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The NHL Power Rankings Week 17

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 18, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson (15) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

14. Phoenix Coyotes 23-16-5: The Coyotes have won two in a row despite going 4-6-0 in their last ten games.  Goalie Mike Smith recorded his first shutout this season against the Vancouver Canucks.  Martin Hanzel was fined 5,000 dollars by the NHL for a high stick.

13. Minnesota Wild 27-19-5: The Wilds are grinding their way through this season. They are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and have won two in a row.  No word on when Josh Harding will return to the Wild. Zach Parise is getting close to returning.

12. Toronto Maple Leafs 25-20-5: The Maples leafs have won four games in a row.  One of the biggest reasons for the Leafs success is Coach Caryle patience with Nazem Kadri. Kadri has been rewarding Caryle with imrpoved play as of late. There is also speculation that Kadri could be traded before the deadline. The leafs still need to improve their goal differential. They are a -11 on the season.

11. Vancouver Canucks 25-16-9: The Canucks have been involved in two separate brawls this week. Earlier in the week, the Canucks started a brawl with the Kings early in the game. Tom Sestito recieved 27 penalty minutes for one second of ice time. The Canucks would lose that game 1-0. In their second brawl of the week, Canucks Kevin Bieksa and Flames Kevin Westgarth got things started on the opening faceoff. The Canucks head Coach John Tortella was ENRAGED after the  brawl. After the first period, he went to the Flames Locker room to confront the Flames himself.

10. Montreal Candiens 27-17-5:  P.K. Subban stirred the pot with celebration against the Senators last week. Despite the celebration, the main cog for the Candiens recent success is the play of Carey Price. Coach Michel Therrien said on Friday, “He is the biggest reason why we have had success this year”.  Price is 22-13-4 with a 2.30 goals against average and a save percentage of .924.