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NHL Power Rankings: Week 5

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tags:  Hockey   Leafs   NHL   NHLPA   Power Rankings   Rangers  

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Total Pro Sports – The San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers are still atop our NHL Power Rankings.  This will probably be the same for most of the season and maybe a final match up in the Stanley Cup finals.

NHL Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowThe biggest Shakers in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Calgary Flames moving down 11 spots to #19. 

The second biggest shaker was the New Jersey Devils losing 10 spots in the rankings to #18.

Green ArrowThe biggest Movers in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets both moving up 10 spots in the power rankings to #15 and #16 respectively.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for Week 5.

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 San Jose Sharks 13-3-0 - They had another winning week, going 3-1 and remaining unbeaten at home at 9-0. They lose their starting goalie but have a proven veteran backup in Boucher and should be just fine.
2 New York Rangers 11-5-2 - The Rangers are slowly cooling off, however, they have the lineup that can turn it on quickly so we do not expect their struggles to last very long.
3 Detroit Red Wings 9-2-2 Green Arrow1 The Red Wings had a five day break early in the week and looked fresh when New Jersey rolled into Joe Louis Arena beating them 3-1. The Red Wings have struggled at times defensively this season and we know that will be shored up quicker than later.
4 Boston Bruins 8-3-3 Green Arrow5 We have been impressed with the play of the Bruins this year. Tim Thomas is a streaky goaltender and right now he is seeing the puck very well and making big saves nightly.
5 Buffalo Sabres 8-3-3 - The Sabres lost only their first road game this week. Ryan Miller has been dominant this year and the Sabres continue to draft well and bring players up from the farm system.
6 Montreal Canadiens 8-2-2 Red Arrow3 The Canadians had their most disappointing week so far, losing to ugly games to inferior opponents (Columbus and Toronto). Guy Carbonneau called his teams performance in Toronto the ugliest game he has ever seen them play.
7 Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4-2 Green Arrow3 The Penguins seem to have found the scoring touch that made them one of the leagues most potent offences last year. They are missing key players in teh lineup but the core of Crosby and Malkin is still there.
8 Washington Capitals 8-4-2 Green Arrow9 We don’t know how much longer Semin can stay hot but he is carrying the Capitals during Ovechkins scoring slump. Brent Johnson has been a pleasant surprise since filling in for Jose Theodore.
9 Minnesota Wild 8-4-1 Red Arrow3 When they lost Rolston and Demitra many people thought they would fall to the cellar of the Western Conference, however, not only are they near the top of the Northwest division they are doing it without Gaborik, Burns and Nolan.
10 Chicago Blackhawks 7-3-3 Green Arrow3 There is no team in the NHL that holds greater expectations than the young but talented Chicago Blackhawks. This week they posted impressive victories against the Avalanche and Flames.
11 Vancouver Canucks 9-6-0 Green Arrow7 What a week for Mr. Roberto Luongo, he posted 3 straight shutouts and has the Canucks in first place in the Northwest division.
12 Anaheim Ducks 9-7-1 Red Arrow1 The Ducks started the season slow, but rebounded with a long win streak, they began the week 2-0 but have recently dropped back to back home games, the second to lowly Florida.
13 Carolina Hurricanes 8-5-2 Red Arrow1 It looks like it will be a 2 horse race in the Southeast division with Carolina and Washington battling. The chemistry up front seems to be lacking and that is obvious in the scoring sheet as their top goal scorer has tallied 5 goals.
14 Edmonton Oilers 8-6-1 Green Arrow2 The Oilers finish the week at 1-2 but move up 2 spots based on the way they played on their 7 game road trip. They lost 2 games by a score of 5-4 one in which they blew a 2 goal lead in the final period. 
15 Columbus Blue Jackets 7-6-2 Green Arrow10 The resurgence of Rick Nash has lit a spark in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before losing to the lowly Islanders, the Jackets swept the visitors from Canada going 3-0 against Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary.
16 Phoenix Coyotes 7-6-0 Green Arrow10 Olli Jokinen has brought his goal scoring touch to the Coyotes, leading the team in goals, assist and points. It is what they were looking for when they got him out of Florida.
17 Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5-4 Red Arrow2 The growing pains of a young hockey team are evident on a nightly basis. There is some talent with players like Antropov, Grabovski and Schenn.
18 New Jersey Devils 7-5-2 Red Arrow10 The significance of Martin Brodeur was felt almost immediately as the Devils finish the week 1-3. Management will begin contacting teams about their availability of goaltending, but do not expect the Eastern Conference to be helpful. 
19 Calgary Flames 8-7-1 Red Arrow11 The Flames are having difficulty where it was least expected, goaltending and defense. Playing high scoring games is not the style best suited for this hockey club, they need to tighten up on the back end. 
20 Atlanta Thrashers 6-7-2 Green Arrow9 The Thrashers will have to continue to score goals at a torrid rate if they want to be in the hunt at seasons end. They do not have the defensive core to compete in the Eastern Conference.
21 Ottawa Senators 6-6-2 Green Arrow2 The Senators big three are not contributing like many expected them to do. We do not know why things went sour on them towards the end of last season, however, it’s clear they have not figured out the problem.
22 Tampa Bay Lightning 5-5-4 Red Arrow3 The Lightning opened up the cheque book in the off season, but it has not paid immediate dividends. They must gain victories in games they should win and play .500 hockey against superior teams for them to make the playoffs.
23 Nashville Predators 6-7-1 Red Arrow9 They must figure out how to keep the puck out of the net. They are allowing 3.5 goals per game, no team can win hockey games on a consistent basis with those numbers.
24 Los Angeles Kings 5-6-2 Green Arrow4 The Kings can compete against mediocre competition, but they don’t have the talent to play with the elite in the Western Conference. Dustin Brown has been their most consistent player, that says a lot about this roster.
25 Dallas Stars 5-7-2 Red Arrow1 This team is way too talented to be at the bottom of the Pacific division. It is only a matter of time before they piece the puzzle together and get on a roll.
26 Colorado Avalanche 6-8-0 Red Arrow4 The questions remain in net for the Avalanche, their No. 1 goalie currently has a 3.10 GGA and .885 save percentage. They have not had a number one goalie since the legendary Patrick Roy.
27 St. Louis Blues 5-7-1 Red Arrow6 Their start to the season has been quickly forgotten, they finished the week with a poultry 0-3 record and lost their starting goalie. Their next 5 games are all against playoff bound teams.
28 Philadelphia Flyers 4-6-3 Red Arrow8 This is the same team that reached the Eastern Conference finals last year. This team is better than the way they have played with the return of Daniel Brier they should start playing better soon.
29 Florida Panthers 5-8-1 Red Arrow2 The Panthers have had no sense of direction for many years now, this year is proving to be no different. Let’s take this team out of the city and move them up north.
30 New York Islanders 4-8-2 - They could have had a 4-0 week, however, their lack of finishing hockey games cost them against the Thrashers and Penguins both games they carried leads into the final period.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 6.