NHL Power Rankings: Washington Capitals On Top

By Sean Fitzgerald
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This week in the NHL we saw Mike Johnston get fired as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad get banished to the fourth line in Columbus, an offensive explosion from the Oilers against the Rangers, Patrick Kane‘s games-with-a-point streak continue and a projected salary cap increase for next season.

How does it all impact our NHL power rankings? Let’s take a look.

December 12, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) deflects the puck during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center at San Jose. The Wild defeated the Sharks 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks. 30. team. 120. Well, the Sharks just kept on losing last week. They lost all three games they played and now are on a six-game skid. <strong><a href=. (14-14-1). Previous: 20th

Previous: 22nd. Anaheim Ducks. 29. team. 105. Anaheim was supposed to be a Stanley Cup contender. Instead, the Ducks sit last in the Pacific. <strong><a href=. (11-13-5)

116. Has <strong><a href=. (10-13-5). Previous: 25th. Toronto Maple Leafs. 27. team

team. 12. <strong><a href=. (12-15-3). Previous: 21st. Buffalo Sabres. 26

team. 109. <strong><a href=. (12-14-4). Previous: 24th. Carolina Hurricanes. 25

24. team. 103. The Avalanche have played better recently. They are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games Hopefully <strong><a href=. (14-16-1). Previous: 28th. Colorado Avalanche

23. team. 112. The Flames are on a five-game winning streak. Johnny Gaudreau has 15 points in his last 10 games. They are 13-14-2 on the season and still only have five regulation wins!. (13-14-2). Previous: 29th. Calgary Flames

Previous: 23rd. Edmonton Oilers. 22. team. 148. Break up the Oilers! They have win five in a row and are scoring in bunches. <strong><a href=. (13-15-2)

Arizona Coyotes. 21. team. 121. Arizona has remained close to even despite its poor goaltending. <strong><a href=. (14-14-2). Previous: 27th

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