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2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 5

by: AnthonyP On  Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jeff Tambellini Celebrates GoalIn Week 5′s edition of the 2009 NHL Power Rankings we see two young teams going in opposite directions, some Ducks trying to spread their wings…or sharpen their beaks and the Sharks getting back their bite.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, both falling 4 spots to end up at #14 and #20. As expected the Oilers are having an up and down season because of the core of their young players, but one veteran, Nikolai Khabibulin, has been consistently solid all season. Meanwhile the Ducks are still trying to look for some consistency of their own after a disappointing October.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders, both climbing up 3 spots to land at #6 and #26 respectively. Finally everything seems to be coming together for the Sharks, keep an eye on rookie defenceman Jason Dembers as he already has 10 points to start the season. The Islanders on the other hand have caught fire, mostly due to some solid goaltending by both Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron.

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

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 11-3-0 - Start off what will be a tough West Coast trip on Tuesday with games against Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.
2 Colorado Avalanche 10-3-2 - Had a great month of October as they currently sit tied for 1st overall with Pittsburgh heading into the month of November.
3 New York Rangers 9-5-1 Green Arrow2 Henrik Lundqvist continues to play solid in net collecting his first shutout of the season in the Rangers 1-0 win over the Bruins.
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 7-5-1 - Put an end to their 3 game losing streak with a 5-4 OT win over the Capitals.
5 Calgary Flames 7-4-1 Red Arrow2 Saw their 3 game winning streak snapped with back-to-back losses to the Avalanche and Red Wings.
6 San Jose Sharks 10-4-1 Green Arrow3 After a so-so start the Sharks have finally started to play like everyone expected and are on a 4 game winning streak.
7 Chicago Blackhawks 8-4-1 Green Arrow1 Have won 3 of their last 4 games and Cristobal Huet seems to have settled in nicely as the team’s #1 giving the Blackhawks some solid goaltending recently.
8 Philadelphia Flyers 6-4-1 Red Arrow1 Rookie forward David Laliberte made people stand up and take notice scoring a goal and adding an assist in his first NHL game against the Hurricanes.
9 Los Angeles Kings 8-4-2 Red Arrow3 Anze Kopitar continues to rip it up as he now has 21 points in the first 14 games of the season.
10 Buffalo Sabres 8-2-1 Green Arrow1 Had a 4 game winning streak going until they got blown out 5-0 by the New York Islanders.
11 Washington Capitals 8-2-4 Green Arrow2 Things could get interesting in Washington with Alexander Ovechkin being out week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
12 Phoenix Coyotes 9-4-0 Green Arrow2 The ‘Yotes are continuing to surprise, mostly because of the play by goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, as they’re on a 3 game winning streak.
13 New Jersey Devils 8-4-0 Red Arrow1 Rebounded after a 4-1 loss to the Sabres with back-to-back 2-1 victories over the Bruins and Lightning.
14 Edmonton Oilers 7-6-1 Red Arrow4 Were barely able to avoid a disastrous collapse beating the Red Wings 6-5 via the shootout after blowing a 5-1 lead.
15 Detroit Red Wings 5-4-3 Green Arrow2 Had a successful Western Canadian road trip collecting 5 out of a possible 6 points.
16 Ottawa Senators 6-4-2 Red Arrow1 Have lost 4 out of their last 5 games including a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
17 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3-4 Green Arrow1 Collected 3 out of a possible 4 points last week.
18 Atlanta Thrashers 5-4-1 Green Arrow1 Were able to put an end to their 4 game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Senators.
19 Vancouver Canucks 8-7-0 Green Arrow1 Have done a decent job adapting to life without Roberto Luongo so far with a 2-1 shootut win over the Kings and a 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
20 Anaheim Ducks 4-6-2 Red Arrow4 Were the first team to loose to the Leafs and lost 3-2 to the Coyotes in the shootout.
21 Boston Bruins 6-6-1 - The Bruins will be glad that October is over and done with. They didn’t have a terrible start but bigger things were, and still are, expected.
22 Dallas Stars 6-3-5 - The emergence of James Neal continues as he now has 16 points in his first 14 games of the season.
23 Nashville Predators 6-6-1 Green Arrow2 Pekka Rinne is starting to play like he did last year allowing just 2 goals in his last 2 games including a 2-0 shutout win over the Blackhawks.
24 Montreal Canadiens 7-7-0 - Have won 3 of their last 5 games including a shootout win over the rival Maple Leafs.
25 St. Louis Blues 5-6-1 Red Arrow2 Have only been able to win 1 of their last 4 games and have been shutout in back-to-back losses to the Coyotes and Panthers.
26 New York Islanders 4-4-5 Green Arrow3 Mid as well call them the New York Butters ’cause they’re on a roll winning 3 games in a row including a surprising 5-0 win over the Sabres.
27 Florida Panthers 4-7-1 - Starting to show some signs of turning things around with back-to-back wins over the Stars and Blues.
28 Minnesota Wild 5-9-0 Red Arrow2 Two tough losses to the Blackhawks and Predators but are showing signs of turning it around.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-7-4 Green Arrow1 Were finally able to win their first game against the Ducks but followed it up with back-to-back OT losses and a shootout loss to the Habs.
30 Carolina Hurricanes 2-8-3 Red Arrow2 Have now lost a staggering 9 games in a row. Aside from Babchuk, the ‘Canes are pretty much the same team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year so it’s just a matter of time before they break out of this slump.

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




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