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The NHL Power Rankings Week 17

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 18, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Team members of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate winning the game against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Ducks defeat the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

5. San Jose Sharks 31-12-6: Joe Pavelski has been on FIRE this season. Pavelski recorded three goals overcoming a four goal effort by Martin St. Louis of the Lightning. Pavelski has 25 goals and 23 assists on the season. The Sharks have won three in a row and are hoping to get Logan Couture back soon.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins 34-12-2: The Penguins Sidney Crosby was named Captain for Team Canada. Crosby joins Mario Lemieux and Dave Tippett as Penguins who were captain for Team Canada. Crosby leads the NHL in points with 25 goals and 43 assists. These numbers are even more impressive because Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have missed significant time this season.

3.  Chicago Blackhawks 32-8-11: The Blackhawks were “slumping” coming into this week. The Blackhawks had games against the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins. The Blackhawks once again proved why they are the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The Blackhawks were able to dominate the Ducks and beat the Bruins in a shootout. Jonathan Toews was named an Alternative Captain for Team Canada.

2.   St. Louis Blues 32-10-5: The Blues are behind the Blackhawks in the central division by six points with four games in hand. The Blues have lost two in a row but are still 7-3-0 in their last ten games.  The Blues did get back their star Alex Steen this week. Steen last played on December 21st.  The questions plaguing the Blues is: are their goalies good enough to win the Stanley Cup? Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott are currently playing at a high level this season.

1. Anaheim Ducks 37-9-5: The Anaheim Ducks have been running their way through the NHL this season. The Ducks eight game winning streak and Jonas Hiller’s 14 game winning streaks were snapped by the Chicago Blackhawks on January 17th. After losing that game, The Ducks rebounded by knocking off the St. Louis Blues. The Ducks have won 19 of their last 21 games. Ryan Getzlaf is on pace for his highest goal total ever. The Ducks are still the team to beat in the NHL! QUACK QUACK QUACK!!!