Zeisberger's NHL power rankings

Pittsburgh Penguins fans cheer their No. 1-ranked team along with the return of captain Sidney...

Pittsburgh Penguins fans cheer their No. 1-ranked team along with the return of captain Sidney Crosby this week. (GETTY IMAGES)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

Mike Zeisberger’s weekly NHL power rankings:

(Last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. Pittsburgh Penguins  (3)

Sid’s back ... Enough said.

2. San Jose Sharks  (5)

Niemi on the top of his game.

3. Philadelphia Flyers  (2)

Read seems to be the real deal.

4. Boston Bruins  (10)

Ten consecutive wins entering Friday’s play.

5. Chicago Blackhawks (1)

Hitting a cold streak.

6. Minnesota Wild (7)

One of biggest surprises of season’s first quarter.

7. New York Rangers (4)

Lundqvist showing Vezina form again.

8. Los Angeles Kings (9)

Doughty playing with an edge.

9. Detroit Red Wings (20)

Played better than their record indicates.

10. Washington Capitals (6)

Boudreau’s benching of Semin helped ... for one game.

11. Florida Panthers (19)

Tallon’s roster makeover paying early dividends.

12. Toronto Maple Leafs (16)

Humiliated Lightning in Tampa despite rash of injuries.

13. Dallas Stars (13)

Loss of Goligoski to injury a significant blow.

14. Phoenix Coyotes (12)

Newly-inked Turris back in fold.

15. Edmonton Oilers (21)

Taylor Hall keeps getting better and better.

16. St. Louis Blues (15)

Look like different team under Hitchcock.

17. Buffalo Sabres (11)

Myers sidelined for a month.

18. Nashville Predators (8)

Treading water after hot start.

19. Vancouver Canucks (22)

Schneider or Luongo?

20. New Jersey Devils (18)

Return of Zajac would be big boost.

21. Montreal Canadiens (23)

Markov cleared for contact.

22. Ottawa Senators (17)

Young team continues to be competitive.

23. Tampa Bay Lightning (14)

Minus-12 in goal differential entering play on Friday.

24. Winnipeg Jets (24)

Bogosian fortunate to avoid suspension.

25. Colorado Avalanche (25)

Swooning after hot beginning.

26. Calgary Flames (26)

Goal scoring remains an issue.

27. Carolina Hurricanes (29)

How long can Maurice survive?

28. Anaheim Ducks (27)

1-6-3 in past 10 entering play Friday.

29. New York Islanders (29)

Nabokov hurt, Montoya healing, DiPietro struggling.

30. Columbus Blue Jackets (30)

Carter finally starting to score.

(Note: Friday’s games not included)

 


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