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THN Power Rankings - Feb. 11

The Ottawa Senators have slipped, but a big deal leaves them ripe to strike the Wings. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

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The Ottawa Senators have slipped, but a big deal leaves them ripe to strike the Wings. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Talk about a bad week for the Detroit Red Wings.

Not only did they get shocked by Toronto Saturday, they returned home to lose the battle of the Titans the following day, a home defeat to Anaheim.

On top of that, the Red Wings lost outstanding checking forward Dan Cleary for two months with a broken jaw and put defenseman Niklas Kronwall on IR with a shoulder injury.

The good news is Detroit built such a big lead over the rest of the league in the overall standings, they can afford the odd setback. Expect GM Ken Holland to make a move to replace Cleary.

 

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
Detroit Red Wings
1
41-12-5
7-2-1
Even with the loss in Toronto, the Red Wings have an amazing 20-6-3 record away from home. It helps when your defense is a combined plus-102.
2
Dallas Stars
2
34-20-5
8-2-0
Make that six straight wins for the surprising Stars. Center Mike Ribeiro went 12 straight games without a goal (and just one goal in 19 games) before scoring and adding two assists in a win over St. Louis Saturday.
3
Ottawa Senators
8
34-18-4
4-6-0
Jason Spezza lit it up with three goals and six points against Montreal. Two days later GM Bryan Murray addressed his lack of scoring depth by acquiring Cory Stillman from Carolina. All in all a good weeks for the Sens.
4
Minnesota Wild
4
32-20-4
6-3-1
After losing a pair of one-goal decisions to Detroit and rival Dallas, the Wild bounced back with one-goal wins over the Islanders and Blues.
5
Pittsburgh Penguins
6
32-19-5
6-2-2
Sidney who? Sophomore Evgeni Malkin recorded 15 points in five games as the Penguins continued to roll without their injured superstar captain.
6
Anaheim Ducks
7
31-22-7
4-5-1
After dropping the first three of an eight-game road trip, the Ducks bounced back with four wins in a row including a huge statement victory in Detroit.
7
Philadelphia Flyers
3
30-20-5
5-5-0
As if losing three straight isn’t bad enough, the Flyers also lost the services of winger Simon Gagne with his third concussion of the season.
8
San Jose Sharks
9
31-17-7
6-4-0
Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals and four points in a win over Nashville Saturday. The suddenly hot winger now has nine goals in 11 games.
9
Montreal Canadiens
5
29-18-9
5-4-1
Just when it looked like the Canadiens were for real, they lost at home to Toronto and then got crushed 6-1 in Ottawa. Welcome back to Earth.
10
New Jersey Devils
10
31-21-4
5-4-1
In a rare happening, the Devils got four goals from their defense (Paul Martin two, Colin White, Johnny Oduya) in a 6-1 thrashing of Carolina.
11
Nashville Predators
14
29-22-6
6-2-2
After back-to-back losses to Tampa Bay and San Jose, the Predators bounced back with a 6-3 win over Phoenix. Radek Bonk, who had a terrific start to the year before going into the dumper, snapped a 21-game goalless drought.
12
Calgary Flames
11
28-20-8
6-4-0
Veteran winger Owen Nolan produced his third multiple goal game of the new year, scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Edmonton.
13
Colorado Avalanche
12
30-21-5
5-3-2
The line of Marek Svatos (two goals, one assist), Tyler Arnason (one and two) and Wojtek Wolski (three assists) produced nine points in a commanding 6-2 win over Vancouver.
14
New York Rangers
15
28-24-7
6-3-1
The Rangers are starting to look like a contender and they are doing it while Jaromir Jagr slumps, being held pointless in seven straight games.
15
Boston Bruins
13
28-22-5
6-4-0
Three losses in four outings had the Bruins heading in the wrong direction.
16
Vancouver Canucks
17
28-22-7
3-5-2
Ryan Shannon’s spin-o-rama goal in the shootout against Chicago was a beauty, even if Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t appreciate it.
17
Buffalo Sabres
27
26-21-8
6-2-2
Don’t look now, but the down-and-out Sabres are making a serious run at the playoffs, nipping at the heels of the Bruins and Rangers.
18
Washington Capitals
18
27-25-5
6-4-0
Eight goals in six games had Alex Ovechkin well on his way to winning his first Rocket Richard Trophy. He leads the NHL with 47 goals in 57 games.
19
Phoenix Coyotes
16
28-24-4
4-3-3
A big win over Colorado was followed by three straight losses. A loss to Nashville marked the sixth time in the past seven games the Coyotes have surrendered the opening goal.
20
Columbus Blue Jackets
19
26-23-9
3-4-3
It is looking more and more like the Blue Jackets simply don’t have enough scoring punch to make a serious bid for the playoffs. Beyond Rick Nash (29 goals) and Nikolai Zherdev (22), Columbus’s next highest goal-scorer is Jason Chimera with 11.
21
Carolina Hurricanes
21
27-27-4
5-5-0
Oh well, there’s always next year. Trading Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore is an indication the Hurricanes have given up on the season. Then again, somebody has to win the lowly Southeast Division title so maybe it’ll be the Canes.
22
Atlanta Thrashers
20
27-27-4
4-5-1
Ilya Kovalchuk has been held without a goal in seven of his past nine games.
23
Florida Panthers
30
26-27-5
5-4-1
An 8-0 pasting of the Maple Leafs in Toronto might well turn out to be the highlight of the season.
24
Toronto Maple Leafs
28
23-25-9
5-4-1
After being crushed by the Panthers, the Maple Leafs rebounded with a win in Montreal and then a huge victory over Detroit at home.
25
Edmonton Oilers
23
25-27-5
4-5-1
It is beginning to look like the Oilers will miss the playoffs for a second straight year after making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.
26
Chicago Blackhawks
26
24-25-6
4-4-2
The Hawks are sinking, but rookie Jonathan Toews had an assist in his first game back from injury.
27
St. Louis Blues
24
24-22-8
2-6-2
The Blues have got the ship moving in the right direction, so hopefully their fans won’t be discouraged by a poor ending to the year.
28
New York Islanders
22
24-25-7
1-7-2
The Islanders can’t seem to buy a win, but typical of Ted Nolan teams, at least they are in the games.
29
Los Angeles Kings
25
24-31-3
6-3-1
Dan Cloutier recorded a win in his first NHL start of the season.
30
Tampa Bay Lightning
29
23-27-6
6-3-1
All eyes are on GM Jay Feaster to see what he does at the trade deadline to make the Bolts better for next season. This season is a write-off.
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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