Blues rise to the top of NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen

3/12/2012 4:23:10 PM

For the first time this season, the St. Louis Blues have climbed to the top of the NHL Power Rankings.

The Blues have been a dominant defensive team since Ken Hitchcock took over behind the bench in early November, but that lockdown defensive performance continues to get better as the Blues have surrendered just 14 goals, while going 9-1, over the last 10 games. All this has been enough for St. Louis to move from third to first in the rankings.

Chasing the Blues, the Pittsburgh Penguins have also won nine in a row and have moved from fifth to second, despite having Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang out of the lineup.

Three straight wins lifted the Calgary Flames from 26 to 17, practically reversing spots with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who continued to struggle and lost point-per-game winger Joffrey Lupul to a shoulder injury, falling from 17 to 27.

Washington also benefitted from three consecutive wins, going from 25 to 19, even though defenceman Mike Green is out of the lineup once again, this time due to suspension.

Across Canada, the Vancouver Canucks slipped from first -- a position they held for three weeks -- to fourth, the effects of a Sedin slump taking hold.

The Ottawa Senators continue to surprise, reaching the Top 10, as they have received strong goaltending from call-ups Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop in the absence of Craig Anderson.

The Winnipeg Jets dropped a couple of spots, from 18 to 20. The Montreal Canadiens, with Andrei Markov back in the lineup, climbed from 27 to 23, and the Edmonton Oilers moved from 29 to 28.

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