Bruins on top, Penguins rising in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
1/23/2012 5:43:23 PM
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The Boston Bruins visited the White House Monday, to honour their Stanley Cup victory last season, not as any kind of recognition for holding top spot again in the NHL Power Rankings.

Boston has been number one for nine of the last ten rankings, and they sit just ahead of getting-healthy Vancouver and Detroit, as the Red Wings vaulted over the New York Rangers for third spot.

Climbing from 10 to six, the Pittsburgh Penguins are boosted by the return of defenceman Kris Letang, as well as their current six-game winning streak.

Further down the list, there were a couple big moves up the rankings. The Anaheim Ducks have gone 8-0-1 in their last nine games, with their big guns firing and goaltender Jonas Hiller at the top of his game, resulting in a move from 26 to 16.

In the last dozen games, the New York Islanders have gone 8-4 while star centre John Tavares has reeled off the season's longest point streak and the Isles have moved from 25 to 17.

Across Canada, the Ottawa Senators have joined the top ten, up one spot from last week, while the Toronto Maple Leafs slipped a spot to 14.

The Montreal Canadiens joined the rest of the Canadian teams in the lower third, falling from 17 to 21, while the Calgary Flames sit at 22, the Winnipeg Jets at 24 and Edmonton Oilers at 26.

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