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The NHL Power Ranking-Week #9

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Nov 21, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie

Ryan Miller

(30) before start of game against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

This past week in the NHL, we saw several themes: West domination, Goalie Injuries, and announcements. The West continued to dominate the East in play. The Blues went into Boston and defeated the Bruins. On the goalie injury front, Jonathan Quick suffered an injury that will sideline him for at least  4-6 weeks.

The NHL announced that tickets are on sale for the Stadium series. The Ducks play the Kings on Jan25th at Dodger Stadium and the Rangers are playing the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium. Our two teams that are up are the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild. The Two teams that are down are the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.

Now onto the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres: 5-18-1: The Sabres lost three in a row this week. Pat Lafontaine is 1-3 since being named the head coach. Poor Ryan Miller still remains on the roster. He is 4-13-0 on the season.

29: Edmonton Oilers 7-15-2: Ilya Bryzgalov was recalled this past week after two starts in the AHL. Some Oilers fans are so excited they are blogging that he is better than Corey Crawford. Wasn’t Bryz playing in the ECHL to start this year?

28. Florida Panthers 6-13-5: Congrats to Jimmy Hayes on his first goal as a member of the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers tied two and lost three this past week. If Tim Thomas stays healthy will someone trade for him?

27: New York Islanders 8-13-3: Weren’t the Islanders a playoff team last season? Thomas Vanek has 3 goals and 2 assists since joining the Islanders. Too bad he doesn’t play defense well, the Islanders are 27th in the league with 77 goals against.

26. Columbus Blue Jackets 8-12-3: Despite their poor record they are within two points of the 3rd in the Metropolitan division.  With Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton out, the Blue Jackets lack scorers and veteran leadership.

25.  Calgary Flames 8-11-4: Retro Berra had one of the saves of the year. The Flames are 3-5-2 in their last ten and won their last game this week.  Berra is 3-4-2 on the season with a 3.34 goals against.  Jiri Hudler is a player to watch, he has 21 points on the season.