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The NHL Power Ranking Week 18

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 24, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes goalie

Mike Smith

(41) warms up before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

15.  NY Rangers 27-23-3: The Rangers are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Rick Nash has been heating up lately. He has four goals and three assists in his last six games. Ryan Callahan has 9 goals and 10 assists on the season. Callahan will also represent Team USA at the Olympics.

14. Phoenix Coyotes 24-18-9: The Coyotes have traded one issue for another. The Coyotes were having problem scoring, well they seemed to have fixed that issue. Now they can’t hold leads, Mike Smith is not soley to blame. His best defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is known for his offensive game more so than his defensive game.

13. Montreal Candiens 27-20-5: P.K. Subban was probably not jumping for joy last week. The Candiens have lost four in a row. To make it worse, their last game was a 5-0 loss to the Caps.  Could Raphael Diaz be on his way out of Montreal? Adele said it best, “Rumor has it”!

12. Toronto Maple Leafs 27-21-6: The Leafs are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. The Leafs ended the week with a near comeback against the Red Hot Jets. Nazem Kadri is still the subject of trade rumors. Will Dave Bolland ever come back for the Leafs?

11. Minnesota Wild 28-20-6: The Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in regulation this past week. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and Zach Parise came back from injury. There are two major concerns for Wild, Ryan Suter’s ice time. He is close to thirty minutes per game, can he continue to play at a high level for that long? The second issue is their goalie situation. With Josh Harding being out, Niklas Backstrom has not been consistent and can they trust Darcy Kuemper?