First Edition of Puck Prose’s Weekly Power Rankings

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113. . . . Columbus Blue Jackets. 24. team

. . . Edmonton Oilers. 23. team. 148

94. . . . Chicago Blackhawks. 22. team

. . Dallas Stars. 21. team. 119.

Vancouver Canucks. 20. team. 104. . .

Detroit Red Wings. 19. team. 72. . .

107. . . . Winnipeg Jets. 18. team

. Calgary Flames. 17. team. 112. .

Here are your “Eh, I guess they’re okay” teams. A few of these teams could no doubt make a run for a playoff spot down the stretch. Detroit and Philadelphia seemed to have switched quadrants this season which has probably been the biggest surprise of this section of the power rankings.

With that being said, one could argue that Calgary, Winnipeg, Detroit, Vancouver, Dallas, and Edmonton still have very real opportunities to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Currently, the second wild-card position in the Western Conference is held by the San Jose Sharks with 42 points. Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Dallas, Vancouver have 40, 39, 38, 38, and 37 points respectively. Obviously, the race in the West looks tight right now and a good number of the teams in this quadrant have an opportunity to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup.