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December 9, 2008 2:30 PM

New RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages - Sharks Still On Top

nhl%20ranks8.jpgThe 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 San Jose Sharks stay firmly entrenched in the #1 spot in the RCS NHL Power Rankings Averages, and the top-four teams stay the same as last week.

Three teams did fall out of the top-ten this week, though. The Wild fell from 7th to 12th, the Capitals fell from 9th to 13th, and the Canucks fell from 10th to 14th (the Ducks don't appear on the top-ten, as they fell from 6th to into a tie for 10th, but the Rangers grabbed the spot on the front page).

Joining the top-ten this week are four new teams: the Blackhawks (tie-11th to 6th), the Devils (14th to 7th), the Flyers (tie-11th to 8th), and the Flames (13th to 9th).

The Devils climbed the most spots up the rankings this week. Right behind them were the Blackhawks and the Panthers (rose from 27th to 22nd). The Blue Jackets dropped the most spots this week, falling from 18th to 24th.

The Atlantic Division is starting to look like the best division in the NHL, with its teams ranked 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 27th, becoming the first division this year to have four teams in the top-ten at once. At the other end, the Southeast Division appears to be the worst, with its teams ranked 13th, 17th, 22nd, 29th, and 30th.

*No rankings from AOL this week, so only 6 sites were used for the RCS Averages

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