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The NHL Power Rankings Week #10

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Dec 4, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (not pictured) scores against New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

9. New York Islanders 20-10-0: The Islanders snapped their three game losing streak this week but putting an end to the Blackhawks 8 game winning streak. During the three game skid, Jaroslav Halak had allowed 17 goals. Halak allowed only two against the Blackhawks in the 3-2 victory.

8. Montreal Canadiens 19-10-2: The Habs have fallen on hard times, they are 4-5-1 in their last ten games and that includes a two game winning streak. Coach Michel Therrien has changed up the lines to try to generate some offense for his team.

7. Tampa Bay Lightning 19-9-3: The Lightning are in a bit of a slump, they have dropped three of four. They are now starting on a five game road trip. They need to right themselves on this road trip. Ondrej Palat missed his second game in a row with an injury.

6. The Detroit Red Wings 17-7-7: The Wings have been quietly playing some good hockey recently. They are 6-2-2 in their last ten games. Coach Mike Babcock stated that this has been his best team since 2009. They are on pace to record 113 points this season. The Wings owe some of their rise to the great play of Gustav Nyquist. The Red Wings might be warned NHL.

5. Chicago Blackhawks 20-9-1: The Blackhawks had their right game winning streak snapped on Saturday night. Despite losing Corey Crawford again this season, the Blackhawks still are second in the league in goals allowed. That is due to the great play of Scott Darling and Antti Raanta. The Blackhawks will have some decisions on their hands when Crawford returns.