Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 22:San Jose Sharks Push Into Top 5

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 22: The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Five of their Western Conference Quaterfinals at HP Pavilion on April 22, 2010 in San Jose, California. The Sharks lead 3-0 after two periods. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks claim the top spot in the NHL and the power rankings while the San Jose Sharks' long surge finally pushes them into the top five. The rest of the league? See who's up and who's down as the push to the playoffs intensifies.

Did you hear the one about the hockey team from Northern California that was supposed to be pretty darn good and really wasn't? Yeah, we've all heard that tale too, though it seems like the San Jose Sharks have finally shaken off first-half-itis and become the team that they should be (on paper). Seems like everyone else agrees, as they've finally pushed their way into the top five of the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings. Things don't look too rosy for their Pacific Division mates, though.

Ho hum, another week and the Vancouver Canucks return to the top. To grab a line from Snake Plissken, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are your rankings for this week.

Rank Team Last Diff
1  Vancouver Canucks 2 1
2  Boston Bruins 4 2
3  Philadelphia Flyers 1 -2
4 (tie)  Detroit Red Wings 3 -1
4 (tie)  San Jose Sharks 6 2
6  Chicago Blackhawks 9 3
7  Washington Capitals 11 4
8  Montreal Canadiens 12 4
9  Pittsburgh Penguins 9 0
10  Tampa Bay Lightning 5 -5
11  Calgary Flames 14 3
12  Los Angeles Kings 7 -5
13  Phoenix Coyotes 8 -5
14  Dallas Stars 13 -1
15  New Jersey Devils 19 4
16  New York Rangers 17 1
17  Minnesota Wild 15 -2
18 (tie)  Anaheim Ducks 20 2
18 (tie)  Nashville Predators 16 -2
20  Buffalo Sabres 21 1
21  Columbus Blue Jackets 18 -3
22  Carolina Hurricanes 21 -1
23  Toronto Maple Leafs 24 1
24  Atlanta Thrashers 25 1
25  New York Islanders 27 2
25  St. Louis Blues 23 -2
27 (tie)  Edmonton Oilers 29 2
27 (tie)  Florida Panthers 26 -1
29  Colorado Avalanche 28 -1
30  Ottawa Senators 30 0

 

While the Sharks and Blackhawks have made notable pushes as of late, watch out for those pesky Calgary Flames. Yes, the team we all laughed about in early January is now just outside of the top ten. Sorry to have ever doubted you, Jarome Iginla.

And only two teams didn't move from last week's spot: the winning-in-limbo Penguins and the booking-tee-times Senators. They just really want to be worse than the Avalanche and Oilers, huh?

Now here are your rankings by conference; first the Eastern Conference.

Rank Team
1  Boston Bruins
2  Philadelphia Flyers
3  Washington Capitals
4  Montreal Canadiens
5  Pittsburgh Penguins
6  Tampa Bay Lightning
7  New Jersey Devils
8  New York Rangers
9  Buffalo Sabres
10  Carolina Hurricanes
11  Toronto Maple Leafs
12  Atlanta Thrashers
13  New York Islanders
14  Florida Panthers
15  Ottawa Senators

 

And now the Western Conference.

Rank Team
1  Vancouver Canucks
2 (tie)
 Detroit Red Wings
2 (tie)
 San Jose Sharks
4  Chicago Blackhawks
5  Calgary Flames
6  Los Angeles Kings
7  Phoenix Coyotes
8  Dallas Stars
9  Minnesota Wild
10 (tie)  Anaheim Ducks
10 (tie)  Nashville Predators
12  Columbus Blue Jackets
13  St. Louis Blues
14  Edmonton Oilers
15  Colorado Avalanche

 

Here is your mega-spreadsheet, first sorted by average.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 3 1.333 0.816 2 1
2 East  Boston Bruins 6 4 3 2 2 1 3 1.789 4 2
3 East  Philadelphia Flyers 5 6 2 4 3 5 4.167 1.472 1 -2
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 4 7 4 3 6 2 4.333 1.862 3 -1
4 West  San Jose Sharks 2 2 5 5 5 7 4.333 1.966 6 2
6 West  Chicago Blackhawks 3 3 7 8 8 4 5.5 2.429 9 3
7 East  Washington Capitals 7 10 6 6 4 12 7.5 2.95 11 4
8 East  Montreal Canadiens 11 9 10 10 7 10 9.5 1.378 12 4
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 9 13 9 7 10 11 9.833 2.041 9 0
10 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 11 8 9 9 13 10.33 1.966 5 -5
11 West  Calgary Flames 8 8 12 11 11 14 10.67 2.338 14 3
12 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 12 11 12 14 6 11.33 2.805 7 -5
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 15 15 14 13 13 8 13 2.608 8 -5
14 West  Dallas Stars 14 14 13 14 12 15 13.67 1.033 13 -1
15 East  New Jersey Devils 10 5 22 17 22 18 15.67 6.831 19 4
16 East  New York Rangers 16 16 19 18 18 9 16 3.633 17 1
17 West  Minnesota Wild 18 19 16 15 17 19 17.33 1.633 15 -2
18 West  Anaheim Ducks 20 22 15 16 15 20 18 3.033 20 2
18 West  Nashville Predators 19 21 17 19 16 16 18 2 16 -2
20 East  Buffalo Sabres 17 17 18 20 19 21 18.67 1.633 21 1
21 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 22 20 20 22 23 17 20.67 2.16 18 -3
22 East  Carolina Hurricanes 21 18 21 23 20 22 20.83 1.722 21 -1
23 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 23 23 23 21 21 25 22.67 1.506 24 1
24 East  Atlanta Thrashers 26 25 25 25 25 23 24.83 0.983 25 1
25 East  New York Islanders 25 24 27 24 26 24 25 1.265 27 2
25 West  St. Louis Blues 24 26 24 26 24 26 25 1.095 23 -2
27 West  Edmonton Oilers 28 27 29 28 28 27 27.83 0.753 29 2
27 East  Florida Panthers 27 29 26 27 29 29 27.83 1.329 26 -1
29 West  Colorado Avalanche 30 30 28 29 27 28 28.67 1.211 28 -1
30 East  Ottawa Senators 29 28 30 30 30 30 29.5 0.837 30 0

 

And by standard deviation.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
27 West  Edmonton Oilers 28 27 29 28 28 27 27.83 0.753 29 2
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 3 1.333 0.816 2 1
30 East  Ottawa Senators 29 28 30 30 30 30 29.5 0.837 30 0
24 East  Atlanta Thrashers 26 25 25 25 25 23 24.83 0.983 25 1
14 West  Dallas Stars 14 14 13 14 12 15 13.67 1.033 13 -1
25 West  St. Louis Blues 24 26 24 26 24 26 25 1.095 23 -2
29 West  Colorado Avalanche 30 30 28 29 27 28 28.67 1.211 28 -1
25 East  New York Islanders 25 24 27 24 26 24 25 1.265 27 2
27 East  Florida Panthers 27 29 26 27 29 29 27.83 1.329 26 -1
8 East  Montreal Canadiens 11 9 10 10 7 10 9.5 1.378 12 4
3 East  Philadelphia Flyers 5 6 2 4 3 5 4.167 1.472 1 -2
23 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 23 23 23 21 21 25 22.67 1.506 24 1
17 West  Minnesota Wild 18 19 16 15 17 19 17.33 1.633 15 -2
20 East  Buffalo Sabres 17 17 18 20 19 21 18.67 1.633 21 1
22 East  Carolina Hurricanes 21 18 21 23 20 22 20.83 1.722 21 -1
2 East  Boston Bruins 6 4 3 2 2 1 3 1.789 4 2
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 4 7 4 3 6 2 4.333 1.862 3 -1
4 West  San Jose Sharks 2 2 5 5 5 7 4.333 1.966 6 2
10 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 11 8 9 9 13 10.33 1.966 5 -5
18 West  Nashville Predators 19 21 17 19 16 16 18 2 16 -2
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 9 13 9 7 10 11 9.833 2.041 9 0
21 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 22 20 20 22 23 17 20.67 2.16 18 -3
11 West  Calgary Flames 8 8 12 11 11 14 10.67 2.338 14 3
6 West  Chicago Blackhawks 3 3 7 8 8 4 5.5 2.429 9 3
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 15 15 14 13 13 8 13 2.608 8 -5
12 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 12 11 12 14 6 11.33 2.805 7 -5
7 East  Washington Capitals 7 10 6 6 4 12 7.5 2.95 11 4
18 West  Anaheim Ducks 20 22 15 16 15 20 18 3.033 20 2
16 East  New York Rangers 16 16 19 18 18 9 16 3.633 17 1
15 East  New Jersey Devils 10 5 22 17 22 18 15.67 6.831 19 4

 

Most Consensus: Despite a difference of opinion from TSN -- and remember, they use a formula while the rest base it on their own judgment -- all subjective rankings have the Canucks at #1.

Biggest Outlier: I think the New Jersey Devils have made it into one of these categories for just about every week of this feature. There's still no consensus about the Devils are doing -- remarkable push or too little, too late?

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