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NHL TOP 10 POWER RANKINGS: WHO’S HOT? WHO’S NOT!

By Zachary Raderstorf
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Dec 4, 2014

2. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

It’s no surprise that the Tampa Bay Lightning are where they are this year – they should have been here last year, in fact, they were quite close to the same place. Had it not been for the untimely injury to Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay just might have been the Eastern Conference Champion in 2014. Steven Stamkos currently leads the Lightning with 32 pts, but is only a plus 5 in all 28 games. Where as Tyler Johnson is a plus 15 with 28 pts (8G,20A) in the same amount of games and Nikita Kucherov has amassed 23 pts (9G,14A) and is plus 14 in those same 28 games. Stamkos may be lighting the lamp for the lightning but he has his mates to thank for their overall success. Ben Bishop has been as solid as he is bohemoth between the pipes, accruing a 16-4-2 record over 22 games with a 2.24 GAA and .916 SV%. The Lightning were 3-2 over their last five but have two games with the struggling Washington Capitals in the next week – as well as hosting the Carolina Hurricanes.

1. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

The Chicago Blackhawks are currently the hottest team in hockey having won a season high six games straight and in convincing fashion. You’d have to go back to their game against the Colorado Avalanche on November 26th in order to find a game in which the Hawks scored fewer than four goals . In those six games Chicago has outscored their opponents 22 to 9, with five of those six teams near shoe-ins for the postseason. All four of the Hawks lines are skating well and producing, some say even better than in their record setting season of 2013 – I’m not going to tell them to shut up, are you? The Hawks lead the league or are near the top of the league in every category except for their power play where they’re operating at 18.35 %. Their most dazzling stat is their penalty kill which operates at just over 90%. With three road games against two struggling Eastern Conference teams and the New York Islanders this Saturday, the Hawks may improve to eight wins in a row before having to even think about anyone slowing them down.

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