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THN Power Rankings - Jan. 14

Dallas Drake and his Red Wings teammates weren't able to top Ray Emery and the Senators in Ottawa Saturday night.

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Dallas Drake and his Red Wings teammates weren't able to top Ray Emery and the Senators in Ottawa Saturday night.

The game lived up to the billing: The Battle of the Titans.

And although the Red Wings lost 3-2, it’s going to take more than one road defeat, albeit to their nearest challengers, the Ottawa Senators, to bounce them from the top of The Hockey News’ Power Rankings, particularly when they played their backup goalie, Dominik Hasek.

Just kidding about Hasek.

Fact is Detroit has dropped two in a row, but they are still 13 points ahead in the West and eight up on their closest challenger in the East.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
Detroit Red Wings
1
33-9-4
7-2-1
Was there a better free agent signing than defenseman Brian Rafalski last summer? He is second in defenseman scoring in the NHL, behind only teammate Nicklas Lidstrom.
2
Pittsburgh Penguins
2
25-16-3
8-1-1
An eight-game winning streak was snapped by a shootout defeat to Atlanta. Sidney Crosby snaps a one-game scoring drought with two goals.
3
Ottawa Senators
6
29-11-4
7-3-0
Daniel Alfredsson scores two (including the GWG) while Ray Emery restored a little of his lost credibility in the win over Detroit. Losing Dany Heatley with a shoulder injury hurts, though.
4
San Jose Sharks
4
25-12-7
7-1-2
Three third-period goals helped the Sharks beat soft-touch Toronto 3-2 to continue a three-game winning streak. A loss Sunday to Anaheim puts things in perspective.
5
Calgary Flames
3
22-16-8
5-3-2
Losses to Phoenix, the Islanders and Edmonton have to be very concerning.
6
New Jersey Devils
7
26-15-3
8-2-0
A pair of shootout wins in a three-game span has the Devils riding a three-game winning streak.
7
Philadelphia Flyers
5
23-15-5
7-1-2
Simon Gagne scored a goal and added an assist in his first two games back after missing 26 with a concussion.
8
Anaheim Ducks
12
24-17-6
7-2-1
Ryan Getzlaf (48 points in 44 games) is a very deserving All-Star Game participant.
9
Vancouver Canucks
8
25-16-4
6-4-0
Just when it looked like the Canucks might make a move in the West, they dropped games to San Jose (expected) and Phoenix (not expected).
10
Montreal Canadiens
9
22-14-8
5-2-3
The Habs got their lunch handed to them by the Rangers, losing 4-1, their first regulation loss since Dec. 23.
11
Dallas Stars
16
25-17-5
4-5-1
Mike Modano has five assists in three games, but no goals in his last eight.
12
Minnesota Wild
17
26-17-2
6-4-0
Wins over Chicago, Detroit and Phoenix helped erase the memory of losses to Dallas and Nashville. Eight points in three games for Marian Gaborik certainly helps.
13
Phoenix Coyotes
11
23-20-1
6-4-0
An impressive 4-3 win over the Canucks gave the upstart Coyotes six wins in seven games. Then they laid an egg against Minnesota.
14
Carolina Hurricanes
22
22-21-4
3-6-1
The Hurricanes are woefully inconsistent and GM Jim Rutherford won’t stand for it much longer. Expect changes at the trade deadline.
15
Nashville Predators
10
21-19-4
5-3-2
After spanking the Kings 7-0. Nashville dropped a 2-1 shootout loss to Columbus and suffered a similar fate, losing 3-2 in a shootout to Chicago Sunday. J-P Dumont was blanked in the losses after scoring goals in six straight games.
16
Columbus Blue Jackets
18
21-18-6
6-4-0
The Blue Jackets are knocking on the playoff door, which is great for this season. But taking the big picture into consideration, don’t be surprised if GM Scott Howson moves some veterans at the trade deadline if it means they’ll be stronger next season.
17
Boston Bruins
13
22-18-4
4-6-0
The words were actually spoken by the TV broadcast staff during a Bruins game last Saturday: “He’s only played three and a half months in Boston, but already Milan Lucic is becoming a legend.” Uh, a little early perhaps?
18
St. Louis Blues
21
22-15-6
4-3-3
After going eight straight without a goal, Brad Boyes fires four in three games.
19
New York Islanders
19
22-17-5
5-2-3
The Islanders top six scorers are a combined minus-46. That must change if they are serious about making the playoffs.
20
Colorado Avalanche
23
24-18-3
4-5-1
Even without injured stars Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth the Avs are hanging tough.
21
New York Rangers
14
21-19-5
4-5-1
A big win over Montreal stopped the bleeding. Doesn’t mean troubled times are over, though.
22
Washington Capitals
15
18-21-5
5-3-2
They gave Alex Ovechkin the key to the vault in hopes that A) He’ll get his bangs cut, and B) he’ll one day lead them to the Stanley Cup.
23
Atlanta Thrashers
20
22-22-2
4-5-1
Talk about sweet revenge! Mark Recchi scored the shootout-winner against Pittsburgh; the team that gave him up for dead.
24
Florida Panthers
25
20-22-4
3-6-1
The Panthers might be the best team in the State of Florida, but they were in a state of flux losing to the Lightning.
25
Edmonton Oilers
26
21-21-4
5-4-1
Don’t look now, but the Oilers have snapped off four straight wins, including one over Calgary in the most recent Battle of Alberta.
26
Chicago Blackhawks
27
20-21-4
2-6-2
The Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Predators.
27
Los Angeles Kings
24
17-27-2
5-5-0
They may be sitting at the bottom of the standings, but there is no denying the Kings have the potential to make noise soon.
28
Tampa Bay Lightning
30
17-23-5
2-6-2
Two wins in three gives Tampa Bay, uh, whatever…
29
Toronto Maple Leafs
29
16-21-8
2-7-1
The NHL’s No. 1 soap opera is once again Old and Restless.
30
Buffalo Sabres
28
19-18-6
1-4-5
Nine straight losses. What more can we say?

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 on Mondays. Changes in rankings reflect each team’s play from the previous seven days.

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