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NHL Power Rankings WEEK 23

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Mar 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Play is stopped during the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets game while team officials check out center

Rich Peverley

(not pictured) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

As the Regular season is coming to close, we still have team battling for seeding the last 20 something odd games. The NHL also sustained a huge scare when Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the Stars game on Monday. He will not return this season. The NHL GM’s also discussed this week changes to the overtime rules, so potentially changes could be adding the long change to it.

Our two teams that are up: Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins. Our two teams that are down are the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red wings.

Now onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 19-40-8: Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo .. Well you get the idea. The Sabres faithful must now focus on their prospects in their system. William Carrier who was acquired in the Ryan Miller trade scored two goals on Sunday 3/9/13 to propel Drummondville in QMJHL to victory over the Sherbrooke.


29: Edmonton Oilers 23-36-9: The Oilers fans are looking forward to results of yet another Oilers rebuild. Recently acquired Viktor Fasth is 1-0-1 with a 1.85 goals against average and a .926 save percentage since joining the Oilers.


28. Florida Panthers 25-35-7: The Panthers had a tough season on the ice and now they are having one off the ice. The County in which the Panthers play will not support a bailout without a better financial return for tax payers . The Panthers are need of a hotel size subsidy package worth 80 million. Perhaps recently acquired Roberto Luongo can lend some money back to organization to support the team.


27. Vancouver Canucks 30-29-10: The Canucks are faced with many questions. Could the Canucks be entering a dark period like the Panthers, Oilers, and Sabres? Most Vancouver fans would say they are in a dark period because of 42 years without a Stanley Cup.  Their highest profile “tradable” player Ryan Kesler is done for the year with a knee injury.  Could John Tortorella be to blame for the epic collapse? Most people say it is Mike Gillis!


26. Calgary Flames 27-33-7: The Flames have been resigning “core players”, but have yet to resign Mike Cammalleri . The Flames will now be focused on the offseason and resigning Cammalleri is a main priority. The future could be bright as Corban Knight gave the Flames a glimpse on Friday night in a shootout win against the Stars.