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NHL Power Rankings (for the week of Nov. 16-22)

The second week of the SportsColumn NHL power rankings sees a shake-up…at the bottom of the standings. People on the Island are rejoicing as the firing of Barry Melrose wasn’t the cap to a horrid week for the Lightning.

The top three teams stay the same, and at the rate things are going, the Sharks should be able to clinch the President’s Trophy by the end of the month.

This week’s Shaker Award winners are the Nashville Predators, while the Anahiem Ducks take home the Titanic Award. Nashville jumped an amazing nine spots to twelve this week, while the once top five ducks, fell to thirteenth from the aforementioned fifth spot.

Where did your team finish up?

Rank (Pv)
1 (1) 14-3-1 Second in the NHL in goals scored, fourth in goals allowed. If they get the special teams going, look out…Lord Stanley may know the way to San Jose.
2 (2) 13-5-2 If their O doesn’t pick up, expect the Rangers to not be here next week.
3 (3) 11-2-3 This just in Mike Babcock has been named the new offensive coordinator of the Lions. At least, the Lions should be looking at him at this point. He only runs the NHL’s best offense.
4 (10) 11-4-2 Did you think a team with Crosby and Malkin would stay out of the top five for long?
5 (6) 10-3-4 Tim Thomas should at least get some talk for the Veznia, if he keeps up his play. Quick did you know, Thomas was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques.
6 (8) 10-4-1 The Wild winning games NFL-Style. Defense and special teams.
7 (13) 10-4-3 Quick quiz. Who leads the Caps in scoring? Nope, not Ovechkin. Alexander Semin has 13 goals.
8 (7) 10-6-1 Don’t look now, but the Canucks can also score. Top ten in goals scored per game, along with that Roberto Luongo guy.
9 (4) 9-4-2 Habs didn’t find the win column at all this week.
10 (9) 9-5-3 If they want to stay in the top ten, then more than just Thomas Vanek needs to step up.
11 (11) 9-7-1 Eric Staal admits the Canes need to improve.
12 (21) 9-7-1 Big jump for the Music City boys, but their defense needs to improve quickly.
13 (5) 9-7-2 If the Ducks are the second best team from the Pacific, it’s not a question on if San Jose will win the division, but by how many points.
14 (12) 9-8-1 They aren’t good, but they aren’t bad either. The jury is still out on if the Flames can make anything out of this season.
15 (18) 8-7-2 Hey, the kids are alright in Oil country. They are only three out in the best division in hockey.
16 (14) 8-7-2 Dear Marty, please get well soon. Love, New Jersey Devils fans..
17 (15) 8-7-3 Good: Columbus has a top ten offense. Bad: Columbus has a bottom ten defense. Ugly: Columbus has the worst special teams in the NHL.
18 (24) 8-8-0 Bipolar Avs show their good side.
19 (20) 8-8-0 Well, they do have a top ten defense. Special prize this week, a lollipop if you can name three Coyotes.
20 (17) 7-3-5 A bad week drops them, but this ranking won’t be for long.
21 (19) 7-7-2 It’s going to be a long season for the Thrashers, but at least their third jerseys look good.
22 (16) 7-7-4 Anyone else surprised they’re here?
23 (26) 7-7-2 Look, they are a young club. This is a long rebuild.
24 (25) 6-8-3 Even I can’t figure out how they won six games.
25 (29) 6-8-3 Flyers are figuring out how to play defense in the NHL.
26 (30) 6-9-2 Charles Wang needs to buy a clue. He has the money.
27 (27) 6-8-1 Showing signs of life.
28 (28) 6-9-1 My advice: Don’t be scared to put the puck in the net.
29 (23) 6-9-2 Maybe Alfredson should pay, after all he is the captain.
30 (22) 5-7-5 Barry Melrose, happiest man on Earth.

By matt Jordan

Matt is an in-studio producer for three radio stations in a six station cluster. He has produced and co-hosted three sports talk shows, with one of them becoming number one in the market. He also is a play by play announcer for the Florence Redwolves, who play in the Coastal Plain League, the nation's hottest College Summer League. He is in his fourth season. He also was the PA Announcer for the Florence Phantoms indoor football team.

In his spare time Matt enjoys reading, writing, playing RTS video games, debating on religion, and good music. He is currently writing a play, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. Matt also writes for Medusa's Kiss magazine.

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