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Blues Second in NHL.com Power Rankings

Monday, 03.05.2012 / 12:35 PM / St Louis Blues - News
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Blues Second in NHL.com Power Rankings


According to NHL.com writer Dave Lozo, the Blues recent 5-1 road trip has helped them maintain their spot at No. 2 in the latest NHL.com Power Rankings.

As of Monday afternoon, the Blues were first in the Central Division through 66 games with a 41-18-7 record (89 points).

The Blues rank third overall in League standings, just two points behind the New York Rangers, who lead all teams with 91 points.

The NHL.com Power Ranking Chart for the week ending March 4 is listed below.

RANK TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK COMMENTARY
1 N.Y. Rangers (42-15-7) 4 In a strange coincidence, the Rangers earned their 91st point against the Bruins on Sunday; last season, they earned their 91st point against the Bruins, only it was on April 4 in Game 80.
2 St. Louis (41-18-7) 2 Winners of four of their last five, the Blues are on pace for 111 points. It would be three short of the franchise record set in 1999-2000, when the Blues won the Presidents' Trophy but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
3 Pittsburgh (38-21-5) 7
Jordan Staal has 33 points in 44 games, the best points-per-game average of his career. If not for a knee injury that cost him 15 games, his season would be garnering more attention.
4 Vancouver (41-17-8) 1 The Canucks have dropped three of four, but have picked up points in three of four. They have earned at least a point in 18 of their last 20 games.
5 Nashville (38-20-7) 5 Since acquiring Hal Gill, the Preds are 5-1-1. In two games with the club, Andrei Kostitsyn has a goal and an assist, andPaul Gaustad had an assist, and won 15-of-22 faceoffs in his one game.
6 Detroit (43-20-3)
6
The Red Wings clearly are not the same team with Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk out, but what team would be? If the lower-body injury Jimmy Howard suffered Sunday is serious, then there could be problems.
7 Philadelphia (36-21-7) 10
Is Ilya Bryzgalov figuring it out? In his last three starts, the enigmatic goaltender has stopped 77 of 81 shots for a .951 save percentage.
8 Chicago (26-24-7) 12
The streakiness of the Blackhawks is fascinating. Since Jan. 15, they have won three straight, lost nine straight, won four straight, lost three straight, and won three straight.
9 Phoenix (33-23-9) 3 After a near-perfect February, the air has come out of the balloon with two straight losses to open March. The Coyotes are just three points clear of ninth in the West.
10 Dallas (35-26-5) 15 The Stars are 6-0-1 in their last seven. In Kari Lehtonen's last six games, he is 5-0-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.
11 Buffalo (30-27-8) NR Here's yet another team on a 6-0-1 run. It's also mostly been about the goaltender, as Ryan Miller has allowed just 10 goals in that stretch and posted two shutouts.
12 Boston (38-28-3) 8 The Bruins can look dominant at times and pedestrian at others. It's a big reason why they haven't strung together consecutive victories since Jan. 10-12.
13 Tampa Bay (31-28-6) NR
For weeks, it looked like no one wanted the No. 8 spot in the East. Winners of four straight and seven of nine, the Lightning are two points out with a game in hand.
14 Ottawa (34-25-8) 11 With Craig Anderson out, rookie goaltender Robin Lehnerhas held the fort. He lost back-to-back games this weekend, but he's posted a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage.
15 Los Angeles (30-23-12) NR
They've won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the two games that bridged the All-Star break. They've won three of four and are three points back of the lead in the Pacific.
16 Winnipeg (31-27-8) 16 As rough as the 5-3 loss to the Oilers was, the 7-0 shellacking of the Southeast-leading Panthers three nights later was even more impressive. They have a big game with the Sabres at home Monday.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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