The St. Louis Blues have climbed into top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Blues, who have been ranked in the Top Five all season, too over from the Colorado Avalanche, who plummeted from first to seventh, after losing three straight and having first-line centre Matt Duchene suffer an oblique injury.
Just behind the Blues, the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild round out a top four of Western Conference clubs. The Boston Bruins are the top representative from the East, in fifth.
Among those rising this week, the Los Angeles Kings haven't missed a beat without goaltender Jonathan Quick, thanks to stellar play from Ben Scrivens, so the Kings moved from 12 to six and the surging Dallas Stars, 6-1-1 in November, moved from 15 to nine.
A 7-1-1 record in November has helped the Washington Capitals, who climbed from 18 to 13 this week.
After vaulting up to third last week, the Anaheim Ducks went winless, and sent goaltender Frederik Andersen to the AHL, resulting in a fall down to 11.
Canadian clubs were among those falling. The Vancouver Canucks, who have one win in the last six, dropped from eight to 12, while the centre-less Toronto Maple Leafs dip from 11 to 15. The Ottawa Senators fell from 13 to 19, at least in part because Robin Lehner was no longer starting every game in goal.
As for other Canadian teams, the Montreal Canadiens held at 14 and the Winnipeg Jets moved up a couple of spots to 18. The Calgary Flames keep fading, from 23 to 27, and the Edmonton Oilers remain at 28.
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