Sharks No. 1, Oilers climb in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
10/31/2011 5:06:26 PM
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The San Jose Sharks have won five straight games and taken over top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings.

After a slow start to the season, the Sharks have found their way once right winger Martin Havlat joined the lineup, winning all five games once Havlat provided the necessary balance to San Jose's top two lines.

Leading the way for San Jose this year has been Joe Pavelski, who not only tops the team with 11 points in nine games, but his 21:49 is most among San Jose forwards.

As Pavelski's linemates, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have picked up their play, combining for 13 points in the last five games, San Jose has taken off, climbing all the way to first from last week's 12th-place ranking.

The biggest move of the week belongs to the Edmonton Oilers, who jumped from 23 to five, on the strength of a five-game winning streak. Of course the Oilers have great young talent, but they're getting production from veteran left winger Ryan Smyth, to say nothing of spectacular goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin.

Who knows how long the Oilers can play at this level, but it's been remarkable thus far.

Three straight wins vaulted Montreal up from 27 to 18, while Ottawa's six-game winning streak helped lift them from 28 to 19, some dramatic moves early in the season.

Philadelphia, with poor goaltending and an injury to defenceman Chris Pronger, plummeted from five to 13, while a four-game losing streak dropped the Red Wings from four to 16. Boston's cup hangover continues and they slipped from 15 down to 22.

Other Canadian teams: Vancouver climbs to 11, Toronto minus James Reimer slips from nine to 12 and Calgary moves up to 23. Winnipeg languishes in 29th.

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.

Ryan Smyth (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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