NHL Power Rankings

1. San Jose Sharks- After an early season road trip this is a grittier team

2. Washington Capitals- Put up seven against Florida without Ovechkin

3. Pittsburgh Penguins- They have been hit hard by injuries

4. Colorado Avalanche- Having a hard time drawing fans, too bad pretty good team

5. New Jersey Devils- They keep winning because of the mindset of their players

6. Calgary Flames- they have 22 first period goals

7. LA Kings- Good team that needs to find consistency

8. Vancouver Canucks- Their GM has them in the mix of every NHL rumor

9. Philadelphia Flyers- They have allowed just five first period goals, and 16 second period ones

10. Chicago Blackhawks- In December they should get Toews and Hossa back

11. Buffalo Sabres- Thomas Vanek has just seven points

12. Detroit Red Wings- Injuries are a big problem, but so is the number of games this team has played over the past two seasons

13. New York Rangers- The loss of Drury is a tough one

14. Dallas Stars- James Neal is a player this team needs

15. Phoenix Coyotes- Radim Vrbata’s production has fallen off

16. Columbus Blue Jackets- Something is wrong with Steve Mason

17. Boston Bruins- Caught in a funk

18. Ottawa Senators- Pascal Leclaire needs to improve in net

19. Nashville Predators- If they spent money on payroll, how good would they be?

20. New York Islanders- They have seven straight games on the road, tough stretch

21. Edmonton Oilers- It is time to get it going

22. Montreal Canadiens- They are 7-0 in overtimes and shootouts

23. Atlanta Thrashers- Struggling without Kovalchuk

24. Tampa Bay Lightning- Marty St. Louis has gone 10 games without a goal

25. Toronto Maple Leafs- Jonas Gustavsson is the real deal

26. Anaheim Ducks- Starting to shake off a slow start

27. St. Louis Blues- By far the biggest disappointment in the Western Conference

28. Minnesota Wild- Todd Richards has inspired Eric Belanger

29. Florida Panthers- Steven Reinprecht has 9 goals just like Sidney Crosby

30. Carolina Hurricanes- Ron Francis as Coach countdown as begun