by Ryan Dixon - April 6, 2009 1:48 PM EDT
With one week to go in the regular season a familiar team sits on top, while the Nashville Predators make a late push.
Lots will be made in the season’s final week about teams like St. Louis, Columbus and Florida trying to make either their first playoff appearance in a long time or, in the Jackets’ case, ever.
by Ryan Dixon - March 30, 2009 12:39 PM EDT
A new No. 1 emerges in THN's power rankings while the Blues continue their climb up the ladder.
Are we witnessing the start of a new St. Louis streak? The Blues made the playoffs every year from 1979-80 through 2003-04. And while none of those berths resulted in so much as a trip to the Cup final, it’s still a stretch worth saluting.
by Ryan Dixon - March 23, 2009 3:15 PM EDT
The Wings are back at No. 1, but a late-season surge has the Hurricanes looking to do some damage.
About a month ago, Pittsburgh was the team everybody talked about as a tough draw for one of the East’s high seeds in the first round of the playoffs.
by Ryan Dixon - March 16, 2009 2:34 PM EDT
Playoffs are out of the question, but the Thrashers and Islanders are putting together solid runs to close out the campaign.
Becoming the Ontario League’s all-time leading goal-scorer did nothing to endear John Tavares to the Atlanta Thrashers or New York Islanders.
by Ryan Dixon - March 9, 2009 2:18 PM EDT
The Devils continue to hold down the No. 1 spot, but the Pens jump 12 positions and look like they're back on track.
A couple of weeks ago, people were talking about Pittsburgh’s potential to do some damage in the first round of the playoffs. Maybe it’s time to shorten that statement to ‘Pittsburgh’s potential to do damage in the playoffs.
by Ryan Dixon - March 2, 2009 3:02 PM EST
New Jersey may be No. 1 in our weekly rankings of the 30 NHL clubs, but all five Central Division teams are in the top 14.
As of Monday morning, four Central Division teams had identical 6-3-1 records in their past 10 games. The fifth team, St. Louis, really deviated from the pack with a 6-2-2 mark.
by Ryan Dixon - February 23, 2009 2:50 PM EST
Our weekly rankings are shifting and the Hawks are starting to look like potential Western Conference champs.
If there’s a team ready to exploit a seam in the West, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks. The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks are clearly the top two clubs in the Western Conference, but neither one of them has looked bulletproof this year.
by Ryan Dixon - February 16, 2009 2:16 PM EST
The New York Rangers are going in the wrong direction, but the New Jersey Devils are on top with Martin Brodeur itching to return.
Given the way the New York Rangers started the season, it's incredible to see how bleak things have become on Broadway. A Blueshirts team that posted 10 wins in October has just one this month with February past its halfway point.
by Ryan Dixon - February 9, 2009 2:25 PM EST
The B's are back on top, but L.A. is heading in the right direction in this week's countdown of the NHL teams.
For the L.A. Kings, post-season experience is more valuable than another high draft pick. The Kings are one of those limbo teams that could fall out of contention and call the name of a hot prospect come June or claw their way into a playoff spot.
by Ryan Dixon - February 2, 2009 2:50 PM EST
Perhaps a new bench boss can get Ottawa to reverse its downward trend in the standings and the THN.com power rankings.
Boy, what Ottawa Senators fans would give for a good old-fashioned post-season flop right about now. For the Sens to choke in the playoffs, they’d have to first make them, of course.
by Ryan Dixon - January 26, 2009 2:18 PM EST
The Philadelphia Flyers certainly look like a playoff team, but can they stand up to the teams at the top of our rankings?
If there is one label every club aspires to, it's 'playoff team.' In a recent debate over who might emerge from the East, it was suggested by one THN staffer that the Philadelphia Flyers have the genetic make up of a squad destined for post-season success.
by Ryan Dixon - January 19, 2009 3:49 PM EST
A big win puts the teal on top, but expect big things from New Jersey when their star returns.
It looks as though we’ll finally find out if the critics are right about the New Jersey Devils. The first thing we’ve heard on the heels of recent early playoff exits by the Devils goes something to the effect of, “If Marty Brodeur wasn’t too tired to lift his arms, New Jersey would still be playing.
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