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NHL Power RankingsNHL Power Rankings: Week 22

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 06:36 PM

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Ottawa's Milan Michalek, left, Chris Phillips, centre, and goalie Robin Lehner, right, celebrate a shutout win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press) Ottawa's Milan Michalek, left, Chris Phillips, centre, and goalie Robin Lehner, right, celebrate a shutout win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

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The New York Rangers returned to top spot in Tim Wharnsby's NHL Power Rankings, while the Ottawa Senators vaulted themselves into the top 10 in week 22.
In the end, the price for Rick Nash was too expensive for the New York Rangers. As a result the solid NHL team remained relatively quiet on trade deadline day. They did pick up enforcer John Scott, but that was it. General manager Glen Sather and his coach John Tortorella like their team, its defensive capabilities and its supreme goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. We do, too. That's why, after back-to-back wins over the Buffalo Sabres and the rival New Jersey Devils this week, the Rangers have returned to top spot in our weekly power rankings.

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New York Rangers 1. NEW YORK RANGERS (40-15-6) The last time the Rangers won the Presidents Trophy, they won the Stanley Cup in 1993-94. They're on track again if they win their games in hand. (Last Week: 2)
Vancouver Canucks 2. VANCOUVER CANUCKS (40-16-8) Canucks GM Mike Gillis took a risk shipping out skilled Cody Hodgson in exchange for size in Zack Kassian. We'll see how it works out.(Last Week: 4)
St. Louis Blues 3. ST. LOUIS BLUES (39-17-7)They began an important six-game stint on the road with three wins in a row over Nashville, Winnipeg and Calgary.(Last Week: 5)
Detroit Red Wings 4. DETROIT RED WINGS (42-19-3) Since Pavel Datsyuk was knocked out of action with a knee injury four games ago, the Red Wings have checked in with only one victory.(Last Week: 1)
Nashville Predators 5. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (37-20-7) The Predators were declared a trade-deadline winner with the additions of Hal Gill, Andrei Kostistyn and Paul Gaustad, but lost in Carolina on Tuesday. (Last Week: 3)
6. PHOENIX COYOTES (33-21-9) Amid more speculation that they won't be in Phoenix next season, the Coyotes went through February with a near-perfect 11-0-1 record. (Last Week: 9)
Pittsburgh Penguins 7. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-21-5) James Neal and Matt Niskanen return to Dallas to play the Stars on Wednesday riding a three-game win streak with the Penguins.(Last Week: 7)
Boston Bruins 8. BOSTON BRUINS (37-21-3) The Stanley Cup champions have dropped four of their past six decisions, including a 1-0 loss at home to the surging Senators.(Last Week: 10)
Ottawa Senators 9. OTTAWA SENATORS (34-21-7) When goalie Craig Anderson suffered his kitchen accident last week, the Senators looked to be in tough. But they have won two of three so far.(Last Week: 11)
10. NEW JERSEY DEVILS (35-23-4) The Devils had a four-game win streak snapped and replaced with a three-game losing streak after losses to Vancouver, Tampa Bay and the Rangers. (Last Week: 6)
11. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (33-24-7) Chicago has not come clean as to the nature of Jonathan Toews upper-body injury, but there has been speculation it could be concussion related.(Last Week: 8)
12. SAN JOSE SHARKS (33-22-7) After a dismal 2-6-1 road trip, the Sharks returned home with two new players from the trade deadline and an important 1-0 win over Philadelphia.(Last Week: 12)
Philadelphia Flyers 13. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (34-21-7) The Flyers have dropped three of their past five games and have been shut out twice during this stretch.(Last Week: 13)
Florida Panthers 14. FLORIDA PANTHERS (27-17-11) Although they will miss Kris Versteeg for a stretch, the Panthers have returned to near full health and constructed a three-game victory streak.(Last Week: 18)
Dallas Stars 15. DALLAS STARS (33-26-4) The Stars are another team that has gotten some key players back from the infirmary. They have taken off with a four-game win streak. (Last Week: 22)
16.COLORADO AVALANCHE (33-27-4) Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has played better and as a result his club has reeled off four victories in a row.(Last Week: 25)
Los Angeles Kings 17. LOS ANGELES KINGS (29-23-12) The offensively challenged Kings have won two of three since GM Dean Lombardi struck a deal to bring Jeff Carter to the West. (Last Week: 14)
Washington Capitals 18. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (32-26-5) With their playoff position on tenuous ground, the Capitals have bounded together to move back into eighth with three straight wins. (Last Week: 21)  
Winnipeg Jets 19. WINNIPEG JETS (30-27-7) The Jets eight-game win streak began at a promising 3-0-1, but now they have dropped decisions to the Blues and Oilers. (Last Week: 17)
Tampa Bay Lightning 20. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (29-28-6) Lightning GM Steve Yzerman began selling off some key parts, but this team keeps climbing up the East standings with a 5-2-0 run.(Last Week: 19)
Anaheim Ducks 21. ANAHEIM DUCKS (27-26-10) The Ducks have cooled since their wonderful 14-2-3 run with a 3-2-1 stretch and their long-shot hopes at a playoff berth have diminished. (Last Week: 16)
Calgary Flames 22. CALGARY FLAMES (28-24-11) The Flames certainly have not responded to GM Jay Feaster's intermission rant a week ago.(Last Week: 15)
Buffalo Sabres 23. BUFFALO SABRES (27-27-8) The Sabres landed Cody Hodgson and we'll see if he can further add to his new team's late-season run at a playoff spot in the East.(Last Week: 23)
Toronto Maple Leafs 24. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-27-7) All we need to state here is at such a crucial part of the season, they have won once in 10 tries. (Last Week: 20)
Edmonton Oilers 25. EDMONTON OILERS (25-31-6) The Oilers have rebounded for three wins in four games, including victories over Calgary, Philadelphia and Winnipeg. (Last Week: 26)
Carolina Hurricanes 26. CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-26-13) This team continues to improve under new coach Kirk Muller, including a impressive win over Nashville on Tuesday. (Last Week: 27)
27. MINNESOTA WILD (28-26-9) The Wild's playoff hopes continue to slide with two losses in its last three outings. (Last Week: 24)
New York Islanders 28. NEW YORK ISLANDERS (26-28-9) John Tavares and Matt Moulson need more help up front. This struggling team has lost four of five games. (Last Week: 30)
Montreal Canadiens 29. MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-30-10) Sad to see the most storied NHL franchise struggle so much. They got out of the gate at 1-5-2 and lately have gone 1-6-1. (Last Week: 28)
Columbus Blue Jackets 30. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (18-35-7) They received fair return for Jeff Carter, but this has been one lost season for Rick Nash and Co. (Last Week: 29)

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