Sharks return to No. 1, Leafs fall in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
12/2/2013 3:06:49 PM
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Winning last Friday's showdown between the top two teams vaulted the San Jose Sharks past the St. Louis Blues and back into top spot of the NHL Power Rankings. The Sharks had been ranked No. 1 for the first three weeks.

The Detroit Red Wings jumped, from 18 to 12, taking advantage of a soft spot in their schedule to win four straight, even with star centre Pavel Datsyuk injured.

6-3-1 in their last 10 games, the Winnipeg Jets climbed from 19 to 15 and the Tampa Bay Lightning are up, from 20 to 16, after recording back-to-back wins last week.

Heading the other way, the Dallas Stars have one win in their last five games and lost centre Tyler Seguin and defenceman Stephane Robidas to injury, so they dropped from 14 to 19.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hit a rough patch, recording four wins in 13 November games -- a month that was supposed to be relatively easy for them -- and dropped from 12 to a season-low 20th in the rankings.

Among other Canadian clubs, the Montreal Canadiens have moved into the Top 10, on the heels of a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games, up from 11 to nine. The Vancouver Canucks hold steady at 13 and Ottawa Senators drop three spots from 21 to 24.

The Battle of Alberta is being waged in close quarters in the lower tier of the rankings, with the Edmonton Oilers dropping one spot, from 25 to 26, yet staying one ahead of the Calgary Flames, who fell from 26 to 27.

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Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (Photo: Canadian Press)


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