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October 27, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages combine six 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 Penguins remain the top team in the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages this week in a nearly unanimous decision. In second and third are two teams that started the season with lower expectations but have performed and moved up in the rankings each week, the Avalanche and Sabres.
Teams continue to shuffle up and down the ranking week by week. Moving up the most spots this week was the Canucks, who rose from 22nd to 15th, and the Kings, who dropped the most spots in the rankings last week, but this week climbed from 20th to 10th. Dropping in the rankings was the Trashers, who fell ten spots from 9th to 19th, but they did not slip the furthest in this week's rankings. That honor belongs to the Blue Jackets, who fell from 4th all the way down to 17th.
Many teams still have a wide range of rankings from the different sites used to compose the RCS Averages, but no where is that difference more pronounced than with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes are ranked as high as third by TSN and as low as 20th by CBS. At 6-4 and fourth in the Pacific Division, the ranking of third seems particularly peculiar.