Don’t look now, but the Anaheim Ducks are mighty again.
While the Detroit Red Wings continue to disintegrate before our very eyes, the defending Stanley Cup champions are looking very much like a team that could be the first champion to repeat since the Red Wings of 1997 and 1998.
In the East, the Devils are coming on strong and have taken top spot away from Ottawa for the time being, but the Sens are showing signs of life once again.
The Red Wings hold on top spot in The Hockey News’ weekly Power Rankings is tenuous to say the least. Injuries have conspired to make them rather ordinary in the month of February.
Mike Ribeiro had a huge night netting two goals and setting up two as the Stars beat Nashville for their 11th win in their past 13 games.
While the Senators continue to search for an identity, the New Jersey Devils have won five straight and now hold down top spot in the Eastern Conference. Despite being outs hot 38-31, the Devils beat the Caps in overtime.
Teemu Selanne has been a godsend for the Ducks with six goals and 11 points in 10 games since returning to the team.
The good news is the Penguins have been OK in Sidney Crosby’s absence. The even better news is Crosby is skating again and could return to the team soon.
Three straight shootouts (two wins, one loss) is an indicator the Sens are getting their act together again. Further proof is the fact they fell behind 3-0 to Pittsburgh, but stormed back for the win.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 38 saves to lead the Flames to their fourth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over Minnesota.
No need to press the panic button, but the Wild is winless in three games. Suddenly a playoff spot is not guaranteed.
The Canadiens recorded their biggest comeback in franchise history when they erased a 5-0 deficit to beat the Rangers 6-5, but then lost to Pittsburgh and Columbus.
After coughing up a fur ball against Montreal, the Rangers responded with wins over Buffalo and Florida. Even defenseman Marek Malik got in on the fun, scoring his first goal of the season.
The surging Canucks have won four straight including a convincing 4-1 win over short-staffed Detroit. Ryan Kesler continues to shine and has a career-best 16 goals.
He may be old, but there’s still a little gas left in the tank of Jeremy Roenick. J.R. scored the shootout winner as San Jose topped Pittsburgh 2-1.
Glen Murray’s third two-goal game of the season lifted the Bruins to a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. The Bruins, who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, moved into seventh in the East.
The Predators hold on a playoff spot is rather tenuous following two straight losses.
While the Coyotes are 2-2 in their past four games, their two wins were shutout victories.
Ten goals in eight games (including two hat tricks) for Thomas Vanek have the Sabres rolling in the right direction.
Eric Staal is on a roll with 10 points in six games as the Hurricanes have climbed back atop the SouthLeast Division.
Bill Guerin has gone ice cold with no goals in seven games, but his Islanders remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Jonathan Toews has a goal and five points in two games as the Blackhawks continue to give their loyal fans lots of hope for the future.
Paul Stastny scored in his first game back after missing a month, while Joe Sakic had an assist in his first game after being out more than two months.
After losing to Toronto, of all teams, the Blue Jackets waltzed into Ottawa and Montreal and stoned the home teams.
Three straight losses and yet the Blues have a mathematical shot at the playoffs. Don’t count on them making it, though.
Three consecutive losses have the Thrashers sliding towards Tampa Bay for last place in the East.
Make that 10 losses in a row for the desperate Flyers who were once the class of the Eastern Conference, but now are in danger of missing the playoffs.
The Panthers only win in their past five games came against Philadelphia. Hardly worth writing home about.
Three straight losses have the Capitals fairytale season coming to a thundering halt. That said, defenseman Mike Green’s stock continues to soar…he has 16 goals and 40 points in 63 games.
Darcy Tucker had six goals in five games, but cooled off again and hasn’t scored in three.
More bad news for the Oilers; leader Ethan Moreau is done for the season.
Even Vinny Lecavalier has slowed down a bit with just one goal in his past 10 games.
The Kings scored four straight goals in the third period to force overtime, but still wound up losing to Chicago.
The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 on Mondays. Changes in rankings reflect each team’s play from the previous seven days.
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