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January 25, 2009

NHL Power Rankings: All-Star Edition

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Written by: matt Jordan
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Here we are, at the all-star beak. Teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack in the West, while in the East, things are getting a little top heavy. New Jersey is playing better without Broudeur, Boston is sick despite their injury situation, and Montreal is starting to rebound after a cold end of 2008. Over in the west, San Jose is just keeping it on cruise control, while the Detroit and Chicago are locked in a death struggle for the Central. The Northwest is looking worse and worse by the day, but you could blame that all on Peter Budaj. How did your team finish this week?

Power Rankings are created by a formula which combines points divided by points possible and added with an average of key rankings.

Rank (Pv)
1 (2) 34-8-5 The scary thing is, they have some injury problems right now. Wait until they are one hundred percent again.

Injuries: C Patrice Bergeron (concussion), LW Marco Sturm (lower body), D Andrew Ference (leg), LW Milan Lucic (upper body), RW Phil Kessel (mononucleosis).

2 (1) 34-6-5 Welcome back Claude Lemeiux, and I will just leave those comments there.

Injuries: D Rob Blake (jaw)

3 (5) 25-12-8 Although they have not beaten the Wings at all this year, on paper, they’re a better team. It will show later this season.

Injuries: D Duncan Keith (concussion)

4 (5) 25-12-9 Still a touch shaky on defense, however, once Dan Briere can be brought back across town, this could be an extremely sick team.

Injuries: RW Danny Briere (groin)

5 (4) 31-9-6 How much longer can their offense bail out their horrible defense?

Injuries: LW Johan Franzen (hip)

6 (18) 29-15-3 Honestly, did anyone see this? Oh, yeah, they also signed that Shanahan guy. Oh, did I mention that they also have this moderately good goaltender on IR, and he’s coming back soon? Be afraid, be very afraid.

Injuries: G Martin Brodeur (elbow)

7 (10) 28-14-4 While Vancouver cries about their travel arrangements, the Flames quietly win. Not too bad for the most boring captain in the NHL, right Sean Avery?

Injuries: LW Todd Bertuzzi (hip)

8 (15) 30-15-3 Alexander “the GR-8” and company still doing everything right.

Injuries: D Tom Poti (groin)

9 (3) 23-20-3 Hey, winning two to one nets you the same two points as a six to one win.

Injuries: LW Andrew Brunette (knee)

10 (13) 27-13-6 Their power play is starting to wake up, plus, they will be getting some key players back from injury soon.

Injuries: LW Christopher Higgins (shoulder), C Saku Koivu (ankle), LW Alex Tanguay (shoulder)

11 (12) 24-18-5 I wonder how long people are going to sleep on the Sabres? I, for one, am starting to wake up.

Injuries: D Andrej Sekera (lower body), D Teppo Numminen (jaw)

12 (8) 28-16-4 I think the Rangers forgot Henrik Lundqvist can’t do it alone.

Injuries: None

13 (9) 23-21-5 Is there anything you say about them? They’re just another mediocre team in a surprisingly mediocre Western Conference.

Injuries: RW Teemu Selanne (quadriceps), D Kent Huskins (foot)

14 (11) 22-19-7 Here is an idea, stop crying and play hockey.

Injuries: RW Pavol Demitra (groin)

15 (22) 21-17-8 In this week’s sign that the end is neigh, the Florida Panthers come into the All-Star Break just a mere point out of the playoffs.

Injuries: D Bryan Allen (knee)

16 (16) 19-20-7 Are they still make dark horse to play the playoffs? Yes, but its fading quick.

Injuries: G Erik Ersberg (lower body)

17 (25) 24-19-5 What can you say about the Coyotes? This team is all heart.

Injuries: None

18 (14) 19-23-4 There is such a thing as just too young. The Blues are that.

Injuries: C Andy McDonald (ankle), D Eric Brewer (back), D Roman Polak (foot)

19 (7) 23-21-4 Maybe someone doesn’t deserve their “C”. Maybe it should be put on Malkin.

Injuries: D Sergei Gonchar (sholder), LW Ruslan Fedotenko (hand),

20 (27) 22-20-5 Maybe their season isn’t quite over yet. Once they get a few key players off IR, they might make some noise.
Injuries: RW Jason Chimera (groin), D Rostislav Klesla (foot), G Pascal Leclaire (ankle).
21 (26) 24-19-2 Look who is deciding they want to be good all of a sudden.

Injuries: None

22 (17) 16-21-7 So, who’s fault is it this week?

Injuries: D Anton Volchenkov (shoulder)

23 (21) 23-20-5 Cam Ward is starting to lose it, and this team is in total free fall. Will “Teflon” Paul keep his job this time?

Injuries: None.

24 (23) 20-23-3 Can you say, train wreck, boys and girls?

Injuries: None

25 (24) 23-23-1 Are there any scarier words in the English language than, “starting in goal for your Colorado Avalanche, Peter Budaj?”

Injuries: C Joe Sakic (finger), C Paul Stastny (forearm), D Adam Foote (triceps)

26 (19) 17-22-8 The Leafs should be making the playoffs in about 2089.

Injuries: D Mike Van Ryn (concussion), D Jeff Finger (upper body)

27 (30) 20-18-7 Don’t believe the hype. Expect Brett Hull to get canned at the end of the year.

Injuries: None

28 (3) 16-21-10 Things are starting to look up in Tampa, but they are still pathetic.
Injuries: None
29 (29) 17-26-5 Rich Peverley has been a bright spot for the Thrashers.

Injuries: None

30 (20) 13-29-5 From the shocking news department, Rick DiPetrio is done for the year. Fifteen years well worth it, eh Isles fans? Enjoy Kansas City.

Injuries: G Rick DiPietro (knee), G Joey MacDonald (groin), D Andy Sutton (foot), C Doug Weight (leg).

About the Author

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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