NHL Power Rankings & Power Groupings (Dec. 22 Edition)

December 22nd, 2009 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
For New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Christmas came a few days early.

At 9:30 on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, Brodeur finally reached the number everyone's been talking about for months: 104 career shutouts.

Now the question is, who's the next man along to break it?

Although we may find an answer to that eventually, it's going to be a long time before another goaltender better than Martin Brodeur comes along.

"Marty" chose a good time to win it, too, as his Devils triumphed 4-0 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in Pittsburgh.

The Devils grabbed two more points to launch themselves into first place in the Eastern Conference and the entire NHL with 53 points through 35 games (26-8-1).

But the Devils haven't wrapped up anything yet. The top five spots are very cramped in this latest edition of NHL Power Rankings and Power Groupings, with four other teams all very well within striking distance of the high-flying Devils.

But as you go down lower in the standings, the cluster of bottom-feeders is also pretty jumbled. The Blue Jackets have quickly shot all the way down to the very low ...

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