NHL Power Rankings: Week 10

By Sean Murphy - - My goals are simple: win and make consistent profit.

The Blues retain the top spot in this week's rankings, but the red-hot Blackhawks are right on their heels. The Habs and Red Wings are the week's biggest movers up the rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 10 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 18-4-2-1
-203 I won't knock the Blues from top spot following a loss in San Jose. After all, it was preceded by five consecutive wins.
2 2 no change in rankings 20-4-2-2
-202 The 'Hawks are right there neck-and-neck with the Blues following a perfect 4-0 week. Each of their last six wins have come on the road.
3 4 move up in rankings1 18-9-1-0
-197 Pittsburgh seems to have regained its offensive mojo. A tough week lies ahead with games against the Sharks and Bruins following Tuesday's date with the Islanders.
4 6 move up in rankings2 18-3-1-4
-194 Look who's back. The Sharks have turned things around once again, reeling off five straight victories.
5 3 move down in rankings2 19-6-0-0
-193 The Avs continue to play outstanding hockey but I still question whether they have staying power in the top five.
6 5 move down in rankings1 18-7-0-2
-190 Here's a trend for o/u bettors: Boston has seen just two of 17 home games play 'over' 5.5 goals this season.
7 12 move up in rankings5 15-9-0-3
-187 The Habs are hot right now, winners of five of their last six games to make a big move in this week's rankings.
8 8 no change in rankings 18-7-1-3
-183 While the Ducks have been struggling, I still believe they have the make-up of a Cup contender.
9 10 move up in rankings1 16-7-2-2
-179 During their current 1-4 slide, the Kings have produced only six goals in regulation time.
10 13 move up in rankings3 14-13-0-0
-175 Who would have thought Brad Richards would be leading the Rangers in scoring nearly two months into the season?
11 7 move down in rankings4 15-8-1-4
-171 After a red hot run, the Wild have hit the skids, dropping four in a row while scoring a grand total of four goals.
12 9 move down in rankings3 15-7-2-2
-166 The 'Yotes can't get out of their own way right now, and things won't get any easier with a four-game road trip on deck.
13 21 move up in rankings8 14-7-3-4
-162 Maybe I was a little hard on the Wings last week. They've gone on a serious tear with Pavel Datsyuk sidelined.
14 11 move down in rankings3 14-10-1-2
-158 The Leafs are in a nose-dive and now their schedule is about to get an awful lot tougher.
15 16 move up in rankings1 14-11-0-2
-155 Washington has gotten its money's worth lately, going to overtime or a shootout in five of its last nine contests.
16 14 move down in rankings2 11-11-1-4
-153 The tried and tested formula has been working for the Devils, as they've allowed two goals or less in eight of their last nine wins.
17 17 no change in rankings 14-10-2-3
-148 The Canucks are about to begin a five-game homestand, where they've posted a 2-9-2 o/u mark this season.
18 15 move down in rankings3 16-9-1-0
-145 Tampa Bay is just trying to tread water right now, and doing a pretty solid job of it.
19 22 move up in rankings3 12-12-1-1
-141 Claude Giroux got off to a miserable start, but he's hot right now, having recorded at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games.
20 19 move down in rankings1 13-11-0-3
-136 They're not winning pretty, but the Preds have hung tough, notching five wins in their last eight games.
21 18 move down in rankings3 12-9-1-3
-133 The Stars have looked good at times, but have been anything but consistent in the early going this season - a growing problem in Big D.
22 20 move down in rankings2 10-13-1-3
-129 After making such gains last year, the Senators have run into a brick wall here in 2013.
23 23 no change in rankings 12-12-1-3
-125 The Jets are competitive on most nights, but look like they're at least a year away from being a playoff team.
24 26 move up in rankings2 10-14-2-1
-121 We've seen some life from the Blue Jackets lately, but not much consistency.
25 25 no change in rankings 10-12-2-3
-117 The Canes had a chance to build some serious momentum this past week, but ultimately fell short, dropping back-to-back home games against the Devils and Canucks.
26 27 move up in rankings1 9-17-1-1
-113 Don't look now but the Oilers are playing their best hockey of the season, winners of five of their last seven contests.
27 24 move down in rankings3 8-15-2-2
-108 There's an awful lot of talent being wasted on Long Island these days.
28 28 no change in rankings 9-13-3-1
-103 Having split their last six games, I'll give the Flames an 'A' for effort. They'll get four of their next five games at home.
29 30 move up in rankings1 7-15-1-4
104 The Panthers last two games haven't gone so well, as they've been outscored by a 10-3 margin.
30 29 move down in rankings1 6-20-2-0
108 Buffalo has scored two goals or less in six of its last seven games overall. Needless to say, it has notched only one win over that stretch.
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