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Weekly NHL rankings from The Canadian Press

1. Ottawa Senators. Chris Phillips leads all NHL blue-liners with plus-9 rating.

2. Detroit Red Wings. Solid West Coast trip with statement win over Sharks.

3. Minnesota Wild. No surprise: most stingy team in league with only 1.25 goals against per game.

4. San Jose Sharks. Former Habs blue-liner Craig Rivet with seven assists in nine games.

5. Philadelphia Flyers. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have arrived.

6. Carolina Hurricanes. Rod Brind'Amour playing like it's 1999.

7. Dallas Stars. Mike Ribeiro has been awesome since coming off the injury.

8. Calgary Flames. Dion Phaneuf off to hot start: eight points and plus-7 rating.

9. Anaheim Ducks. What gives? Ducks in bottom third of league in goals for per game.

10. Montreal Canadiens. No Souray, no problem! No. 2-ranked PP in the NHL.

11. Boston Bruins. Who's the No. 1 goalie, Manny Fernandez or Tim Thomas?

12. New York Islanders. Special teams demons: top five in both PP and PK.

13. Pittsburgh Penguins. Will GM Ray Shero pull the trigger for another goalie?

14. Buffalo Sabres. Among bottom-third teams in goals against per game.

15. Tampa Bay Lightning. Leading scorer for the Bolts? None other than Vaclav Prospal.

16. Chicago Blackhawks. May not see a prettier goal than what Jonathan Toews delivered last Friday night.

17. St. Louis Blues. Brad Boyes and Paul Kariya have found some chemistry together.

18. Vancouver Canucks. What's wrong with Kevin Bieksa?

19. Colorado Avalanche. Paul Stastny continues to impress.

20. New Jersey Devils. Will the real Martin Brodeur please stand up?

21. Columbus Blue Jackets. Had No. 1-ranked PK in the NHL before Tuesday's game at Chicago.

22. Washington Capitals. Viktor Kozlov has gone silent after quick start.

23. Toronto Maple Leafs. Does Vesa Toskala get a run of starts now?

24. New York Rangers. Went into Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh ranked dead last in NHL in goals per game.

25. Florida Panthers. Cory Murphy is a heck of a story.

26. Nashville Predators. Near bottom of league attendance with 13,687 per game.

27. Edmonton Oilers. How sweet would a win be in Anaheim on Sunday?

28. Los Angeles Kings. Ladislav Nagy went into Tuesday's game against Nashville still looking for first goal.

29. Phoenix Coyotes. Averaging only 2.29 goals for per game.

30. Atlanta Thrashers. Lots on to-do list: hire a coach, re-sign Marian Hossa, and win some games!


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