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March 4, 2009 11:45 AM

Devils Back at #1 in RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages

nhl%20ranks18.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 NJ Devils are back as the #1 team in the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages with the long awaited return of goalie Martin Brodeur. The Devils were at #1 two weeks ago, before dropping down to 5th, but now have returned to the top spot after looking dominant since their goalie's return.

The hottest teams in the NHL are the Penguins, moving up from 18th to 12th in the rankings, and the Canadiens, who, after multiple weeks of being the team with the most varied rankings, moved up from 16th to 10th. Dropping hard and fast this week are the Stars, who fell from 13th to 22nd.

The Sabres (13th-23rd), Rangers (12th-22nd), and Predators (11th-22nd) have the widest range of rankings among the NHL teams this week. The Rangers continue to be ranked high by Fox, despite their poor recent performance. The Sabres are ranked 13th by ESPN and Fox, despite having fallen out of playoff position thanks to a recent cold streak. The Predators, on the other hand, one of the hotter teams in the NHL, 7-1-2 in their last 10, are still ranked as low as 22nd by CBS and 21st by ESPN and Yahoo!.

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

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