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NHL POWER RANKINGS JANUARY 2009
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NHL POWER RANKINGS JANUARY 2009

As we approach the NHL All Star game we find there are numerous teams vying for a playoff spot. While Detroit, San Jose and Boston have a huge lead over the rest of the field, there are only six points separating 5th spot and 13th spot in the Western Conference. Out East we discover a log jam between the 2nd spot and the 6th spot. It has almost become a "must win" for each and every team in the League. Who will make the Playoffs? It appears there are 25 teams that have a legitimate shot at filling just 16 spots. Should be an interesting second half to the season.

Detroit 1. Detroit 31-7-6

Currently the most balanced team in the NHL. Too many offensive weapons to list, a solid defensive core and strong Goaltending make for another strong season.

 

Boston 2. Boson 33-7-4

Mid way through the season and we have the Bruins ranked second overall. Never would have predicted that during training camp but the "B's" just keep on piling up the wins going 8-2-0 over the past ten games.

 

Calgary 3. Calgary 27-12-4

Having won 9 of the last 10 and the last four straight, the Flames can be dubbed the hottest team in hockey right now. Iron Mike has got his crew clicking on all cylinders as we head towards the trade deadline.

 

San 4. San Jose 32-6-5

San Jose has lost just six times so far this year in regulation. The Sharks are loaded with under-rated talent and may lead the League in points come year end.

 

Montreal 5. Montreal 26-11-6

The Habs struggled a little bit out of the gate this year but have since found their groove, winning 8 of their last ten. We see them finishing second in their Conference behind Boston this year.

 

Washington 6. Washington 28-14-3

Second only to San Jose, the Caps have posted 18 wins and only 3 losses at home this year. Ovechkin seems to have something to prove this year and at this rate we would have to consider Washington, as the League's dark horse of the season.

 

New 7. New Jersey 25-15-3

Welcome home Shanny! Usually known for their defensive style of play, the Devils have appeared to have found the back of the net more often this year. The addition of Shanahan certainly won't hurt.

 

Chicago 8. Chicago 24-10-7

The Blackhawks currently own the third best defense in the League. Add in the young snipers, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and this team is poised to make noise come Playoff time.

 

Philadelphia 9. Philadelphia 23-12-9

The Flyers have won just 4 games over their past ten but with the likes of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, you can't expect this slump to last for long. Philly should come out on top of the Atlantic Division this year.

 

NYR 10. Rangers 26-15-4

The Rangers have also won just 4 of their last ten games. The difference between New York and Philadelphia is depth. Don't be surprised to see the Rangers slip each week on the Power Rankings.

 

Buffalo 11. Buffalo 22-17-5

The Sabres seem to be hitting their stride of late, having won 6 of their last ten. There is certainly enough talent on this team to do damage and the addition of Tim Connolly will add some scoring punch.

 

Columbus 12. Columbus 21-18-4

What the??? Yes, we have the Blue Jackets ranked 12th overall. Hey, they have won the last 7 of 10, including the last three games straight. Young Mason has been throwing up a brick wall. We'll see how long he can carry his team.

 

Anaheim 13. Anaheim 22-18-5

Oh, how the "Mighty" have fallen. Half way through the season and the Ducks find themselves 20 points back of the Division leading San Jose Sharks.

 

Phoenix 14. Phoenix 22-18-5

With just seven wins on the road this year, the Coyotes find themselves in a battle for a Playoff spot. An improved power play will go a long way to solving this problem.

 

Minnesota 15. Minnesota 22-18-3

It's a good thing for the Wild that they are exceptional defensively, (ranked second overall) because they sure can't score. The Wild have lit the lamp just 111 times this year. Talk about boring hockey.

 

Carolina 16. Carolina 21-19-5

Losers of their last four games, this Carolina team is going downhill fast. Not sure how motivated Paul Maurice is with only having a one year contract and Ron Francis sitting in the wings.

 

Colorado 17. Colorado 22-21-1

Boston didn't want him. He was run out of town by Toronto but is seems Razor, has found a home in Colorado. Raycroft has posted 9 wins in his first ten starts with the Avalanche. Now if the rest of the team could start performing, they may actually have a strong Playoff run.

 

Pittsburgh 18. Pittsburgh 21-20-4

How in the world could this happen? A team with (arguably) the two best forwards in the game, fighting for their Playoff lives. The Penguins have won just two games over the past ten outings. Is the landscape in Pittsburgh about to change?

 

Vancouver 19. Vancouver 22-19-5

The Canucks have lost their last four in a row and have won only three of their last ten. If ever they needed Luongo and Sundin, it's now.

 

Florida 20. Florida 20-16-6

The Panthers have been quietly gaining ground in the Eastern Conference. Winners of their last three games and having three games in hand over Carolina, it is far too early to count these cats out of the Playoffs.

 

Edmonton 21. Edmonton 21-19-3

Mediocre at best. With only six points separating the 4th spot and the 13th spot in the Western Conference, we don't like the Oilers' chances.

 

Dallas 22. Dallas 18-17-7

We were hoping that the Stars would experience some team cohesion with Avery out of the mix... Not so much!

 

Nashville 23. Nashville 20-21-3

The Predators are 8-14-2 on the road this year and have won just three of their past ten games. They need to add more than Steve Sullivan to their lineup, if they want to make the Playoffs.

 

Toronto 24. Toronto 17-21-6

What is it with General Managers and the City Of Toronto? Burke's first move as GM is to bring in Brad May. Be patient Toronto Fans, it may be several years before your team even makes the Playoffs.

 

Tampa 25. Tampa Bay 14-20-10

What a train wreck this team is. New Owners, new Coaches, new Players. It looks like Vinny Lecavalier will be leaving soon. Montreal will likely be his next destination.

 

Los 26. Los Angeles 17-20-6

Losers of their last three in a row. The only real bright spot for this team is the young Dustin Brown.

 

Atlanta 27. Atlanta 14-25-5

The Thrashers have won 2 of their last ten and hold the Leagues worst goals against with 160.

 

Ottawa 28. Ottawa 15-21-6

Eugene must be pulling his hair out. Perhaps it's time to blow it up and rebuild.

 

St. 29. St. Louis 17-23-3

Does anyone ever talk about the Blues? Do people even know St. Louis has a hockey team?

 

NYI 30. Islanders 12-28-4

Can you say "John Tavares"?

 

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