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The NHL Power Rankings Week 16

By Sean Fitzgerald
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January 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman

Brendan Smith

(2), defenseman

Jakub Kindl

(4) and right wing Daniel Cleary (71) celebrate the 3-1 victory with goalie

Jimmy Howard

(35) against the Los Angeles Kings following the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

15. Detroit Red wings 20-15-10: These are not your father’s Red Wings. The Wings need to claw and scarp to get into the playoffs. Goalie Jimmy Howard needs to play better for the Wings to make the playoffs.  Howard has a record of 8-10-8 with a 2.67 goals against average.

14. Washington Capitals 22-16-6: The Capitals have two of the best scorers in the NHL in Niklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin but they cannot get consistent goal tending. They have turned to Philipp Grubauer in Washington. If he fails, who is next Cristobal Huet?

13. Minnesota Wild 21-14-9: The Wild are 4-6-0 in their last ten games. The Wild were dealt another blow with a Mikko Koivu injury. Koivu  is out due to a broken ankle.  Koviu joins Josh Hardening and Zach Parise on IR. Despite being injured Zach Parise, had some positive news. His wife gave birth to twin girls earlier this week.

12. Phoenix Coyotes 21-14-9: The Coyotes are 3-4-3 and lost their last two games in a row. Goalie Mike Smith was selected to Team Canada.  Smith is 15-11-8 with a 2.89 goals against average.  Phoenix started off strong and seem to be fading this season.

11. Vancouver Canucks 27-13-9: The Canucks are still struggling, they are 4-3-3 in their last ten games. Goalie Roberto Luongo is out with an upper body injury for one to two weeks.  Bobby Lou was selected to Team Canada and probably will be their starter. Some experts are picking Ryan Kesler for the Selke Trophy at midseason.