NHL Power Rankings, Week 12: Red Wings, Flyers Hold Steady Atop West, East

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings were able to hold off some hard-charging challengers to successfully stay atop their respective conference's in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

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

- Donny Rivette, Litter Box Cats

- Ben Rothenberg, Broad Street Hockey

- Ryan Classic, Silver Seven

John Fontana did not vote this week.

And for the West...

- Brad Gardner, Defending Big D

- Dirk Hoag, On the Forecheck 

- Bryan Reynolds, Hockey Wilderness

- Casey Richey, Winging It In Motown

- Matt Wagner, The Cannon

Derek Zona did not vote this week.

And now, the reason you're here.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Philadelphia Flyers - 22-8-5, 49 pts - Last week: 1 - Broad Street Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
1

2
1
2
1
7
2. Pittsburgh Penguins - 24-11-2, 50 pts – Last week: 2Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2

1
2
1
2
8
3. Tampa Bay Lightning - 21-10-5, 47 pts - Last week: 6 - Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3

3
3
3 3
15
4. Washington Capitals - 21-12-5, 47 pts – Last week: 5 – Japers' Rink  
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5

5
4
4 4
22
5. Montreal Canadiens - 20-14-2, 42 pts – Last week: 3 –  Eyes On The Prize 
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6

8
6
5 5
30
6. Atlanta Thrashers  - 19-13-6, 44 pts  – Last week: 4 - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4
7
5 7 7
30
7. New York Rangers  - 21-14-2, 44 pts – Last week: 7 – Blueshirt Banter 
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8

6
7
6 6
33
8.  Boston Bruins - 19-11-4, 42 pts – Last week: 8 – Stanley Cup of Chowder 
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7

4
9 8
9
37
9. Ottawa Senators - 16-17-4, 36 pts – Last week: 10 – Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9
8
8
8
9
43
10. Carolina Hurricanes - 15-15-4, 34 pts -- Last week: 9 – Canes Country 
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10
11 10 11 11
53
11. Florida Panthers - 16-17-1, 33 pts – Last week: 12 – Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11
10 11 12 10
54
12. Buffalo Sabres - 14-18-4, 32 pts – Last week: 11 – Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12
12 12
10 13
59
13. Toronto Maple Leafs - 13-17-4, 30 pts – Last week: 13  – Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13
13 13 13 12
64
14. New York Islanders - 9-19-6, 24 pts – Last week: 15 – Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14
14 14 15 14
71
15. New Jersey Devils - 9-24-2, 20 pts – Last week: 14 – In Lou We Trust 
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15
15 15 14 15
74

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Detroit Red Wings - 23-9-4, 50 pts – Last week: 1 – Winging It In Motown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
1
1 2 1
2 7
2. Vancouver Canucks - 21-8-5, 47 pts – Last week: 3 – Nucks Misconduct
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
2
2
1 2

1
8
3. Los Angeles Kings - 22-12-1, 45 pts – Last week: 6 Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3
3 3 3
3
15
4. San Jose Sharks - 19-12-5, 43 pts – Last week: 8Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4
5
5 5 4
23
5. Dallas Stars - 21-11-4, 46 pts – Last week: 2 –  Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5
4 7 4 7 27
6. Chicago Blackhawks - 20-14-3, 43 ptsLast week: 9 – Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6
7
4 7

5 29
7. Colorado Avalanche - 19-12-5, 43 pts – Last week: 4 – Mile High Hockey 
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9 6
6 8

6
35
8. Phoenix Coyotes - 16-11-7, 39 pts – Last week: 7 – Five For Howling 
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7 10
10 9
7
43
9. St. Louis Blues - 18-12-5, 41 pts – Last week: 10 – St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8 8
9 9

9
43
10. Nashville Predators - 17-12-6, 40 pts – Last week: 5 –  On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10 9 8 10

10 47
11. Columbus Blue Jackets - 18-15-3, 39 pts – Last week: 12 – The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11 12
12 12 11
58
12. Anaheim Ducks - 18-17-4, 40 pts – Last week: 11 – Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12
11 14 11 13 61
13. Minnesota Wild - 16-14-5, 37 pts – Last week: 13 Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13 13 13 13
12 64
14. Calgary Flames - 16-18-3, 35 pts – Last week: 14 Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14 14 11 14 15 68
15. Edmonton Oilers - 12-16-6, 30 pts – Last week: 15The Copper & Blue 
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
15 15 15 15 14 74
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