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Power Rankings - Dec. 15

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In some ways, nothing ever changes for the Florida Panthers. The team starts poorly, makes a late-season push and inevitably falls short of the playoffs.

But a shift of some sort is already underway, with perhaps more serious changes to follow.

By their usual early-season standards, the Panthers have been pretty sturdy of late, pulling to within spitting distance of a playoff spot. Much of the success is due to unheralded backup-turned-starter Craig Anderson and his league-leading .940 save percentage.

Anderson’s play has led some people, including two THN staffers, John Grigg and Rory Boylen, to debate whether it’s time to move Tomas Vokoun and address needs elsewhere.

Meanwhile, No. 1 defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has long been rumored to be on the block thanks to his pending unrestricted free agent status this July. It has been reported the Bouwmeester sweepstakes is heating up and it’s increasingly likely the big blueliner will be out of Florida before the trade deadline passes. 

RK.

TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

1

24-3-2

9-0-1

Still haven't lost at home in regulation after 18 games

2

2

21-5-4

8-2-0

Phil Kessel has a 15-game, month-long point streak going

3

3

20-5-4

6-3-1

League's best power play clicks nearly 30 percent of the time

4

8

16-7-6

7-1-2

Showed their explosiveness with a four-goal third period in a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Carolina

5

10

15-6-7

6-2-2

Patrick Kane will have a 100-point season before he's 170 pounds

6

13

18-10-3

7-3-0

Simeon Varlamov stopped 32 shots in Montreal to win his first NHL start Saturday

7

6

17-11-3

7-3-0

Thirteen of Teemu Selanne's 14 goals have come on the power play

8

12

20-11-2

6-4-0

Chris Drury is on pace for just 42 points this season

9

9

16-9-2

8-2-0

Zach Parise could become first Devil ever to score 50 goals

10

4

16-10-4

4-5-1

Looks as though Marc-Andre Fleury will be back this week after a month on the sideline

11

7

16-8-5

5-3-2

Injury bug attacking Habs, with captain Saku Koivu the latest victim

12

15

17-11-3

4-5-1

Just trying to tread water until Roberto Luongo makes his return

13

5

16-11-3

5-3-2

This team is simply allergic to consistency

14

14

15-12-3

5-3-2

J-P Dumont quietly producing at nearly a point-per-game clip

15

23

14-13-3

6-2-2

Rookie Michael Frolik finding his game with nine points in past eight contests

16

11

15-13-1

3-7-0

Dropped five straight and didn't score more than two goals in any of the defeats

17

18

15-12-3

6-4-0

Maxim Afinogenov is essentially an afterthought on this club

18

19

14-12-2

6-4-0

Dwayne Roloson playing like the No. 1 man

19

27

14-13-3

6-3-1

Getting Olli Jokinen back last week was a big boost for Phoenix

20

20

13-12-4

5-4-1

Maybe Anze Kopitar, with seven points in his past five games, is finally coming alive

21

16

13-12-5

2-5-3

Up to Cam Ward or Eric Staal to take this team by the neck and shake them

22

24

11-12-6

4-4-2

Mike Van Ryn is back and fellow blueliner Jonas Frogren shouldn't be far behind

23

17

11-12-5

5-3-2

Without a doubt the worst third jerseys we've seen this year

24

26

11-14-4

5-5-0

Does Sean Avery go down as the most regrettable free agent signing ever?

25

21

14-14-1

5-4-1

Sakic's 20th season has quickly turned into a complete nightmare

26

25

13-14-3

4-6-0

Solid team at home, but need to get much better on the road, where they play eight of their next 11 games

27

22

12-14-3

3-6-1

One more really high pick could make the Blues a great team in the not-so-distant future

28

29

9-16-4

2-6-2

Must be happy to see prospect Angelo Esposito finally make Canada's national junior team

29

30

7-15-8

1-7-2

Stamkos last draft, John Tavares or Victor Hedman this year?

30

28

10-18-2

2-8-0

Have surrendered more goals than any other NHL team

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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