MantaRay Power Rankings for December 15th
Here it is: This weeks MantaRay Power rankings including games up to 12/14.
-Boston still #1 even with current struggles.
-While everyone was watching Vancouver, Ottawa has quietly been red hot.
-New Jersey pressing forwards make Devils descend into offensive hell.
Middle of the Pack:
-Lightning striking-out. Drop 3 spots and out of the elite for the first time this season.
-Kings, Hawks, Habs and Ducks starting to fly.
-Pens and Caps grounded.
Bottom of the Barrell:
-After leaving the lower tier for a week the Ranger$ return with a splash dropping 6 spots and not winning in 5 straight.
-Thrashers continue to be the worst team in the NHL.The MantaRay Power-rankings for games ending 12/14:
1 (1) Boston Bruins:
First losing streak of season (0-3); Rolston 0 G’s in 9 Games; Samsonov wrist surgery?
2 (2) Vancouver Canucks:
Jovanovski should be Norris candidate; Bertuzzi best power-forward in the game.
3 (7) Ottawa Senators:
Hottest team in the league: 9-1-2 in last 12 games. Hossa 19 goals # 2 in NHL.
4 (3) Dallas Stars: Arnott-Turgeon-Young NHL’s hottest line: combined- 17G-22A-39P +27 in 15 games.
5 (6) Detroit Red Wings:
Winning, but not impressive. Cujo the weak link?beatable (.879%) and sloppy giving up 16 goals in past 5 games.
6 (5) St.Louis Blues:
Tough week: 1-2-1 from bad to good. Brent Johnson returning in style stopping 67 of 69 including shut-out last night.
7 (4) New Jersey Devils:
Game Goal draught continues: Nieuwendyk (19) Elias (11) and powerplay (0-23) in last 9. Spurious trade rumors having mental effects on forwards.
8 (8) Minnesota Wild:
3 game winning streak ends. Big win over Wings this week. Injuries starting to mount.
9 (10) Philadelphia Flyers:
3-0 since Mcgillis trade; Philly is 12-0-5 when scoring the first goal. Most points in division.
10 (11) Edmonton Oilers:
4 game win streak ended. York 10 points in last 10 games; Rookie Chimera 3G-3A in 5 games since being dropped from my roto team.
11 (12) Toronto Maple Leafs:
Belfour allowing offense to take risks; Toronto on track to beat franchise best 9 game home winning streak.
12 (9) Tampa Bay Lightning:
2-2 this week. Richards: 9 points 6 games/Boyle 14 points in 11 games leading the way.
13 (16) Los Angeles Kings:
Big week: Potvin & Storr back-to-back shutouts. Wounded returning making impact: Allison, Palfy, Deadmarsh.
14 (17) Chicago Blackhawks:
Road trip to Empire State cures road ills. Unbeaten in last 4 games. Dempsey 4 points.
15 (14) Carolina Hurricanes:
Ended 4 game losing streak. 2-6-2-1 in 11 games without Sami Kapenan in the line-up.
16 (20) Anaheim Mighty Ducks:
I warned you last week– this team is getting hot: Giguere 2 SO’s; 3 Game winning streak.
17 (22) Montreal Canadiens Kilger-Koivu-Zednick hot line combo: 6G-8A-14Pts +14 in last 4 games.
18 (13) Pittsburgh Penguins:
0-7 since Tarnstrom injury. Now emerging Morozov is out 6-8 weeks. Daigle on waivers?
19 (15) Washington Capitals:
Team is too inconsistent and trade rumors should intensify. Team got blanked twice this week.
20 (21) San Jose Sharks:
3-1 under Wilson. Top forwards getting more ice time. McGillis contributing.
21 (19) Colorado Avalanche:
2-4-2 in last 8. Aebischer & Foote’s return ends team skid. Both Forsberg & Sakic injured.
22 (23) Columbus Bluejackets:
Jackets were 3-1 having scored 15G’s and 13GA. Cassels the best UFA pick-up this season?
23 (25) New York Islanders: 0-2-1 in last three. Road trip to FLA not sunny. Injury to Hamerlik hurts (out 1 month).
24 (18) New York Rangers:
The worlds most expensive AHL franchise.
Have lost 5 in a row. Expensive UFA’s Holik (-4) and Kasper (-6) last four games.
25 (24) Florida Panthers:
Kitty Kats 0-1-1 this week. Jokinen tied for third in the NHL with Sakic, Kovlev with 17 Goals!!!???
26 (27) Phoenix Coyotes:
1-1-1 this week. Lemieux back in line-up today will help. Shane Doan 3G-4A 7Pts in 6 games.
27 (26) Buffalo Sabres:
After hot start to month Sabres go 0-2-1. Is Maxim Afinogenov’s career over all ready?
28 (28) Calgary Flames:
Let’s see: two weeks and still no official head coach and Ken King is indignant about the press?
29 (29) Nashville Predators:
Shut-out twice early this week prompting Dunham trade; Scott Walker has 7Goal in his last 8 games.
30 (30) Atlanta Thrashers:
Mired in a 6 game losing streak. Kozlov, Shmelik, Heatly all injured. Coaching change up Next?