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February 4, 2009 11:00 AM

Bruins Back at #1 in RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages

nhlranks%2014.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.

After a month out of the number one-spot, the Boston Bruins are back at the top of the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages. One team fell out of the top-ten this week, the Candiens Canadiens, who dropped from 7th to 11th. Entering the top-ten this week are the Sabres, who rose from 11th into a tie for 9th. At the bottom of the rankings, the Islanders move out of the cellar for the first time since the December 18th rankings.

Shooting up the rankings this week are the Stars, who climbed up seven spots, from 21st to 14th. Plummeting are the Coyotes, who drop eight spots from 12th to 20th. Also free falling this week are the Oilers, who were in a tie with the Coyotes at 12th, and dropped six spots to 18th.

I know I've mentioned it several weeks, but it warrants mentioning again, the NHL rankings have so much more variation from one ranking site to another than any other sport's power rankings. There are five teams with a range of nine ranking spots or more. For reference, there are 30 teams in the league, so a ranking difference of nine spots is very large. For example, the Wild (RCS Avg. - 15th) are ranked as the 10th best team by TSN, and the 20th best team by CBS.

*AOL rankings were not released for the week at the time of publication.

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