NHL Power Rankings, Week 13: Canucks Take Top Spot In West, Defending Champs Plummet

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 20: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks battles for control of the puck wth Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on October 20 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After twelve weeks of dominance, the reign of the Detroit Red Wings atop the West ends this week with a coup d'etat by the Vancouver Canucks. Meanwhile, an old emperor falls hard, and out in the Eastern Kingdom, the power structure stays in tact.

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 HughesSBNation.com, Broad Street Hockey

- John FontanaRaw Charge

Peter RaaymakersSilver Seven

Donny Rivette, Litter Box Cats

Ben RothenbergBroad Street Hockey

Ryan ClassicSilver Seven

And for the West...

Brad GardnerDefending Big D

Dirk HoagOn the Forecheck 

Bryan ReynoldsHockey Wilderness

Casey RicheyWinging It In Motown

- Derek ZonaThe Copper & Blue

Matt WagnerThe Cannon

Derek Zona did not vote this week.

And now, the reason you're here.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Philadelphia Flyers – Last week: 1 – Broad Street Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
1 3 2 1 1 1 9
2. Pittsburgh Penguins – Last week: 2 – Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2 1 4 2 2 3 14
3. Tampa Bay Lightning – Last week: 3 – Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4 2 1 4 4 2 17
4. Washington Capitals – Last week: 4 – Japers' Rink
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3 4 3 3 3 4 20
5. Atlanta Thrashers – Last week: 6 – Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5 5 6 5 5 5 31
6. New York Rangers – Last week: 7 – Blueshirt Banter
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7 6 5 7 8 6 39
7. Boston Bruins – Last week: 8 – Stanley Cup of Chowder
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6 7 7 6 6 7 39
8. Carolina Hurricanes – Last week: 10 – Canes Country
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8 8 8 8 7 8 47
9. Montreal Canadiens – Last week: 5 – Eyes On The Prize
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9 9 9 9 9 9 54
10. Buffalo Sabres – Last week: 12 – Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10 12 10 11 10 11 64
11. Florida Panthers – Last week: 11 – Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11 11 11 12 11 10 66
12. Ottawa Senators – Last week: 9 – Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12 10 12 10 12 13 69
13. New York Islanders – Last week: 14 – Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13 14 13 13 13 12 78
14. Toronto Maple Leafs – Last week: 13 – Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14 13 14 14 14 14 83
15. New Jersey Devils – Last week: 15 – In Lou We Trust
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15 15 15 15 15 15 90


WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Vancouver Canucks – Last week: 2 – Nucks Misconduct
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
1 2 1 1 1 1 7
2. Detroit Red Wings – Last week: 1 – Winging It In Motown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
2 1 2 2 2 2 11
3. San Jose Sharks – Last week: 4 – Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3 4 4 4 4 3 22
4. Dallas Stars – Last week: 5 – Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4 3 5 3 3 4 22
5. Los Angeles Kings – Last week: 3 – Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6 6 3 7 5 10 37
6. St. Louis Blues – Last week: 9 – St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5 7 8 6 6 6 38
7. Colorado Avalanche – Last week: 7 – Mile High Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9 5 6 9 8 7 44
8. Nashville Predators – Last week: 10 – On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8 8 9 8 7 8 48
9. Anaheim Ducks – Last week: 12 – Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7 10 13 11 11 5 57
10. Columbus Blue Jackets – Last week: 11 – The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10 9 12 10 10 9 60
11. Phoenix Coyotes – Last week: 8 – Five For Howling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12 12 10 10 9 11 64
12. Chicago Blackhawks – Last week: 6 – Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11 11 7 12 13 12 66
13. Calgary Flames – Last week: 14 – Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13 13 11 13 14 13 77
14. Minnesota Wild – Last week: 13 – Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14 14 14 14 12 14 82
15. Edmonton Oilers – Last week: 15 – The Copper & Blue
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
15 15 15 15 15 15 90

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