The 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 have taken the top spot in the RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages, knocking off the Penguins for the first time this season. The Sharks have been rising up in the rankings over the last few weeks, and if last season was any indication, they will likely spend the rest of the season at or near the top. The Penguins, who had been the top-ranked team all season, fell down to fifth this week.
Rising the most in rankings this week was the Devils, who shot up from 10th all the way to 3rd. Falling the furthest down the rankings was the Coyotes who dropped from 6th to 12th.
After being in line with one another last week, the rankings from the various sites are now all over the place. The Devils are ranked first by Fox, and as low as ninth by FanHouse. Meanwhile, the Penguins' rankings vary over a greater range, going from first to 11th.
At the bottom of the rankings, the Maple Leafs move out of the 30th position for the first time this season. Taking their place as the worst team (unanimously) is last years Eastern Conference Finalists, the Carolina Hurricanes.