FOXSports.com’s NHL power rankings
1. Blackhawks 20-5-4 +1
GOOD NEWS: Puck-rushing defenseman Duncan Keith enjoyed a six-assist week to spark the Blackhawks offense. He scored points in 13 of the 15 November games.
2. Sharks 19-3-5 +1
GOOD NEWS: Brent Burns is back! The former defenseman delivered his first career hat trick in his new role as a power forward.
3. Blues 18-5-3 -2
GOOD NEWS: In his last full season in Calgary, Jay Bouwmeester scored 29 points with a minus-21 rating in 82 games. This season he had 19 points and a plus-13 rating after 26 games.
4. Bruins 18-7-2 +1
GOOD NEWS: Rookie defenseman Torey Krug scored seven goals in his first 27 games, putting him on a 20-goal pace.
5. Avalanche 19-6-0 +1
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Semyon Varlamov proved his early success was not a fluke. This team still has the NHL’s fourth-lowest goals-against average.
6. Ducks 18-7-5 -2
GOOD NEWS: Corey Perry put 106 shots on goal and scored 15 times in his first 29 games.
7. Kings 18-7-4 —
GOOD NEWS: Anze Kopitar took charge offensively, scoring points in 10 games during a 14-game stretch.
8. Penguins 19-9-1 —
GOOD NEWS: Evgeni Malkin finally broke out, scoring nine points in four games last week while earning a plus-5 rating.
9. Coyotes 16-7-4 +1
GOOD NEWS: Winger Radim Vrbata scored 10 points during a nine-game stretch.
10. Lightning 16-10-1 +1
GOOD NEWS: They scored nine goals in back-to-back home victories over the Flyers and Rangers.
11. Red Wings 14-8-7 +5
GOOD NEWS: After scoring just six points during an 11-game span, Johan Franzen scored seven points in a four-game span.
12. Canadiens 17-9-3 +5
GOOD NEWS: Winger Max Pacioretty finally hit stride, scoring eight times during a seven-game span.
13. Wild 16-8-5 -4
GOOD NEWS: This team checks like crazy when Josh Harding starts in goal. They have allowed an average of 23 shots in his 14 victories. He went 8-2-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in November.
14. Capitals 14-12-2 —
GOOD NEWS: Alex Ovechkin scored 21 goals in his first 25 games.
15. Stars 13-9-4 —
GOOD NEWS: Only three Western Conference teams had more road victories coming into Tuesday’s action.
16. Rangers 14-14-0 +2
GOOD NEWS: Rookie winger Chris Kreider bolstered the Blue Shirt offense by scoring 16 points in his first 21 games.
17. Canucks 15-10-5 -5
GOOD NEWS: At least the Canucks are trying to score. They ranked third in the league with 32.9 shots per game.
18. Flyers 13-13-2 +1
GOOD NEWS: They soared back into the playoff race by going 8-2-1 during an 11-game stretch last month. They allowed two or fewer goals 11 times during a 14-game span.
19. Devils 11-12-6 +1
GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Andy Greene enjoyed a rare six-game scoring streak.
20. Maple Leafs 14-11-3 -7
GOOD NEWS: Phil Kessel stayed busy in his first 27 games, putting 107 shots on goal and scoring 14 times.
21. Predators 13-12-3 —
GOOD NEWS: Marek Mazanec earned rookie of month honors while posting a .932 save percentage in place of the ailing Pekka Rinne.
22. Jets 13-12-4 +2
GOOD NEWS: They won three of their first four games on their critical six-game road trip.
23. Hurricanes 11-12-5 -1
GOOD NEWS: Veteran goaltender Cam Ward got healthy and beat the Devils and Senators in back-to-back starts.
24. Senators 11-13-4 -1
GOOD NEWS: Clark MacArthur scored 20 points in his first 28 games with a plus-10 rating.
25. Islanders 8-15-5 —
GOOD NEWS: Newcomer Thomas Vanek had eight points and a plus-3 rating in his first 11 games with this team.
26. Oilers 9-18-2 —
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk finally snapped out of his season-long funk.
27. Blue Jackets 11-14-3 —
GOOD NEWS: Play-making forward Ryan Johansen filled the team’s offensive void with a six-point week.
28. Flames 9-13-4 —
GOOD NEWS: Perennial scorer Mike Cammalleri notched 10 goals in his first 19 games this season.
29. Panthers 7-16-5 —
GOOD NEWS: GM Dale Tallon has some interesting trade chips to move for some longer-term assets.
30. Sabres 6-20-2 —
GOOD NEWS: Pat LaFontaine is earning good PR while assembling his new hockey management team.