Who’s on Top – November’s NHL Rankings

My version of Scott Cullen’s TSN “Power Rankings”. Like Cullen’s item, it isn’t meant to indicate the top team in the standings, but rather the team(s) I feel are most equipped to make a serious playoff run. (Although the two will naturally tend to overlap).

 

Written Monday, October 31st

SAN JOSE

This month: 1  |  Last Month: 1

Current Record: 6-4-0

After a 1-3 start to the season, the Sharks have come on strong, winning 5 straight games. (Thogh they lost tonight). The losing streak itself was a bit deceptive, as the Sharks essentially lost all 3 games by only one goal (lost 4-2 to St. Louis with an empty netter). Joe Pavelski is getting a big opportunity centering the top line between Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. He’s responded in kind, leading the team with 11 points (7G, 4A). As a whole, the Sharks’ top-6 (which also includes Clowe, Couture, and Havlat) is the best in the league, and their defence – led by veteran Dan Boyle and newcomer Brent Burns – is also very well balanced. Throw in solid goaltending from Antti Niemi, and this team is ready to challenge for its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

*Cullen ranked them 12th initially, but has since moved them up to 1st

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