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NHL Power Rankings

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Posted: Wednesday December 27, 2000 3:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 27, 2000 10:14 PM


By Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated

Welcome to another edition of Kostya Kennedy's World-Famous Power Rankings. Never have the opposite qualities of reverence and irreverence been so seamlessly intertwined. Check in each week to see what we have to say about your team.

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RankLast weekTeam
11 St. Louis Blues
Pavol? Pleased Demitra. He's on one of his scoring sprees that gives the Blues offense the well-rounded look it needs.
22 Colorado Avalanche
Sluggish lately, and loss to Predators nearly drops them -- but they're still hanging onto second spot.
33 San Jose Sharks
They play 10 of next 12 at home -- including eight straight -- which gives them a chance to pull away in tough Pacific.
44 New Jersey Devils
Sniper Mogilny keying run as Devs round into excellent mid-season form.
55 Dallas Stars
For a guy who says, "I don't play good hockey anymore," Brett Hull (21 goals) sure plays good hockey.
66 Detroit Red Wings
Why is Mr. Bowman smiling? Wings have lately been playing their best defense of the season.
77 Ottawa Senators
Need to get their power play rolling again.
88 Toronto Maple Leafs
Domi, 31, gets into double figures as a goal scorer for the second time in his career. He only needs 829 more to tie Gretzky for the all-time career lead.
99 Vancouver Canucks
Sedin's slump starting to cause concern.
1010 Buffalo Sabres
A winter Brownout: Curtis Brown shelved with sprained knee, leaving team vulnerable at the pivot.
1111 Edmonton Oilers
Tick, tick, tick: They have until New Year's to sign phenom Comrie if he's to be eligible for games this season.
1214 Philadelphia Flyers
Unbeaten under new coach Bill bBarber. GM Bobby Clarke is an absolute genius.
1313 Phoenix Coyotes
Um, Mr. Ellman? Mr. Gretzky? Dec. 31 is coming fast.
1415 Washington Capitals
Bondra still on trade block, but contributing nicely nonetheless.
1512 Los Angeles Kings
With Ziggy out, other Melody Makers playing out of tune.
1616 Pittsburgh Penguins
Think they're pumped? Pens scored five goals (none by Jagr) against Hasek in the game before Mario's return.
1718 Boston Bruins
Solid shutout of Maple Leafs could give team needed confidence.
1817 New York Rangers
Loss of Mike Richter makes this team look weak.
1920 Nashville Predators
A holiday treat: Legwand's penalty shot was the OT winner against the Rangers.
2019 Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Double trouble: Paul Kariya out with broken foot, Teemu Selanne nursing tender groin.
2123 Atlanta Thrashers
Patrik Stefan and other youngsters finally contributing offensively.
2222 Calgary Flames
Santa the schedule maker: Flames had full week off over Christmas.
2321 Carolina Hurricanes
A mediocre team slipping further into mediocrity as season wears on.
2424 Tampa Bay Lightning
Even as they struggle, the Richards/Lecavalier show continues to entertain.
2527 Chicago Blackhawks
Tony Amonte, Steve Sullivan: Bright spots in the Chicago dark.
2626 New York Islanders
GM Mike Milbury warns players: "There are no free rides here!" Sounds odd coming from a man who has presided over five straight abysmal seasons and is still in charge.
2728 Minnesota Wild
Defense not terrible, just boring. Now, if they could only pot a puck or two ...
2829 Columbus Blue Jackets
After one of their little winning spurts, they get slapped back to reality by the mighty Blues.
2925 Florida Panthers
OK, it's official. This team is just as bad as it looks.
3030 Montreal Canadiens
Prediction: Coach Michel Therrien is going to do put on one of his emotional displays after one of Habs' inevitable losses. And it will be fun to watch.

Related information
Power Rankings: 2000-01, Edition No. 12
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