NHL power rankings: Rangers rising, Jets falling in updated list

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NHL power rankings: Rangers rising, Jets falling in updated list

30. Edmonton Oilers

Last week: 27

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

29. Columbus Blue Jackets

Last week: 29

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

28. Carolina Hurricanes

Last week: 23

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

27. Philadelphia Flyers

Last week: 22

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

26. Toronto Maple Leafs

Last week: 30

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

25. Colorado Avalanche

Last week: 28

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

24. Calgary Flames

Last week: 26

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

23. Anaheim Ducks

Last week: 17

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

22. Buffalo Sabres

Last week: 24

(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

21. Boston Bruins

Last week: 18

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

20. Winnipeg Jets

Last week: 11

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

19. San Jose Sharks

Last week: 19

(Photo/Michael Dwyer)

18. Arizona Coyotes

Last week: 25

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning

Last week: 16

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

16. Detroit Red Wings

Last week: 20

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

15. Florida Panthers

Last week: 21

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

14. Vancouver Canucks

Last week: 15

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

13. Ottawa Senators

Last week: 14

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

12. New Jersey Devils

Last week: 13

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

11. Pittsburgh Penguins

Last week: 8

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

10. Chicago Blackhawks

Last week: 10

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

9. Los Angeles Kings

Last week: 9

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

8. New York Islanders

Last week: 12

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

7. Minnesota Wild

Last week: 7

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

6. Washington Capitals

Last week: 6

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

5. Nashville Predators

Last week: 5

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

4. St. Louis Blues

Last week: 3

(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

3. Dallas Stars

Last week: 2

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

2. New York Rangers

Last week: 5

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

1. Montreal Canadiens

Last week: 1

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


The New York Rangers have been the hottest team in the league over the last two weeks, so it's no surprise they rise to the second spot in this week's rankings, found in the gallery above.

Just how dominant have the Rangers been thus far? Well, let's point out some highlights:

1. They have not lost regulation since Oct. 15
2. They have surrendered more than two goals in a game just twice
3. A balanced scoring attack has shown five players with five or more goals and 17 -- yes, 17 -- skaters with at least one tally

And for bullet-point No. 4, we'll defer to New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro, who wrote on Monday looking ahead to Thursday's matchup against Tampa Bay in which the Blueshirts can win thier 10th in a row, matching a franchise record:

"Winning streaks aren't just good things; they are great things. Winning streaks are rarely fluky, and winning streaks that set team records are almost always harbingers of good things ahead: The Rangers (1939-40), Yankees (1947), Knicks (1969-70), Mets (1969, 1986), Islanders (1981-82), and Giants (1990) all won championships in years when they set or tied the franchise record for winning streaks. The 2000 Devils made it to Game 7 of the Cup Finals the year they won 13 in a row; the '86 Jets might have joined the Giants in the Super Bowl if not for Mark Gastineau's antics against Cleveland capping a year in which they won nine straight."

Still, though, they haven't played flawless hockey and the Montreal Canadiens have done nothing to show they deserve losing the top spot -- for now, at least.

Will the Rangers occupy the No. 1 slot next week? We'll find out.

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