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Power Rankings - Desert Dogs?

Daniel Carcillo of the Phoenix Coyotes gives teammate Kyle Turris a face wash in celebration after his game-winning shootout goal against the Dallas Stars Saturday. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Daniel Carcillo of the Phoenix Coyotes gives teammate Kyle Turris a face wash in celebration after his game-winning shootout goal against the Dallas Stars Saturday. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s an increasingly pronounced paradox in Phoenix with respect to the franchise’s off-ice direction and it’s on-ice product.

While more and more reports indicating the Coyotes are bleeding bucks surface, the young team has bound together and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Captain Shane Doan is having a terrific year, while an assortment of high draft picks are gaining valuable experience and making noticeable contributions.

A key factor down the home stretch will be the play of Olli Jokinen. The big center missed six games with an upper-body injury earlier this season and hasn’t produced to his point-per-game potential while in the lineup.

A spike in his output and improved results on the power play would go a long way in helping Phoenix nail down a post-season berth.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
Detroit Red Wings
2
29-7-5
8-1-1
Have won six in a row to reclaim top spot in the power rankings
2
Boston Bruins
1
31-7-4
8-2-0
Reports indicate Patrice Bergeron's concussion isn't nearly as serious as the one he sustained last year
3
San Jose Sharks
3
31-5-5
6-2-2
With a 1.87 GAA, .927 save percentage and a 9-1-1 record, Brian Boucher has to be the best goalie who's clearly No. 2 on his team
4
Calgary Flames
6
25-12-4
8-1-1
Daymond Langkow has picked up his play of late, notching 14 points in his past 10 games
5
Montreal Canadiens
8
25-10-6
8-1-1
Line of Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Tom Kostopoulos has really stepped up with injured bodies out of the lineup
6
Chicago Blackhawks
5
23-10-7
6-4-0
After signing Cristobal Huet away from Washington, do you think the Hawks could peddle Nikolai Khabibulin to the goalie-starved Caps? The veteran Russian has been awesome this year
7
Philadelphia Flyers
9
23-10-9
5-2-3
Philly is getting a nice year from Scott Hartnell, who is on pace for a career-high 58 points
8
Washington Capitals
4
27-13-3
7-3-0
It's just hard to believe Brent Johnson and Jose Theodore can carry this team in the playoffs
9
Anaheim Ducks
11
22-17-5
4-4-2
Anaheim, along with Colorado, hasn't lost a game it led after two periods this season
10
New York Rangers
10
25-15-4
4-4-2
Have to be excited by a potential 20-goal campaign from 23-year-old Ryan Callahan
11
New Jersey Devils
7
24-15-3
5-5-0
Brendan Shanahan will be 40 before month's end, but his shot can still help a power play
12
Phoenix Coyotes
13
21-17-5
5-4-1
Both Ilya Bryzgalov (.916) and Mikael Tellqvist (.913) have healthy save percentages
13
Columbus Blue Jackets
17
20-18-4
6-4-0
Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who'll be on the move at some point, would be a nice addition to the league's worst power play
14
Florida Panthers
20
20-16-6
5-3-2
Racking up some wins against soft teams, but need to prove they can beat the big boys, too
15
Buffalo Sabres
14
21-16-5
5-3-2
Ryan Miller has won four of his past five starts despite seeing an average of almost 37 shots per game over that span
16
Carolina Hurricanes
12
21-17-5
6-4-0
Right now, Ray Whitney is the only Cane on pace to hit 70 points this season
17
Vancouver Canucks
15
22-14-5
3-5-2
Mats Sundin has watched two game-winners scored against the Canucks from the penalty box
18
Pittsburgh Penguins
16
20-19-4
2-8-0
It seemed Marc-Andre Fleury really turned a corner last spring, but he's fighting the puck once again
19
Colorado Avalanche
24
22-19-1
6-4-0
Andrew Raycroft's seven-game winning streak has Avs back in the playoff hunt
20
Minnesota Wild
19
20-18-3
4-5-1
Special teams continue to be a strength, but Wild are being outscored in 5-on-5 situations
21
Edmonton Oilers
21
20-18-3
6-4-0
In his first game as an Oiler, Ryan Potulny picks up two assists in a 2-1 win over St. Louis
22
Dallas Stars
18
17-17-6
5-3-2
Team has improved, no doubt, but still hasn't fully clicked into gear
23
Tampa Bay Lightning
26
12-19-10
5-4-1
If Vincent Lecavalier goes on the block, the Bolts have to hit a home run on the deal
24
Los Angeles Kings
23
17-18-6
4-6-0
The Kings' winning percentage when falling behind after one period is .105
25
Nashville Predators
25
19-20-3
3-7-0
Great to see little Stevie Sullivan back playing after nearly two full years on the sidelines
26
St. Louis Blues
28
16-22-3
4-6-0
Coach Andy Murray knows his team is short on talent, but isn't happy with inconsistent efforts
27
Toronto Maple Leafs
22
16-20-6
3-7-0
If the bottom is indeed falling out, it's the best thing that could happen to Toronto
28
Atlanta Thrashers
29
14-24-5
3-6-1
Thrashers still don't know what to expect from Kari Lehtonen on a nightly basis
29
Ottawa Senators
27
13-21-6
2-7-1
This season has left the coach looking like Craig 'Broken' Hartsburg
30
New York Islanders
30
12-26-4
2-7-1
Rick DiPietro has missed three straight games with swelling in his knee; in other news, the sun is expected to rise tomorrow

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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