NHL Power Rankings (November 16): Cup Favorites Looking Clearer

November 16th, 2009 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
NOTE: All teams are listed with their current points in the standings (as of Monday, November 16). The upper half (top 16) as well as the focus of my coverage, the Hurricanes, also have additional commentary and insight, which is completely original and reflects only the opinion of Mark Jones. Any comments, corrections, or questions are welcomed in the section at the conclusion of this article.


"Toronto, we have frontrunners."

It happens every year about this time...the NHL is finally starting to take this season's shape.

That doesn't mean we won't have any more big hot or cold streaks, but the vague NHL standings glance is starting to be sorted out. The "Cup Favorites" list is being determined, as well as the "On-the-bubble" [of the playoffs] list and the "Outside-looking-in" list.

Teams like the Devils, Caps, Sabres, and Penguins in the East as well as the Sharks, Blackhawks, Flames, and maybe even Avs in the Western Conference are establishing themselves among the top portion of their conference. Meanwhile, there are other teams hovering around the middle, hoping to perhaps get a jump into the better half of the ...

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