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Western Conference Power Rankings (Feb. 11)

Every other week, Ryan Porth and Robby Stanley bring you the latest power rankings in the Western Conference. Here was our first installment from Jan. 28.

How it works: Ryan, Robby and one guest blogger rank the Western Conference teams 1 through 15. First-place teams get 15 points; 15th-place teams get one point, etc. This week’s guest is Patten Fuqua of Puck Scene.

This week’s rankings:

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

1. Chicago Blackhawks (10-0-2)
Want to know the most impressive part of Chicago’s hot start? They’ve only played two of their 12 games on home-ice. The offense is firing on all cylinders, the defense and goaltending have been solid and a seven-game homestand awaits. Life is good in the Windy City right now. – Ryan Porth
t2. Vancouver Canucks (7-2-2)
Will Canucks GM Mike Gillis wind up keeping Roberto Luongo after all? The goaltender is 3-0-2 with a 1.53 GAA this season, outperforming Cory Schneider in the process. The two seem to be feeding off each other, though, as the Canucks have now won five straight games. – RP
t2. Anaheim Ducks (8-2-1)
The Ducks have compiled a surprising 8-2-1 start to the season after finishing 13th in the Western Conference last season. Their offense has been superb, scoring 39 goals through their first 11 games. – Robby Stanley
4. San Jose Sharks (7-2-2)
The Sharks started with a bang, rolling off seven straight victories to open the season. Since then, the Sharks have cooled off and have posted a 0-2-2 record; they have not won since the Predators beat them on Feb. 2. The Sharks’ hot start has them sitting in good position, though. – RS
5. Detroit Red Wings (7-4-1)
Is it safe to assume Henrik Zetterberg has adapted to the captaincy in fine fashion? The talented Swede has 18 points in 12 games and has helped the Red Wings win three straight games. – RP
6. Nashville Predators (5-3-4)
The best way to describe Nashville’s play right now is “Jekyll and Hyde”. In a week’s time they exploded for six goals in a game, put up three on the defending Stanley Cup champion, and then entered a 100+ minute scoring drought. Sunday against Chicago, they managed just 17 shots on goal and many of those were “garbage” shots at the end of the game. Right now, the Predators are not showing the sort of resilience that they are usually known for. The ability to fight back from deficits and to overcome fatigue just has not shown up yet. – Patten Fuqua
7. St. Louis Blues (6-4-1)
The Blues started off as one of the best teams in hockey but have fallen off a bit since then. This normally-stingy Blues team has given up 22 goals in their last four games, which have all been losses with Brian Elliott in net. They will be getting Jaroslav Halak back from injury this week. – RS
8. Dallas Stars (6-5-1)
The Stars have been a hard team to figure out so far this season. There are some nights when they look like a really good hockey team, and there are other nights where they don’t. – RS
9. Phoenix Coyotes (5-5-2)
The Coyotes seem to be finding their identity once again after starting the season 1-4-0. They have climbed closer toward the top eight in the Western Conference by winning three of their last four. The Coyotes have battled through some key injuries this season. – RS
10. Edmonton Oilers (5-4-3)
Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz is off to a great start, tallying seven points in 12 games and leading the team with an average ice time of 23:02. When you watch him play he doesn’t look like a 22-year-old rookie. At this point he’s one of a handful of favorites for the Calder Trophy. – RP
11. Minnesota Wild (5-5-1)
Mike Yeo’s club has yet to win a game away from home and is one of the league’s worst five-on-five teams. Despite that, their 5-2-0 home record has kept them from bottoming out early on in the season. – RP
12. Colorado Avalanche (4-6-0)
How much longer can the Avalanche drag it out with unsigned RFA Ryan O’Reilly? He led the team in points in 2011-12 with 55, and can be a two-way difference-maker. The offensively-challenged Avalanche, with captain Gabriel Landeskog sidelined, could use a guy like O’Reilly right about now. – RP
13. Los Angeles Kings (3-5-2)
The defending Stanley Cup Champions aren’t getting the bounces right now. They’ve only scored two goals in their last two games, but have compiled a blistering 79 shots on goal in that time. Luck isn’t going their way right now. – RS
14. Calgary Flames (3-4-2)
Jarome Iginla’s usual slow starts have continued into this season. He has just one goal through nine games, his worst start to a season since 1999-2000 when it took him 12 games to notch his first goal. – RP
15. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-7-2)
The Blue Jackets are reeling right now as they’ve gone 1-4-1 in their last six games. They’re not getting blown out of the water, but they flat out are not winning games right now. It is shaping up to be another long year for Columbus fans. – RS

 
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