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

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.

Hat Trick: Rangers Make It Nine in a Row
Hat Trick: Rangers Make It Nine in a Row