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The NHL Power Rankings Week 15

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 4, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) looks to pass during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

14. Minnesota Wild 21-17-5: The Wild are 3-7 in their last ten games. Ryan Suter did record the first hat trick for defenseman in Wild History. Both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise were selected to team USA. Parise was selected to Team USA despite a fracture in his foot. Jared Spurgeon also has been placed on IR with a lower body injury. Josh Harding is not close to returning.

13. Washington Capitals 20-15-6: The Capitals had John Carlson selected to Team USA. Carlson has 7 goals and 8 assists on the season, which begs the question why him? If the Caps want to challenge in the Eastern Conference, they must get their goalie situation figured out. Braden Holtby was the guy but he has fallen on hard times. Michal Neuvirth couldn’t take over the starting job and now wants a trade. Philipp Grubauer is now their starting goalie.

12. Phoenix Coyotes 20-11-9: The Coyotes are 3-3-4 in their last ten games. The Coyotes did welcome back Captain Shane Doan who had been suffering from Rocky Mountain Fever. Coyotes prospect Max Domi won the OHL player of the month in December.

11. Vancouver Canucks 23-13-7: The Canucks have fallen on hard times, they are 5-3-2 in their last ten games. The Canucks are currently on a two game losing streak. The Canucks did get some good news this week. Ryan Kesler was selected to Team USA. This will be Kesler second chance at a gold metal. Roberto Luongo also returned from his lower body injury.