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Western Conference Power Rankings (Feb. 26)

Every other week, the Smashville 24/7 crew brings you the latest power rankings in the Western Conference. Here is our latest installment from Feb. 11.

How it works: Ryan, Robby and Amanda rank the Western Conference teams 1 through 15. First-place teams get 15 points; 15th-place teams get one point, etc. This week’s rankings:

Western Conference Power Rankings: February 26
Ryan Porth Robby Stanley Amanda DiPaolo
1 Chicago Chicago Chicago
2 Anaheim Anaheim Anaheim
3 Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver
4 Los Angeles St. Louis St. Louis
5 St. Louis Detroit Los Angeles
6 Detroit Nashville Detroit
7 Nashville Los Angeles Nashville
8 Dallas Dallas Dallas
9 Phoenix Phoenix San Jose
10 San Jose Minnesota Phoenix
11 Minnesota San Jose Minnesota
12 Edmonton Edmonton Calgary
13 Calgary Calgary Colorado
14 Colorado Colorado Edmonton
15 Columbus Columbus Columbus

1. Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks seem to be completely unstoppable. They are 16-0-3 to start the season and are completely running away with the Central Division and Western Conference. Their 19-game point streak to start the season is an NHL record. The three teams they recently passed to claim the record all won the Cup that season. – Robby Stanley
2. Anaheim Ducks
Monday night was Viktor Fasth’s first career regulation loss in ninth career start. It’s been a stunning start for the Swedish netminder, who was recently rewarded with a two-year, $5.8 million extension. Jonas Hiller, meanwhile, continues to struggle (3.34 GAA, .879 SV%). – Ryan Porth
3. Vancouver Canucks
After coming off an 8-3 loss to Detroit on Sunday, the Canucks play much weaker opponents in the upcoming two weeks, including several home contests that should boost the team’s confidence. It will be interesting to see how Roberto Luongo bounces back, or if Alain Vigneault goes back to Cory Schneider in goal – and runs with him. – Amanda DiPaolo
4. St. Louis Blues
The Blues have played 18 games so far this season. They had a rough start to the month of February, starting 0-4-1 and being out-scored 26-11 in the process. Since then, they’ve gone 4-1-1 and have seemed to regain their identity. – RS
5. Los Angeles Kings
The real Kings have finally shown up, and the conference better take notice. Darryl Sutter’s group has won four in a row to vault into second place in the Pacific. In their last seven games the Kings have allowed 1.43 goals per game. It’s no coincidence they have gone 6-1-0 in those games. – RP
6. Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings have been absolutely plagued by injuries so far this season. However, they have still been able to keep themselves in the playoff picture. Detroit has won their last two games by a combined score of 12-3 and seems to be clicking right now. How long will they be able to keep it up with the amount of injuries they’ve had? – RS
7. Nashville Predators
The Predators have played more games than anyone in the Western Conference and currently sit in fourth place. Their lack of goal scoring has become a major concern, as they have been shut out five times this season. However, they are still finding ways to collect points, which is important in this shortened season. – RS
8. Dallas Stars
Barry Trotz said Monday that Jamie Benn “might be the best player in the NHL right now.” Maybe Trotz hasn’t seen Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos recently, but it is a testament to how well Benn is playing at this moment. Despite his contract dispute and the slow start that followed, Benn co-leads the Stars with 14 points, 13 of which have come in the last 10 games. – RP
9. Phoenix Coyotes
Dave Tippett’s teams are extremely hard to beat while holding a third-period lead. However, they have lost two games in a row when that has been the case. The Coyotes blew a 2-0 lead in Edmonton, followed by a 5-4 loss in Calgary one night later when they held a 4-3 lead late in regulation. – RP
10. San Jose Sharks
Will the real San Jose Sharks please stand up? After winning their first seven games, the Sharks have since gone 1-6-3. Patrick Marleau has three goals in the last 12 games after starting the season with nine goals in the first five contests. – RP
11. Minnesota Wild
Winners of only four of 10 games in February, the Wild are about to play what could be a definitive stretch of hockey. With two games in hand and just two points out of eighth place, four of the next six games are on the road. The problem for Minnesota is that they possess a 2-6-1 road record. – ADP
T-12. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers started a nine-game road trip with an overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. With just three wins in February, the road ahead for the Oilers isn’t looking any better. – ADP
T-12. Calgary Flames
Winners of their last two, the Flames are 5-4-1 in their last 10 contests. The question is whether they will be able to continue to turn things around in their favor with goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff sidelined with a sprained MCL. – ADP
14. Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog’s return to the lineup should help the Avalanche, but the fact they’ve won just four times in their last 10 outings shows that the captain might not be enough. It also doesn’t help that the labor dispute between the Avalanche and restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly looks like it will end in a trade. – ADP
15. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are a young team that doesn’t boast a lot of talented scorers on their roster. They have gone 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. With the departure of Rick Nash, nobody expected Columbus to be very competitive this year. So far, they have not been. – RS

 
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