NHL POWER RANKINGS

NHL Hockey Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings


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Posted April 29, 2013 06:35 PM EDT

These FOXSports.com Power Rankings have been tougher to judge this season. Due to the lockout, there was no cross-conference play during the 48-game regular season that concluded Sunday. The West does seem to be the more stacked conference overall, but we will never really know — even after East meets West in the Stanley Cup Final. Here’s the final list of the 2013 season.

+4

St. Louis Blues

-3

San Jose Sharks

FOX SPORTS NHL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

13-8 -1 - 1/7
Chicago, which won the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in regular season, has easily the most consistent team so far. On top of that, the Blackhawks have largely avoided major injury woes. If there is a question headed into the playoffs, it’s goaltending.
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2

15-4 -2 - 1/8
Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) is expected to return for Game 1 of the first-round series as the East’s regular season champs take on the New York Islanders. The Pens not only added depth before the trade deadline, they also added some hungry veterans (mainly Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow) looking for their first Stanley Cup.
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3

14-4 -5 - 2/17
As somebody who hammered Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau a few times during his first NHL coaching gig in Washington, I have to give him credit for the Ducks’ spectacular season. He’s guided Anaheim to its second division title in team history and has managed the roster masterfully.
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4

16-6 -1 - 3/26
The Habs salvaged a decent finish, beating the Jets and Maple Leafs to close out the regular season. (Montreal had lost five of the last six before that.) I’m not sure exactly where the Canadiens would have finished had this been a full 82-game slate, but the Northeast champs exceeded expectations.
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5

12-6 -5 1 3/25
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6

13-9 -1 1 3/6
No playoff team had fewer wins (three) over the final 10 regular-season games than the Bruins, who finished with consecutive losses. The Bruins still could have won the Northeast on the final day of the regular season, but had to settle for the fourth seed after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Ottawa.
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7

15-6 -1 1 3/17
Cory Schneider isn’t a playoff noob, but this will be his first playoff as the No. 1 goalie. It’ll be interesting to see how well he handles that pressure in the first round against the Sharks, especially with Roberto Luongo — the goalie who took the Canucks to the finals two years ago — in a ballcap nearby.
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8

14-6 -2 4 1/18
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9

9-8 -4 - 9/27
The Caps were 8-1-1 over their final 10 games en route to securing their fifth division title over the last six seasons. The league’s top goal scorer Alex Ovechkin (32 goals) inserted himself into the MVP conversation as the Caps finally seemed to settle into the scheme run by first-year coach Adam Oates.
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10

10-10 -4 3 2/17
Goalie Antti Niemi played in 25 of the Sharks’ final 26 regular season games and was stellar during that run. The Sharks remain one of the better all-around teams in the league, although the difference in whether the Sharks finally break though into the finals for the first time and an earlier exit likely falls on Niemi.
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11

11-8 -3 1 8/30
The Maple Leafs had been the only team not to make the playoffs after the previous work stoppage, the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Toronto finally broke through after this most recent labor dustup. The Leafs’ playoff run, however, will be a short one unless they limit shots allowed and avoid listless stretches on offense that have plagued them down the stretch.
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12

16-6 -0 3 12/30
Congrats, Islanders. You made the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, and now you get to the face the Pens. The Islanders’ playoff run might not last long, but (outside losing three in a row to finish the season) credit New York for a great turnaround.
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13

9-8 -4 3 2/20
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14

10-7 -4 3 7/14
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15

6-13 -2 2 13/30
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16

12-5 -5 1 9/18
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17

12-9 -0 3 5/23
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18

9-11 -3 - 11/25
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19

12-9 -3 1 12/28
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20

8-10 -3 3 8/27
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21

9-9 -4 2 12/27
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22

6-14 -2 - 18/30
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23

9-10 -3 2 2/23
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24

6-14 -3 - 17/28
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25

6-12 -3 2 8/27
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26

14-8 -2 1 21/30
The Flames finished the season out of the playoffs and their longtime captain Jarome Iginla was dealt at the deadline to the Pens. The Flames do have three first-round picks — and with the shrunken salary cap moving forward — may not be in for a long rebuilding process.
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27

15-5 -2 1 10/27
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28

15-6 -2 - 7/29
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29

8-10 -5 - 20/29
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30

8-6 -6 - 19/30
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