NHL Power Rankings - Week 13: Jets move into top 10, Bruins drop to 18

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1. Chicago Blackhawks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
26-11-2 +39 54.9% 1

Patrick Sharp's reaction to scoring his game-winning goal after Corey Crawford nearly cost his team the game with some Cory Schneider-quality puck-handling is priceless:

2. New York Islanders

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
26-12-1 +12 53.2% 2

The Islanders have tried seemingly everyone as their first-line left wing (most recently Josh Bailey) except Ryan Strome - who is kind of the most obvious option?

3. Los Angeles Kings

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
19-12-9 +9 54.2% 4

As their impressive comebacks against the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators demonstrated this week, the Kings have found their fastball and are once again unkillable. 

Now all that's left is for general manager Dean Lombardi to acquire a gamebreaker from the Columbus Blue Jackets for cents on the dollar, and *bam*: Stanley Cup.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
26-12-4 +26 54.4% 6

When a player like Steven Stamkos isn't even your highest scoring center, it's just sick. 

Is it disgusting enough to make a referee vomit in-game? Seems like it:

REF BARF

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
24-10-5 +24 50.9% 3

Though the Penguins dropped out of first place in the Eastern Conference this weekend, David Perron's Pittsburgh debut was auspicious. Think he's happy to be playing for a contender?

6.  Nashville Predators

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
25-9-4 +28 53% 5

Mike Ribeiro has 35 points in 38 games, which is pretty hilarious when you consider that he was unsigned until the latter stages of July. Even better: the Arizona Coyotes are paying Ribeiro nearly two-times as much as the Predators are this year. 

7. Anaheim Ducks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
26-9-6 +5 50.5% 8

Over the holidays, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Ryan Kesler "doesn't let us mope." That's a good intangible quality to bring to the table, although "doesn't let us mumps" might be more valuable.

8. Montreal Canadiens

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
26-11-2 +19 49.4% 10

Unlike his extremely well dressed general manager Marc Bergevin, Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher doesn't even iron his dress pants. That's just how committed he is to living in the crease.

9. St. Louis Blues

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
23-13-3 +19 50.6% 7

Forget the iffy goaltending - what's really concerning for the Blues is that David Backes is scoring even-strength goals at a rate comparable to Tom Wilson, Matt Hendricks, and Brenden Morrow

10. Winnipeg Jets

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
20-12-7 +8 51.7% 12

If the Jets' near catastrophic run of blue-line injuries results in Paul Maurice playing his best defenseman as, a defenseman over the long-term - then Winnipeg's brutal run of injury luck might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. 

11. Washington Capitals

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
20-11-7 +13 51.2% 11

The NHL ripped off the words of House Stark for their Winter Classic ads, which conveniently featured players like Marian Hossa and Joel Ward chilling in glacier water while stark butt ass naked:

(Courtesy: Russian Machine Never Breaks)

12. Detroit Red Wings

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
20-10-9 +10 53.4% 15

Like a child in the back seat:

"Is Babcock signed yet?" 

"Is Babcock signed yet?" 

"Is Babcock signed yet?"

13. New York Rangers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
21-11-4 +23 49.9% 13

The Rangers got off to a slow start before turning it on in December, and they're getting superstar level production from an aging first-liner. Yep, this iteration of the Rangers is pretty much the most Alain Vigneault team of all time.

14. San Jose Sharks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
20-14-5 +3 51.9% 9

On Saturday, San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson scored a goal that was set up by chartered accountant Barclay Goodrow and hockey's poet laureate Matt Tennyson

The Sharks don't draft players so much as they have them randomly manufactured in NHL 2015's 'create a player' mode.

15. Florida Panthers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
17-11-9 -10 52.4% 16

Roberto Luongo says he's excited about returning to Vancouver - the place where he lost his starters gig to both Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack - later this week. Who's even more excited? Panthers backup Al Montoya.

16. Dallas Stars

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
18-14-6 -5 50.7% 19

The Dallas Stars have begun to dominate play and fill the net. It would've been better if they started the year off this way, but they'll knock one of Winnipeg or Vancouver out of a playoff position if they keep this up.

17. Minnesota Wild

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
18-15-4 -2 52.8% 14

The Wild are damn lucky the Edmonton Oilers exist. Otherwise they'd be the NHL team with the worst goaltending by a healthy margin.

18. Boston Bruins

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
19-15-6 -4 52.5% 17

Tuukka Rask thinks the Bruins are playing tight, and should consider drinking a beer or two prior to puck-drop. Just another reason Boston never should have traded Tyler Seguin.

19. Vancouver Canucks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
22-12-3 +11 49.5% 18

Henrik Sedin is Vancouver's all-time leading point producer, but only just scored his 200th goal this past weekend.

Fittingly, the ace playmaker passed the puck into an empty net from an impressive distance:

20. Toronto Maple Leafs

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
21-16-3 +11 44.8% 20

You might be interested to know precisely how the Venn diagram overlaps in terms of Maple Leafs fans tweeting to Joffrey Lupul to tell him he's injury prone, and those who said he should be captain back in 2012. 

We're here to help:

(Courtesy: @petbugs13)

21. Calgary Flames

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
21-16-3 +10 44.7% 23

With a minute to go on Friday night, the Calgary Flames trailed the New York Islanders by one goal. Bob Hartley sent Brandon Bollig out onto the ice. This team might not have the horses to hang around in the Western Conference Wild Card race.

22. Philadelphia Flyers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
14-18-7 -14 48.1% 21

The Flyers aren't very good, even with Claude Giroux in the lineup. When he's out of the lineup though, woo boy:

23. Ottawa Senators

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
16-15-7 -3 48.5% 22

Clarke MacArthur has points in his last four games - a level of output that matches what he produced over the 16 games prior to his latest hot streak. 

MacArthur may have been cold, but his description of his offensive struggles was hot fire:

24. Columbus Blue Jackets

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
17-17-3 -23 45.8% 26

From a production and value standpoint Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno is unlikely to live up to his new, massive contract. 

Still worth it for his blue-chip hug game though:

25. Arizona Coyotes

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
15-19-4 -32 49.1% 27

When the financially struggling playoff team you root for finally finds a dose of financial stability long after it's capable of competing:

26. New Jersey Devils

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
14-20-7 -27 49.1% 24

The New Jersey Devils seem to have three head coaches these days. That means they have .85 more head coaches than goals per game (on average).

27. Colorado Avalanche

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
15-16-8 -16 44.9% 25

The hockey gods gaveth to the Avalanche last year. Now they taketh away:

(Courtesy: NHL.com)

28. Carolina Hurricanes

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
12-23-4 -25 51% 28

The Hurricanes got their second Staal back over the holidays, but really they've been Staal'd all season.

29. Edmonton Oilers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
9-22-9 -47 49.8% 29

In Derek Roy the Oilers have finally managed to acquire a third NHL caliber centerman - four months too late. 

30. Buffalo Sabres

Record Goal Differential Corsi For% Previous Rank
14-23-3 -59 37.3% 30

A random (but totally ephemeral) mid-season winning streak, constantly in the middle of trade rumors, and they're sending an exciting young player to the All-Star game on the back of outrageously strong fan voting? You know, for a historically bad NHL team, the Sabres are kind of fun:

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