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Ducks hold top spot again in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
1/27/2014 3:07:16 PM
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The Anaheim Ducks continue at the top of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, but there weren't a lot of changes at the top, with the same top five as the previous week.

After that, however, there was plenty of movement.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, continuing to follow the lead of goaltender Ben Bishop and defenceman Victor Hedman, have reached the Top 10, up from 11 to 8, after going 4-1-1 in their past six games.

Surprisingly, the Carolina Hurricanes are up three, to 11, with wins in four of their past five games and strong work in goal from Anton Khudobin.

With one loss in the past seven games, the Winnipeg Jets have climbed, from 20 to 15, while the New Jersey Devils are up from 21 to 16, despite their Stadium Series loss to the New York Rangers Sunday. Also moving up, the Dallas Stars, who had plummeted during a one-win-in-10-games slump, won three games by a combined 14-1 score to jump up to 19 from 24.

Heading the other way, the Vancouver Canucks, minus Henrik Sedin, slide from nine to 14, and the free-falling Montreal Canadiens crash from 10 to 17.

Washington snapped a seven-game winless slide by beating Montreal Saturday, yet the Capitals' fall leaves them at 21, from 16. The Philadelphia Flyers, with two wins in their past nine games and outscored 14-5 in three games last week, fell from 19 to 24.

It should be noted that spots 18 through 25 are extremely close in the rankings right now.

Among the rest of the Canadian teams, the Ottawa Senators keep spinning their wheels and drop, from 17 to 20; the Toronto Maple Leafs move up one spot, to 22; the Edmonton Oilers lose a couple spots, to 28, one ahead of the Calgary Flames, holding steady at 29.

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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