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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Tuesday November 7, 2006 11:58AM; Updated: Tuesday November 7, 2006 6:11PM
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Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

NHL Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
21 21 I know I'm supposed to be impartial and not root for players, but it's tough in this instance. Olli Jokinen is donating $500 for every goal he scores and $250 for each assist to various children's charities in South Florida. With the help of a matching program, the donation is at $9,500 so far this season. The big center has goals in his last two games after going five straight without a tally. The Panthers, meanwhile, snapped a three-game skid with a very respectable 4-2 home win over the hot Leafs on Thursday.
Last Week: 1-1-0
22 19 Saturday's win over the Blues didn't cure what ails the Flames, but it did end a four-game losing streak. The key was getting out to an early lead. Calgary scored first for just the fourth time in 13 games and grabbed a 2-0 lead for only the second time this season. With the Flames flickering, don't be surprised if the front office makes some somewhat drastic changes. After all, this team was supposed to be one of the West's elite.
Last Week: 1-2-1
23 16 Yep. The Sens are still last on the PP and mired in their second three-game losing streak. They had just one such streak all of last season. Just 2-5 at home, Ottawa is 2-for-29 on the PP in its last four games. Even worse, in three consecutive games the Sens have failed to convert on lengthy 5-on-3 PP situations. If that's not bad enough, they're just 1-5 in games decided by one goal. Don't be surprised if a big name (Daniel Alfredsson) or two is dealt.
Last Week: 0-2-0
24 26 The first month hasn't been kind, and Thursday's loss to Buffalo didn't help. The Bruins blew a three-goal third-period lead en route to a 5-4 shootout loss. But they had to be excited to see Tampa Bay on Saturday. Boston knocked off the Bolts 6-5 in OT on Zdeno Chara's winner. Of their first four wins, two have come against Tampa.
Last Week: 1-0-1
25 25 The Blues may be sputtering out of the gate, but two veterans are coming up big. With his four assists on Thursday, Doug Weight has nine in his last nine games. (He's still looking for his first goal.) With seven goals in 13 games, Bill Guerin is more than halfway to his total of last season (13). But the Blues are still having PP issues, notching just one such score in their last 12 chances.
Last Week: 1-2-1
26 24 The PP may be ranked 10th, but it's hit a snag. Columbus is just 3-for-46 in its last seven games. Equally aggravating is Rick Nash's slump. The winger has gone eight games without a goal. Nash had an 11-game drought, as well streaks of nine and eight games during his rookie season (2002-03). He even had an eight-game schneid in 2003-04, when he led the NHL with 41 goals. This 22-year-old sure is streaky.
Last Week: 1-2-0
27 28 Despite what the stats show, coach Marc Crawford is sticking with a two-goalie scenario. Dan Cloutier has played in 10 games, compiling a 1-6 record and 3.38 GAA. Mathieu Garon is 3-3 with a 2.35 GAA in eight games. And the PK situation may be as muddled as the goaltending. After going a flawless 21-for-21, the Kings have allowed three shorthanded goals in the last 12 opportunities.
Last Week: 1-1-1
28 27 Since taking over for injured Nik Khabibulin, Brian Boucher is 0-5 with a 3.42 GAA and .879 save percentage. It doesn't help when the PP goes 0-for-20 over the last five games. "When you have no wins, you have to look at yourself in the mirror," Boucher told the Chicago Tribune. But help is on the way: Khabibulin is targeting Thursday's game at New Jersey for his return.
Last Week: 0-3-0
29 29 There was a bit of good and bad in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Kings. Shane Doan, who missed the previous three games with a back injury, scored two goals -- his first scores since Oct. 17. On the other end, Curtis Joseph was pulled after allowing two goals on three shots. He's stopped just 11 of the last 17 shots he's faced in his last two games.
Last Week: 1-1-0
30 30 If things weren't already going badly, they got worse after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Caps. "To be honest, we aren't playing good enough to win any hockey games," said Peter Forsberg. "Right now, it's just a tough time and if you don't work hard, we're not going to get out of it." In case you were wondering, Forsberg has gone three games without a point and has just nine for the season.
Last Week: 1-2-0

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