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NHL Power Rankings: February 2, 2013

The Sharks stay hot…is this finally the year?

Rank Team Name W-L Comments

1

Sharks

7-0-1 Seven games down and seven victories under their belt. They are certainly the best team in the league at the moment.

2

Blackhawks

7-0-2 No regulation losses and they are only second in the west? It’s a rough year to be anything other than perfect.

3

 

Bruins

6-1-1 They got outworked by the Sabres on Thursday night. That had to hurt a little bit.

4

Lightning

6-2-0 Undrafted Cory Conacher continues to be a surprise as he is second on the team with five goals this season.

5

Penguins

6-3-0 They are leading what could be considered the weakest division in the east so far this season.

6

Senators

5-3-1 A plus 9 goal differential means that they win big or lose big. They need to find that middle ground.

7

 

Blues

6-2-0 Chicago has to lose in regulation at some point. When they do, St. Louis will be right there waiting to take first place.

8

Canadiens

6-2-0 Carey Price has been among the best goalies in the league this season. That bodes well for the rest of the year.

9

 

Canucks

4-2-2 The defense has picked things up after a devastating loss to begin the season.

10

Ducks

5-1-1 With eleven points in seven games, they could be among the top teams in the conference before everything is said and done.

11

 

Oilers

4-3-1 Almost a quarter of the season is over and the Oilers have yet to regress. The youth movement may finally be paying off.

12

Islanders

4-3-1 Long Island hasn’t been this excited in a long time. This could be the year that the Islanders finally make it back to the playoffs for the first time in years.

13

Red Wings

4-3-1 The good news is that a veteran Detroit team will know when to make their charge. Right now, they are just resting up for the playoffs.

14

 

Devils

4-1-3 They were the top team in the east last week. This week, they are sitting in the middle of the pack.

15

Wild

4-3-1 With a negative two goal differential, they need to start scoring more goals if they hope to win more games.

16

 

Maple Leafs

4-4-0 Leafs fans have to be happy that their team is teasing them again this year. Maybe they can root for the proposed expansion team Toronto may be getting in a couple of years instead?

17

Avalanche

4-4-0 The Avalanche are going to be in the thick of things just because they play in a weak division. It doesn’t look like they can survive if they get there though.

18

Rangers

4-4-0 The Rangers are starting to creep back into the playoff picture. Currently tied for eighth with Toronto, it won’t take much to stay in playoff contention and probably secure a playoff spot.

19

Coyotes

3-4-2 Poor defense and a poor road record is never a good combination. Add in the distraction surrounding the ownership situation and you have a recipe for a disastrous season.

20

 

Predators

3-2-3 They are scoring at an even slower place than Columbus. Something needs to spark them into a scoring frenzy.

21

Stars

3-5-1 Road woes have held the team back through the first part of the young season. Losing four out of every five games on the road will keep you out of the playoffs.

22

Sabres

3-5-1 The Sabres are pretty much in the same boat. Their only bright spot so far is Thomas Vanek.

23

Jets

3-4-1 After giving up the most goals in the league so far this year, it might be time to look at a new goalie or some defense help at the trade deadline.

24

 

Blue Jackets

3-5-1 The Blue Jackets are only scoring two goals a game. Most AHL teams can do better than that.

25

 

Kings

2-3-2 Although they seem to be steadying themselves, they will have to do better than .500 to get back to the top.

26

Hurricanes

3-4-0 Their sweep last week of Buffalo seems to be the high point of their season so far. It was supposed to be a big year for them too.

27

 

Flyers

3-6-0 Injury problems have been a real issue for the Flyers so far this season. It remains to be seen if they can recover in time for the playoff stretch run.

28

Capitals

2-6-1 The Capitals have a win against Buffalo and Philadelphia this season. That’s not going to result in long-term success.

29

 

Panthers

3-5-0 A slow start continues for the Panthers. With six points, they are next to last in their conference.

30

Flames

1-3-2 Giving up over four goals a game is no way to contend for a playoff berth or even get out of last place.

Written by Don Phan. Don writes sports content for Fanatics Inc. Fanatics is a provider of licensed sports merchandise and carry the latest in official NHL apparel and gear for all 30 professional hockey teams.

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