Biggest jump: Atlanta Thrashers (14 from 25)
Biggest drop: Ottawa Senators (23 from 17)
A reminder: Rankings are based on many factors, and none are scientific. They're heavily influenced by recent play, taking into account expectations versus achievement, quality of opponents, injuries, hot or cold streaks, lucky bounces, bad breaks, official malfeasance, travel schedule and my uncannily intuitive gut calls on how each team stacks up against the rest of the Original 30. Please note that I, unlike some referees, do not have it in for your team and no homer glasses of any color were worn during the tabulation of these rankings.
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NHL Power Rankings