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Canucks continue to hold top spot in NHL Power Rankings

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Scott Cullen
1/4/2011 4:29:58 PM
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For the third week in a row, the Vancouver Canucks sit at the top of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings.

It's been 13 games since the Canucks last lost in regulation and the winning ways have continued with second-string goaltender Cory Schneider taking four of the last six starts.

The Canucks consistency has them ahead of recently-slumping Pittsburgh, which ought to be bouyed by the return of centre Jordan Staal.

Tampa Bay was the big climber of the week, going from 16 to 11.  While Dwayne Roloson may not be the perfect solution in goal, he's an upgrade at an area that has been a decided problem for the Lightning this season.

The other team making a move up is the New York Islanders, moving from 29 to 25, on the heels of six wins in the last seven games.  Considering the Isles have dealt away Roloson and defenceman James Wisniewski, it's quite the accomplishment to have climbed four spots this week.

Not so fortunate, the Dallas Stars slipped from 10th to 15th in the rankings.  They might lead the Pacific Division - in fact, they do! -- but they've been taking some lumps lately, getting outscored 13-6 in the last three games.

The Colorado Avalanche continue to have trouble keeping the puck out of their net and have slipped from 14th to 18th in this week's rankings. Until the Avs get better goaltending or improve defensively, the rankings aren't likely to look favourably upon them.  Of course, if they get healthier (and that seems a good bet), then there is room for upward mobility.

As far as Canadian teams go, the Montreal Canadiens are the only team aside from Vancouver to rank in the Top 16.

Calgary (24th), Toronto (27th), Ottawa (28th) and Edmonton (29th) are all going through some difficult times, with rankings that reflect as much.

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

Cory Schneider (Photo: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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