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Bruins remain top team in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen

3/31/2014 6:03:50 PM

The Boston Bruins continue at the top of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, ahead of the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks for the second straight week.

Boston had their winning streak broken by a shootout loss to Montreal, but it's now been 16 straight games since the Bruins last lost in regulation.

Among the teams moving up, the Phoenix Coyotes aer up from 19 to 14, their 9-4-1 record in the past 14 games keeping them in the playoff race. In that very same playoff race, the Dallas Stars are up from 18 to 15, having won four of the past five games.

Heading the other way, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost three spots, from nine to 12, after going five straight without a regulation win. Goaltender Ben Bishop isn't stopping as many pucks as he did earlier in the year and that regression is catching up to the Lightning.

The Minnesota Wild drop, from 10 to 13, not for a dramatic reason, but four wins in the past 13 games makes them easy enough to overtake.

Two regulation wins in the past 13 games knocks the Winnipeg Jets down from 17 to 20.

As for the rest of the Canadian clubs, the Montreal Canadiens are up two spots to join the Top 10 following an 8-1 stretch.

Surprisingly effective (15-10-1) since January 20, the Calgary Flames are up from 24 to 22, and Vancouer Canucks, missing Henrik Sedin, are down from 23 to 24.

The Ottawa Senators hold firm at 26, though a 3-0-1 record in the past four games is a nice stretch, and the Edmonton Oilers, getting thumped in the past five, drop from 27 to 28.

Let's not forget the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have lost eight straight to fall out of playoff position. They only drop one, from 22 to 23 because, even though he hasn't been at his best lately, getting goaltender Jonathan Bernier back in the lineup does help the Leafs' overall rating.

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