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February 18, 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.
The New Jersey Devils have taken over the #1 spot in the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages. Last weeks #1 team, the Bruins, struggled throughout the week and have fallen down to 5th. Climbing into the top ten this week are the Canucks, who rose all the way up from 17th into a tie for 9th.
The Canucks rose the most spots of any team over the week, but a few other teams jumped up the rankings as well. The Oilers (21st to 15th) and the Blue Jackets (19th to 13th) each moved up six spots. Dropping the furthest in the rankings were the Canadiens, who fell six spots, from 11th to 17th.
As usual, the rankings, particularly those in the middle of the pack, varied wildly from one ranking site to the next. With so few points separating the teams currently in the middle of the playoff pack from those on the outside looking in, these discrepancies are to be expected. Seven teams have a range of rankings of nine spots or more, and an additional three teams have a range of eight ranking spots between the various sites. The extremes of ranking discrepancy are the Canadiens, ranked 10th by Fox and 24th by SI, and the Rangers, ranked 9th by Fox and 23rd by TSN.
*AOL rankings were not released for the week at the time of publication.