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The NHL Power Rankings Week 17

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates scoring a goal during the shootout at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-2 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

9. Tampa Bay Lightning 28-16-5: Martin St. Louis continues his impressive season notching a four goal outburst against the Sharks; however, the four goals were not enough for the Lightning. They lost 5-4 to the Sharks.  The Lightning are right on the heels of the Boston Bruins  in the standings with help on the way. Steven Stamkos took part in a morning skate on January 16th. Lightning Coach Jon Cooper said about Stamkos, “Every Day he’s getting closer”.

8. Boston Bruins 30-15-3: The Boston Bruins got their chance at some measure of revenge against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins were left wanting more as they lost to the Blackhawks in a shootout 3-2. The Bruins are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. Could the Bruins trade Brad Marchand? There have been rumors that he might be traded because the Bruins are not happy with his play.

7. Los Angeles Kings 29-14-6: The Kings took part in the goalie carousel this week. They sent Bent Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a third round pick in this June’s NHL draft. The trade of Scrivens means that Martin Jones rejoined the Kings.  Martin Jones is hoping to continue his NHL success. Jones is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. Jones began his is NHL career 8-0-0.

6.  Colorado Avalanche 31-12-5: People should be singing the praises of Patrick Roy his coaching staff. Not only has he got this team playing at a high level, he has transformed Semyon Varlamov into a elite goal tender. Varalmov has bailed out many offensively challenged nights for the Avalanche this season.