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Helene Elliott's NHL rankings

Red Wings emerge as the new top team, while the Kings go from the top spot to No. 3. The Ducks fall to No. 21.

November 22, 2010

Through Monday's games

Rank; Team; Record; (last week's ranking)

1. Detroit; 13-3-2; Red Wings were 5-0-1 on their longest homestand of the season and showcased their depth. (2)

2. Philadelphia; 14-6-2; Brian Boucher emerges from shadow of rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky to win two straight. (3)

3. Kings; 13-7-0; Power play continues to lag and they're losing leads with frightening frequency. They may need help, and soon. (1)

4. Washington; 14-6-2; Capitals are 6-2-2 in their last 10 but are losing some games they shouldn't. (5)

5. Montreal; 13-7-1; Goalie Carey Price has three shutouts in seven starts. With four this season, he matched his total for his first three seasons. (6)

6. Columbus; 13-6-0; Blue Jackets complete California sweep, then come home and extend win streak to four. (16)

7. Boston; 11-6-2; Marc Savard (concussion) progressing well and could resume contact soon. (9)

8. Colorado; 12-7-1; Avalanche has won four straight. Fans seem skeptical, though, with crowds barely exceeding 12,000. (21)

9. Phoenix; 10-5-5; Coyotes have won six straight. Captain Shane Doan has returned from a lower-body injury. (17)

10. St. Louis; 11-5-3; Blues are 8-0-1 at home and 7-0 against the East. Home turnaround is especially crucial. (7)

11. Pittsburgh; 12-8-2; Sidney Crosby conquers recurring hip/groin soreness to record points in nine straight games. (11)

12. Tampa Bay; 12-7-2; Steven Stamkos scores league-leading 20th goal as Lightning defeats the Bruins. (18)

13. Vancouver 10-7-3 Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault whines that Blackhawks ran up score in 7-1 rout Saturday. Awww. (4)

14. Chicago; 11-10-2; Blackhawks were hammered in Calgary then return the favor at Vancouver. (12)

15. N.Y. Rangers; 12-9-1; Showed character to rout the Wild after being routed by the Avalanche in previous game. (13)

16. Minnesota; 10-7-2; Marian Gaborik comes back to town with the Rangers to haunt his old team. (14)

17. San Jose; 9-6-4; Sharks blow leads in Colorado and Dallas and return home to be shut out by Blue Jackets. Something is still missing there. (10)

18. Nashville; 9-7-3; Predators have had three shutout wins in their last six games, and four wins in six overall. 19)

19. Dallas; 10-8-1; Trip to Toronto revives rumors that Stars will trade Brad Richards before he becomes a free agent. (20)

20. Ottawa; 10-10-1; Senators, still reeling after death of daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson, end three-game losing streak by rallying to beat the Kings. (8)

21. Ducks; 10-10-3; Winless in five after a six-game winning streak. (15)

22. Atlanta; 9-9-3; Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has given up three goals in his last three games. (24)

23. Florida; 9-10-0; Panthers briefly saw the .500 mark, but it didn't last. (23)

24. Buffalo; 8-11-3; Sabres waiting for Jason Pominville (one goal) to get going. (25)

25. Carolina; 9-9-2; Hurricanes have lost their last two games, both in shootouts. (22)

26. Toronto; 8-9-3; Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere on the sidelines because of an injured groin muscle. (28)

27. Calgary; 8-11-1; Flames have won only two of their last 11. Jarome Iginla, assured he won't be traded, awakens from slump to score six goals in three games. (26)

28. New Jersey; 6-13-2; Devils wake up to surprise the Capitals and score five goals — none by Ilya Kovalchuk. (29)

29. Edmonton; 5-10-4; Oilers' leading scorer is defenseman Ryan Whitney, who has no goals and 17 assists. He has resurrected his career somewhat. (27)

30. N.Y. Islanders; 4-12-4; Winless in 13 and classless in revoking the credential of blogger Chris Botta for legitimate and reasoned criticism. (30)

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