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Helene Elliott's NHL rankings

Devils and Sabres jump up a few spots, but Sharks still at the top.

November 17, 2009|Helene Elliott

Through Sunday's games: RK. TEAMComment (Last week's ranking) 1San Jose 14-4-4 Sharks are 9-0-3 since last regulation loss. Nice, but let's see them do that in April, May and June. (1) 2New Jersey 14-5-0 Devils lost at Philadelphia and nine-game road winning streak. (4) 3Washington 12-4-4 Alexander Ovechkin (shoulder strain) is expected back soon. Mike Knuble (broken finger) will miss two weeks. (2) 4Buffalo 12-4-1 If Ryan Miller (1.77 goals-against, .939 save percentage) isn't the U.S. Olympic starter there should be an investigation. (9) 5Philadelphia 11-5-1 Potent power play (27%) fuels Flyers' 6-1 surge. Chris Pronger is +13 while playing a league-high 27 minutes. (5) 6Chicago 12-5-2 Blackhawks go 4-0 on tough homestand. Marian Hossa (shoulder) began contact drills and should make his debut during six-game trip. (12) 7Calgary 12-4-2 Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has allowed only five goals in his last five starts and is 4-0-1. (8) 8Kings 13-7-2 Kudos for winning in Tampa a day after they were routed, 7-0, in Atlanta. Ryan Smyth was injured at Florida, but it might not be serious. (6) 9Colorado 12-5-3 Avalanche has lost five of its last seven. Is this surprise team coming back to earth after great start? (3) 10Detroit 10-5-3 Red Wings were impressive in winning six of seven. They've scored 19 in their last three. (16)11Pittsburgh 14-7-0 Evgeni Malkin returns to end losing streak, but Chris Kunitz and Brooks Orpik are out two weeks because of lower-body injuries. (7)12N.Y. Rangers 11-8-1 Marian Gaborik (13 goals, 25 points) has at least one point in 16 of the 18 games he has played. (14)13Phoenix 11-9-0 Victory over Dallas is sweet for Coach Dave Tippett, former Stars coach. (10)14Vancouver 11-10-0 Henrik Sedin victimizes Colorado for first hat trick. Twin Daniel (broken leg) is still out. (13)15Tampa Bay 8-4-6 Steven Stamkos (13 goals, 21 points) is the real deal. Bolts have not lost in regulation at home, 5-0-4. (18)16Columbus 11-6-2Shootout win over Ducks is solid follow-up to 9-1 loss to Red Wings. (11)17Atlanta 10-6-1 Thrashers win four straight and get Ilya Kovalchuk back. Could they be ready to break out? (26)18Dallas 8-5-6 Stars have won two in a row only once. One bright note: Mike Modano has a goal and an assist in each of his last two games. (15)19Nashville 9-8-1 Predators set franchise record with 55 shots vs. Canadiens -- and won, continuing 6-2 surge. (19)20Ottawa 8-6-3 Senators have lost three of four. Losing shootout was deflating start to big five-game homestand. (20)21N.Y. Islanders 8-6-7 Problem: Isles are 3-0-7 in games that go past 60 minutes. Solution: win in regulation. (23) 22Boston 8-8-4 Bruins score five for first time since Game 2, but Penguins score six. (17) 23Montreal 9-11-0Carey Price ties a club record with 53 saves against Nashville, but Canadiens have lost four of six. (21) 24Edmonton 8-10-3 Denis Grebeshkov (knee) and Fernando Pisani (ulcerative colitis) are latest victims of Oilers' injury/illness wave. (24) 25Florida 7-9-2 Panthers are 4-2 in shootouts after going 3-8 last season. Winning in regulation . . . that's another story. (29)26Ducks 6-10-3 GM Bob Murray says players will go before Coach Randy Carlyle does. Mass departures may soon be in order. (25)27Minnesota 7-11-2 Wild loses battle of the bottom feeders, falling to Hurricanes in a shootout Sunday. Ugh. (27)28St. Louis 6-8-4 Owner Dave Checketts tells Blues "it's time to win." They then go out and lose to the Sharks, falling to 2-6-1 at home. (28)29Toronto 3-10-5 Maple Leafs have only one home win. Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson has been monstrous. (22)30Carolina 3-12-4 Hurricanes' 14-game winless streak ends in shootout victory over Minnesota. They tried their best to lose by twice blowing three-goal leads. (30)

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