NHL POWER RANKINGS

NHL Hockey Power Rankings

Week 17 NHL Power Rankings

Jon Rosen, FOX Sports West

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Posted January 30, 2012 01:56 PM EST

Since there wasn’t a ton of league action due to the All-Star Game, we tinkered a little bit with last week’s rankings and highlighted a key player on each team who will be counted upon to be a difference-maker down the home stretch.

+2

Nashville Predators

-5

New York Islanders

FOX SPORTS NHL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

31-12 -4 - 1/23
Marian Gaborik: New York’s defense and goaltending have been spectacular, but there’s not a ton of margin for error for the team that has scored only the third-most goals in the division. Gaborik, who has battled injury issues in the past, needs to remain healthy while maintaining his contribution.
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2

31-14 -2 - 1/26
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3

33-16 -1 - 2/20
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4

29-13 -7 - 1/24
T.J. Oshie: Oshie is also a player who has battled injuries in the past that must prove his endurance over an 82-game season. If his creativity can improve St. Louis’ 28th-ranked power play even modestly, the Blues will start picking up some more road wins.
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5

30-15 -4 - 2/18
Roberto Luongo: Alain Vigneault handled Luongo’s early-season struggles well and allowed him to play his way out of a funk. As he improved, so have the Canucks; he’s heading in the right direction in advance of the part of the season the Canucks are judged by.
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6

30-16 -4 2 5/20
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7

29-15 -6 1 2/15
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8

29-14 -5 1 3/11
Ilya Bryzgalov: Like several other strong teams on this list, the Flyers will need an improvement in net. He seemed to get on a little bit of a roll shortly before the All-Star break and will be the guy the Flyers are going to want to start in the playoffs.
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9

28-17 -4 2 1/13
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10

27-14 -6 - 1/19
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11

27-19 -6 4 7/30
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12

26-19 -3 - 6/25
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13

24-16 -10 1 6/22
Drew Doughty: Doughty’s defense has been fine, but he is yet to replicate his dynamite second NHL season. Los Angeles could use more points from defensemen, and now that he has 45 games under his belt after missing training camp and some early-season contests, he should be in line for a better second half.
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14

26-23 -2 1 6/26
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15

26-19 -3 - 1/21
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16

25-19 -5 1 7/26
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17

22-15 -11 1 10/19
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18

23-21 -6 - 16/27
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19

25-21 -2 1 2/21
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20

18-23 -7 1 10/30
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21

24-18 -7 2 1/28
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22

22-20 -8 2 9/27
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23

22-22 -6 1 16/30
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24

19-21 -9 1 18/30
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25

21-23 -4 1 10/28
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26

19-22 -7 5 14/30
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27

20-24 -5 - 1/27
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28

18-26 -5 - 6/29
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29

18-24 -9 - 21/30
Justin Faulk: After an uneven start to his NHL career, the versatile 19-year-old defenseman and NCAA champion got on track in January, posting a plus-eight. Carolina needs all the help it can get defensively, and his development is paramount to the team’s success going forward.
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30

13-30 -6 - 27/30
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