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Helene Elliott's NHL rankings

The Canucks, who have not lost in regulation since Dec. 5, remain No. 1. The Kings fall six spots to No. 18, while the Ducks fall from No. 14 to No. 15.

January 10, 2011
  • Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault gives directions to his players during a timeout against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault gives directions to his players during a… (Darryl Dyck / Associated…)

Through Monday's games

Rank; Team; Record; (previous rank)

1. Vancouver; 27-8-6; Canucks' eight-game winning streak ended with shootout loss to Detroit on Saturday but they're 13-0-3 since last regulation defeat on Dec. 5. (1)

2. Detroit; 27-11-5; Loss to Colorado on Monday ended a three-game winning streak. Red Wings lost Brad Stuart to a broken jaw on ugly hit by Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos. (4)

3. Philadelphia; 26-10-5; Flyers' victory over New Jersey clinched All-Star coaching honors for Peter Laviolette. Should that be honor or headache? (2)

4. Washington; 24-12-6; Capitals are 6-0-2 since Dec. 12. And Alexander Ovechkin (15 goals) seems like he might be stirring out of his slump. (6)

5. Pittsburgh; 26-14-4; They're 0-3 without Sidney Crosby (concussion). Penguins will need Evgeni Malkin and others to step up. (5)

6. Dallas; 25-13-5; Stars' seventh consecutive road victory tied franchise record. Appropriately they did it in Minnesota, their ancestral home. (8)

7. N.Y. Rangers; 25-15-3; They've won three straight and lead the league with 15 road wins but lost winger Alexander Frolov for the season because of a serious knee injury. (13)

8. Nashville; 22-13-6; Predators completed a California sweep for only the second time in franchise history and have won five in a row. (16)

9. Boston; 22-12-7; Tim Thomas, who leads the NHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, continues to be the Bruins' backbone. (9)

10. Tampa Bay; 25-13-5; Lightning blew a third-period lead to — ugh — the Devils on Sunday. Dan Ellis, who lost the starting job to Dwayne Roloson, was in net for the loss. (3)

11. Montreal; 23-16-3; Canadiens' rally past Bruins on Saturday was the first time in 18 tries they won a game in which they trailed after two periods. (18)

12. Chicago; 23-18-3; Hawks to build statues of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita outside United Center. Now if some of their defenseman stopped playing like statues inside the building… . (15)

13. Atlanta; 22-16-7; Thrashers have hit a skid, going 3-5-2 in their last 10. They were missing four top forwards Sunday at Carolina, including the suspended Ben Eager. (10)

14. Minnesota; 21-16-5; Wild won three straight on the road and four in a row overall before coming home to lose to Dallas. Home ice isn't the advantage it used to be. (21)

15. Ducks; 23-18-4; Jonas Hiller is first Duck goalie to record two shutouts in a row since J.S. Giguere had three in a row in December 2002. (14)

16. Phoenix; 20-13-9; Enforcer/Twitter star Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) was ranked No. 100 on The Hockey News' list of People of Power and Influence. Whatta country. (19)

17. Colorado; 22-15-6; Avalanche broke out of a slump Monday with a big home win over the Red Wings. (17)

18. Kings; 23-18-1; It's tough to go 1-5 on an eight-game homestand, but they've done it. Overall, they've lost six of seven. (12)

19. San Jose; 21-17-5; The Sharks have lost a season-worst four straight and have scored only one goal in their last three games. Talent and heart are two different things. (7)

20. St. Louis; 20-15-6; The Blues have lost four straight, including three at home. (11)

21. Buffalo; 18-18-5; Sabres have pieced together a 4-0-1 streak though they're still not scoring much and goalie Ryan Miller (2.62, .913) has slipped since last season. (25)

22. Carolina; 20-15-6; Rookie goalie Justin Peters wins back-to-back decisions while Cam Ward recovers from the dreaded lower-body injury. Lot of that going around. (20)

23. N.Y. Islanders; 13-21-6; Goalie Kevin Poulin earned his first NHL win Saturday in OT victory over Colorado. Isles are 8-3-1 in their last 12. (26)

24. Toronto; 17-20-4; Maple Leafs' win in front of friendly crowd in Los Angeles gave them their first three-game winning streak since they opened the season 4-0. (27)

25. Florida; 18-20-2; The Panthers have lost three straight. They might try overhauling their power play, which has scored a league-low 12 goals and has an 8.8% success rate. (24)

26. Calgary; 18-20-4; New General Manager Jay Feaster is still figuring out what to do with a high-salaried, low-producing team. (22)

27. Columbus; 20-19-3; Blue Jackets have lost four straight and are 1-9-2 in their last 12 road games. (23)

28. Ottawa; 16-20-6; Goaltender Pascal Leclaire is injured again and has played only 14 games. Brian Elliott has been erratic lately. (28)

29. Edmonton; 13-20-7; Oilers have won only twice in their last 12 games. That learning curve is tricky for a young team. (29)

30. New Jersey; 11-29-2; Devils gave Jamie Langenbrunner away and would like to deal Patrik Elias, among others. (30)

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