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Blues return to top spot in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
12/9/2013 4:35:21 PM
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The St. Louis Blues' absence from top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings was short-lived, as they returned to the No. 1 ranking, overtaking the San Jose Sharks.

Neither the Blues nor Sharks had their best week last week, but the Sharks' three-game losing streak was enough to flip-flop the top two teams, and both held off the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.

Rising up, on the strength of having lost just once in their last 14 games, the Montreal Canadiens climb from ninth to fifth, while a four-game winning streak helped the Vancouver Canucks jump from 13th to ninth.

Despite losing another defenceman to injury, the Dallas Stars did get centre Tyler Seguin back last week and they bounced back from 19th to 13th as a result.

The Pittsburgh Penguins lineup has taken a beating, with Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik injured, then James Neal suspended, so the Penguins slide from eighth to 11th, matching their season low.

With no regulation wins in the last five, the New Jersey Devils are down four spots, from 22 to 26, one spot ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who just lost centre Vincent Lecavalier to injury, again.

Among the other Canadian teams, the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs each fell one spot, to 16th and 21st, respectively, and the Ottawa Senators inched ahead one spot, to 23rd. The Senators are followed by the Calgary Flames, who are up three spots to 24th, and the Edmonton Oilers, up one spot to 25th.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.

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