MantaRay Power Rankings for December 15th

Here it is: This weeks MantaRay Power rankings including games up to 12/14.

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten:

-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?