NHL Power Rankings 1/6
|01.06.10 at 7:22 am ET|
A new year, a fresh start and a new team atop the WEEI Power Rankings.
1. (2) 30-10-3 The Blackhawks skated past New Jersey 5-1 in a top-of-the-charts showdown last week. They arrive in Boston to play the Bruins Thursday. Sounds like a good time for them to make their on-ice debut as our new No. 1.
2. (1) 30-10-1 A road loss to the Blackhawks made for an unhappy New Year’s Eve for the Devils. Leading scorer Zach Parise ended a brief three-game stretch without a point by scoring a second-period goal in a 4-0 win over Dallas Tuesday.
3. (3) 27-9-7 The Sharks had a great first half to the season, but a 6-2 home loss to the Kings on Monday, in which Evgeni Nabokov gave up five goals on 16 shots, says that winning the Pacific is no lock.
4. (5) 26-11-4 Team USA general manager Brian Burke says Ryan Miller is the best goalie in the NHL right now. Anyone disagree ?
5. (4) 25-11-6 The Caps drop two this week, the Sabres win two. Trade places in the rankings, please.
9. (9) 25-14-3 The Predators had won three straight before dropping a 3-1 game to Calgary at home Tuesday. Jason Arnott ended a nine-game stretch without a goal, scoring in a win over Anaheim Saturday.
10 . (6) 27-16-1 What’s up with the defending champs? The Penguins had lost five straight and six of their last seven before beating Atlanta Tuesday. Losing versatile forward Chris Kuntiz for over a month on Tuesday will not help.
11. (11 ) 25-15-3 Congrats to second-year defenseman Drew Doughty for making the Canadian Olympic team. The 20-year-old already is one of the best in the league.
13. (13) 26-16-1 The Canucks are back to playing playoff-caliber hockey. Center Henrik Sedin is NHL First Star for December, leading all scorers with 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) in 15 games during the month.
15. (14) 22-18-4 Where would the Senators be if they could only learn to beat Tim Thomas, who now has an 11-game wining streak against Ottawa.
16. (16) 18-12-11 The Stars have lost two straight, scoring just a single goal in the process. Loui Eriksson had five goals in his last three games before being shut out by Martin Brodeur and the Devils Tuesday.
17. (21 ) 20-17-5 Monday’s 3-2 win over the Bruins improved the Rangers to 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. They’ll look to take a 3-0 series lead over the B’s this season in an afternoon tilt at TD Garden Saturday.
19. (19) 21-21-3 Nice effort by the Canadiens to hold Alex Ovechkin without a point Tuesday, but it still didn’t prevent a 4-2 loss, the second in a row for Montreal.
20. (18) 18-18-6 Going 1-6-3 over the last 10 games will do little to squelch the Ilya Kovalchuk trade rumors.
21 . (23) 16-15-10 Goalie Mike Smith has stopped 89 of the last 93 shots he has faced, helping the Lightning go 2-0-1 and move close to the eighth playoff spot in the East.
24. (25) 17-19-7 Former Leaf Bryan McCabe scored twice to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead in Toronto Tuesday, but Florida couldn’t hold the advantage and dropped a 3-2 decision, the Panthers’ fourth loss in five games.
27. (27) 15-19-9 Phil Kessel has just one goal in nine games, but the Leafs rallied for a 3-2 win over Florida Tuesday to end a two-game losing streak.
29. (29) 16-22-5 A struggling Oilers team rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime Tuesday before losing to the Coyotes. Dustin Penner scored his team-leading 20th goal in the loss.