NHL Power Rankings, Week 8: Columbus Keeps Winning, Climbs To Second In West

COLUMBUS OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Nick Holden #29 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after scoring against the Minnesota Wild during the third period on September 28 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. Columbus defeated Minnesota 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The surprising Columbus Blue Jackets keep on winning hockey games, and as a result, they've climbed all the way to 2nd in this week's Power Rankings. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is on the move in the East, the Stars make a move and the Kings take a tumble.

It's Tuesday, which means it's Power Rankings time. Our Rankings are put together based on votes from two panels of voters. Their votes are made public each week so you can ridicule and mock and plaster THIS GUY IS A BAD POWER RANKINGS VOTER posters all around your home arena. It's all about accountability (or something) ... and of course, it gives you the opportunity to have an opinion about other people's opinions.

Each panel, consisting of a few willing participants from around our great network of SB Nation hockey blogs, will vote on only their own conference. Since the NHL doesn't put much emphasis on cross-conference play, and since the two conferences are vastly different and usually end up that way come mid-April, we take two polls each week -- one for the East, one for the West.

The votes are then tallied up with a unique algorithm consisting of plus signs and, at the end, an equal sign. It's addition, baby. Before we get onto this week's Rankings, let's meet the panel.

THE PANEL

Voting on the East...

- Travis Hughes, SBNation.com, Broad Street Hockey

- Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven

- John Fontana, Raw Charge

- Donny Rivette, Litter Box Cats

- Ben Rothenberg, Broad Street Hockey

- Ryan Classic, Silver Seven

And for the West...

- Brad Gardner, Defending Big D

- Dirk Hoag, On the Forecheck

- Bryan Reynolds, Hockey Wilderness

- Derek Zona, SBNation.com, The Copper & Blue

- Casey Richey, Winging It In Motown

- Matt Wagner, The Cannon

And now, the reason you're here.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Washington Capitals - 17-6-2, 36 pts - Last week: 1 - Japers' Rink
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
1 1 1 2 2 1 8
2. Pittsburgh Penguins - 16-8-2, 34 pts - Last week: 4 - Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2 2 2 1 1 2 10
3. Philadelphia Flyers - 15-6-4, 34 pts – Last week: 2 – Broad Street Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3 4 3 3 4 3 20
4. Montreal Canadiens - 15-8-1, 31 pts – Last week: 3 – Eyes On The Prize
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4 3 4 4 3 4 22
5. Tampa Bay Lightning - 13-8-3, 29 pts – Last week: 5 – Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5 5 5 6 6 6 33
6. Atlanta Thrashers - 12-9-3, 27 pts – Last week: 8 - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8 8 5 5 5 5 36
7. New York Rangers - 14-11-1, 29 pts – Last week: 7 – Blueshirt Banter
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7 6 6 8 7 7 41
6. Boston Bruins - 12-8-2, 26 pts – Last week: 6 – Stanley Cup of Chowder
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6 7 8 7 8 9 45
9. Carolina Hurricanes - 10-11-3, 23 pts – Last week: 9 – Canes Country
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10 9 10 10 11 8 58
10. Ottawa Senators - 11-13-1, 23 pts – Last week: 10 – Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9 10 9 9 12 11 60
11. Buffalo Sabres - 9-13-3, 21 pts – Last week: 11 – Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11 11 12 11 9 12 66
12. Florida Panthers - 10-12-0, 20 pts – Last week: 12 – Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12 12 11 13 10 13 71
13. New Jersey Devils - 8-14-2, 18 pts – Last week: 14 – In Lou We Trust
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14 13 14 12 13 10 76
14. Toronto Maple Leafs - 8-11-3, 19 pts – Last week: 13 – Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13 14 13 14 14 14 82
15. New York Islanders - 5-12-5, 15 pts – Last week: 15 – Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15 15 15 15 15 15 90


WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Detroit Red Wings - 15-4-2, 32 pts – Last week: 1 – Winging It In Motown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
1 1 1 1 1 1 6
2. Columbus Blue Jackets - 14-8-0, 28 pts – Last week: 4 – The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
2 2 2 2 2 4 14
3. Vancouver Canucks - 12-7-3, 27 pts – Last week: 6 – Nucks Misconduct
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3 3 3 4 4 3 20
4. Colorado Avalanche - 13-9-1, 27 pts – Last week: 3 – Mile High Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4 6 4 5 3 7 29
5. Dallas Stars - 14-8-1, 29 pts – Last week: 11 – Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7 5 6 3 7 2 30
6. Los Angeles Kings - 13-7-0, 26 pts – Last week: 2 – Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6 7 5 6 5 9 38
7. Phoenix Coyotes - 11-6-5, 27 pts – Last week: 7 – Five For Howling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5 4 9 8 9 6 41
8. Chicago Blackhawks - 13-11-2, 28 pts – Last week: 8 – Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9 10 7 9 6 5 46
9. San Jose Sharks - 11-7-4, 26 pts – Last week: 9 – Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8 9 8 10 8 10 53
10. St. Louis Blues - 12-7-3, 27 pts – Last week: 5 – St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10 8 10 7 10 8 53
11. Minnesota Wild - 11-10-2, 24 pts – Last week: 10 – Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11 13 11 11 12 12 70
12. Nashville Predators - 9-8-5, 23 pts – Last week: 13 – On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13 11 13 13 13 11 74
13. Anaheim Ducks - 12-11-3, 27 pts – Last week: 12 – Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12 12 14 12 14 13 77
14. Calgary Flames - 10-12-2, 22 pts – Last week: 14 – Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14 14 12 14 11 14 79
15. Edmonton Oilers - 7-12-4, 18 pts – Last week: 15 – The Copper & Blue
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
15 15 15 15 15 15 90
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