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The NHL Power Rankings- Week #5

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Nov 6, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins forward

Sidney Crosby

(87) celebrates after he scores during the shootout period against Winnipeg Jets goalie

Ondrej Pavelec

(not shown) at MTS Centre. Pittsburgh wins 4-3 overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

5. Nashville Predators 9-3-2: Nashville is playing EXTREMELY well this season. They fell in the ranking not because of how they are playing but because other teams are just playing better. The Preds seems to have the right coach in Peter Laviolette. They went out and got two scorers in James Neal and Mike Ribeiro and brought back a healthy Pekka Rinne. They also have young and talented Filip Forsberg playing for them. This is a very good TEAM.

4. Montreal Canadiens 10-4-1: The Habs are facing similar issues as the Blackhawks, they cannot score goals. The only difference is the Habs keep winning in spite of that. Carey Price is the best goalie in the NHL right now and that is why the Habs continue to win with the exception of a 5-0 loss to the Blackhawks. The Habs also retired Number 5 for Guy Lapointe this week. Lapointe was a member of the Big three during the 1970’s.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning 10-3-1: The Lightning have won five in a row. They are getting good play from Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, and Tyler Johnson during this stretch. Super prospect Jonathan Drouin has 1 goal and 6 assists on the season.

2. Anaheim Ducks 10-3-2: So the Ducks managed to lose both their starting goalie and backup goalie in the same day. They now have to turn to Jason LaBarbera as their main in net for the time being. Earlier this past week the Ducks were so desperate for a backup goalie, they dressed their 45 year old trainer Dwayne Roloson as the backup. The Ducks will need Corey Perry to score three goals a night to keep winning.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins 10-2-1: The Penguins have won SEVEN games in a row. Dan Bylsma who??? The Penguins Sidney Crosby had five assists in a Saturday night victory. The much maligned Marc-Andre Fleury got paid this week, four years 23 million. Fleury got paid after his best week ever. Most people including me hate the deal, but hey it’s not my money.

The Pens sit atop this week’s power rankings, who sit’s on top of your NHL Power rankings?

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