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Hello, and welcome to SoB’s NHL power rankings. Four experts have ranked the top 10 NHL teams, and three have given their choices for top seeds in each conference by the time the next power rankings rolls along in two weeks. The results are quite interesting.
Two teams dropped off the rankings (including last time’s #5), two have moved by four spots, and one has moved by three. And to top it off, one team got two out of four first place votes, but finished fourth. The other two experts were highly displeased. That’s not to mention the 12 point difference between #8 and #9 that makes the total needed to make the top 10 less than last time.
A first place vote earns a team 10 points, a second place vote earns 9, and so on. Ties are broken based on who received the most first place votes, then the most second, and so on. The second tiebreaker is based on rank in the previous power ranking.
|Brian||Erikk||John||KC||SoB Composite||Last Time||Comments|
|#1||Washington Capitals||Chicago Blackhawks||San Jose Sharks||Washington Capitals||(1) Chicago Blackhawks (36)||#4, up 3||John – An NHL best 18-4-1 home record keeps the Blackhawks in 2nd in the West|
|#2||New Jersey Devils||San Jose Sharks||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Blackhawks||(1) San Jose Sharks (33)||#6, up 4||Brian – The Sharks are probably the most exciting team to watch these days, with the trio of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, and Patrick Marleau leading the charge.|
|#3||Chicago Blackhawks||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils (33)||#1, down 2||Brian – The Devils aren’t going away, not with all-world goalie Martin Brodeur back at the top of his game.|
|#4||San Jose Sharks||Washington Capitals||Buffalo Sabres||San Jose Sharks||(2) Washington Capitals (30)||#3, down 1||John – Three consecutive losses has the Capitals faltering a bit in our rankings despite earlier successes, the epitome of the “What have you done lately?” mentality.|
|#5||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres||Colorado Avalanche||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres (20)||#7, up 2||Brian – Behind the stellar goaltending of a healthy Ryan Miller, the Sabres aren’t going to hand the B’s the Northeast Division crown without a fight.|
|#6||Buffalo Sabres||Pittsburgh Penguins||Phoenix Coyotes||Colorado Avalanche||Pittsburgh Penguins (19)||#2, down 4||John – Like Washington (but worse), Pittsburgh has lost four in a row, which has proven costly to them as far as SoB and the Devils are concerned.|
|#7||Phoenix Coyotes||Colorado Avalanche||Calgary Flames||Phoenix Coyotes||Colorado Avalanche (18)||#8, up 1||KC – This team’s going to the playoffs (harking back to a Jim Fassel reference from the NFL).|
|#8||Colorado Avalanche||Phoenix Coyotes||Washington Capitals||Boston Bruins||Phoenix Coytes (16)||#10, up 2||KC – Phoenix has as many wins (25) as the team is worth ($25.00).|
|#9||Los Angeles Kings||Nashville Predators||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres||Calgary Flames (4)||NR||John – Calgary has impressively won four straight to pull within a game of the Avalanche for the Northwest title.|
|#10||Boston Bruins||Vancouver Canucks||Los Angeles Kings||Nashville Predators||Boston Bruins (4)||NR||Brian – Starting to show signs of last season’s dominance, the Bruins squeak their way into the Top 10 this time around. A tough January schedule could make or break this team.|
|Others earning votes:||Los Angeles Kings (3), Nashville Predators (3), Vancouver Canucks (1)|
|East||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils||New Jersey Devils|
|West||Chicago Blackhawks||San Jose Sharks||San Jose Sharks|
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