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Ducks take over top spot in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
1/20/2014 2:55:21 PM
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The Anaheim Ducks have captured top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, finally overtaking the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, who rank second and third this week.

Winning 19 of their past 21 games has vaulted the Ducks all the way up chart after being ranked 11th six week ago.

The Carolina Hurricanes got a personnel bump this week, from 20 to 15, with the return from injury of centre Eric Staal, and continued strong play from goaltender Anton Khudobin, filling in for an injured Cam Ward.

Lockdown defence in Paul Maurice's first three games behind the bench, along with the pending return of left winger Evander Kane, brought the Winnipeg Jets up from 24 to 20, while the New Jersey Devils climb from 25 to 21, losing once in regulation in the past six games and getting left winger Patrik Elias back in the lineup.

The Washington Capitals are reeling, having lost five straight, and fall from 11 to 16, while the Dallas Stars have it even worse, dropping eight of nine to fall from 18 to 24. 

Among the other Canadian teams, the slumping Vancouver Canucks remain the highest-ranked, at nine, one spot ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.

Goaltending woes continue to cause problems for the Ottawa Senators, who are down one to 17. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won four straight, but hold at 23, after the Jets and Devils rise up.

Dealing for goaltender Ben Scrivens provides a little goaltending hope for the Edmonton Oilers and they bump from 27 to 26, while the Calgary Flames hold steady at 29, though they are gradually losing ground to the 30th-ranked Buffalo Sabres.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.



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