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NHL Power Rankings 2/10

02.10.10 at 12:11 am ET


The snow and the wins keep piling up in Washington, as the Capitals remain atop the WEEI NHL Power Rankings:

Washington Capitals1. (1) 41-12-6 More magic from Alex Ovechkin Sunday helped the Capitals extend their winning streak to 14 games. Next up, Montreal on Wednesday.

San Jose Sharks2. (2) 39-11-9 The Sharks open a six-game road trip with three straight wins. Yeah, it’s a good thing they’re not coming to Boston.

Chicago Blackhawks3. (3) 39-15-5 After dropping two in a row, the Blackhawks get back in winning form with two straight victories, including a 4-3 shootout win over Dallas Tuesday.

Los Angeles Kings 4. (6 ) 36-20-3 The Kings had a franchise-best nine-game winning streak snapped with a loss in Anaheim Monday. “It was a nice run, a very nice run,” coach Terry Murray said. Things are looking real good in LA.

Phoenix Coyotes5. (8) 36-19-5 Raise your hand if you think the Coyotes were the natural opponent for the Bruins to play in Prague opening next season? It makes sense, right?

New Jersey Devils 6. (4) 36-20-2 After winning the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, the Devils should be a whole lot more fun to watch.

Vancouver Canucks7. (7) 35-21-2 Five games into a record-setting 14-game road trip, the Canucks are 2-3 after a 3-1 loss in Tampa Bay Tuesday.

Colorado Avalanche8. (10) 33-19-6 Leading scorer Paul Stastny ended a six-game goal-scoring drought with a tally Monday, helping the Avalanche beat St. Louis, 5-2.

Pittsburgh Penguins9 . (9) 35-22-2 After Sunday’s high-tempo contest, we can only hope that the Penguins and Capitals square off in the playoffs again

Ottawa Senators10. (11) 34-22-4 The Senators had their impressive 11-game winning streak halted by Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the Maple Leafs Saturday, but they have served notice they are in the fight for the Northeast Division title.

Minnesota Wild11. (5) 32-18-8  Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Bruins was the fifth straight defeat for the Sabres.

Nashville Predators12. (12) 31-22-5 The Predators started a challenging four-game trip through the Atlantic Division with a 4-3 shootout loss on Long Island Tuesday.

Calgary Flames13. (15) 29-22-9 After wining first two games following two major trades last week, the Flames have settled in two drop their last two games, including a 3-2 contest at Ottawa Tuesday.

Detriot Red Wings14. (13) 27-21-11 The Red Wings rallied to force overtime and grab a point at St. Louis Tuesday but still have lost three of their last four.

Dallas Stars 15. (16) 26-21-12 The Stars dropped a 4-3 shootout contest in Chicago Tuesday but still manged to earn their league-best 12th overtime point in the process.

Tampa Bay Lightning 16 . (24) 26-21-11 The resurgent Lightning have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and host the Bruins Thursday. Should be a good one.

Philadelphia Flyers17. (14) 29-25-3 Leading scorer Jeff Carter ended a five-game goal scoring drought with a goal in Monday’s 3-2 victory over New Jersey.

Anaheim Ducks18. (17) 28-24-7 A big sigh of relief throughout Southern California and Canada, as the ankle injury that left Ryan Getzlaf on crutches Monday night turned out to be less serious than expected. He should be ready to skate for Canada at the Olympics and for the Ducks in their chase for a playoff spot.

Boston Bruins 19. (21) 25-22-11 Two wins in a row and points in five of their last six have the Bruins back in the mix.

Minnesota Wild 20. (18) 29-25-4 The Wild also will join in early season play in Europe, skating against the Hurricanes in two contests in Helsinki. Yeah, it’s tough getting a mental image of that one, too.

Montreal Canadiens21. (25) 28-26-6 It may not be the best strategy, but the Canadiens are 7-0 when Jaroslav Halak faces 40 or more shots.

St. Louis Blues22. (19) 26-25-9 The Blues squandered a third-period lead but came back to take a 4-3 shootout win over the Red Wings Tuesday. Paul Kariya, who continues to be subject of trade rumors, had a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

Atlanta Thrashers23. (22) 25-24-8 The Thrashers are 1-1 since trading Ilya Kovalchuk. They took a 4-2 win over Florida Saturday with Niclas Bergfors, whom they acquired in the Kovalchuk deal, scoring the game-winner. General manager Don Waddell had to breathe better after that one.

New York Rangers 24. (24) 26-26-7 A scare for the Rangers Tuesday as star forward Marian Gaborik left practice after getting cut on the knee by goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s skate.

Florida Panthers25. (23) 24-26-9 The Panthers dropped their fourth straight, 4-1 at Carolina Tuesday.

New York Islanders26. (26) 24-27-8 Mark Streit tied the game with 11 seconds to play and the Islanders then ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville Tuesday.

Columbus Blue Jackets 27. (27) 24-27-9 The Blue Jackets are 2-0 under coach Claude Noel, who replaced Ken Hitchcock last Wednesday.

Carolina Hurricanes28. (28) 22-30-7 After their 4-1 win over Florida Tuesday, the Hurricanes are 7-3 in their last 10 games. At this point, they are far from bottom-feeders.

Toronto Maple Leafs29. (29) 19-30-11 That Kessel guy has six goals and four assists in his last five games. Oh, what could have been.

Edmonton Oilers30. (30) 18-34-6 Plenty of Oilers could be on the move before the trade deadline.

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