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NHL Power Rankings: The Red Hot Hurricanes are right behind the Bruins for first place

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    The king is safe. But his court is in disarray.

    The Boston Bruins continued their flashy run through the first two-thirds of December, improving from 25-4-2 through 31 games and keeping leading the league in points, points percentage, goal difference and home ice scored.

    Thus, it comes as no surprise that they topped the Power B/R ratings for the sixth consecutive week on the strength of four out of five first-place votes from the writing board.

    But the appearance of the top five as a whole is changing.

    The Carolina Hurricanes jumped four spots from sixth thanks to first-place and four-second offense polling, which finished the week of the rankings atop the D.C. region. They are one spot in the rankings ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who finished second last week but held their position this week while earning third-place nods from all five voters.

    Meanwhile, he replaced the Vegas Golden Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins at fourth and fifth, the Winnipeg Jets (up from No. 8) and New Jersey Devils (down from No. 3).

    Our committee awarded 32 points for first place and 1 point for 32nd place in the weekly exit list. The team’s ranking from the past week and its subsequent move is listed along with each updated placement. Scroll to see where your favorites landed and drop a thought or two of your own in the comments.

Numbers 32-26: Ducks, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Sharks, Flyers, Coyotes, Canucks

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    SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 18: San Jose Sharks center Thomas Hertel (48) falls over Calgary Flames right winger Blake Coleman (20) during the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game between the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks.  On December 18, 2022, at the SAP Center, in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Tony Deng/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    32 Anaheim Ducks (last week: 32 /move: 0)

    Last week ended particularly ugly with a 7-0 loss to Toronto but bounced back with back-to-back wins in Montreal and Edmonton before ending the trip with a loss in Los Angeles.

    31. Chicago Blackhawks (last week: 31 / Move: 0).

    We’re barely more than a week into the new year and the Blackhawks have won (ouch!) the grand total three times since the start of November, losing seven straight since Dec. 3.

    30. Columbus Blue Jackets (last week: 30 / move: 0).

    If not for the Blackhawks, the Blue Jackets would have taken “honours” as the coldest team in the league with a five-game skid. Columbus has seven goals on line and is 28th in the league in scoring average.

    29. San Jose Sharks (last week: 29 / Move: 0).

    Prolific striker Tomasz Hertel will miss another game after being sidelined for two matches, without pay, after earning a heavy penalty during Sunday’s 5-2 loss. He has 11 goals and 21 assists in 33 matches.

    28. Philadelphia Flyers (last week: 27 / move: -1)

    The Flyers had a fairly positive week with two wins in three games – including a 5-3 rout of visiting Columbus – after a 2-11-5 stretch. However, Philadelphia ranks 29th in the league in scoring.

    27. Arizona Coyotes (last week: 28 / move: +1).

    The Coyotes opened a three-game home run with a 5-4 defeat of the New York Islanders before losing consecutive games to visiting Buffalo and Montreal (in overtime).

    26. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 24 / Move: -2)

    Assuming the Canucks don’t become a significant factor in chasing the playoffs, TSN’s Darren Dreger said Expect increased business chatter Surrounding Bo Horvat, Brooke Bowser and Tyler Myers.

Numbers 25-21: Senators, Predators, Canadiens, Blues, Panthers

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    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Pavel Bukhnevitch #89 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his goal with the bench during the third period of the game against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on December 20, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Christopher Mast/NHLI via Getty Images

    25. Ottawa Senators (last week: 26 / move: +1)

    The Senators recorded four straight wins before dropping back-to-back decisions to Minnesota and Winnipeg. Off the ice, they’ve extended defenseman Artem Zub to four years and $18.4 million.

    24. Nashville Predators (Last Week: 22 / Mov: -2)

    The Predators had gone 0-4-2 in six games — including a 6-3 loss to Edmonton — before defeating the Oilers late Monday. They haven’t won twice in a row in regulation since November 15 and 17.

    23. Montreal Canadiens (Last Week: 19 / Move: -4)

    Center Anthony Richard made his Montreal debut on Monday against Arizona and scored two shots in about 11 minutes of ice time. Drafted by Nashville in 2015 and he signed as a free agent in July.

    22. St. Louis Blues (last week: 25 / move: +3)

    The up-and-down Blues won four straight to get back above .500 before falling to 16-16-1 with a 5-2 loss to Seattle on Tuesday. A goal in that game brought Pavel Bushnevich 100 points with St. Louis.

    21. Florida Panthers (Last week: 21 / Move: 0)

    The Panthers dropped a defenseman (Michael Del Zotto) and picked up a winger (Jeffani Smith) in a three-team deal with Anaheim and Detroit. Smith, 24, was a second-round draft pick for the Red Wings in 2016.

Numbers 20-16: Red Wings, Swords, Flames, Oilers, Islanders

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19, 2022 - Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen #1 of the Buffalo Sabers is seen during the third period against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Butari/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Jeff Butari/NHLI via Getty Images

    20. Detroit Red Wings (Last Week: 17 / Move: -3)

    The Red Wings welcomed former head coach Jeff Blashill back into town on Wednesday for the first time since he was fired after winning 204 games in seven seasons. He is now an assistant at Tampa Bay.

    19. Buffalo Sabers (last week’s 23 / move: +4)

    The Sabers had four straight wins, including three on the road in Colorado, Arizona, and Vegas. Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 80 of 84 shots against the Avalanche and the Golden Knights.

    18. Calgary Flames (last week: 20 / move: +2)

    The Flames scored twice in the first 30 seconds of San Jose’s lightning attack on Tuesday. Two straight wins after five straight losses that included two goals and three points from 34-year-old Milan Lucic.

    17. Edmonton Oilers (Last Week: 16 / Move: -1)

    GM Ken Holland had come under fire for the Oilers’ struggles, which included a three-game skid heading into Wednesday in Dallas. “I think that’s the beautiful part about playing in Canada.” Tell Sportsnet.

    16. New York Islanders (Last Week: 12 / Move: -4)

    The most recent loss came in overtime, but it’s still four in five games for New York, which is 3-5-1 in December after losing 10-5 in November. However, GM Lou Lamoriello “very happy” with the position of things.

Numbers 15-11: Capitals, Kings, Avalanche, Rangers, Wild

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Phoenix Copley No. 29 of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks in the first half at Arena on December 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    15. Washington Capitals (last week: 15 / move: 0)

    Alex Ovechkin’s 801st goal clock moves to Ottawa on Thursday night after it was held scoreless in an overtime win over Detroit on Monday. Washington came home Friday against Winnipeg.

    14. Los Angeles Kings (Last week: 18 / Move: +4)

    Goaltender Pheonix Copley has won three consecutive starts and five of six games for the Kings since veteran Cal Petersen was waived and sent to the AHL with a 3.75 goals-against average in 10 games.

    13. Colorado Avalanche (last week: 11 / move: -2)

    Nathan McKinnon returned to training, albeit in a non-contact role, on Tuesday as his time on the rack since the Dec. 5 injury and two weeks has passed. He had 34 points in 23 games before the injury.

    12. New York Rangers (last week: 13 / mov: +1)

    The Rangers’ seven-game winning streak finally came to an end Tuesday night when they gave up a 3-2 decision in Pittsburgh. New York has allowed only 14 goals in wins while scoring 33.

    11. Minnesota Wild (last week: 14 / move: +3)

    The Wild went 4-0 at home to extend their winning streak to five before beginning a three-game trip that included stops Wednesday in Anaheim and will also lead to visits to San Jose and Winnipeg.

Numbers 10-6: Kraken, Lightning, Penguins, Golden Knights, Stars

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    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 5: Vegas Golden Knights center Michael Amadeo (22) shoots in a warmup before a game between the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights on December 5, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston, MA.  (Photo by Farid Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Farid Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    10. Seattle Kraken (last week: 10 / move: 0)

    The Kraken gave the most wins during a seven-game winning streak again in a subsequent 1-5 skid, but they righted the ship with back-to-back defeats at home to Winnipeg and St. Louis.

    9. Tampa Bay Lightning (last week: 7 / action: -2)

    Toronto’s five-game winning streak was ended with a 4-1 loss that no one on the team enjoyed. “That was a complete game, I’ll tell you that,” Coach John Cooper said He said. “Bag full of know what.”

    8. Pittsburgh Penguins (last week: 5 / move: -3)

    December is still going well for the Penguins, who stayed motivated by a 3-2 defeat of the New York Rangers and improved to 8-1 since the calendar reached the final month in 2022.

    7. Vegas Golden Knights (Last Week: 4 / Move: -3)

    The continued absence of Jacques Eichel created a first-line opportunity for Michael Amadeo, who caught an assist in 19 turns of ice time in Monday’s loss to Buffalo. Eichel has not played since December 9th.

    6. The Dallas Stars (last week: 9 / action: +3)

    Forward Denis Guryanov will not be available for the time being after taking a leave of absence for family reasons. He had 11 goals and 31 points in 2021-22 but has only five points in 25 games this season.

Numbers 5-1: Devils, Jets, Maple Leafs, Hurricanes, Bruins

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 20: Kyle Connor #81 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his second goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators with teammates on the bench at the Canada Live Center on December 20, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  (Photo by Darcy Finlay/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Darcy Finlay/NHLI via Getty Images

    5. New Jersey Devils (last week: 3 / move: -2)

    The season’s first long adversity finally hit the Devils, who lost five times in 28 games before losing four straight, going 14-5 in the process, and missing out on first place.

    4. Winnipeg Jets (last week: 8 / move: +4)

    Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey have double-digit game point streaks after each scored Tuesday night against Ottawa. The duo scored eight goals and provided 22 assists in a total of 10 matches.

    3. Toronto Maple Leafs (last week: 2 / move: -1)

    The 4-1 defeat of Tampa Bay lifted the Maple Leafs to 5-2-1 in December ahead of a Thursday afternoon date with Philadelphia that precedes trips to St. Louis, Arizona and Colorado.

    2. Carolina Hurricanes (last week: 6 / move: +4)

    The title of best team in the league goes to the Hurricanes, whose winning streak is extended to six with a 4-1 defeat of New Jersey also propelling them to first place in the Metropolitan Division.

    1. Boston Bruins (last week: 1 / action: 0)

    Perhaps it will stay easy for the Bruins, who have been 4-0-1 their last five games, haven’t lost in regulation since Dec. 9 and have only won six in 31 games. “They’re great leaders and they know how to win,” said coach Jim Montgomery. He said. “All the different ways we win, it shows, so I’ve developed the ability to let them control a lot of what happens.”

    sAccurate rating until Tuesday, December 20th.

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