Wild take this week's top spot

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There was a lot of news in the NHL, but too much of it was bad. Sidney Crosby out with concussion symptoms again? Terrible for everyone who follows the game, and it was sad to see a classy man and good coach like Terry Murray be let go in Los Angeles on Monday. Nonetheless the SI.com NHL power rankings must carry on.

A DISCLAIMER (of sorts): These rankings are based not just on each team's record at the moment, but on empirically tested formula based on a) realistic near-term future expectations; b) consensus talent level and payroll considerations and; c) whatever the Magic 8-Ball I've had since I was seven years old tells me will happen.And one more thing: Rest assured, I don't have it in for your team. OK, so I once hated the Philadelphia Flyers with a passion bordering on the psychotic, but that was thirty-something years ago and Dave Schultz has long since retired. I welcome your emails to the link attached to my name here, and I always respond -- even to the ones that start with "Dear Idiot?")

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