MantaRay PowerRank for 1/19/03

Here are the MantaRay power rankings for games ending Saturday, 1/18/03.

Mantarumination: Can you image the team the Isles could have had with the proper patience in the GM position?

The Cliffnotes:

Top ten:

-Red Hot Devils move up to #2 in conference and in PR’s.

Middle of the Road Teams:

-Pens & Ducks flying!!

-Lightning and Habs frying

Bottom of the barrel:

-$75 million dollar Wolfpack/Ranger$ showing heart.

-Sabres & Kats climb

-Preds drop to dead last.

Enjoy!1 (1) Ottawa Senators:

The NHL’s best keeps rolling: Sens have a 5 game winnning streak which includes Lalimes three shutouts! Hossa #2 in NHL with 30 goals.

2 (5) New Jersey Devils:

Since forming new lines Devils are unbeaten in 7 (6-0-1). Gomez, Frisen, Elias, Nieuwy and Rupp scoring at will. Brodeur has to be considered a Hart candidate (Wins games even when team can’t score).

3 (2) Vancouver Canucks:

In spite of 2-1 week, Canucks are starting to cool off (3-3 in last 6). Bertuzzi the best power forward in the game; Another great Milbury trade.

4 (4) Detroit Red Wings:

Wings holding steady (2-1) doesn’t stop the rumor mill: Robitaille on the block; Federov out of Detroit (UFA) and hobbled Yzerman to return after All-Star game.

5 (3) Dallas Stars:

Stars (1-0) lead the league in ties (games they should have won). The acquisition of Lemieux will allow them to win those types of games and make them the best in the west for the remainder of the season.

6 (7) St.Louis Blues:

Even week for Blues (2-2). Rucinsky 14 G’s, 5 in his last 6 games. Injury to rookie Cajanek hurts. Are the Blues better without Pronger???

7 (6) Philadelphia Flyers:

6 game winning streak snapped (by Atlanta?). Recchi gets Brendl promoted to top line. Williams left knee injury is day-to-day

8 (9) Toronto Maple Leafs:

Leafs (3-1) still playing well, despite injury to Mogilny. If Belfour’s back injury is more serious than reported, can Trevor Kidd continue the standards set by the Eagle in Toronto?

9 (10) Minnesota Wild:

Although catching up on the Canucks, have not played as well in new year (3-5). Kuba placed on IR. PP QB Zholtok also hurt.

10 (8) Boston Bruins:

Once the crème de le crème of the league the B’s have gone 3-14-1 in last 18. Thorntons return last night helps. Will Chris Osgood help them?

11 (12) Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers continue to play well (2-1); Mike York is on pace for 30 goals (5G-3A +6 in last 5 games). Injury to Smyth will hurt the Oilers. How is Eric Brewer an all-star??? Another great Milbury trade.

12 (13) Chicago Blackhawks:

Overplayed Thibault hurts Hawks (1-3); Streak of 14 games with at least 1 point ended. Zhamnov injury maybe serious. Klemm returns.

13 (11) Washington Capitals:

Caps revert to old selves going 1-3 this week and now Jagr’s groin is acting up again. How can PP with Gonchar, Jagr, Bondra, Lang and Nylander be ranked #17????

14 (14) New York Islanders:

Not a good week for Isles (1-2); Laviolette “higher standard” Devils ploy backfires in 5-0 defeat. Isbister still out; DYK: $6.4 million man Yashin ranks 825 in the NHL in +/- with a -19.

15 (18) Pittsburgh Penguins:

Someone forgot to tell Pens they are not supposed to win w/o Mario, (3-1). Even with Sore Knee Kovalev rumors heating up big time (Dallas, Philadelphia, Toronto, the Islanders and the Rangers).

16 (19) Anaheim Mighty Ducks:

No coincidence: Giguere is back (4-0 since return with another shutout last night) and the Ducks are winning (3-1). Jason Krog has 3G-3A +4 in last 5 games.

17 (16) Colorado Avalanche:

Snap 3 game losing streak but are 1-4 in last 5. Regardless of purported talent on this team, they live and die with 37 year old Roy…that is a problem.

18 ( 15) Tampa Bay Lightning:

Winless in 5; Hard to believe the Bolts were #1 only a few months ago. If losing continues expect trade rumors to surface again.

19 (20) Los Angeles Kings:

Regicide continues (1-2) on the west coast: 2-7 in January. 5 top players still on IR, possibly 6: Visnovsky left Saturday’s game with a sprained left knee.

20 (17) Montreal Canadiens:

Team went 1-3 this week. Is firing the coach the answer? (It hasn’t worked in Calgary, San Jose, or Colorado). Habs are last in the league in shots on goal (17) per game.

21 (25) New York Rangers:

Hartford players making Ranger$ the hottest team in the bottom 20. 3 game winning streak!!! Tied for #10 in conference!!! Bure and Leetch expected back after All-Star exhibition.

22 (21) Columbus Bluejackets:

Last weeks 3 game win streak is met with this weeks 3 game losing streak. Columbus had climbed to the top PK unit, but gave up 3 goals last night. Klesa on IR-Whitney hurt with back spasms.

23 (22) San Jose Sharks:

I remember some experts predicting a Sharks/Rangers Cup final in September. Apparently no one told the Sharks. 0-3 this week. Stuart out 1 week with ankle injury. Nolan still not 100% even in return last night. Could see overhaul in March???

24 (23) Carolina Hurricanes:

Whispering winds ensnared by 7 game winless streak (0-6-1). Carolina once had a potent powerplay, they are now 14th in NHL. Scoring draught a killer.

25 (24) Phoenix Coyotes:

Trading inspirational leader Lemieux is tantamount to waiving the white Flag(staff) for the season. Signing Amonte destroyed team concept.

26 (28) Buffalo Sabres:

Undefeated in 5 (4-0-1). Biron and Miller playing fantastic. Satan six game point streak.

27 (29) Florida Panthers:

After gett ing crushed in past few games (NJ/Wash 16-4). Kats come back with two 3-0 victories! LuonGO!!! Great Milbury trade!

28 (26) Calgary Flames Doused Flames end 5 game winless streak with win over habbled Kings. Not impressed with this roster.

29 (30) Atlanta Thrashers:

Hartley era has begun; team has a three game winning streak!!! Nurminen playing great hockey. Kozlov 4G-2A in past 4 games.

30 (27) Nashville Predators:

Sing their praise and they lose: Pred drop after going 1-2-1 this week; Legwand on fire: 3G-7A +5 in last 8.