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NHL Power Rankings: Nov. 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

As the 24-game mark in the NHL approaches, some teams seem poised on making some noise this season, while others have started to erase a stagnant start to the year. The New Jersey Devils (9-8-5) were 24th in the Nov. 15 power rankings, but have won three straight and are right on the heels of the Washington Capitals (12-9-1), who are in the second place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals, who are two points ahead of the Devils in the division, are 7-2-1 during their last 10 games. Also doing well in the Eastern Conference are the Boston Bruins (14-6-2), who have taken the lead of the Atlantic Division away from the Tampa Bay Lightning (14-8-0).

Conversely in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders (8-11-3) have been slipping since trading away Matt Moulson. Losing six out of their last 10 regulation games, the Islanders have a road record of 3-7-0. 

Like the Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-4) are struggling to string together wins and have lost three straight, and have a goal differential of -20. The Ottawa Senators (8-10-4) have also lost three straight, and now have a losing record and a negative goal differential (-8) for the season.

In the Western Conference, there are more teams with 30-plus points. The Minnesota Wild (14-5-4) have been red-hot of late, having a record of 8-1-1 during their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are also keeping their winning ways going, with a goal differential of +24 and a 7-2-1 record during their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers (7-15-2) have won three straight, despite being the last-place team in the Western Conference.

The Calgary Flames (7-11-4) have lost eight of their last 10 games (two overtime losses). The Vancouver Canucks (11-8-4) have been slowing off lately. The team has a record of 3-4-3 during its last 10 games, and a home record of 4-4-2. The Pacific Division leaders, the San Jose Sharks (14-3-5), have lost four of their last 10 in overtime (4-2-4 during their last 10). 

Here are this week's rankings.

1. San Jose Sharks (14-3-5 overall record, No. 3 ranking last week)
2. Chicago Blackhawks (15-4-4, No. 2)
3. St. Louis Blues (15-3-3, No. 5)
4. Anaheim Ducks (15-6-3, No. 1)
5. Colorado Avalanche (16-5-0, No. 4)
6. Phoenix Coyotes (14-4-4, No. 6)
7. Boston Bruins (14-6-2, No. 10)
8. Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-0, No. 8)
9. Los Angeles Kings (15-6-2, No. 11)
10. Minnesota Wild (14-5-4, No. 9)
11. Toronto Maple Leafs (13-8-1, No. 13)
12. Vancouver Canucks (11-8-4, No. 12)
13. Tampa Bay Lightning (14-8-0, No. 7)
14. Washington Capitals (12-9-1, No. 15)
15. Dallas Stars (11-8-2, No. 14)
16. Detroit Red Wings (10-6-7, No. 16)
17. Montreal Canadiens (11-9-2, No. 17)
18. Nashville Predators (11-9-2, No. 23)
19. New Jersey Devils (9-8-5, No. 24)
20. New York Rangers (11-11-0, No. 18)
21. Winnipeg Jets (10-11-3, No. 22)
22. Ottawa Senators (8-10-4, No. 19)
23. Philadelphia Flyers (9-10-2, No. 26)
24. New York Islanders (8-11-3, No. 20)
25. Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-4, No. 21)
26. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-11-3, No. 25)
27. Calgary Flames (7-11-4, No. 27)
28. Edmonton Oilers (7-15-2, No. 29)
29. Florida Panthers (6-13-4, No. 28)
30. Buffalo Sabres (5-18-1, No. 30)