season. To the extent he looks for points.

26. 6-10-3 Who would have thought that trading monster Chris Pronger [48] and other key defenders would result in an awful defensive team. Couldn’t see that one coming. Corey Perry [49]‘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.

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 [50] finally is showing his worth, leading the team in scoring (23 points).

28. 3-11-5 Toronto still is waiting for that Phil Kessel [51] 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.

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 [52], Paul Kariya [53], Andy McDonald [54] and Brad Boyes [55]? Them’s the Blues.

30. 3-12-5 The Hurricanes are heading south, probably farther than Aaron Ward [56] (minus-11) had in mind.


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[1] NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm

[2] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=11&type=teamhome

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

[4] 2. 14-5-4 Tuesday loss to Nashville costs the Sharks the top spot. Dany Heatley: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=18&type=teamhome

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

[6] 3. 13-4-4 Return of MVP Alex Ovechkin: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=23&type=teamhome

[7] 4. 12-5-2 The Blackhawks are starting to click on all cylinders. Cristobal Huet: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=04&type=teamhome

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

[9] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=17&type=teamhome

[10] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=02&type=teamhome

[11] 7. 12-5-2 The Flames’ leading scorer is Rene Bourque: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=03&type=teamhome

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

[13] 8.  13-8-2 Decent (3-2) road trip, then a stumble at home Wednesday to the Flyers. Anze Kopitar: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=08&type=teamhome

[14] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=05&type=teamhome

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

[16] 10. 14-7 The Penguins: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=16&type=teamhome

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

[18] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=15&type=teamhome

[19] 12. 11-6-2 Rick Nash: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=29&type=teamhome

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

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

[22] 13. 8-4-6  The talent is starting to shine in the Sunshine State. All those who said Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=20&type=teamhome

[23] 14. 8-6-7 It’s Matt Moulson: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=12&type=teamhome

[24] John Tavares: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4681&team=12

[25] NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl-hockey.htm

[26] 15. 10-6-1 Ilya Kovalchuk: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=28&type=teamhome

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

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

[29] 16. 11-9-1 The Blueshirts are fading after a fast start, just 4-6 in their last 10. Rookie defensemen Michael Del Zotto: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=13&type=teamhome

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

[31] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=09&type=teamhome

[32] 18. 12-9 Ilya Bryzgalov: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=24&type=teamhome

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

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

[35] 19. 11-10-0 Meandering along at .500 is not where the Canucks want to be, but playing without Roberto Luongo: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=22&type=teamhome

[36] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=27&type=teamhome

[37] 21. 9-6-3 The Senators are not the power they once were. But they’re no pushover either. Daniel Alfredsson: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=14&type=teamhome

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

[39] Dany Heatley: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dany-heatley.htm

[40] 23. 10-11-1 Looking for offense, the Habs added Brian Gionta: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=10&type=teamhome

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

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

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

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

[45] 24. 8-9-2 You could do a lot worse than counting on Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=26&type=teamhome

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

[47] 25. 7-12-2 Those boring wins under former coach Jacques Lemaire are not looking so bad now for the Wild. Derek Boogaard: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=30&type=teamhome

[48] 26. 6-10-3 Who would have thought that trading monster Chris Pronger: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=25&type=teamhome

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

[50] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=06&type=teamhome

[51] 28. 3-11-5 Toronto still is waiting for that Phil Kessel: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=21&type=teamhome

[52] 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: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=19&type=teamhome

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

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

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

[56] 30. 3-12-5 The Hurricanes are heading south, probably farther than Aaron Ward: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/teamstats.asp?teamno=07&type=teamhome

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