NHL Power Ratings

By Robert Picarello
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The Montreal Canadiens were able to move up five places in the Power Rankings this week thanks to the stingy play of Carey Price.

The Habs’ netminder won all three of his starts in Week 6, which extended his team’s lead in the Northeast Division to four points. Along with his 3-0-0 record, Price closed out the week with a 1.00 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout. In his first start on Nov. 9 against the Vancouver Canucks, Price was perfect, turning away all 34 shots he faced in the 2-0 victory.

In his second start of the week, he also made 34 saves in a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11. In his final turn between the iron, Price made 28 stops in a 7-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 13.

How sharp was your team’s favorite goalie in Week 6? Read on to find out.

1 Kings (+1)

L.A. took over first place in the rankings by winning both of its tilts in Week 6, which extended the club’s winning streak to a season-high six games.

2 Red Wings (+2)

By winning all three of its games last week, Detroit jumped two places in the Power Rankings. The Wings came into play this week red hot, winning eight of their last 10 games.

3 Capitals (-)

Alexander Semin was one of the main reasons the Capitals were able to pick up seven of a possible eight points last week. The Washington forward potted four goals and four assists in his team’s four games, including a hat trick and the game-winning goal in a win over Tampa on Nov. 11.

4 Flyers (+3)

Jeff Carter and the Flyers had the offense working in Week 6. Philly pounded the opposition last week, posting 13 goals — three by Carter — in two wins over the Hurricanes and Panthers.

5 Blues (-4)

By dropping all three games they played in Week 6 the Blues lost their top spot in the rankings and their seven-game winning streak. St. Louis only managed six goals on 91 shots in the three losses.

6 Canucks (-1)

Thanks to back-to-back two-goal games by Ryan Kesler, the Canucks were able to win two of three last week. Vancouver’s only loss of the week put an end to a six-game winning streak.

7 Canadiens (+5)

The helping hand of Tomas Plekanec powered Montreal into the top 10 in the rankings. The Habs’ forward dished out six assists and one goal in his team’s three consecutive wins in Week 6.

8 Bruins (-2)

About the only good thing Boston did in Week 6 was put an end to a two-game losing streak. The Bruins come into Week 7 losers of four of their last five.

9 Blue Jackets (-1)

Week 6 was a funny week for Columbus. The team opened the week by blowing out the Blues 8-1 on Wednesday, but two nights later the Blue Jackets had trouble finding the back of the net in a 5-1 loss to the Avs.

10 Sharks (+4)

By skating away with five of the six points that were on the table last week, the Sharks were able to jump four places in the rankings. Ryane Clowe helped his team move into the top 10 by scoring one goal and four assists in the three games.

11 Ducks (+10)

The Ducks have been flying high in November. Anaheim picked up seven points in four games last week, giving the club 13 points in its first seven games this month.

12 Predators (+12)

The Predators were able to put a five-game losing streak to bed last week thanks to Pekka Rinne. The Nashville goaltender backstopped his team to consecutive shootout victories, which included a 24-save performance — with three in the shootout — against the Blues that put an end to the losing.

13 Wild (-3)

Minnesota lost two of the three games it played in Week 6, knocking the team out of the top 10 in the rankings. The Wild only managed two goals on 56 shots in their losses, both of which came on the power play.

14 Senators (+2)

Ottawa comes into Week 7 playing its best hockey of the season. The Sens came into the week 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, having won five of their first six games in November.

15 Rangers (-)

Marian Gaborik’s return to the lineup from an injury sparked the Rangers to win back-to-back games in Week 6 after opening up the week with a loss to Washington. Gaborik picked up four points in his first two games back, including his 11th career hat trick in the NHL.

16 Coyotes (+9)

Back-to-back hat tricks by Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney helped Phoenix win three of four last week. Fiddler’s first NHL hat trick led the Coyotes to a 5-4 victory over Calgary on Nov. 12, and Whitney’s three-goal, two assist effort the following night led to a 5-3 win over St. Louis.

17 Stars (-8)

The Stars — at least the offensive ones — were not out in Week 6. Dallas only managed to score three goals on 57 shots in two losses last week, extending the team’s losing streak to three games.

18 Avalanche (-5)

By losing two of three in Week 6, Colorado fell five places down the power rankings mountain. David Jones’ three-point effort
on Nov. 12 got the Avs their only win last week.

19 Lightning (-8)

November hasn’t been kind to the Lightning. The Bolts dropped three of four in Week 6, giving the club only one win in its first seven games this month.

20 Blackhawks (-2)

Viktor Stalberg helped the Blackhawks put an end to a three-game losing streak last week when he potted the overtime winner Sunday against the Ducks. Stalberg also picked up another red-lighter in Week 6, netting his fifth goal of the season in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Predators.

20 Penguins (-1)

Marc-Andre Fleury looked like his old self in Week 6, winning back-to-back starts for the Pens for the first time this season. The 25-year-old netminder turned away 46 of the 49 shots he faced in the two wins.

22 Thrashers (-5)

The Thrashers’ horrendous play in November continued last week. The club dropped three of the four games it played, giving up 15 goals to the opposition in the three losses.

23 Hurricanes (-3)

After opening up last week by lighting up the Oilers 7-1 on Tuesday, Carolina closed out the week by getting lit up in its next two games. The Hurricanes gave up 15 goals on 66 shots in the two losses, while scoring only three.

24 Panthers (+2)

By winning both of his starts last week, Tomas Vokoun helped the Panthers move up two places in the rankings. The veteran netminder only allowed two goals on 56 shots in the two Florida wins.

25 Flames (-3)

The good news that came out of Week 6 for the Flames was that the club won its first game in the month of November. The bad news was that Calgary lost another two games, giving the team four losses in five games this month.

26 Sabres (+3)

In Week 6, the Sabres showed signs of getting back on track. Thanks to the play of Derek Roy, the team picked up five of a possible six points last week. Roy registered one goal and three assists in regulation in the three games, plus the shootout winner against the Devils.

27 Maple Leafs (-4)

The struggling Maple Leafs picked up another three losses in Week 6 to extend their winless streak to eight games. Goal scoring continued to be a problem for Toronto, as the team only buried four pucks in the three games on 93 shots.

28 Devils (+2)

The Devils did some good things in Week 6. First, the club picked up three of a possible four points on the week, which moved the club out of the Power Rankings basement. New Jersey also finally recorded a win on home ice after going 0-5-2 at The Rock in their first seven games.

29 Oilers (-2)

Edmonton dropped all four games in Week 6 to finish its five-game road swing 1-3-1. Veteran Nikolai Khabibulin goaltender hasn’t been his wall-like self in his last three starts, giving up 18 goals on 73 shots.

30 Islanders (-2)

After 10 straight losses — three in Week 6 — something had to give out on Long Island. On Monday, the Islanders fired head coach Scott Gordon and replaced him on an interim basis with minor league coach Jack Capuano, who was coaching New York’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But this team needs more than a new bench boss.