Fourth week in a row they sit atop our Power Rankings, winners of seven of their past nine game. The Rangers are flying high in points, while the rest of the Eastern Conference is either at a stand still or slowly declining. Winning key games over the past week, proves they can win the Stanley Cup or at least make it to the finals.
Tying the NHL record for winning the most consecutive games at home, and the past three homes games were without Jimmy Howard. One of the few teams who have a reliable backup goalies, who can help them get deep into the playoffs. The most impressive thing with this team is that comparing the current roster to past Wing rosters, this has to be the “weakest” team in Wings history. Yet, they are leading the Western Conference and making history.
The Canucks have not lost in regulation since January 15th, going 6-0-3 in their past nine games. One of those deep teams in terms of goaltending, which will help them see another deep playoff appearance.
Third most points in the Western Conference, another team with a deep roster in terms of goaltending. A perfect 4-0-0 week for the Blues, including an impressive win over the Sharks on Sunday night. These Blues are going to stay in playoff contention and possibly a deep playoff run, keep you’re eye on this team.
Only reason they make our top 5 list is because they went 2-0 over the past weekend grabbing four key points to stay alive in the standings over division rival the Capitals. Four points ahead of the Choking Capitals, and the Cats are looking like they can make the playoffs. But, don’t expect much from them come playoff time if they do make it. Any team from the Southeast Division for that matter.
Boston Bruins: (34-17-2)
Now 7 points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference, a victory Tuesday night against New York will get the Bruins back in our top 5.
Nashville Predators: (32-18-6)
Dropping three straight games, keeps them out of our top 5. They should be back in it though, No worries with this team.
Pittsburgh Penguins (32-19-5)
Penguins lit up the lamps with 12 goals in weekend wins over Winnipeg and Tampa Bay. But until they atop the struggling Flyers in the standings, they remain out.
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