NHL Power Rankings

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jan 9, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Edmonton Oilers players celebrate a third period goal by forward

Nail Yakupov

(10) against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL we saw  Patrick Elias reach 1,000 points, Jimmy Howard injured, The NHL reveal their highlighter All-Star game jerseys and the NHL All-Star rosters were announced.

30. Edmonton Oilers 10-23-9: The Oilers are finally starting to play better. New Coach Todd Nelson has the Oilers playing some of their best hockey all season. They still will have a shot at either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in this upcoming draft.

Oilers All-Star: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

29: Buffalo Sabres 14-26-3: The Sabres goalie Michael Neuvirth probably made the save of his career against the Tampa Lightening on Friday night. In a season where losses are being celebrated for the Sabres, this might be their best play on the ice. Neuvirth save came in a 2-1 loss. He had 45 saves on the night.

Sabres All-Star: Zemgus Girgensons-leading vote getter.

28: Carolina Hurricanes 13-24-5: Carolina is getting better with Jordan Staal returning from injury and so they will not be tanking for McDavid or Eichel. However their version of better still does not make them good. On positive note the Canes do have a top 20 defense man in Justin Faulk.

Hurricanes All-Star: Justin Faulk

27. Minnesota Wild 18-17-5: Earlier last week Head Coach Mike Yeo went Herb Brooks on the Wild. Yeo cursed out the team for the entire practice made they do down and backs, then left practice early. The Wild responded with more losses. The Minnesota Wild have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

Wild All-Star: Ryan Suter

26. Arizona Coyotes 16-21-4: Rumors had surfaced that the Coyotes were looking to trade Shane Doan. The rumors were then SLAPPED down in the media by the Coyotes. The Coyotes might want to consider trading him and starting over. They are not going anywhere in the standing anytime soon.

Coyotes All Star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

25. New Jersey Devils 15-21-8: In a season of milestones for members of the New Jersey Devils, Patrik Elias recorded his 1,000th career point on Tuesday of last week. Elias will also represent the Devils in the All Star game. It is his fourth All Star selection.  Jaromir Jagr made it clear that he did not feel he should be picked for the game.

Devils All-Star: Patrik Elias