I love Scott Burnside like a brother. I'm ready to give him my liver if he needs it. But for whatever reason, the Power Rankings seem to confuse him. He had the mighty Blackhawks all the way down at No. 6 last week. C'mon, Scotty!
As always, you can rank your top 30 teams here.
-- By Pierre LeBrun; posted Dec. 21
2009-2010 Power Rankings: Week 13RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT 1 (6) Blackhawks 23-8-3 Cristobal Huet? Antti Niemi? Doesn't matter. The United Center crowd chanted "We want the Cup" near the end of Sunday night's 3-0 whipping of Detroit. Now, bring on San Jose on Tuesday night. 2 (1) Devils 25-8-1 If anyone still thinks Martin Brodeur shouldn't be the starter for Team Canada in the Olympics, please stop watching the game. 3 (3) Penguins 25-10-1 Must-watch TV on Monday night as the defending Cup champs see where they measure up with the red-hot Devils. 4 (4) Capitals 22-8-6 Absolute Ovi mania in Vancouver and Edmonton this past week as western Canadians reacted as though The Beatles were in town. "All together now ... love, love, love ..." 5 (7) Sharks 20-8-7 Having watched Joe Thornton in person Thursday night at the Shark Tank, I'm not sure anyone can wrestle away the scoring crown from him this season. 6 (12) Predators 22-11-3 No money? No problem. The best story in hockey continues to amaze after a statement win in Calgary on Saturday. We bow to you, Coach Trotz. 7 (4) Kings 22-12-3 Welcome back, Captain Canada. No one is happier to have Ryan Smyth back than Anze Kopitar. 8 (8) Sabres 21-10-3 You know what would feel good right before Christmas? Another butt-kicking of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. 9 (5) Avalanche 20-11-6 Wojtek Wolski is having the quietest 80-point campaign in the NHL. 10 (9) Flames 20-11-4 Ever since I ranked them second in the Power Rankings, they've fallen. It is a lot of pressure to bear, I know. They're 3-5-1 in December. 11 (11) Coyotes 21-13-2 Loyal ESPN.com reader "Loup," an avid Coyotes fan, will be angry they're not ranked higher. :) 12 (13) Red Wings 18-13-5 It's a brave effort with a depleted lineup, but on some nights, such as Sunday in Chicago, it's just not going to be enough. 13 (10) Bruins 16-11-7 Look no further than a 26th-ranked offense to explain the ups and downs of this season. 14 (16) Canucks 20-16-0 Would anyone have guessed the Canucks have the fifth-best offense in the NHL? 15 (15) Stars 15-9-11 Would anyone have guessed the Stars have the sixth-best offense in the NHL? 16 (22) Ducks 14-14-7 Big wins over Phoenix and Vancouver; are we seeing a rise from the preseason contenders? 17 (17) Thrashers 18-13-3 The Kovalchuk contract situation is hovering over this franchise. Yes or no, Ilya?! 18 (14) Senators 18-13-4 The Senators have so far survived the loss of Jason Spezza reasonably well. 19 (27) Panthers 15-15-7 Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss are on fire. 20 (19) Wild 17-15-3 A rough week for the Wild after their equipment van catches fire. 21 (21) Blues 15-14-5 Dead last in the NHL in goals per game, but a nice start to the road trip with a win in Vancouver on Sunday night. 22 (20) Canadiens 16-18-3 Welcome back, Andrei Markov ... team MVP! 23 (23) Lightning 12-14-9 The last thing I figured to be an issue this season is the offense, which is ranked 24th in the NHL. 24 (26) Maple Leafs 13-16-7 If he can stay healthy, it's clear Jonas Gustavsson is the man the Leafs want to ride in net. 25 (28) Rangers 16-16-3 John Tortorella ... we hear ya, buddy! 26 (24) Blue Jackets 14-15-7 A statistic I bet you never thought you'd hear associated with a Ken Hitchcock-coached team -- 28th in goals against per game. 27 (18) Oilers 15-16-4 Allowing 32.6 shots per game, fourth-worst in the NHL. 28 (29) Flyers 15-17-2 Boy, that Winter Classic game is sure going to be fun. 29 (25) Islanders 13-16-7 The team is trying hard to trade Martin Biron to get some help. 30 (30) Hurricanes 9-20-6 Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin is looking mighty good right now.
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