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The NHL Power Rankings Week 17

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 18, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) makes a save during the third period against Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Winnipeg wins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL we saw teams desperate for goalie help makes some trades. We saw the Canucks brawl with La Kings and the Calgary Flames. Jaromir Jagr continued to move up the all time points list, Alex Steen came back after an 11 game absences, Evander Kane placed on IR, and Steven Stamkos joined the lighting for Morning Skate.

Onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 13-27-7: In a season where the structure of organization has changed; the Sabres don’t have much excitement on the NHL level. They are finally getting some production from Tyler Meyers and Tyler Ennis. With 18 days to Sochi, should Ryan Miller start for Team USA?

29: Edmonton Oilers 15-30-6: The Oilers were busy this week. This week they traded maligned goalie Devan Dubynk to the Nashville Predators for Matt Hendricks. The Oilers also addressed their goalie issue by acquiring Ben Scrivens from the La Kings for a third round pick in the June NHL draft. Scrivens should be an improvement over Dubynk.

28. Calgary Flames 16-26-7: The Calgary Flames continue to make headlines for things other than victories. Several weeks ago it was Brian Burke comments about Bobby Ryan, then it was head coach Bob Hartley comments about the team, and now this week it was brawl with Vancouver.  The brawl started on the opening faceoff. Canucks Coach John Tortella tried to enter the Flames locker room after the first period. He was going after Brian McGrattan.

27. Florida Panthers 18-23-7:  The Panthers have been having Power Play issues and it is costing them games. The Panthers have not scored on 32 straight power play attempts.  With the goalie carousel spinning, when is someone going to call Florida about Tim Thomas? Thomas is 12-13-3 with a 2.58 goals against average.

26: New York Islanders 19-24-7: The Islanders are 7-3-0 in their last ten games.  John Tavares was not named an alternate captain for Team Canada. Tavares has 22 goals and 36 assists and some believe that he will only get better in the second half of the year.