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The NHL Power Rankings Week 15

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 3, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

10. Montreal Candiens 24-14-5: Daniel Briere who had been banished to bench came up large for the Candiens on Saturday with two goals.  On the Team USA front, Max Pacioretty was named to the team on January 1st.  The Habs are 5-3-2 in their last ten games.

9. Tampa Bay Lightning 25-12-4: The Bolts have won two in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Valtteri Filppula has five goals and seven assists in his last eight games. With Team USA selections coming out this week, Ben Bishop was another high profile snub by the selection committee.  Steven Stamkos has practiced in full gear and is making good progress.

8. Los Angeles Kings 26-10-6: The Kings got some good news this week. First rookie Martin Jones was named Co-rookie of the month in December. Jonathan Quick was named to Team USA and also returned to the Kings lineup.  He notched a win in his return. With Quick’s return the Kings were faced with a decision. What to do with Martin Jones? They traded Daniel Carcillo to keep all three of their goalies on the roster.

7. Colorado Avalanche 26-11-4: After a rough week last week, the Avs have bounced back with a 5-2-3 record in their last ten games. They are on a three game winning streak.  Nathan MacKinnon continues his solid rookie campaign. MacKinnon is the youngest player in Avs history to record a multi-goal game.

6. San Jose Sharks 26-10-6: The Sharks received some sad news as Tomas Hertl could be out 3-9 months with his injury. That is bad news for the Sharks because Hertl has given young life to an older squad. Joe Pavelski was selected to Team USA. Pavelski was also the Brocade player of the month.