NHL Power Rankings, Week 20: The Western Conference Is Officially Unpredictable

DENVER - NOVEMBER 09: Colby Cohen #36 of the Colorado Avalanche skates back to the bench as the Calgary Flames celebrate their game winning goal by David Moss #25 against goalie Peter Budaj #31 of the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at the Pepsi Center on November 9 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Flames defeated the Avalanche 4-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Three things are certain about the Western Conference. The Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings are good, while the Edmonton Oilers are really, really bad. Everything else is a completely unpredictable mess.

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

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 1 1 1 1 1 6
2. Tampa Bay Lightning – Last week: 3 – Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2 2 2 2 2 2 12
3. Pittsburgh Penguins – Last week: 2 – Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3 3 3 5 3 3 20
4. Boston Bruins – Last week: 5 – Stanley Cup Of Chowder
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4 5 5 3 4 4 25
5. Montreal Canadiens – Last week: 6 – Eyes On The Prize
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5 4 4 6 7 5 31
6. Washington Capitals – Last week: 4 – Japers' Rink
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6 6 6 4 5 7 34
7. Carolina Hurricanes – Last week: 7 – Canes Country
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7 7 7 7 6 6 40
8. New York Rangers – Last week: 8 – Blueshirt Banter
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9 8 8 8 9 8 50
9. Buffalo Sabres – Last week: 9 – Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8 9 11 9 8 9 54
10. New Jersey Devils – Last week: 11 – In Lou We Trust
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11 10 9 11 10 10 61
11. Atlanta Thrashers – Last week: 10 – Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10 11 10 10 11 11 63
12. Florida Panthers – Last week: 12 – Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12 12 13 12 13 12 74
13. New York Islanders – Last week: 14 – Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14 14 12 14 12 13 79
14. Toronto Maple Leafs – Last week: 13 – Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13 13 14 13 14 14 81
15. Ottawa Senators – Last week: 15 – Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15 15 15 15 15 15 90

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Vancouver Canucks – Last week: 1 – Nucks Misconduct
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
1 2 1 1 1 1 7
2. Detroit Red Wings – Last week: 2 – Winging It In Motown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
2 1 2 2 2 2 11
3. Nashville Predators – Last week: 3 – On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3 3 3 3 3 4 19
4. Phoenix Coyotes – Last week: 6 – Five For Howling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4 4 6 4 4 5 27
5. San Jose Sharks – Last week: 4 – Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5 8 5 8 9 6 41
6. Los Angeles Kings – Last week: 7 – Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11 9 4 7 5 8 44
7. Anaheim Ducks – Last week: 10 – Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10 5 11 5 12 3 46
8. Dallas Stars – Last week: 5 – Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6 7 8 6 13 7 47
9. Chicago Blackhawks – Last week: 8 – Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7 10 7 10 6 12 52
10. Calgary Flames – Last week: 11 – Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8 11 9 9 7 9 53
11. Minnesota Wild – Last week: 9 – Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9 6 10 12 14 11 62
12. Columbus Blue Jackets – Last week: 14 – The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12 14 12 11 10 10 69
13. St. Louis Blues – Last week: 13 – St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14 12 13 14 8 13 74
14. Colorado Avalanche – Last week: 12 – Mile High Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13 13 14 13 11 14 78
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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