NHL Power Rankings 1/13
|01.13.10 at 7:13 am ET|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.