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Power Rankings - Nov. 24

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Life as a hockey fan in Ohio has typically brought more lows than highs. And, thus far, it has never involved a playoff game.

But this year’s version of the Columbus Blue Jackets is doing its best to change things and a pair of rookies are playing a huge role.

Center Derick Brassard is battling Chicago’s Kris Versteeg for the top spot among rookie scorers, while freshman goalie Steve Mason has debuted with a 4-1-1 record and already has his first big-league shutout.

Another rookie, Jakub Voracek, hasn’t looked out of place either and don’t forget about skilled Russian Nikita Filatov, an 18-year-old who bagged his first NHL marker during a four-game stint with the Jackets.

With the youth movement in full swing, meaningful games late in the season are right around the corner in Columbus.

RK.

TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

1

17-3-1

8-1-1

Patrick Marleau had 48 points last year; this season, he's on pace for 93

2

2

14-2-3

7-1-2

Little Jiri Hudler looks like he'll be the next Detroit player to make you wonder, 'Where'd they find this guy?'

3

3

14-3-4

9-0-1

Have played 21 games and lost only once by more than one goal

4

9

10-4-5

7-1-2

Martin Havlat is almost the forgotten man on this team

5

7

12-5-3

7-2-1

Dany Sabourin has done a nice job pinch hitting for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury

6

5

11-6-1

5-5-0

Can't be 28th in average goals for per game and expect to compete with the big boys for long

7

4

14-7-2

4-5-1

Hot start becoming a distant memory now

8

13

9-6-4

6-3-1

Jeff Carter is making good on all that offensive potential

9

6

11-6-3

6-2-2

Giving up just more than five goals per game in past four contests

10

8

11-5-3

4-4-2

Not having Mike Komisarek on the back end leaves a big, mean void

11

10

13-6-2

7-1-2

With Luongo, the Canucks are a top-five team on this list

12

11

11-8-3

5-3-2

Brendan Morrison hasn't supplied that secondary offense Anaheim was after

13

22

11-7-2

5-5-0

Always great to see a nice guy like Scott Clemmensen succeeding

14

15

10-9-1

5-5-0

Shea Weber could get 30 goals this year

15

14

11-8-2

5-5-0

Cam Ward looks great some nights, others, not so much

16

16

11-9-1

4-6-0

Mike Cammalleri has one goal in his past 10 games

17

17

9-8-3

5-2-3

Rick Nash has goals in his past five games

18

12

9-8-3

3-6-1

Lost seven of eight to officially enter a free-fall

19

18

7-8-5

3-5-2

Just when you thought Matt Stajan should never play above the third line he starts posting points

20

20

9-9-2

4-5-1

A healthy Sheldon Souray leads the team with four power play goals

21

26

8-8-3

5-3-2

Their silver and black third jersey would be better if it was simply the vintage Gretzky-era design

22

24

7-9-4

3-4-3

I don't know why Antoine Vermette hasn't developed into a top-six forward, but he definitely has not

23

21

6-9-4

3-5-2

Bad year got worse with the news Brenden Morrow is gone for the season with a torn ACL

24

28

8-8-2

3-5-2

Keeping their head above water despite a slew of injuries

25

25

9-10-0

4-6-0

Avs are 4-0 in shootouts this year

26

23

7-10-2

5-5-0

Kari Lehtonen is now on injured reserve with a back injury; seems like his career will never get on track

27

19

8-9-2

4-4-2

Young Yotes have dropped five straight

28

30

8-10-2

6-3-1

Lots of injuries, but Isles have actually gone 6-3-1 in their past 10

29

29

6-8-6

2-5-3

Things could get real ugly if Mike Smith's "lower-body injury" keeps him out of the lineup for too long

30

27

7-11-1

3-6-1

Three goals and nine points in just nine games for newcomer Bryan McCabe this year

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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