NHL Power Rankings — 12/9
|12.09.09 at 7:08 am ET|
Things are starting to settle in among the top five and bottom five teams, but there’s plenty of movement among the remaining 20 teams in the WEEI NHL Power Rankings.
2. (6) 19-5-6 Caps win six straight. Top power play in league. Catalyst defenseman Mike Green‘s goal total (5) is down, but his plus-minus is up (plus-11). Still not sold.
3. (2) 18-7-3 Questioning the Blackhawks’ decision to ink defenseman Duncan Keith to a 13-year contract extension? Aside from leading the team in ice time, he’s their second-leading scorer. More points than Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Brian Campbell. Can you say, team MVP?
5. (5) 20-10-1 Always near the top, Penguins are primed for when things really matter.
10. (7) 16-9-2 The Sabres are settling in for a long fight with the B’s for the division lead. But scoring is an issue, and leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek has just one tally in last seven games.
11. (8) 17-11-2 Martin Erat nets a hat trick in 4-3 win Tuesday that helps the Predators end three-year home losing streak to Vancouver.
12. (9) 15-9-3 Ilya Kovalchuk has three goals in nine games. That’s good for some, maybe not enough for Thrashers.
13. (12) 17-9-6 Two straight wins for the Avalanche. Rookie center Matt Duchene turning heads (19 points in 32 games) but inexperience shines through with minus-8 rating.
15. (13) 14-11-4 The Senators return from a 1-3-1 West Coast road trip and drop a 4-1 home game to Montreal. If things don’t turn around quickly, hopes for remaining in the fight for the division title will be done.
17. (18) 16-14-0 There’s something to be said about a team that has not lost in overtime and will have Roberto Luongo in the playoffs. So there, it’s been said.
25. (24 ) 14-14-1 Chris Drury has just two goals and seven assists in 24 games. The Rangers need a lot, including more from the former Terrier.
26. (19) 14-13-1 The Flyers were a league-worst 2-8 in last 10 before getting first win for new coach Peter Laviolette Tuesday. Do you think someone, somewhere, is destroying the memo that said the Flyers, rather than Alex Ovechkin and the Caps, would be a better national television opponent for the Bruins at Fenway?
27. (21) 11-13-6 Rookie Dan Sexton, skating with Saku Koivu in place of injured Teemu Selanne, generates nine shots and scores his first two NHL goals in the third period as Ducks rally from a three-goal deficit to take a desperate 4-3 overtime win over Dallas. Teemu couldn’t have done it any better.