Rangers take over top spot in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
12/13/2011 12:29:51 AM
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The New York Rangers have taken over the top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, the second time this season that the Blueshirts have reached the top of the list.

With one regulation loss in the last nine games, the Rangers have combined strong goaltending with an improving offence. Not only are Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik doing their thing, but young players like Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov have stepped up and even AHL call-ups Carl Hagelin and Johm Mitchell have been effective additions to the roster.

The Rangers sit just ahead of the Vancouver Canucks, with one loss in their last ten games. While the Canucks haven't had the same kind of goaltending as the Rangers this year, Vancouver's offence has been taking off, scoring at least four goals in each of the last six games.

Knocked out of top spot for the first time in more than a month, the Boston Bruins lost a couple of games last week but, more importantly, lost captain and defensive workhorse Zdeno Chara to a leg injury. The result is that the Bruins are ranked third this week.

The Washington Capitals vaulted up from 24th to 16th, with back-to-back wins and signs of life from superstar left winger Alexander Ovechkin.

With a 6-1-1 record in their last eight games, the Calgary Flames jumped from 27th to 21st, following the lead of veteran right winger Jarome Iginla, rebounding after a slow start to the season.

The Sharks, with one regulation win in the last eight games, have dropped from seventh to 11th while the Colorado Avalanche fell from 17th to 22nd after a week in which they were outscored 13-3 in three losses.

Tampa Bay, with no regulation wins in their last eight games and having lost winger Martin St. Louis, sunk to 28th, down from 23rd the previous week.

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.

New York Rangers celebrate (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


(Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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