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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 07:02 PM

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New York Rangers goalies Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Martin Biron (43) have combined to lead the league in the goals allowed category so far this season. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters) New York Rangers goalies Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Martin Biron (43) have combined to lead the league in the goals allowed category so far this season. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)

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Even though New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella doesn't agree with his owner, James Dolan, that the NHL team is closing in on a Stanley Cup title, we still like the Rangers atop our power rankings this week

Even though New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella doesn't agree with his owner, James Dolan, that the NHL team is closing in on a Stanley Cup title, we still like the Rangers atop our power rankings this week.

"Thanks a lot, Mr. Dolan," Tortorella said. "We just have to go about our business. I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That's a bunch of [b.s.]. We need to take one day at a time."

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New York Rangers 1. NEW YORK RANGERS (29-11-4) The league-leaders in goals against were stingy in the last week with a Martin Biron shutout in Toronto and Henrik Lundqvist against Nashville. (Last Week: 1)
Detroit Red Wings 2. DETROIT RED WINGS (30-15-1) It has been hard to ignore the Red Wings success at home with a franchise record 15 in a row at Joe Louis Arena. (Last Week: 7)
3. SAN JOSE SHARKS (26-16-6)  If the Sharks were to win their games in hand on Detroit they would vault past the Red Wings and into top spot in the West. (Last Week: 9)
St. Louis Blues 4. ST. LOUIS BLUES (27-12-6) They're tied with the Rangers in defence allowed at an economical 1.98 goals per game and they have allow a league-low 26.3 shots per game. (Last Week: 2)
Boston Bruins 5. BOSTON BRUINS (29-13-1) Losses in Carolina and Tampa Bay have temporarily derailed the Stanley Cup champs. Do they miss the suspended Brad Marchand that much? (Last Week: 4)
6. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (27-13-6) In the days leading up to his 26th birthday on Tuesday, Viktor Stalberg went on a goal-scoring tear with five goals in four games.(Last Week: 5)
Vancouver Canucks 7. VANCOUVER CANUCKS (28-15-4) Back-to-back losses to Anaheim and Los Angeles have slowed the Canucks progress after their big overtime win over St. Louis last Thursday. (Last Week: 3)
Ottawa Senators 8. OTTAWA SENATORS (26-16-4) The unexpected Senators keep surprising their opponents and chugging up the standings. They are on an impressive 12-2-2 run. (Last Week: 8)
Philadelphia Flyers 9. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (27-13-4)   All of sudden rookie Sean Couturier has found his goal-scoring mojo. He has scored five times in as many games. (Last Week: 6)
Nashville Predators 10. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (26-16-4)): The Predators have climbed up the West standings with a solid four-week run of 14-5-0 despite a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. (Last Week: 10)
Los Angeles Kings 11. LOS ANGELES KINGS (23-15-9)  They have scored only 33 times in the 14 games under Darryl Sutter, but the Kings have gone 8-1-5 for their new coach. (Last Week: 12)
12. NEW JERSEY DEVILS (21-14-9) The news that Travis Zajac has suffered a setback in his bid to return from his Achilles problems was not welcome. (Last Week: 14)
Pittsburgh Penguins 13. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (24-17-4)  The Penguins appear back on track with three consecutive wins and defenceman Kris Letang is close to a return. (Last Week: 15)
Florida Panthers 14. FLORIDA PANTHERS (21-14-9) A 1-2-2 slippage has not been good for the Panthers hopes of ending a 10-season long playoff drought. (Last Week: 11)
Washington Capitals 15. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (24-18-2) The Capitals are back among the top-eight in the East, but their first shutout loss of the season to the Islanders on Tuesday did not help matters. (Last Week: 18)  
16. MINNESOTA (22-17-6) With Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse on the sidelines with injuries, the offence has stumbled. (Last Week: 16)
Dallas Stars 17. DALLAS STARS (24-19-2)   The Stars also have suffered key injuries to Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn, but have managed to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot in the West.(Last Week: 19)
18.COLORADO AVALANCHE (24-21-1) Stanley Cup-winning goalie J.S. Giguere was brought in as a backup for Semyon Varlamov, but the veteran has grabbed the No. 1 role. (Last Week: 20)
Toronto Maple Leafs 19. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-18-5)  They erased the good vibrations of a four-game win streak with a three-game losing string and now find themselves in 9th in the East. (Last Week: 13)
Winnipeg Jets 20. WINNIPEG JETS (21-20-5) The solid 10-3-1 month of December seems like a distant memory for the struggling Jets. (Last Week: 17)
21. PHOENIX COYOTES (21-18-7)   They ended a three-game losing streak with a decisive 6-1 victory over Varlamov and the Avalanche earlier this week. (Last Week: 22)
Calgary Flames 22. CALGARY FLAMES (21-20-6) The Flames engineered the big Mike Cammalleri trade, but have yet to cash in with win since the sniper joined the team two games ago. (Last Week: 21)
New York Islanders 23. NEW YORK ISLANDERS (17-21-6) Winners of three of their past five outings, John Tavares has extended his scoring streak to 10 games, the longest by an Islander in a decade. (Last Week: 26)
Montreal Canadiens 24. MONTREAL CANADIENS (17-20-8)  Jaroslav Halak returned to Montreal to stop the Canadiens mini two-game win streak with a 19-save shutout. (Last Week: 24)
Anaheim Ducks 25. ANAHEIM DUCKS (15-22-7)   It took awhile, but head coach Bruce Boudreau has made an impact with the Ducks. They have gone 5-0-1 in their past six outings. (Last Week: 29)
Carolina Hurricanes 26. CAROLINA HURRICANES (16-24-8)   They have picked up five out of a possible eight points in the past week and Eric Staal has played much better lately. (Last Week: 28)
Columbus Blue Jackets 27. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (13-27-5) We had to pull the Blue Jackets out of the power-rankings basement after they scored a come-from-behind win over the Oilers. (Last Week: 30)
Tampa Bay Lightning 28. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (18-23-4) They ended a horrific seven-game losing streak with a win over the Bruins on Tuesday, but the damage may already have been done. ((Last Week: 25)
Buffalo Sabres 29. BUFFALO SABRES (19-21-5)   They can't score and the team's best player, Ryan Miller, has struggled. As a result they have gone 2-6-2 in their past 10. (Last Week: 23)
Edmonton Oilers 30. EDMONTON OILERS (17-24-4) With two wins in 10 games, rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle injured, the early season success seems like a distant memory. (Last Week: 27)

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