Monday, November 27, 2006

Power Rankings!

1) Welcome to the highly anticipated second installment of FAUXRUMORS Power rankings. We will rank each team from 1-30 with a brief sentence/paragraph as to why they are where they are using record, strength of schedule, and other 'intangibles': Last weeks rank in parentheses
1 BUFFALO SABRES(1) - Best skating team in NHL. Continuing their great start. Anything less than a finals appearence would be a disapointment in Buffalo
2 ANAHEIM DUCKS(2) - The best of the West, BUT have played few road games so far. lets see them play this well on the road, then we'll be true believers
3 SAN JOSE SHARKS (6) - Coming on strong. Balanced attack has Sharks looking tough
4 NASHVILLE PREDATORS (13) - These Preds are as dangerous on road as home. Easy sched helps too
5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14)- Raycroft playing well. Sundin-less Leafs played well. Will his return thow off chemistry?
6 - DETROIT RED WINGS (12) Geezers playing well. Soft schedule like Preds, helping too
7 - ATLANTA THRASHERS (3) Have come down a notch, but Hossa-Kolvalchuk combo deadly. If they played the Caps 80 times would be undefeated
8 MONTREAL CANADIENS-(15) Offensive d-man/good goaltending making difference. Niinimaa trade bait?
9 CAROLINA HURRICANES (20)- Champs finally playing like it. Brind'amour found fountain of youth. Should be next messier award winner!
10 EDMONTON OILERS (12)- Playing much more like last spring behind Roloson.
11 DALLAS STARS (5) - Not as a torrid a pace, but still playing well down in Big D.
12 -TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (22) Finally coming on after slow start. Vote of Confidence fo Tortorella help?
13 -NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25) Nolan has the Isles on war path. Yashin injury could hurt
14 -NEW YORK RANGERS (11) Lundqvist seems to be playing more like last season. Staying home more?
15 -MINNESOTA WILD (4) Injuries slowing the Wild considerably.
16 NEW JERSEY DEVILS (10) - Road blues keeping them down,
17 CALGARY FLAMES (23)- Another team that looks lost on the road.
18 OTTAWA SENATORS (16)- A bit better lately, but Not playing like a contender
19 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (7) Injuries, youth putting Pens where most anticipated
20 - VANCOUVER CANUCKS (9) Luongo can only carry team so far. Miss Bertuzzi? Nah.
21 COLORADO AVALANCHE (21)- Avs hanging in there
22 BOSTON BRUINS (26) - Finally turning the corner? Thomas playing well
23 -LOS ANGELES KINGS (19) Dismal road record dooming their slim playoff aspirations!
24 WASHINGTON CAPITALS (24) - Is this the beginning of the anticipated drop off?
25 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (30) Improvement to a .500 team, but NOT a playoff team
26 FLORIDA PANTHERS(18) As expected these cats are declawed and easy prey
27 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (28) - Still suck, but teams below them sucking more
28 - ST. LOUIS BLUES (27) Not unexpected record. Rebuilding=sucking usually.
29 PHOENIX COYOTES (29) - The Great One thanking Columbus for being worse. Time to leave Wayne!
30 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (17) After promising start, free falling. Can Hitch turn it around? Only if McClean fires himself too!

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