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Post Olympic NHL Power Rankings Week 20!

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Feb 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center

Claude Giroux

(28) celebrates goal by left wing

Scott Hartnell

(19) against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Flames, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

14. The Philadelphia Flyers 30-23-6: The Flyers have come back from the dead. The Flyers were left dead to start this season. They fired their coach and their best player was in huge slump. The Flyers then came to life clawing their way back into the playoff hunt. Can Steve Mason be counted on down the stretch? Will Claude Giroux continue to play at a high level?

Last ten: 5-4-1, won 4

Playoff Chances:  They are currently slated to play the New York Rangers.

13.  NY Rangers 32-24-3: The Rangers are currently in the playoffs if the season ended today. Henrik Lundqvist is coming off an impressive Olympic tournament.  Now they are faced with the choice, do they trade Ryan Callahan or resign him?

Last ten: 7-3-0, won 1

Playoff Chances: They are currently slated to play the Philadelphia Flyers.

12. Minnesota Wild 31-21-7: The Wild are currently in the playoffs but they still have to keep winning to stay in. The Wild will need Ryan Suter and Zach Parise to shake off their disappointing Olympics and return with new resolve. Mikael Granlund the wild center was elected to all the Olympic team. He also did win the Bronze medal with team Finland.

Last ten: 6-2-2, won 2

Playoff Chances: The Wild are currently scheduled to face the St. Louis blues.

11. Los Angeles Kings 31-22-6: Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown were crucial members of Team USA. Quick was very impressive in the Olympics but ultimately his efforts were not enough. I expect Quick to be ready to help the Kings in their playoff push. The Kings did not leave the Olympics unscathed, Anze Kopitar did suffer a minor injury, but should be ready to play. Quick needs to refocus on the Kings after ripping Team USA.

Last ten: 2-8-0, won 1

Playoff Chances: The Kings are slated to play the Sharks in the first round.

10. Montreal Candiens 32-21-6: Carey Price played well for the goal medal winning Team Canada. This bodes well for the Candiens because Price had struggled before the break. P.K. Subban also a member of Team Canada played extremely well in the Olympics. The Candiens will need both of them to continue their Olympic success.into the NHL.

Last ten: 5-4-1, won 3

Playoff Chances: The Candiens are currently slated to play the Lighting in the first round.

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