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Power Rankings - Dec. 8

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Two-headed monsters have been spotted in the NHL before, but three-headed beasts are extremely rare.

There is, however, one on the loose in northern Alberta right now as the Edmonton Oilers have sent all three of their goalies to the crease for at least one start since Nov. 30.

Mathieu Garon stole the No. 1 job last season largely based on his brilliance in the shootout, but couldn’t run with the reins this year. He is, however, still master of the 1-on-1 tie-breaking format, having downed Los Angeles last week to run his shootout record to 11-0 as an Oiler.

Veteran Dwayne Roloson was brilliant in Edmonton’s win last Saturday in San Jose, while 24-year-old Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has a respectable 3-2-0 record and .915 save -percentage.

Three-headed monsters traditionally don’t stay peaceful for long, so the young Oilers may want to unclog their crease by dealing Roloson to a team looking for a puck-stopper with playoff experience.

RK.

TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

1

22-3-2

9-0-1

Sharks have won 91 percent of their games when leading after the first period

2

2

18-4-4

8-1-1

Have earned 21 of a possible 30 road points

3

3

18-4-4

7-2-1

Middling start (for the Wings) is exposing a weakness in net

4

4

15-7-4

5-3-2

Top two NHL scorers keeping Pens afloat while they wait for injured teammates to return

5

13

16-10-1

7-3-0

Flames are on an upswing. Can they maintain it?

6

5

15-10-3

6-3-1

Ducks haven't lost a game when leading after two periods

7

11

15-6-5

5-2-3

Power play clicking at just 13.9 percent, 25th overall

8

7

13-7-6

7-1-2

Daniel Briere hurt again, but team was 2-0-1 last week

9

14

14-8-2

7-3-0

New No. 1 Scott Clemmensen goes 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .949 SP in games versus Philly and Montreal

10

8

12-6-7

5-3-2

Cristobal Huet performing nicely after Khabibulin injury, 2-0-1 in games against Ducks, Wings and Coyotes

11

6

15-10-1

4-6-0

1-3-0 record last week highlighted by anemic offense

12

10

18-10-2

5-5-0

Still near top of the East thanks to having played 30 games, six more than some teams

13

9

15-10-3

4-6-0

Despite injuries to 10 players, Alex Ovechkin carrying team

14

15

14-10-2

6-3-1

Shea Weber having a Norris-caliber season; 11goals, 25 points, plus-12, 24:05 TOI

15

12

15-10-3

5-4-1

1-2-1 to finish a seven-game road trip

16

16

13-12-3

4-5-1

New (old?) coach Paul Maurice gets first victory

17

24

10-10-4

4-4-2

Crush Atlanta 5-1, squeak out a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh

18

17

12-11-3

3-7-0

Derek Roy starting to find his form; three goals, seven points, plus-5 in past six games

19

25

13-11-2

5-4-1

2004 first-rounder Rob Schremp had three assists, plus-2 in three games after being called-up from American League Springfield

20

18

11-11-4

4-4-2

Comeback Kings L.A. is not; winning just eight percent of the time when trailing after the first period

21

22

13-13-1

5-4-1

The Avalanche has won eight in a row against division-rival Vancouver

22

21

11-11-3

5-3-2

Brad Boyes typifies team woes; 13 goals and 25 points, but minus-14

23

26

11-12-3

5-3-2

Holding their own (for the Panthers) despite a rash of injuries at forward

24

19

9-12-6

2-6-2

Rookie blueliner Luke Schenn goes down with leg injury

25

20

11-13-3

3-6-1

A season of hope in Columbus is heading in the same-old direction; Jackets tied for 24th overall

26

27

10-12-4

5-4-1

Will Stars return to expected form without Sean Avery?

27

28

12-13-2

4-5-1

Ed Jovanovski a miserable minus-14 with two goals and 11 points

28

23

10-14-2

5-5-0

Gave up 10 goals in losses to Washington and Atlanta

29

29

9-14-3

2-7-1

How long will Ilya Kovalchuk last in Atlanta?

30

30

6-12-8

1-5-4

Nobody thought Tampa would have trouble scoring, but Bolts are NHL's worst with 2.27 goals per-game

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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