Canucks crash the party

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Once again, the Red Wings and Rangers enjoy the top two spots in the THN.com Power Rankings. However, there is a new No. 3 team – the Vancouver Canucks, who haven't lost in regulation in their past 13 games (10-0-3) and who could pass Detroit for top spot in the West this week.

To do so, the Canucks certainly won't have an easy time of it: they've got five games left of a six-game road trip and with the exception of the slumping Stars, all of those games are against some of the NHL's most dangerous teams (Nashville, Detroit, New Jersey and Phoenix). Fortunately, Vancouver is a league-best 20-9-2 on the road this season and are about as healthy as a team can be. Nucks GM Mike Gillis doesn't have any salary cap space with which to acquire roster help or depth by the Feb. 27 trade deadline, but at this stage, it doesn't appear as if much help is required. Will they unseat the Wings or Blueshirts for a better position in next week's rankings? Check back at THN.com and find out!

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

P10

THE SCOOP

1

1

41-17-2

8-1-1

League home win record is now Wings', but their next opponent at home - the ultra-competitive Canucks, who are two points behind them in the standings - should be their toughest test yet

2

2

38-14-5

7-2-1

Hard to see how acquiring Rick Nash could make this team better, given the high price GM Glen Sather would have to pay

3

4

38-15-6

8-0-2

Alexandre Burrows leads Canucks with a career-high six game-winning goals

4

3

36-16-7

7-3-0

Blues host Bruins Wednesday before six-game road trip against Preds, Jets, Flames, Oilers, Canucks and Sharks

5

6

34-19-6

5-3-2

Was trade for Hal Gill a precursor to a Ryan Suter trade, or a sign Preds are going for it while they can still keep this team together? By next Tuesday, we'll have the answer

6

9

34-20-4

8-1-1

Ilya Kovalchuk has a career-best three shorthanded goals, two shorthanded assists this year

7

5

35-20-2

4-6-0

Bruins haven't won two straight games since Jan. 10-12

8

7

33-21-5

5-4-1

James Neal has 13 power play goals this year; his previous career high was nine in 2008-09

9

12

32-21-7

3-6-1

Hawks ended nine-game losing skid with three straight wins, face Wings, Stars, Kings, Ducks this week

10

8

31-19-7

4-5-1

Sharks have just three points in first five games of mammoth road swing; need a much better performance against Jackets, Leafs, Preds and Wild before heading home

11

16

29-21-9

8-1-1

Ray Whitney has 16 goals and no game-winners; Radim Vrbata has 28 goals and 10 game-winners

12

11

32-19-7

3-5-2

Four-game road trip ends February for wilting Flyers who keep adding defensemen (Niklas Grossman and Pavel Kubina), but keep floundering in own end

13

18

31-22-8

4-4-2

Daniel Alfredsson has 20 goals, 44 points and was a plus-9 in 55 games; in an injury-riddled 2010-11 season, he had 14 goals, 31 points and was a minus-19 in 54 games

14

17

28-22-9

5-2-3

Flames benefiting from white-hot play by Miikka Kiprusoff (1.32 goals-against average, .961 save percentage in his past three games)

15

10

27-20-11

5-5-0

Panthers face three opponents currently out of playoff position this week (Wild, Canes, Canadiens); if they don't put space between them and Caps/Jets, their fate deserves to be out of their hands

16

15

29-24-6

4-5-1

At 25:25, Dion Phaneuf averaging more than three minutes more a night than next-most-utilized Leaf (Carl Gunnarsson at 22:11)

17

13

27-21-11

4-5-1

Offensive woes continue to plague Kings, who have only four goal-scorers in double digits and nobody with more than Anze Kopitar's 17

18

14

29-25-5

3-6-1

Wishy-washy Caps were 12-9-1 under former coach Bruce Boudreau, now 17-16-4 under replacement Dale Hunter

19

22

29-26-6

6-4-0

Jets have won first two games of extended homestand, host Flyers, Bolts, Blues and Oilers before month's end

20

19

29-26-4

3-5-2

Win over Flames was only second since Feb. 4 for for spiraling Stars, who are 4-5-2 this month

21

21

26-26-6

5-3-2

Nearly 25 percent of Steven Stamkos' goals are game-winners (nine of 40)

22

26

25-24-10

6-1-3

Ducks have fought their way away from Western Conference dregs, but even the slightest letup will push them to the brink of elimination from the post-season

23

20

29-27-4

3-5-2

Fading post-season hopes could fade faster with tough week against playoff-hungry Kings, home-dominant Wings

24

23

26-24-9

2-6-2

Win over Bruins Sunday was Wild's first since Feb. 2

25

28

23-26-11

6-2-2

Canes doing their best to dig out of Eastern Conference basement; only one standings point separates them from 11th

26

25

25-26-8

5-4-1

Embarrassing shellacking at the hands of Sens Monday shows how far this franchise still has to go

27

24

24-26-10

5-4-1

Dealing of Hal Gill was a win for GM Pierre Gauthier, but the Tomas Kaberle trade remains unforgivable

28

27

25-27-7

5-3-2

Sabres are NHL's meekest team this year, with a league-worst 1,059 hits (Rangers are first with 1,703)

29

29

22-30-6

4-4-2

Trading Ales Hemsky appears to be a foregone conclusion at this point

30

30

17-35-7

4-5-1

Decision to shop Rick Nash around is the right one; so is the choice to wait until the summer if GM Scott Howson doesn't like the offers

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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