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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NHL Power Rankings - March 12

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NHL Power Rankings
March 12, 2014

We have a new #1 this week and it is well deserved! It is our first post-trade-deadline edition of NHL Power Rankings and as such, a tip of the cap is in order to those who really made strides to improve their teams. The Blues top that list with the additions of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. Each bring an edge and winning attitude that playoff teams need and will be big time contributors for the Blues down the stretch if they are going to make a serious Stanley Cup run. 

Jumping up three spots this week are the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks were relatively quiet at the deadline but their big boost down the stretch will be as a result of rest more so than new additions. The Sharks had surprisingly few players named to Olympic squads, a blessing in disguise if you ask just about every GM in the NHL. That should serve them well as they make a run at the Ducks for the Pacific Crown. 

At #3 this week are the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks keep chugging along, positioning themselves well for a chance at a repeat. Ho-hum. 

Things are really starting to get interesting for the Ducks who slip from their top perch down to #4 this week. Are we seeing a repeat of last season's hot start followed by mediocre .500 hockey going into the playoffs? For their sake, I sure hope not. 

Rounding out the top five this week are the Boston Bruins. Andrej Meszaros may have been that under the radar sneaky-good deal that Peter Chiarelli has made a habit of doing over the years (Kelly, Peverley in previous years). The only real potential weakness the Bruins had going into the deadline was a lot of youth and inexperience on the blue line. Meszaros should go a ways towards helping that.

Where does your team rank this week?

Last Week
1 St. Louis Blues 3
2 San Jose Sharks 5
3 Chicago Blackhawks 2
4 Anaheim Ducks. 1
5 Boston Bruins. 7
6 Colorado Avalanche 4
7 LA Kings. 9
8 Pittsburgh Penguins 6
9 New York Rangers 11
10 Minnesota Wild 8
11 Philadelphia  Flyers 12
12 Toronto Maple Leafs 15
13 Dallas Stars 17
14 Montreal Canadiens 10
15 Columbus Blue Jackets. 19
16 Detroit Red Wings. 14
17 Washington Capitals. 18
18 Tampa Bay Lightning. 13
19 Phoenix Coyotes. 20
20 New Jersey Devils. 24
21 Ottawa Senators. 21
22 Vancouver Canucks. 22
23 Winnipeg Jets. 16
24 Nashville Predators. 23
25 Carolina Hurricanes. 25
26 Edmonton Oilers. 28
27 Calgary Flames. 26
28 Florida Panthers. 29
29 Buffalo Sabres. 27
30 New York Islanders 30


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