Power Rankings

Preds on the prowl

Preds on the prowl

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.


A sweet song

A sweet song

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.


Winning winds

Winning winds

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.


Late bloomers

Late bloomers

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.


Ready to fly

Ready to fly

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.


Central surge

Central surge

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.


Hatching Hawks

Hatching Hawks

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.


Rangers recession

Rangers recession

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.


Kings of the castle

Kings of the castle

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.


Senator shake up

Senator shake up

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.


Playoff flyers

Playoff flyers

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.


Power Rankings - A Devilish injury

Power Rankings - A Devilish injury

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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