Mantaray Power Rankings for the week of 12/21/02

The Holiday MantaRay report for games ending Saturday, December 21st.

Here they are your weekly power-rankings:

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten 10:

-Red hot Sens ascend over everyone to #1 spot.

-Killer B’s stung by poor play of recent

-St Louis singing the Blues this week dropping two spots.

Middle of the Pack:

-Av’s make scapegoat of Hartley and move up.

-Kolzig helps Caps regain

-Canes swept away four spots

-The Habs????

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Pens drop into bad team category

-Everyone else pretty much the same.

Did people seriously want to debate that the Rangers (#25) are as good as the Wings (#5) because they both have similiar payrolls???

Please tell I didn’t read that.

*DYK: Did you know.

Finally, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday and/or winter solstice! Enjoy!1 (3) Ottawa Senators:

Hottest team in NHL: 15-2-3 in last 20; Big Conf wins vs NJ & Philly; Todd White: 17P in last 12 games.

2 (2) Vancouver Canucks:

First NHL team to win 20 games this season. 2-1-1 this week. Cloutier to rest knee.

3 (4) Dallas Stars:

0-1-2 since Modano injury. Modano’s 4th (or 5th) Concussion cause for concern in Big D.

4 (1) Boston Bruins:

Winless in last 6 (0-5-1); Imploded last night vs FLA. Samsonov out 3 months. Mike Knuble +18???

5 (5) Detroit Red Wings:

Legace stops 80 of 83 shots (.963) wins starting job? Wings 6-1-3 in last 10. Yzerman to retire?

6 (7) New Jersey Devils:

Back on track (2-1) this week. John Madden 2G-2A +4 in last four games. PP still dead last.

7 (8) Minnesota Wild:

Trapping Wild puts 47 shots on Roy??? Fernandez 2-5 in last 7 starts. Gaborik hits 21 Goals.

8 (6) St.Louis Blues:

Did not score any even strength goals this week in going 0-2-1. Johnson now 1-1-2 since return.

9 (9) Philadelphia Flyers:

Philly is 5-2-1 in there last 8. Robert Esche is 6-1-2 in nets. NHL: Beware the Brasher-Handzus-Somik line.

10 (10) Edmonton Oilers:

Four game winless streak. Mike York 7 Goals in 7 Games. Whatever happened to Eric Brewer?

11 (11) Toronto Maple Leafs:

8 game home winning streak ended. Still 1-1-2 this week. Belfour #2 in GAA and #3 in SV%.

12 (13) Los Angeles Kings:

Kings are 7-3 since acquiring Yushkevich. Schneider 2G-8A since trade. Team 5-1 in last 6 games.

13 (14) Chicago Blackhawks:

PP is dying going scoring only 1 goal in 34 chances. Simon healthy scratch last 2 wins. Klemm hurt.

14 (12) Tampa Bay Lightning:

Bolts are 3-5-2 since Andreychuk injury (now day to day); Richards 10 games scoring streak (13 Pts).

15 (17) Montreal Canadiens:

Lead by red hot Doug Gilmour (4G-4A in last 5 games) Habs are now 6-2 in last 8; Petrov out 3 weeks.

16 (16) Anaheim Mighty Ducks:

5 game win streak snapped. DYK: Anahiem is best face-off team in the NHL (54.78%). Player Watch: Andy Mcdonald: 6 game scoring streak- 9 points.

17 (19) Washington Capitals:

Caps are winning: Kolzig must be back.

Biggest steal of the year: Michael Nylander 10G 20A in 23 games as a Cap.

18 (21) Colorado Avalanche:

The Granato era is starts off 2-0, but giving up 47 shots to the Wild??? Reinprecht: 6 points in 7 games.

19 (15) Carolina Hurricanes:

Weekes wins in return; team 3-5-1 in his absence. Francis on fire: 4G-2A in last 4 games; Oneil ice cold.

20 (20) San Jose Sharks:

1-2-1 this week including a crushing loss to Sens. Breakout year for Marleau 15G-15A +5; Nolan out?

21 (22) Columbus Bluejackets:

Slow week (1-1). Quietly Ray Whitney starting to put up numbers: 10 points in last 8 games.

22 (18) Pittsburgh Penguins:

10 game losing streak ended last night. Tarnstrom injury prolonged? Kovalev (-20) New Jersey bound?

23 (23) New York Islanders:

1-3-1 in last 6. Three way competition for starting job. PK has killed off 36 in a row. Jason Blake is the best player on the Isles right now. That is a problem.

24 (25) Florida Panthers:

As I have been pointing out: the Keenan’s Kitty Kats don’t quit: 1-0-3 in last 4; 11 straight road game points going 3-0-3.

25 (24) New York Rangers:

NHL’s most expensive punchline: 1-7 in last 8. Lindros 11 PTS in 13 games. Woeful acquistions of late. Desparate measures for the leagues $75 team. Drew Banister awaiting his call.

26 (26) Phoenix Coyotes:

2-0-1 since the return of Claude Lemieux. Nagy 3G-3A in last six games; Sean Burke returning after next week.

27 (28) Calgary Flames:

Rudderless ship; 1-4-1 in last six including two shut outs against with the return of Iginla. Interviewing the ghost of Toe Blake next.

28 (27) Buffalo Sabres:

Winless in five of their last six games (1-4-1). Financial troubles taking toll on team psyche. Hamilton Sabres anyone?

29 (29) Nashville Predators:

Scored just six goals during a 1-4-1 stretch. With playoff commitment are more deals in offing?

30 (30) Atlanta Thrashers:

Lord Byron said it best: “Right now, I think guys just need to learn how to win.” Suffered heartbreaking loss to Canes.