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The NHL Power Ranking Week 18

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 18, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing

Jaromir Jagr

(68) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL we had our first Stadium series game, the Sharks locked out their stars for three more years, The Nashville Preadators completed a trade, and Jaromir Jagr continues to move up the all time list.  Our two teams that are up are the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars. The two teams that are down are Montreal Candiens and Phoenix Coyotes.

Onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 14-29-7: Ryan Miller is the only thing keeping the Sabres from a historically bad season. Miller is having a Venza trophy type season. Miller is 13-19-3 with a 2.62 goals against average. The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last ten games.

29: Edmonton Oilers 15-32-6: Life is different outside of LA for Ben Scrivens. In LA, Scrivens was 7-5-4 with a 1.97 goals against average. In Edmonton, he is 0-2-0 with a 3.03 goals against average. Matt Hendricks was also acquired last week. He has one goal and zero assists in his week with Edmonton. They are 2-7-1 in their last ten games.

28. Calgary Flames 18-27-7: The Flames continued to make headlines for negative actions. At least this negative action is for their play on the ice and not comments off the ice. The Flames gave up four goals to Predators Eric Nystrom last week. He had six goals all season before that game. To the Flames credit, they did win that game in OT. The Flames are also faced with a big question. Should  they trade Mike Cammalleri?

27. Florida Panthers 20-24-7: Peter Horachek is 17-15-3 since taking over the head coaching job for the Panthers. They are 5-4-1 in their last ten games. Aleksander Barkov has 8 goals and 16 assists this season.

26: New York Islanders 21-25-8: With the trade deadline approaching, the Islanders have a decision to make. Do they trade Thomas Vanek? The Islanders acquired Vanek earlier this season. They are desperately trying to resign him but if they can’t they will most likely deal him. The Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last ten games.

25. Winnipeg Jets 24-24-5: The Jets are 5-5-0 in their last ten games, however that record is deceiving. Since Paul Maurice took over the Jets, they are 5-1 in their last six games. Evander Kane came back from his hand injury this week. Things are looking up in Winnipeg.