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The NHL Power Rankings Week 13

By Sean Fitzgerald
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December 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie

Martin Jones

(31) during a stoppage in play in the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL: The roster freeze began, Shawn Thornton appealed his suspension, Josh Harding went on IR, Martin Jones sets an NHL record, and the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks revealed their stadium series jerseys, Alex Steen got paid, and partridge in a pare tree. The Penguins and Kings were up the two teams up this week. The two teams that were down this week: The Rangers and The Flyers.

Now onto the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 9-24-3: The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last ten games. The Sabres are bad, but nobody thought they would be historically bad! They might set the record for least amount of points scored. The Sabres have acquired forward Linus Omark from the Oilers.

29: Edmonton Oilers 11-24-3: The Oilers are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. They have lost six games in a row.  The real question with the Oilers: When are the Oilers going to trade Ales Hemsky? The Oilers unloaded Linus Omark to the Sabres for a conditional 6th round pick.

28: New York Islanders 10-20-7: The Islanders are 2-5-3 in their last ten games.  They are not good away from home, they are 5-13-0 on the road this season. Remember when the Islanders made the playoffs last season? It is not happening this year.  John Tavares has 13 goals and 25 assists on the season.

27. Calgary Flames 13-17-6: The Flames are 4-4-2 in their last ten games. The Flames are a bad team. They recalled Derek Smith from the AHL. Smith has played with Flames earlier this season.

26. Florida Panthers 14-18-5: The Panthers have been playing well as of late. They are 7-3-0 in their last ten games. Peter Horachek is the right guy for the job in Florida. They are 11-9-4 since taking over.  Sunny skies are ahead in Florida!

25.  NY Rangers 16-18-2: This week the Rangers revealed their Stadium Series jerseys. That was about the only positive for the Rangers.  They are 3-5-2 in their last ten games.  On a more disturbing note, Henrik Lundqvist is 1-4-2 while allowing three goals or more in those starts.  This is a bad start to his new contract.