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NHL Power Rankings

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Posted: Tuesday March 20, 2001 3:28 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 21, 2001 11:50 AM


By Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated

Welcome to another edition of the 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 Colorado Avalanche
Good Raymond can go home again, and he will this Saturday when the Avalanche play in Boston for the first time since the trade.
22 Detroit Red Wings
Guys like Holmstrom, whose hat trick carried Wings to big win in San Jose on Sunday, give this club the depth of a Cup contender.
33 New Jersey Devils
WWWWWWWWWWW and counting.
44 St. Louis Blues
Need to get Tkachuk settled in and Pronger back. For now, they're still struggling for points against losing teams.
55 Dallas Stars
Modano to Hull, Modano to Hull, Modano to Hull. It's a refrain Dallas fans have happily gotten used to.
69 Philadelphia Flyers
No more headaches: Recchi playing as ebulliently, and effectively, as he ever has.
76 San Jose Sharks
At this rate, could slip to eighth in playoff seeding which would mean a first-round exit.
88 Ottawa Senators
Have fallen behind Devils in points race but for now are still (quietly) Eastern Conference's winningest team.
97 Washington Capitals
Improved themselves greatly on paper at the trade deadline but haven't won a game since.
1011 Edmonton Oilers
Not a team you want to see in the first round -- they can wear you out.
1110 Buffalo Sabres
Heinze, Audette have put some serious hop into the Sabres' offense.
1212 Toronto Maple Leafs
Must maintain solid play to go into playoffs with the confidence and swagger they had at start of year.
1313 Pittsburgh Penguins
No other playoff team has such a disparity between its strengths (Lemieux, Jagr et al.) and its weaknesses (goaltending, defense).
1414 Vancouver Canucks
A rough home stretch: Nasland's out, Cloutier's shaky.
1515 Phoenix Coyotes
Instability must have suited them; ever since new owners took control they've been in free fall.
1617 Carolina Hurricanes
Arturs! Arturs! Irbe is the most underrated veteran goalie in the league.
1718 Los Angeles Kings
Riding a hot Cat into the playoff picture.
1816 Boston Bruins
Getting ready to rap their stick blades on the ice when FleetCenter rocks in Bourque's return.
19 19 Chicago Blackhawks
Quintal, a failure in New York last year, has adequately anchored the Hawks' defense.
2020 Nashville Predators
Getting better all the time: No playoffs but club wins 30 games for first time.
2121 Calgary Flames
Hay's dismissal gives Greg Gilbert chance to get skates wet before next year.
2222 Minnesota Wild
Could yet have an impact on playoffs with games against Red Wings, Canucks, Coyotes, Sharks and Oilers over next two weeks.
2324 New York Rangers
Mess will pass Gordie before he's done.
2427 Anaheim Mighty Ducks
What, me worry? After trade from Sharks, Friesen playing as if he just won a trip to Disneyland.
2523 Montreal Canadiens
Youthful endeavors: Andrei Markov called back up to big club; young Mathieu Garon getting some time between the pipes.
2625 Florida Panthers
Bure cries, "Feed me!" And they do.
2726 Columbus Blue Jackets
Tugnutt could be the centerpiece around which team develops over next few years.
2829 Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday was best day of season: they ink Khabibulin, then trounce Penguins 5-1.
2928 Atlanta Thrashers
Stefan still has a long way to go before proving he can thrive in the NHL.
3030 New York Islanders
Each night, all the little Islanders fans close their eyes and dream of a miracle: Jagr skating in the blue, orange and white.

Related information
Power Rankings: 2000-01, Edition No. 24
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