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2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 7

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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In Week 7′s edition of the 2009 NHL Power Rankings we don’t have as much movement as last week but there were some big jumps, both positive and negative, and have the Sharks in a very familiar place. (Hint: they dominated it last season)

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the New York Rangers falling 6 spots to land at #12. The Rangers started off the season strong but have fallen on hard times due to their defensive play, or lack there of.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils and Atlanta Thrashers all moving up 4 spots to end up at #5, #6 and #17. After a sluggish start considering they made it to game 7 in the Eastern Semi-Finals the Capitals are playing better thanks to the improved play of Jose Theodore and the Devils are establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the East yet again. Ilya Kovalchuk‘s return has seemed to spark the Thrashers as they’ve now won 4 games in a row.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for week 7.

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 San Jose Sharks 14-4-4 Green Arrow2 Rookie defenceman Jason Demers scored his first career NHL goal in the Sharks 4-3 OT loss to the Blackhawks Sunday night.
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 14-7-0 - Injuries just keep piling up with young defenceman Alex Goligoski now gone for 2-3 weeks with a “lower body” injury.
3 Calgary Flames 12-4-2 Green Arrow2 Great start to the month of November for the Flames as they’ve gone 5-0-1 collecting 11 out of a possible 12 points.
4 Colorado Avalanche 12-5-3 Red Arrow3 Have started to struggle losing their last 3 games in a row.
5 Washington Capitals 12-4-4 Green Arrow4 Saw their 4 game winning streak come to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Devils. However the good news is it looks like Alexander Ovechkin will return to the lineup this week.
6 New Jersey Devils 14-5-0 Green Arrow4 Have won all 6 of their games so far in the month of November.
7 Philadelphia Flyers 11-5-1 - Goaltender Ray Emery has had a solid start to the season with a 2.22 GAA, .923 SAV% and 11 wins in 16 games.
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 11-6-2 Red Arrow4 Were blown out in an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday night.
9 Chicago Blackhawks 12-5-2 Green Arrow2 Have now won 4 games in a row but face the dreaded Western Canadian road trip to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver this week.
10 Buffalo Sabres 12-4-1 Green Arrow2 Are riding a 3 game winning streak heading into this week were they face the Panthers, Bruins and Senators.
11 Los Angeles Kings 13-7-2 Red Arrow3 So-so start to the month of November going 3-3 in their first 6 games.
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New York Rangers 11-8-1 Red Arrow6 Have lost 3 of their last 5 games and face a tough machup against the Capitals on Tuesday night.
13 Detroit Red Wings 10-5-3 Green Arrow1 Have finally started to get things going, mostly thanks to Henrik Zetterberg who piled up 9 points last week.
14 Phoenix Coyotes 11-8-0 Red Arrow1 After a good October the ‘Yotes haven’t enjoyed the same success in November winning just 2 games so far.
15 Tampa Bay Lightning 7-4-6 - Super sophomore Steven Stamkos is enjoying his second season in the league after a disappointing rookie season as he now has 21 points in 18 games.
16 Vancouver Canucks 11-10-0 Green Arrow1 Henrik Sedin seems to be playing just fine without his twin brother Daniel as Henrik now has 23 points in 21 games.
17 Atlanta Thrashers 10-6-1 Green Arrow4 After slipping a little bit the Thrashers are getting hot again mostly thanks to the play of their most talented player Ilya Kovalchuk who had 8 points last week.
18 Ottawa Senators 8-6-3 - Will need to get some better goaltending from Pascal Leclaire if they want to have some success against the Leafs, Penguins and Sabres this week.
19 Edmonton Oilers 8-10-3 Red Arrow3 Been struggling lately winning just one of their last 6 games.
20 Dallas Stars 8-5-6 - Are looking for their offence to come back to life as they have yet to score 4 or more goals so far in the month of November.
21 Boston Bruins 8-8-4 Red Arrow2 Saw their mini two game winning streak come to an end with a 1-0 shootout loss to the Panthers on Thursday.
22 Nashville Predators 9-8-1 Green Arrow1 Won two of their three games last week with Steve Sullivan scoring both goals in their 2-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday.
23 New York Islanders 8-6-7 Green Arrow2 Have been playing a lot better recently, mostly due to the solid play of Dwayne Roloson and John Tavares.
24 Montreal Canadiens 9-11-0 - Different month, same result for the Habs as they continue to struggle with just two wins so far in the month of November.
25 Florida Panthers 7-9-2 Green Arrow2 Have been playing better as of late with back-to-back shootout wins over the Bruins and Islanders.
26 St. Louis Blues 6-8-4 - Picked up a nice 6-1 win over the Canucks and played well despite their two losses to the Predators and Sharks.
27 Anaheim Ducks 6-10-3 Red Arrow5 Find themselves on a three game losing streak after losses to the Devils, Blue Jackets and Red Wings.
28 Minnesota Wild 7-11-2 Green Arrow1 Saw their mini two game winning streak come to an end with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-10-5 Red Arrow1 Lost all three of their games to the Wild, Blackhawks and Flames.
30 Carolina Hurricanes 3-12-4 - Finally saw their 14 game losing streak come to an end with a 5-4 shootout win over the Wild.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 8.




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