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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Tuesday October 23, 2007 5:19PM; Updated: Tuesday October 23, 2007 11:58PM
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Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

NHL Power Rankings
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11 10 Sunday was the definition of ugly win. The Canucks defeated the Blue Jackets 4-1, but were outworked and outplayed. It's a good thing there aren't style points. Somehow, they pulled out a win despite being outshot 14-0 in the second period and allowing 10 power plays in the game. "I don't think we should have won this game with the way we played," Ryan Kesler told the Province.
Last Week: 1-2-0
12 17 Making his home debut as a Bruin, Manny Fernandez came up big with 26 saves in a 1-0 overtime win over the Rangers. It was Boston's first over the Blueshirts since March 4, 2004 -- a stretch of eight games (0-5-3). Boston College is undefeated and ranked No. 2, Tom Brady and Patriots are 7-0 and the Red Sox are going back to the World Series. Times are good in Beantown.
Last Week: 2-0-0
13 12 If they hope to avoid another slow start, they need one of their goalies to step to the fore and grab the reins. Peter Budaj (3-2, 3.34 GAA) and Jose Theodore (1-2, 2.97) have been mediocre at best. "There's going to come a point where they're going to have to give us games," GM Francois Giguere told the Denver Post.
Last Week: 1-2-0
14 19
Dallas Stars (4-2-2)
In Saturday's win over the Ducks, coach Dave Tippett may have finally found the right line combinations. Whether it was speed, possession, defense or grit, the Stars played nearly a perfect game against their Pacific rival. The victory moved them to 31-0-0 when leading by two goals at any point. Buffalo is the only team on a longer streak (42-0-0).
Last Week: 2-0-0
15 14 The power play, ranked third last season, is just 8-for-61 -- good for 24th. The PK has been nearly as bad (19th). Another negative: lack of offensive balance. The No. 1 line (Ryan Getzlaf-Chris Kunitz-Corey Perry) has combined for 24 points; all other forwards have chipped in just 17 points.
Last Week: 2-1-0
16 16 After getting lit up for four goals on Oct. 6 against the Leafs, it looks as though Cristobal Huet is finally comfortable. The 32-year-old backstop has stopped 84 of 89 shots while lowering his GAA to 2.14, and while rookie Carey Price hasn't been terrible (1-1, 3.02 GAA), Huet will probably get the bulk of the starts in the immediate future.
Last Week: 1-1-1
17 13 Looks like they are up to their old tricks. In Monday's 5-4 OT win over the Leafs, Buffalo erased a two-goal deficit. In 2006-07, the Presidents' Trophy-winners rallied from two goals down nine times. But that come-from-behind mentality wasn't evident Friday, when they were shut out for the first time since April '06 -- a span of 95 regular-season games.
Last Week: 1-2-0
18 23 The kids can play. Of the Blackhawks' six top scorers, three are under the age of 23 -- with Patrick Kane, 18, and his nine points leading the way. Last week featured an impressive win over the Leafs; not only did the 'Hawks rally from a 3-1 hole with five third-period goals, they notched four PP tallies.
Last Week: 2-1-0
19 15 It's tough to win when you don't score. The Rangers have managed a league-low 13 goals, with no player notching more than two (Jaromir Jagr has one). The task got even tougher when Martin Straka -- one of the players with two scores -- broke a finger and will be out 4-5 weeks. On the bright side, Henrik Lundqvist has performed admirably (2.14 GAA, .924 save percentage).
Last Week: 0-1-1
20 18 Saturday's loss to the Islanders assured the Devils won't have a winning record when they play their first game in the new Prudential Center on Saturday night. By this point, you'd figure Marty Brodeur would be turning things around. He's actually going in the other direction with a 3.51 GAA while allowing four or more goals in each of his last three starts.
Last Week: 1-1-1

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