Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NHL Power Rankings for January 25th

Rank
       ZCAB
   The Big J B
1                
Detroit Red Wings                        
Boston Bruins
2
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
3
Vancouver Canucks
New York Rangers
4
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
5
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
6
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators
7
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
8
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
9
Philadelphia Flyers
San Jose Sharks
10
San Jose Sharks
Pittsburgh Penguins
11
Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators
12
Ottawa Senators
Los Angeles Kings
13
Toronto Maple Leafs
Florida Panthers
14
Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils
15
Anaheim Ducks
Minnesota Wild


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       Winners of seven in a row, the Detroit Red Wings have jumped to number one in the NHL and on top of my first power rankings list.  With an incredible home record of 20-2-1 they are the best home team in the NHL.  The Nashville Predators are quickly rising up the ranks.  With a 9-1-0 record in their last 10 they sit third in the best division in hockey.  Not bad for the small market team that is looking to build on their first playoff series win last season.  After a rough stretch the Pittsburgh Penguins have rattled off 7 straight wins.  They have a key home and home vs. Toronto after the all-star break that will go a long way in clearing up the Eastern Conference playoff picture.  After winning both games against the Islanders the Toronto Maple Leafs sit at number 13.  Sitting in a log jam around the eighth playoff spot the Leafs have a chance to make up some ground with two games against the Penguins.  Finally the Anaheim Ducks sit at number 15.  With an 8-1-1 record the Ducks are quickly rising from the Western basement.  With a talented lineup this could be a team to watch in the second half.

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          The Boston Bruins have been nothing short of dominant over the first half of the NHL season both at home and on the road and top my first power rankings list. Not only for their 2nd ranked 15-7-0 record on the road but for their league leading +69 goal differential! To put that statistic into perspective, the Detroit Red Wings are second in goal differential at +48. Even after the loss of James van Riemsdyk the Philadelphia Flyers have still managed to win 6 of their last 10 games and have the best road record in the NHL at 18-7-2. In the Western Conference the St. Louis Blues have shot up the standings going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and have recorded shut-outs in 4 games in the month of January. Had we done this list a month ago the Minnesota Wild would have been much higher on the list, as of late they have really taken a significant dive in the standings and barely made the cut on this list. Finally, my team to watch in the second half are the Calgary Flames. GM Jay Feaster has stated Calgary will not be sellers at the Trade Deadline and after an abysmal 9-0 loss to the Bruins on January 5th, the Flames have collected points in 6 of their last 8 games. Keep a close eye on them to after the All-Star break.

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