Power Rankings

Winter meltdown

Winter meltdown

by Ryan Dixon - December 21, 2009 1:00 PM EST

Things are peachy for the No. 1 Penguins, but it's the complete opposite for the floundering Blue Jackets.
What has Rick Nash signed up for? When the Columbus Blue Jackets got Nash to commit to an eight-year contract last summer, it was just another indication the team was finally, truly heading in the right direction.


Where the Wild are

Where the Wild are

by Ryan Dixon - December 14, 2009 3:25 PM EST

The Devils climb back to the top, but the once-lowly Wild are beginning to make a push.
Even if Gary Bettman was spinning the stats, there’s no way to put a shine on the fact Martin Havlat has just four goals this year. But we’ll take a half-full approach here and point out Havlat does have five points over his past two games, doubling his goal output in that time and bringing his point total to 16 in 26 games.


Dirty Birds taking flight

Dirty Birds taking flight

by Ryan Dixon - December 7, 2009 3:10 PM EST

Washington claims the No. 1 spot, but their division mates in Atlanta are turning heads.
It’s hard not to view the Atlanta Thrashers with a bit of hairy eyeball. A team that’s made the playoffs just once since entering the league in 1999-00 presently sits sixth in the Eastern Conference.


On the prowl

On the prowl

by Ryan Dixon - November 30, 2009 2:50 PM EST

With a healthy lineup and proven coaching staff the Preds are once again a surprising small-market team.
One of the best self-effacing lines you’ll hear from a team’s scouting staff when they’re being applauded for mining a late-round gem in the draft is, “If we’re so smart, why didn’t we take him sooner?” Maybe that’s how the Nashville Predators feel about Shea Weber, who was the third defenseman they drafted in 2003.


Feathered friends

Feathered friends

by Ryan Dixon - November 23, 2009 3:35 PM EST

Thanks in big part to the play of their goalies, the Blackhawks have soared to No. 2, behind only the San Jose Sharks.
Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi: That’s the answer to the oft-heard pre-season question, “Who the heck is going to stop pucks in Chicago?” When Nikolai Khabibulin left the Hawks as a free agent, many wondered whether the team would get the kind of goaltending required to be a top-flight NHL outfit.


Buffalo soldiers

Buffalo soldiers

by Ryan Dixon - November 16, 2009 2:35 PM EST

The road-warrior Devils emerge as the NHL's No. 1, but Ryan Miller and the Sabres' winning ways can't be ignored.
About the only question being asked of the Northeast Division before the season was, “Who’s going to finish second?” Maybe that’s still the most pertinent query, considering the Buffalo Sabres’ hot start.


Road trip from hell

Road trip from hell

by Ryan Dixon - November 9, 2009 1:35 PM EST

San Jose takes over the top spot, but the Devils and their terrific road record are right on their heels.
Just imagine what’s going to happen when the New Jersey Devils start winning at home. The Devils, who started the season with consecutive losses in their home rink, are 8-0-0 on the road and have won five straight.


In La-la-land

In La-la-land

by Ryan Dixon - October 26, 2009 2:42 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings are on fire and home to the league's leading scorer, but it's the defending champs on top.
Two guys who are (kind of) the face of hockey in their nation have the L.A. Kings rolling. You won’t get much of an argument that Anze Kopitar is the king of Slovenian hockey, especially since he’s stormed out to the league scoring lead with 10 goals and 21 points in 12 games.


Sen-sational start

Sen-sational start

by Ryan Dixon - October 19, 2009 8:32 PM EDT

The Penguins remain at No. 1, but Ottawa is on the move thanks to its solid play early on.
Maybe a strong finish is worth something after all. In the final third of every NHL season, some team previously thought to be completely out of the playoff chase suddenly starts playing .


Belly of the Whale

Belly of the Whale

by Ryan Dixon - October 12, 2009 11:19 AM EDT

The Penguins take over top spot; do the Canucks have the guts to overcome life without a Sedin?
Ok Henrik, now’s your chance. Losing Daniel Sedin for up to six weeks with a broken foot is definitely bad news for the Vancouver Canucks, but could turn out to be a terrific development for his brother Henrik – assuming the twins have money on which one ends his NHL career with more points.


Avalanche set the tone

Avalanche set the tone

by Ryan Dixon - October 5, 2009 1:20 PM EDT

Philly may be No. 1, but with a quick 2-0 start to the season, Colorado has knocked off two big contenders to kick off 2009-10.
Joe who? OK, let’s not get crazy, but let’s also give fans of the Colorado Avalanche a chance to be a little excited here. A 2-0 start probably isn’t indicative of how the Avs will fare this season, especially with the team set to play 11 of its next 13 on the road.


N.J. in a Devil of a hole

N.J. in a Devil of a hole

by John Grigg - April 13, 2009 3:26 PM EDT

In our season-end edition of the power rankings, the B's take the top spot, but many eyes are on the Devils.
It’s hard to imagine a team finishing with a franchise-record 51 wins and the league’s fifth-best record being in the midst of a downer, but that’s where the Devils are heading into the playoffs.


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