NHL Power Rankings: Capitals Are On Fire

By Sean Fitzgerald
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The NHL holiday break gave me some time to focus on other things besides hockey, like family, friends and Star Wars. Last week, there were not many games played, but we still had movement in our NHL power rankings. We also had a trade between Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens for two pieces of hot garbage. The World Junior Championship kicked in Helsinki with the U.S. defeating Canada on the opening day. The U.S. has not advanced past the quarterfinals since 2013.

But back to the NHL power rankings. Let’s see what this week holds.

Dec 26, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

30. team. 113. The Blue Jackets have lost three in a row and are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.. (13-22-3). Previous: 28th. Columbus Blue Jackets

Previous: 30th. Anaheim Ducks. 29. team. 105. Are the Ducks ever going to be able to turn it on? They are 1-2-1 in their last four games.. (13-15-6)

148. The Oilers swapped <strong><a href=. (15-19-3). Previous: 27th. Edmonton Oilers. 28. team

27. team. 152. The Habs are hoping Scrivens can stop the bleeding in net, as they are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games. Montreal fans hope his AHL save percentage does not translate to the NHL.. (21-14-3). Previous: 12th. Montreal Canadiens

<strong><a href=. (16-17-2). Previous: 23rd. Winnipeg Jets. 26. team. 107

92. Rumors are starting to swirl that it is time for the Penguins to trade <strong><a href=. (17-15-3). Previous: 24th. Pittsburgh Penguins. 25. team

team. 120.  The Sharks are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games but won their last game this past week. They are getting <strong><a href=. (17-16-2). Previous: 19th. San Jose Sharks. 24

(20-13-4). Previous: 18th. New York Rangers. 23. team. 95. The Rangers are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. On positive note, <strong><a href=

(17-14-5). Previous: 15th. New Jersey Devils. 22. team. 85. The Devils appear to be fading and fast.  They are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and lost their last game.

21. team. 116. The Maple Leafs would be a in the playoff hunt if they got decent goaltending. Instead they have <strong><a href=. (13-14-7). Previous: 29th. Toronto Maple Leafs

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