NHL Power Rankings: Week Ending Dec. 10, 2010

December 10th, 2010 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Now that we're into the month of December, we can now see which teams are legitimate Stanley Cup playoff contenders and which teams have begun their descent towards the NHL draft lottery. 

To coin a phrase a former Blue Jackets head coach once used to jumpstart a struggling team, "It starts now."

With that, here are the power rankings for the week ending Dec. 10:

1. Pittsburgh (Last Ranking - LR: 12)—The Penguins are on fire, having won 11 straight games.  And they are doing it without Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.  Sidney Crosby however, is playing at a level even he's not played at before and that's saying quite a bit.  But what's really driving the Penguins, and what drove them during their Stanley Cup Championship season is the resurgence of Marc-Andre Fleury to his former level of solid play. 

2. Detroit (LR: 1)—All teams hit a wall, eventually, and the Red Wings are no exception.  That is, unless you consider "hitting a wall" to mean not winning in their last three starts (two consecutive losses combined with an OT loss to the LA Kings).  However, their recent struggles have not b ...

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