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by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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Total Pro Sports – Well after three weeks the New York Rangers have finally been knocked off as the #1 team in our weekly NHL Power Rankings.

After winning four games in a row including last Saturday the San Jose Sharks have moved into the #1 spot and the way they’re playing now it’s hard to tell if anyone will be able to knock them off in the near future.

NHL Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowThe biggest Shakers in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Colorado Avalanche and the St.Louis Blues, both dropping 12 spots.

The Avalanche lost all three of their games against the Flames, Blue Jackets and Sharks while only scoring a combined 5 goals and giving up 12.

The Blues lost both of their games to the Hurricanes and Penguins while getting shutout against Carolina and giving up 6 goals against Pittsburgh.

Green ArrowThe biggest Movers in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Tampa Bay Lightning moving up 11 spots. The Lightning took the Northeast by storm, yes it’s supposed to be a joke, by beating the Leafs, Sabres and Senators. Both Vincent Lecavalier, more importantly, Steven Stamkos woke up with Steven getting his first NHL point against Toronto and scoring his first NHL goal against Buffalo.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for Week 4.

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 San Jose Sharks 10-2-0 Green Arrow2 What else can be said other than this team is on a roll. Their key players are contributing and both Nabokov and Boucher are giving them solid goaltending.
2 New York Rangers 10-3-1 Red Arrow1 Overall they had a good week but that 3rd period collapse vs Toronto really stung. They’ll need more from Drury as he only has 5 points in 14 games.
3 Montreal Canadiens 8-1-1 Green Arrow4 Won all three of their games including coming back from 4-1 to beat the Islanders Saturday. Andrei Markov surprisingly leads the team in points with 13.
4 Detroit Red Wings 8-2-2 - Went 2-1-1 beating the Kings and Canucks. Hossa has caught fire and leads the team with 15 points.
5 Buffalo Sabres 7-2-2 Red Arrow3 Have cooled off after their hot start going 1-2-0 losing to the Senators and Lightning last week. Despite the scores, Ryan Miller is still giving the Sabres solid goaltending and Vanek leads the league in goals with 11.
6 Minnesota Wild 7-2-1 Red Arrow1 Had a so-so week going 2-2-0. They’re still playing a good team game but will need to get some secondary scoring from guys not named Koivu or Miettinen.
7 Calgary Flames 7-4-1 Green Arrow5 Continued their hot streak beating the Avalanche, Bruins and Kings but lost a close one to the Ducks. Iginla, Bertuzzi and Cammalleri have scored a combined 35 points in Calgary’s first 12 games.
8 New Jersey Devils 6-2-2 - Lost a wild one to the Leafs and hammered the Thrashers. They’ll have to hope that Brodeur’s injury isn’t too serious.
9 Boston Bruins 6-3-3 Green Arrow5 Had a good week going 3-1-0 beating the Oilers, Canucks and Stars. Tim Thomas had a great week posting back-to-back shutouts in their wins over Edmonton and Vancouver.
10 Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4-2 Red Arrow4 Went 1-2-0 losing to the Sharks and Coyotes. On the plus side Crosby, Malkin and Satan have scored a combined 43 points in Pittsburgh’s first 12 games.
11 Anaheim Ducks 7-5-1 Green Arrow9 Had the second biggest gain of the week by collecting 7 out of a possible 8 points. Getzlaf and Perry have finally woken up as they now have a combined 29 points in 12 games.
12 Carolina Hurricanes 6-3-2 Green Arrow1 Had a good week going 2-1-1. They’re getting good goaltending from Cam Ward but will need to put more pucks in the net to keep winning.
13 Chicago Blackhawks 5-3-3 Green Arrow2 Beat the Stars and Blue Jackets but lost to the Wild. Toews has been money in the shootout but still only has 6 points in 11 games.
14 Nashville Predators 6-4-1 Green Arrow3 Collected 5 out of a possible 6 points. Weber has played great so far and Dumont leads the team with 14 points.
15 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4-3 Green Arrow1 Had an emotional comeback win over the Rangers but then blew their own 2 goal lead against the Hurricanes the next day. They’re in tough this week facing the Hurricanes, Bruins and Canadiens.
16 Edmonton Oilers 6-4-1 Green Arrow3 Went 2-1-1 last week beating the Hurricanes and Flyers. Just like Carolina they’ll need to get more scoring to stay in the top 8 in the West.
17 Washington Capitals 5-4-1 Red Arrow6 Sneaked out a win against Nashville then got hammered by Buffalo. Semin is now 2nd in the league in points with 16, two behind fellow countryman Malkin.
18 Vancouver Canucks 6-6-0 - So-so week going 2-2. Henrik Sedin is now tied with Ryan Kesler for the team lead in points with 10.
19 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3-3 Green Arrow11 Won all three of their games and Stamkos finally scored his first career NHL goal. They’re still getting solid goaltending from Smith and Kolzig which has been a big problem for them ever since Khabibulin left back in 2005.
20 Philadelphia Flyers 4-4-3 Green Arrow3 Managed to get to .500 going 2-1-0 last week. Gagne had a solid week and is tied with Richards for the team lead in points with 14.
21 St. Louis Blues 5-5-0 Red Arrow12 Were shutout against the Hurricanes and lost 6-3 to the Penguins. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they face the Ducks, Sharks and Kings this week.
22 Colorado Avalanche 5-6-0 Red Arrow12 Lost all three of their games and goaltending looks like it will be a concern for them after all.
23 Ottawa Senators 4-5-2 Green Arrow5 Picked up their socks a bit and beat the Sabres and Panthers. It’ll be interesting to see how Alfredsson responds after signing his big contract extension.
24 Dallas Stars 4-6-2 Red Arrow3 Beat the Wild but were beaten handly by both the Blackhawks and Bruins. They’ve surprisingly allowed the most goals against so far, a big change from last year.
25 Columbus Blue Jackets 4-6-1 - Went 1-1-1 and face a tough test this week playing four games against the Islanders, Oilers, Canadiens and Flames. Derick Brassard leads the team with 11 points.
26 Phoenix Coyotes 4-5-0 - Went 1-1 in a light week but face a tougher test this week with four games against the Flames, Canucks, Panthers and Sharks. Doan has turned it on lately and is tied with Jokinen for the team lead in points with 10.
27 Florida Panthers 4-6-1 Red Arrow5 Rough week losing all three of their games while only scoring 6 goals. Keith Ballard leads the team with 10 points…not a good sign.
28 Los Angeles Kings 3-6-1 Red Arrow4 Like the Panthers, the Kings lost all three of their games. On the plus side Kopitar and Frolov are starting to heat up.
29 Atlanta Thrashers 3-7-2 Red Arrow2 Lost their first three games of the week but managed to beat Florida thanks to a great game by Kovalchuk. Question is how much longer will he be a Thrasher?
30 New York Islanders 2-7-1 Red Arrow1 In a continuing trend for the bottom 4 teams, the Islanders lost all three of their games last week, including blowing a 4-1 lead to the Canadiens. Hedman or Tavares anyone?

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 5.