Hockey World Blog NHL Power Rankings: Week 17

 Hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl last night. I’m so full from food but empty from the sadness of Pittsburgh losing, I could barely think of anything to write in this paragraph. Enjoy this week’s power rankings, where Saturday night Ottawa will travel to Edmonton in a battle of two of the worse teams in the NHL.

Rank Team Last Week Team Notes
1 PHI 1 Only loss was getting shutout at Tampa in last five games. Look for them to sweep home games this week against Los Angeles and Carolina. 
2 VAN 2 The Sedin twins is downright dirty. They combined for five points in Saturdays 4-3 comeback win against Chicago. This could be their year in the playoffs.
3 TB 3 After the All-Star break, they beat Philadelphia but lost to Washington. That’s what happens: good teams beat up on each other. Stamkos and D. Sedin will be in a nightly race for the Art Ross for the rest of the season.
4 WAS 8 Yesterday they shutout the Penguins 3-0, they will need every point they can get to stay on pace with Tampa in the division.
5 PIT 4  They could be without Evgeni Malkin for the rest of the season. Sidney Crosby is still out with a concussion, who will lead the scoring attack besides Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz?
6 DET 5 Johan Franzen lit the lamp five times Wednesday night. The Wings as a team hasn’t scored in six periods since. Could goaltending doom them come playoff time?
25 ATL 15 Outside of shutting out Washington 1/26, this team hasn’t been playing good hockey. They need to be buyers come trade deadline so they can show fans they are committed to winning.
26 STL 25 Not many teams has fallen faster than the Blues. In the January Power Rankingsthey were ninth. Now they are last in the division and could upset the fan base again.
27 FLA 24 They ended a six game road trip 2-3-1. The only win after the All-Star break came in overtime against New Jersey. They also haven’t won a game by more than one goal since January 2.
28 TOR 26 What else can I say about Toronto? They take two steps forward (wins against Florida and Carolina) then one giant leap backward (losing 6-2 at Buffalo).
29 EDM 29 The power play is ranked 30th, the penalty killing is ranked 30th. So it’s no wonder the Oilers are 30th in the standings. This young team is taking their lumps now and will learn to lose now so they can win in the future.
30 OTT 30 When an opposing player scores as many goals as your team did (like Johan Franzen Wednesday night), you didn’t show much to move from the bottom spot. They have won once in the 14 games played in 2011, and the best chance to win on the west coast trip this week could be Saturday at Edmonton.

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