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« Thread started on: Oct 17th, 2012, 4:24pm »

1. Winnipeg Jets (+17)
Pretty suprising to see the Winnipeg Jets at the very top, but the Jets have earned it. They are scoring at a very high level, the highest in the league in fact, at 3.63 GFPG. The next best team in their conference is the Montreal Canadiens, who only have two points less, but the Jets have played four less games! Led by Evander Kane with 60 points, they have got to be the favourties to win the Stanley Cup

2. Los Angeles Kings (No Change)
The Kings were number one for quite some time early this season. L.A. was not scoring at an amazing pace by any means, but they were winning games through excellent defensive play. To this date the Kings have only allowed 87 total goals on the season and are 87% on the PK. The Kings have dropped a few games lately, but they are still the best in the West and have a great shot at winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

3. Chicago Blackhawks (+6)
The Blackhawks are playing very well this year and have earned the number three spot. They are scoring almost twice as many goals as they are allowing at 3.10 GFPG and only 1.69 GAPG. Unfortunately the Hawks have dropped six of their last ten and could see a drop in the standings soon, but are likely to make the playoffs regardless.

4. Montreal Canadiens (+7)
The Montreal Canadiens are having a much better year than last. They are dominant on the power play at 28.8%, but not so much on the penalty kill at 78.6%. Similar to the Hawks, Montreal has dropped a few games of late, having only won five of their last ten, but they are still the favourites to win their division.

5. Pittsburgh Penguins (-2)
After being perched at the top of the standings early in the year, Pittsburgh has dropped a few places as of late. However, the Pens are still a dominant team that can easily take home the Stanley Cup this year. With Sidney Crosby back from injury it was pretty obvious that they would once again be a top five team.

6. New York Rangers (No Change)
The Rangers have consistently done well this season. Similar to the Kings, they have not exactly been scoring by the boatload, but they are winning games through excellent defensive play. The Rangers have quite the nice record of late going 8-1-1 in their last ten!

7. Carolina Hurricanes (+13)
The Canes were situated at the top of the East earlier in the year but have been playing poorly recently. Carolina remains a solid team capable of winning it all, but playing in such a tough conference does not bode well. Six of the top eight teams in the power rankings come from the East which speaks to the quality of competition Carolina must face to even make it to the Finals. Still, the Canes deserve credit for their excellent play, and have shot up thirteen spaces in these power rankings as a result.

8. Toronto Maple Leafs (+14)
Another suprise team that no one could have expected to make the top ten. The Leafs have become an offensive powerhouse, scoring 3.45 gfpg - only being topped by Winnipeg in this stastistic. The Maple Leafs have been red hot in February winning nine of their last ten.

9. Vancouver Canucks (-8)
The Canucks have dropped a few spots in these rankings but are still a team to watch. Vancouver is ranked third in the West because of their excellent defensive play. If the Canucks can figure out their offensive woes they could shoot to the top of the west, but that remains to be seen.

10. Nashville Predators (+9)
For a team that I expected to miss a playoff spot, the Preds have done exceedingly well. They are currently sitting in fourth in the West, but have a nice nine point cushion ahead of St. Louis in fifth.
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11. Ottawa Senators (+16)
Another suprise team which has had a very strong year. The Sens do not stand out in any particular statistical category, yet they have found a way to win games. They look like a team bound to make the playoffs.

12. Calgary Flames (+2)
Since new General Manager Dennisson has taken over, the Calgary Flames have become a very tough team to beat. Special teams has been the name of the game for the Flames. Calgary boasts a 27.5% PP and a 85.2% PK. Teams who are great on both the PP and PK win championships, is it possible for Calgary to pull off an upset?

13. St. Louis Blues (-6)
The Blues look like a team bound to once again make the playoffs. However, they are only 3 points ahead of Dallas sitting in 9th, it is possible for the Blues to drop out of a playoff position if they don't keep up their strong play. Fortunately, they do not look like a team which is going to let up anytime soon (7 - 3 - 0 in their last 10).

14. Washington Capitals (-1)
Washington's offense has been stellar all year, led by Ovechkin with an astounding 70 goals and 90 points, the Caps have no issues with getting the puck in the net. One issue Washington does have is keeping the puck out of their own net. So long as Ovechkin keeps up his - likely to be record breaking - play, there is no reason to believe the Caps won't make the playoffs this year. Rumours are that bounties have been placed on injuring Ovi, so provided that the Great 8 can remain healthy, Washington is almost guanrenteed a playoff birth.

15. Colorado Avalanche (+8)
WOW! Similar to the Stars below, the Avs were nowhere near a playoff spot early in the year. Well they have turned that around by playing their asses off and getting into 7th in the West. They aren't going to dominate you offensively, but they are also not going to let you score freely. Great turn-around by this team, and I don't think it would be a stretch to predict them securing the fifth seed before the regular season is done.

16. Dallas Stars (No Change)
Dallas had been a bottom-dweller to start the season, sitting close to the bottom in the West. Recent play has propelled them to 9th in the West, only one point behind 8th place Anaheim. I have the Stars ranked one above the Ducks because recent play dictates that Anaheim is likely to continue dropping big games while Dallas is likely to keep winning. However, it is a close one and I would not be overly suprised if Anaheim hangs on to the 8th spot, leaving Dallas outside looking in.

17. Anaheim Ducks (+8)
My analysis of Anaheim can mostly be seen above smiley, for a team which had been sitting in the fourth and fifth spot for most of the year, they have had a suprising drop in the standings lately. They barely hold on to the 8th spot in the West, and could very well miss the playoffs if they have another bad stretch. Fortunately for the Ducks, they have played better recently (6-4-0), and provided the Stars don't go on a hot stretch, the Ducks may still hang on to a playoff birth.

18. New York Islanders (+10)
I doubt anyone thought the Isles would do very well this season, yet they sit in 9th in the East. Unfortunately, the point difference between 8th and 9th seed in the East is so great, I think it would be a stretch to believe that they would make it into a playoff birth. Still, after such a great year I truly do believe that the Isles could be a playoff team next year.

19. Edmonton Oilers (+5)
The Oil are another team that suprised many early in the year. For awhile earlier in the season the Oilers had a playoff birth, and looked like a young team that was finally going to compete in the playoffs. Unfortunately, some poor play of late has brought this team back down to earth, and I think making the playoffs might be abit of a stretch. Still, this season has proven that they are not far off from becoming an elite team in the next few years.

20. Philadelphia Flyers (-14)
A playoff team earlier in the year, an injury suffered by a key player GM Natew22 has dropped this team out of a playoff spot. Don't let the Flyers fool you, they were a solid team before the injury, and are likely to be competetive once again next season.
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21. Phoenix Coyotes (+5)
Phoenix secured a playoff spot early in the season, unfortunately they started dropping some games in the last two months which has led to their current position in the standings (10th in the West). Still, the Yotes are only six points out of a playoff birth and could be competing come playoff time provided they get hot at the right time.

22. Tampa Bay Lightning (-5)
The Bolts are having one hell of a tough time keeping the puck out of the back of the net (3.25 GAPG). This is a team which made some moves in the hopes of competing now, bringing in the likes of Dany Heatley, Brandon Dubinsky and Darren Helm. Although their chances of making the playoffs this season are extremely slim, they are definitely a team to watch next year.

23. San Jose Sharks (-14)
A very disappointing season for the Sharks. A team which was absolutely stacked on both offense and defense had a disastrous start to the season which has put them in a seemingly insurmountable hole. Given the age of the Sharks core, they only have 2 - 3 seasons left to compete, and it looks like the year is going to end without a playoff birth. There is one bright spot, they have improved their play since January, and could be more competitive next season.

24. New Jersey Devils (-4)
A disappointing season for a team that only just last year competed in the Stanley Cup Finals. Still, this is a young team which after a few years of collecting some high draft picks could get pretty scary soon enough. This is likely the last year for veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, so the Devils biggest concern this offseason will be finding a suitable replacement whether it be through trade or the draft.

25. Detroit Red Wings (-14)
It would seem that the loss of Niklas Lindstrom was too much for the Red Wings to handle this season. Detroit dropped from a perennial Stanley Cup contender to a team with hopes of getting a first overall draft pick. Is it time for Detroit to trade away their ageing assets and start over?

26. Minnesota Wild (-12)
After two blockbuster signings in the off-season, Suter and Parise, the Wild have unfortunately continued to disappoint. Still, this is a team that has a solid core, and one of the best prospect pools in the NHL. This season might have been a disappointment but Minnesota fans got to be excited for another high-end prospect soon to be added to their already fantastic farm system. Perhaps this is a team that will have more success in the years to come?

27. Buffalo Sabres (-14)
Buffalo has simply not been scoring enough goals, nor keeping the puck out of their net. Through 61 games, the Sabres only have 15 wins, are allowing 3.10 GAPG and only scoring 1.69 GFPG ... a huge disappointment. Still, this is another team that has to be excited at the possibility of acquiring Nathan Mackinnon or Seth Jones.

28. Boston Bruins (-23)
Strange year for the Bruins, a team which I had in my top five at the beginning of the season. Despite a poor season, the Bruins core is still intact and will continue to be a legitimate threat to compete every year.

29. Florida Panthers (No Change)
Well, Florida is my favourite to draft second overall, a spot many believe Seth Jones is worthy of being taken. It is imperative that Florida wins at least one more game before the end of the season... otherwise, they risk being tied with the 1992-1993 San Jose Sharks for fewest wins in an 82 game season (11).

30. Columbus Blue Jackets (No Change)
I've got Columbus ranked lower then Florida simply because I believe Florida has the better team. Furthermore, the Jackets have played 5 more games then Florida but only have 5 more points. Frankly, its better to be worst overall then second worst - at least the Jackets have the best shot at getting MacKinnon!
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 1:59pm »

last i checked, jones isnt in the game sad
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 23rd, 2012, 4:06pm »

Ooops lol
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