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Penguins/Rangers flying high

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In this week's THN.com power rankings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and returning superstar Sidney Crosby are No. 1. Hot on their heels, though, are their Atlantic Division rivals from Manhattan.

At 8-2-0, the Rangers are tied with Detroit as the second-hottest team in the league over the past 10 games - Boston is No. 1 at 9-0-1 - and show no signs of letting up. The Blueshirts have the NHL's second-best goaltending (an average of 2.05 goals-allowed per game, just behind St. Louis at 2.04) and are getting solid production from Marian Gaborik (on pace for a 41-goal season) and Ryan Callahan (on pace for a career-best 32-goal campaign).

They've also got one of the league's top records at home (6-1-1), which will be tested Tuesday when Crosby and the Pens come to town.

Will the Blueshirts move higher next week? Will the Penguins retain top spot? Find out every Monday afternoon when the latest power rankings are posted exclusively at THN.com!

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

2

14-6-4

6-3-1

Sidney Crosby’s return, Bruce Boudreau’s firing made it a memorable week for Pens fans.

2

1

13-6-1

7-2-1

Joe Thornton on pace for 65 assists, 85 points – an improvement on last season’s 49 helpers and 70 points.

3

7

14-7-1

9-0-1

No hotter team in hockey than the Bruins, who have just a home-and-home with Leafs this week.

4

3

13-7-3

6-3-1

Four-day break before three-game road trip just what doctor ordered for hurting Flyers.

5

10

14-7-1

8-2-0

During five-game win streak, Wings have allowed more than two goals just once.

6

4

14-7-3

6-4-0

Each of Hawks’ big four (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp) has at least seven goals and 12 assists.

7

11

12-5-3

8-2-0

Henrik Lundqvist/Martin Biron the league’s best one-two punch in net right now.

8

5

13-7-3

6-4-0

Wild have identical goals-for and against average (2.22).

9

9

11-8-4

5-4-1

Drew Doughty pointless in past seven games.

10

15

14-8-2

5-4-1

Joffrey Lupul/Jake Gardiner trade right up there with Flames heist as Brian Burke’s best in Toronto

11

14

13-9-1

7-3-0

Canucks allowed only two goals on three-game road trip, have three games this week against light-scoring Jackets, Preds and Flames.

12

6

12-9-1

3-6-1

Bruce Boudreau’s firing leaves no more excuses for Alex Ovechkin & Alex Semin.

13

17

13-8-2

7-1-2

Blues lost six times in regulation in October, but only twice in regulation this month.

14

8

13-9-1

5-4-1

Multiple injuries, especially to M&M (Tyler Myers and Ryan Miller) test Sabres’ depth.

15

16

11-9-2

6-4-0

Six of next seven games are on the road, where Lightning are just 4-6-2 so far.

16

19

12-7-4

6-3-1

Three-game win streak soured by back-to-back losses against intrastate rival Bolts.

17

18

12-7-3

6-3-1

Keith Yandle on pace for 48 assists, 55 points; last season he finished with 48 helpers and 59 points.

18

12

13-9-1

3-6-1

Injured Kari Lehtonen spells big trouble for sagging Stars.

19

13

10-8-4

4-4-2

Preds’ shot situation a mess: shots per game is 29th overall (26.0), while shots allowed average is 30th (33.1).

20

22

12-9-2

4-6-0

Six-game homestand begins with stingy Preds, Wild - but after that, they get the four Cs of underachievement: Columbus, Calgary, Carolina and Colorado.

21

21

12-9-1

6-4-0

Last week, Devs lost to Panthers, barely beat Jackets, split home-and-home with sad-sack Isles; yes, still lots of work to do.

22

20

10-10-4

5-3-2

Habs need offense on three-game West Coast road trip to pull out of Northeast basement.

23

23

11-10-2

4-4-2

Erik Karlsson the league’s No. 1 assist man with 20 helpers.

24

25

9-10-4

4-4-2

Evander Kane finally playing key role for Winnipeg; he has five goals in his last six games and Jets are 4-1-1 over that span.

25

24

10-12-1

3-7-0

Avs a perfect 3-0 in shootouts, far from perfect in nearly every other regard

26

26

8-13-4

3-6-1

Paul Maurice pays the price for paper-thin ‘D’ corps.

27

27

9-12-1

4-6-0

Rumblings Jarome Iginla ready to contemplate a trade - it’s about time.

28

28

6-11-4

2-6-2

Awful Isles now NHL’s worst team in terms of 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio (0.64).

29

30

6-14-3

4-4-2

Improvement at this stage has to be huge and sustained, or it doesn’t matter at all.

30

29

6-13-4

1-8-1

If coach firings come in threes, Randy Carlyle should be nervous.

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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