Power Rankings I

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1) Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Penguins are coming off their 11th straight win against a strong Bruins side. The Penguins have been successful due to their good team defense and strong 1st line. Malkin skated today for the first time in a while suggested a return is imminent. Look out league.

2) Chicago Blackhawks

  • The Blackhawks rebounded from their two losses with 4 consecutive wins against quality teams. Look no further than the 8 to 1 drubbing of the Dallas Stars. Johnathan Toews has stepped up his play on both sides of the ice and is a front runner for the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward).

3) Anaheim Ducks

  • The ducks should be this high on the list for retaining their two superstars for virtually the remainder of their career. The Ducks just keep winning and is due to the sparkling play of Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin. Viktor Fasth returned from injury and won to improve his record to 11-1.

4) Montreal Canadiens

  • The biggest surprise of the east is the Canadiens. Carey Price has been solid all year and is second in the league with 15 wins. Although they lost to the Sabres the Canadiens keep getting points and lead the Northeast by 2 points. Brendan Gallagher could be the dark horse in the Rookie of the Year race.

5) Los Angeles Kings

  • The Kings have hit their hot spot and have skyrocketed to 4th in the West. Even with former Conn Smythe Jonathan Quick not playing up to his stellar performance from last year’s playoffs. Johnathan Bernier has been great and Jeff Carter has silently scored 18 goals and the defense has played well even with injuries to Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell their veteran leaders.

6) Boston Bruins

  • The bruins have been exposed in the reason weeks given up three third period leads. Injuries have started to affect the Bruins with David Krejci and Chris Kelly missing recent action. Krejci will be a huge blow to the bruins if he misses extended time.

7) Minnesota Wild

  • The new look Wild are playing exciting hockey with good team defense. They have struggled to score and have only one player with double digit goals, Zack Parise.  Ryan Suter has been the shutdown D-Man the Wild had hoped for as they lead the Northwest division.

8) Winnipeg Jets

  • The Jets have enjoyed are period of great success and capped it with a huge victory over the Boston Bruins. Ondrej Pavlec has been the starting goalie the Jets need and Andrew Ladd has been fantastic. Other than Montreal, Winnipeg could be the toughest place to play. The Jets also lead the Southeast division by two points over Carolina.

9) Ottawa Senators

  • The Senators have suffered this season with injuries. Jason Spezza, Eric Karlsson, and Milan Michalek and Craig Anderson have been bitten by the injury bug. That being said Ottawa has kept winning and goalie Robin Lehner has played at an elite level.

10) St. Louis Blues

  • The biggest surprise team of last year has finally found a grove. The Blues are finally starting to get healthy as Tarasenko has returned and Jaroslav Halak is not far away. Chris Stewart has played like an MVP candidate this year and could be the hottest skater in the league right now. Jake Allen has played well in the absence of Halak and Elliot.

 

Written By: Connor Coakley

@CokeACola33

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