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Bruins Reclaim 1st in RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages

by Jeff Briggs


The Boston Bruins are back in the #1 spot in the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages this week. The Bruins had not been ranked above 4th since their last time at number one, the week of February 11th. Of course, these are the NHL rankings, so the Bruins were just one of many teams moving many spots.

Two teams dropped out of last week's top-ten; the Flames, dropping from 8th to 11th, and the Blue Jackets, who fell from 10th to 12th. Taking their spots are the Hurricanes and the Blackhawks, who moved from a tie for 11th, to 9th and 10th respectively.

The the hot teams of the week are the Blues, moving from 21st to 16th, and the Ducks, who rose from 18th to 13th. Dropping this week are the Oilers, who fall from 14th all the way down to 21st.

As always, there are huge discrepancies within the NHL rankings. The Canadiens' rankings are all over the place, ranging from 12th (by Fox) to 23rd (by SI) and everywhere in between. The Blues are ranked as high as 10th (by SI) and as low as 20th (by Yahoo!). Even the teams at the top of the RCS Power Ranking Averages aren't immune to scattered rankings this week. The Sharks are ranked from 1st to 8th, the Devils from 2nd to 9th, and the Penguins and Capitals both range from 3rd to 10th.

Regarding the Penguins, I get that they are hot (7-1-2 in their last 10), but the Hurricanes are equal with them in every way. They have the same record over the last 10 games, AND the Canes are leading the Pens by 1 point. But Carolina is down four spots below Pittsburgh, simply because everyone is in love with Sidney Crosby. I'm not saying that the Penguins aren't a dangerous team heading into the playoffs, but to rank them as high as they are is just a little absurd.