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Bruins the new No. 1 team in NHL Power Rankings

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Scott Cullen
1/24/2011 5:01:41 PM
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There's a new number one in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings and it's the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins have four regulation losses in their last 18 games and, strangely enough, three of them have come with backup goaltender Tuukka Rask in net.  Rask has an impressive .923 save percentage this season, yet somehow has a 4-10-1 record.

Fortunately for the Bruins, they have Tim Thomas starting and having an historically great season; his .945 save percentage still well ahead of the .937 that was Dominik Hasek's best offering (and best of the modern era).

Gaining ground on the Bruins are the ever-familiar (at least going back to last year's playoffs) Philadelphia Flyers, who moved up from fifth spot to second with the return of Chris Pronger to the lineup.

The Vancouver Canucks had been holding down top spot for more than a month, but a four-game losing streak -- even if two were of the shootout variety -- and injuries accumulating along the blueline, knocked them from their lofty perch.

San Jose appears to have climbed back on the right track, winning four straight after dropping six in a row.  Maybe it's the power of Kyle Wellwood, maybe it's something else, but the Sharks jumped from 19 to 13.

A superb January has lifted the Nashville Predators into the Top 10, moving from 11 to eight, while the Montreal Canadiens moved up from 15 to 12, despite losing Mike Cammalleri due to a shoulder injury.

Carolina lost three of four last week to slide from 12 to 18, while injuries and losing seven of their last eight games conspired to drop the Atlanta Thrashers from 10 all the way down to 21.

Improved play from the New Jersey Devils (6-0-1 in their last seven) has lifted them out of the cellar, providing a nice soft landing spot for the Ottawa Senators.  Not good times in the nation's capital.

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.

Thomas gets the win (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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