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Detroit News NHL Power Rankings

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

(Records through Wednesday's games)

1. Nashville (41-13-7) — Will D Shea Weber finally win the Norris Trophy? Last week: 1

2. St. Louis (38-18-4) — Staff isn't pleased with commitment to defense. Last week: 2

3. Montreal (39-16-5) — G Carey Price rightly earning MVP talk. Last week: 5

4. Anaheim (38-17-7) — Rallied to defeat Red Wings in shootout, but ugly loss to Senators. Last week: 4

5. Tampa Bay (37-19-6) — Will need help on injury-riddled defense before trade deadline. Last week: 3

6. Detroit (33-15-11) — Earning points on West Coast trip. Last week: 6

7. N.Y. Rangers (37-16-6) — Haven't missed Lundqvist as much as expected. Last week: 8

8. N.Y. Islanders (40-20-2) — Locking up D Nick Leddy to long-term contract a good move. Last week: 7

9. Pittsburgh (35-17-9) — Acquiring RW Daniel Winnik adds bite, penalty killing skill. Last week: 9

10. Chicago (36-20-5) — How will Blackhawks overcome the loss of Patrick Kane? Last week: 10

11. Washington (33-19-10) — Could use a bit more depth up front before the trade deadline. Last week: 11

12. Winnipeg (31-20-11) — You have to love the aggressiveness front office has shown. Last week: 12

13. Vancouver (35-22-3) — Pressure on G Eddie Lack with G Ryan Miller (knee) hurt. Last week: 14

14. Los Angeles (29-18-12) — Looking like dominant Stanley Cup champions. Last week: 15

15. Calgary (33-24-4) — Bob Hartley a coach of the year candidate? For sure. Last week: 16

16. Boston (29-22-9) — Losing C David Krejci (lower body) is the latest blow. Last week: 13

17. San Jose (30-23-8) — Quietly C Joe Pavelski having a banner season. Last week: 17

18. Florida (26-21-13) — Roberto Luongo has provided elite goaltending. Last week: 18

19. Minnesota (31-22-7) — Can't afford stinkers like loss to Oilers. Last week: 19

20. Philadelphia (26-24-11) — Keep breathing down Bruins necks for wild card. Last week: 21

21. Colorado (26-24-11) — Curious to see what Avalanche does at Monday's trade deadline. Last week: 22

22. Dallas (27-25-9) — Have little defense, goaltending. Fading fast. Last week: 20

23. Columbus (26-29-4) — Shopping some big names with lousy contracts. Last week: 23

24. Ottawa (24-23-10) — Open West Coast trip with big win over Ducks. Last week: 24

25. New Jersey (25-27-9) — Playoff push? Not after home loss to Flames. Last week: 25

26. Toronto (24-31-5) — Roster could be dismantled soon. Last week: 26

27. Carolina (22-30-7) — Should have re-signed D Andrej Sekera. Last week: 27

28. Arizona ( 20-34-7) — G Mike Smith hasn't been the same. Last week: 28

29. Edmonton (18-34-10) — Beating Wild in Minnesota was impressive. Last week: 29

30. Buffalo (18-38-5) — Roster would have trouble winning in the AHL. Last week: 30

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