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Power Rankings - Dec. 8

Dwayne Roloson has played the most games (12) of any of the three goalies Edmonton has on the roster. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Dwayne Roloson has played the most games (12) of any of the three goalies Edmonton has on the roster. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Two-headed monsters have been spotted in the NHL before, but three-headed beasts are extremely rare.

There is, however, one on the loose in northern Alberta right now as the Edmonton Oilers have sent all three of their goalies to the crease for at least one start since Nov. 30.

Mathieu Garon stole the No. 1 job last season largely based on his brilliance in the shootout, but couldn’t run with the reins this year. He is, however, still master of the 1-on-1 tie-breaking format, having downed Los Angeles last week to run his shootout record to 11-0 as an Oiler.

Veteran Dwayne Roloson was brilliant in Edmonton’s win last Saturday in San Jose, while 24-year-old Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has a respectable 3-2-0 record and .915 save -percentage.

Three-headed monsters traditionally don’t stay peaceful for long, so the young Oilers may want to unclog their crease by dealing Roloson to a team looking for a puck-stopper with playoff experience.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
San Jose Sharks
1
22-3-2
9-0-1
Sharks have won 91 percent of their games when leading after the first period
2
Boston Bruins
2
18-4-4
8-1-1
Have earned 21 of a possible 30 road points
3
Detroit Red Wings
3
18-4-4
7-2-1
Middling start (for the Wings) is exposing a weakness in net
4
Pittsburgh Penguins
4
15-7-4
5-3-2
Top two NHL scorers keeping Pens afloat while they wait for injured teammates to return
5
Calgary Flames
13
16-10-1
7-3-0
Flames are on an upswing. Can they maintain it?
6
Anaheim Ducks
5
15-10-3
6-3-1
Ducks haven't lost a game when leading after two periods
7
Montreal Canadiens
11
15-6-5
5-2-3
Power play clicking at just 13.9 percent, 25th overall
8
Philadelphia Flyers
7
13-7-6
7-1-2
Daniel Briere hurt again, but team was 2-0-1 last week
9
New Jersey Devils
14
14-8-2
7-3-0
New No. 1 Scott Clemmensen goes 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .949 SP in games versus Philly and Montreal
10
Chicago Blackhawks
8
12-6-7
5-3-2
Cristobal Huet performing nicely after Khabibulin injury, 2-0-1 in games against Ducks, Wings and Coyotes
11
Minnesota Wild
6
15-10-1
4-6-0
1-3-0 record last week highlighted by anemic offense
12
New York Rangers
10
18-10-2
5-5-0
Still near top of the East thanks to having played 30 games, six more than some teams
13
Washington Capitals
9
15-10-3
4-6-0
Despite injuries to 10 players, Alex Ovechkin carrying team
14
Nashville Predators
15
14-10-2
6-3-1
Shea Weber having a Norris-caliber season; 11goals, 25 points, plus-12, 24:05 TOI
15
Vancouver Canucks
12
15-10-3
5-4-1
1-2-1 to finish a seven-game road trip
16
Carolina Hurricanes
16
13-12-3
4-5-1
New (old?) coach Paul Maurice gets first victory
17
Ottawa Senators
24
10-10-4
4-4-2
Crush Atlanta 5-1, squeak out a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh
18
Buffalo Sabres
17
12-11-3
3-7-0
Derek Roy starting to find his form; three goals, seven points, plus-5 in past six games
19
Edmonton Oilers
25
13-11-2
5-4-1
2004 first-rounder Rob Schremp had three assists, plus-2 in three games after being called-up from American League Springfield
20
Los Angeles Kings
18
11-11-4
4-4-2
Comeback Kings L.A. is not; winning just eight percent of the time when trailing after the first period
21
Colorado Avalanche
22
13-13-1
5-4-1
The Avalanche has won eight in a row against division-rival Vancouver
22
St. Louis Blues
21
11-11-3
5-3-2
Brad Boyes typifies team woes; 13 goals and 25 points, but minus-14
23
Florida Panthers
26
11-12-3
5-3-2
Holding their own (for the Panthers) despite a rash of injuries at forward
24
Toronto Maple Leafs
19
9-12-6
2-6-2
Rookie blueliner Luke Schenn goes down with leg injury
25
Columbus Blue Jackets
20
11-13-3
3-6-1
A season of hope in Columbus is heading in the same-old direction; Jackets tied for 24th overall
26
Dallas Stars
27
10-12-4
5-4-1
Will Stars return to expected form without Sean Avery?
27
Phoenix Coyotes
28
12-13-2
4-5-1
Ed Jovanovski a miserable minus-14 with two goals and 11 points
28
New York Islanders
23
10-14-2
5-5-0
Gave up 10 goals in losses to Washington and Atlanta
29
Atlanta Thrashers
29
9-14-3
2-7-1
How long will Ilya Kovalchuk last in Atlanta?
30
Tampa Bay Lightning
30
6-12-8
1-5-4
Nobody thought Tampa would have trouble scoring, but Bolts are NHL's worst with 2.27 goals per-game

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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