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January 21, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages combine seven* other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased grade possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the NHL on a weekly basis.
For the first time in a month, the San Jose Sharks are back atop the RCS NHL Power Rankings Averages. The teams that have been ranked #1 in the Sharks absence, the Red Wings and Bruins, rank 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The top-ten only sees one new entrant this week, the Sabres, who rose from 11th to 10th, switching spots with the Rangers.
Climbing up the rankings this week are the Penguins, who rose six spots, from 20th to 14th; and the Oilers, who climbed five spots, from 21st into a tie for 16th. Plummeting down the rankings are the Hurricanes, who fell seven spots, from 14th down to 21st; and the Canucks, who fell six spots, from 13th to 19th.
After weeks of the different ranking sites being fairly inline with one another, large discrepancies have crept back into the rankings this week. No team is this more apparent for than the Florida Panthers, who are ranked as high as 12th by Fox, and as low as 21st by ESPN and Yahoo. The source of many of the discrepancies seen in the ranking is TSN. TSN has noticeably different rankings than any other site for six teams (in this case "noticeably" is defined as having a ranking at least three spots away from any other sites' ranking for a team).
Comparing the two conferences, they are fairly even at the top, but the Eastern Conference appears to have the weaker back-end, with five of the bottom six teams.
*AOL rankings will be added when they are released on Friday.