Dec 14, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders centerRyan Strome
(18) warms up before facing the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
In the past week of the NHL we saw: The Calgary Flames fired their General Manager and Assistant General Manager, Shawn Thornton received a fifteen game suspension, The Blackhawks traded for a goalie, Steven Stamkos skated, and Brad Marchand kissed his “ring”. This week’s two teams that are down are the New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche. The Vancouver Canucks and La Kings are the top two teams that are up this week.
Now onto the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres 7-23-3: The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last ten games. The Sabres lost to the Calgary Flames this week in Buffalo. It is the first time the Flames have won in Buffalo since 1996.
29: New York Islanders 9-19-6: The Islanders are 1-6-3 in their last ten games. Ryan Strome made his debut this week for the Islanders. Strome was the 5th pick of the 2011 draft. He had been the AHL points leader this season.
28: Edmonton Oilers 11-20-3: The Oilers are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. They are on a two game losing streak. The Oilers traded Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks. Devan Dubnyk might be the worst starting goalie in the NHL this season.
27. Florida Panthers 11-17-5: Since the Panthers hired Peter Horacheck they are 8-8-1. In their last ten games they are 5-4-1 and have won two in a row. Newly acquired Dylan Olsen has 3 goals and 4 assists on the season with the Panthers.
26. Calgary Flames 13-15-4: The Flames fired General Manager Jay Feaster and assistant General Manager John WeisBrod this week. The Flames are playing well as of late, they are 6-4-0 in their last ten games. They have won their last two games in a row.
25. NY Rangers 15-17-1: The Rangers have hit a slump recently. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games. They are currently riding a three game losing streak. Marc Staal is getting close to coming back to the Rangers. They need him with Ryan Callahan out until January.