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NHL Power Rankings 1/13

01.13.10 at 7:13 am ET
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The Blackhawks’ reign atop our rankings lasted just a week. Chicago may be back, but right now San Jose looks at strong as ever. We also have some movement at the bottom of the pack.

1. (3) 30-10-7 The Sharks started the week taking important division road wins in LA and Phoenix on consecutive nights, moving to the top of the rankings just before they host the Bruins Thursday.

2. (2) 32-11-1 Nice to see Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner being named to a similar role with the U.S. Olympic hockey team.  His quiet but effective leadership sets the tone in New Jersey and will be well-served during the run for gold in Vancouver.

3. (1) 31-11-4 After arriving atop the rankings last week, the Blackhawks squandered a four-goal lead in a loss to Minnesota and dropped a 3-1 game at home to Anaheim. Far from impressive.

4. (4) 28-11-5 The Sabres begin a seven-game road trip in Atlanta on Thursday. The trip will include five tough games out West and could make or break hopes for securing the Northeast Division title.

5. (5) 27-12-6 A 7-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday ended a three-game winning streak for the Capitals.

6. (7) 26-14-6 A pathetic Canucks fan used a laser pointer to distract Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff throughout a contest Saturday. Kiprusoff still made 19 saves in a 3-2 win. Nice try, hoser.

7. (6) 26-15-6 Craig Anderson, who was snubbed by the U.S. Olympic team, made 44 saves in a 3-2 victory over Calgary Monday, lifting the Avalanche into first place in the Northwest Division. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who was selected to the U.S. team, was benched Monday. Enough said.

8. (9) 28-16-3 After taking a 5-3 win in Edmonton Tuesday, the Predators have won three of four and six of their last eight games.

9. (8) 26-16-5 The Coyotes came up short in a measuring-stick game against San Jose Tuesday. Next up: The New Jersey Devils arrive in the desert Thursday. Another great chance for the Yotes to show they can bark with the best of them.

10 . (10) 28-18-1 Losing seven of nine, with their only wins coming against Atlanta and Toronto, is not sending any kind of message that the Penguins are prepared to defend their Cup championship.

11. (13) 27-17-2 Alex Burrows and the Canucks are conducting press conferences to discuss a referee holding a grudge against him? Oh, please make sure your DVR has room to hear Don Cherry on this one.

12. (11 ) 25-18-3 A month ago, the Kings were very briefly atop the Western Conference, now they are fighting for the eighth spot in the conference. They could be wobbling when the Bruins arrive Saturday.

13. (17 ) 22-17-7 After taking two victories over Boston and winning three of four overall, the Rangers lost a 1-0 shootout to New Jersey Tuesday. That’s a pretty good showing.

14. (12) 22-15-7 The loss of top centers Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard could be devastating as the Bruins skate against Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, Joe Thornton and Anze Kopitar this week.

15. (15) 23-16-6 Yeah, this makes sense. The Red Wings win in LA and San Jose and then get drubbed 6-0 on Long Island Tuesday. Maybe a schedule that has consecutive road games in California and New York has something to do with it.

16. (18) 23-20-3 Some magic brewing in Minnesota, as the Wild take consecutive wins over Calgary, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The victory over the Blackhawks included a four-goal rally in the third period, and Guillaume Latendresse had four points, including the game-wining goal against the Pens.

17. (16) 19-16-11 A 6-3 setback at Philadelphia Tuesday was the eighth consecutive road loss for the Stars. Dallas is struggling on the power play, going 0-for-22 in the last five games.

18. (16) 22-21-4 Talk about sinking quickly. After a 6-1 loss in Atlanta Tuesday, the Sens have dropped five straight, giving up 20 goals in the process.

19. (23) 20-19-8 The Islanders have won four of their last five. Many of their players were saying a 6-0 win over Detroit Tuesday was their best game of the season.

20. (21) 22-21-4 With leading goal-scorer Mike Cammalleri being held without a goal in four straight games, the Canadiens lost three of those four.

21. (22) 23-19-3 The resurgent Flyers are 8-1-1 in their last 10 and back in the playoff mix.

22. (24) 20-19-7 Led by goalie Jonas Hiller, the Ducks have won four in a row, matching the Flyers for the longest current wining streak in the league. And here come the Bruins.

23. (20) 20-19-6 The Thrashers responded to Saturday’s 8-1 loss to the Capitals by running over Ottawa 6-1 Tuesday for their first regulation win in 21 games. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists as the trade barometer continues to rise.

24 . (21) 18-17-10 With Steve Stamkos scoring a pair of power-play goals, the Lightning beat the Caps 7-4 Tuesday, ending a 12-game losing streak to their Southeast Division rival.

25. (26) 19-19-7 After ending a seven-game losing streak with a win in LA Saturday, the Blues beat Columbus 4-1 Tuesday. The victory was their first at home since Dec. 15.

26. (25) 18-20-7 Leading scorer Nathan Hornton has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last five games, but the Panthers have lost three of the five contests.

27. (28) 18-21-9 The struggling Blue Jackets had suddenly won three in a row before suffering a 4-1 setback in St. Louis Tuesday.

28. (27) 15-23-9 Whatever momentum the Maple Leafs had gained last month has given way to four straight losses, including a 4-2 home loss to Carolina Tuesday. Young Mr. Kessel has just one goal in his last 13 games.

29. (30) 14-24-7 For now, the Hurricanes still may have the fewest points in the league, but they have won three in a row and are 5-4-1 in their last 10. That’s more middle of the pack than bottom of the barrel.

30. (29) 16-24-5 After losing at home to Nashville Tuesday, the Oilers have dropped 11 of their last 12 games and have hit bottom.

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