MantaRay Power rankings games ending 11/23/02

The MantaRay report for games ending Saturday, November 23rd.

Cliff notes:

Top Ten:

-Wild week:Minny capapults into #2 slot

-Canucks still climbing

-Sens enter the elite

MOP

-Pens flying up to #11

-Washington losing Capital drop

-Leafs & Belfour skyrocket out of cellar

CELLER DWELLERS

-Bluejackets swatted 6 spots

-Isles making progress

1 (1) Boston Bruins:

Glen Murray 3G-1A in last two games. Nick Boyton (+16) making Mclaren expendable.

2 (6) Minnesota Wild:

Gaborik leads NHL in goals with 15; Rotating goalies doing job: 3-0-2 in last 5.

3 (3) Dallas Stars:

6 game unbeaten streak stopped last night. Hatcher is back–leads NHL in +/- (+16).

4 (2) St.Louis Blues:

1-2 this week; 6-5 in last 11. Barrasso 1-3 for the Blues. Tkachuck back this week.

5 (4) Tampa Bay Lightning:

2-2 this week. Vinny Prospal (11P in 10G) tied for team scoring lead.

6 (5) New Jersey Devils:

1-1-1 This Week. Brodeur fatigued (10Goals in 3 Games) forced to play rusty Schwab

7 (9) Vancouver Canucks:

6 game WINNING streak. Brendan Morrison 11 points in 6 games and #11 in NHL scoring

8 (7) Detroit Red Wings:

5 game winning streak snapped. Brett Hull coming alive 3G 3A in 5 games;

9 (8) Philadelphia Flyers:

1-1-1 this week, but spanked by Belfour’s Leafs last night. Where’s Simon Gagne???

10 (12) Ottawa Senators:

Sens are back: 5-0-1 in last 6. Hossa 9 game poinst streak (15 points in 9 games).

11 (14) Pittsburgh Penguins:

Winless streak ends at 7; Boasts #1 scoring forward (Lemieux) and D-man (Tarnstrom)

12 (11) Carolina Hurricanes:

Return of East Champ Canes? BBC line reunited; Irbe first start in 12 games last night

13 (13) Los Angeles Kings:

Big win vs Dallas last night. Deadmarsh out with post concussion syndrome.

14 (10) Chicago Blackhawks:

3 game losing streak. Too dependant on Thibaut to bail them out.

15 (18) Montreal Canadiens:

Defense has allowed 16 goals in the last 4 games. Not much on defense after Markov

16 (22) Toronto Maple Leafs:

Watchout!! 5-1 last 6 games. Eddie Belfour back-to-back shutouts vs Flyers & Bruins

17 (19) Colorado Avalanche:

3 game winless streak ends. Roy 22 GA in 7 games? Is Martin Lapointe the answer?

18 (17) Anaheim Mighty Ducks:

8 game point streak ended. Adam Oates back this week. Only +.500 with more GA.

19 (16) Washington Capitals:

5 game winless streak ended. Jagr 24 points in 21 games and team is still 25th in offense

20 (21) Edmonton Oilers:

Salo comes alive!!! 2-0-1 with .968 save percentage this week.

21 (15) Columbus Bluejackets:

Jackets get home sick on the road; 0-3 on road trip this week; Lifetime: 18-59-9-5

22 (20) New York Rangers:

Powerless Play 2-36 in last eight games. Coach Schoenfeld 3-0 this season.

23 (23) Phoenix Coyotes:

More like CoyoTIES this week: 0-0-3. Burke out for another 6 weeks.

24 (24) San Jose Sharks:

Unbeaten streak ends at three; Marleau goal scoring streak ends at 6

25 (27) New York Islanders:

Peca back and so are Isles 3-0-1 in last 4 games. Watch Isbister with Yashin this week.

26 (26) Calgary Flames:

Flames doused without Turek; 2-5-1 without the Sentry in nets.

27 (25) Florida Panthers:

Give the kitty cats credit: Keenan’s Krew playing tough; 7 of last 9 games have gone into OT

28 (28) Buffalo Sabres:

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff: “I thought we looked like a pee-wee team.” Nuff Said

29 (29) Atlanta Thrashers:

Dafoe set to start Tuesday in Montreal; Team is 5-5 after losing first 10 games. Obviously, failed to read this post last week.

30 (30) Nashville Predators:

Ouch! Playing more like the Nashville Prey: 1-7-2 for November; Only two players with more than 10 PTS.


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