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NHL Power Rankings, Week 15: Western Shakeup Sees Kings, Sharks Plummet

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Things stay relatively steady at the top of both the East and West in this week's Power Rankings, but San Jose and Los Angeles have fallen off the cliff. Chicago and Phoenix pounce on the opportunity.

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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

- John Fontana, Raw Charge

- Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven

- Donny Rivette, Litter Box Cats

- Ben Rothenberg, Broad Street Hockey

- Ryan Classic, Silver Seven

Ben 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

- Derek Zona, The Copper & Blue

- Matt Wagner, The Cannon

Bryan 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 1 1
1 1 5
2. Pittsburgh Penguins – Last week: 2 – Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2 2 2
2 2 10
3. Boston Bruins – Last week: 7 – Stanley Cup of Chowder
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3 3 5
5 3 19
4. Tampa Bay Lightning – Last week: 3 – Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5 5 3
4 6 23
5. Washington Capitals -- Last week: 4 -- Japers' Rink
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4 6 6
3 4 23
6. New York Rangers -- Last week: 6 -- Blueshirt Banter
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6 4 7
6 5 28
7. Montreal Canadiens -- Last week: 9 -- Eyes On The Prize
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7 9 4
7 7 34
8. Carolina Hurricanes – Last week: 10 – Canes Country
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8 7 8
8 8 39
9. Atlanta Thrashers -- Last week: 5 -- Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9 8 9
10 10 46
10. Florida Panthers -- Last week: 11 -- Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10 10 10
9 9 48
11. Buffalo Sabres -- Last week: 10 -- Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11 11 11
11 11 55
12. Toronto Maple Leafs -- Last week: 14 -- Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12 12 12
12 12 60
13. New York Islanders -- Last week: 13 -- Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13 13 14
13 13 66
14. Ottawa Senators -- Last week: 12 -- Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14 15 13
14 14 70
15. New Jersey Devils – Last week: 15 – In Lou We Trust
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15 14 15
15 15 74

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Vancouver Canucks – Last week: 2 – Nucks Misconduct
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
1
1 1 1 1 5
2. Detroit Red Wings – Last week: 1 – Winging It In Motown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
2
2 2 2 2 10
3. Dallas Stars -- Last week: 4 -- Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3
3 3 3 3 15
4. Nashville Predators -- Last week: 8 -- On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4
5 4 5 5 23
5. Phoenix Coyotes -- Last week: 11 -- Five For Howling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5
6 5 4 4 24
6. Chicago Blackhawks -- Last week: 12 -- Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6
4 7 7 8 32
7. Colorado Avalanche – Last week: 7 – Mile High Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7
7 6 6 7 33
8. Anaheim Ducks -- Last week: 9 -- Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8
9 8 8 6 39
9. Los Angeles Kings -- Last week: 5 -- Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9
8 9 9 10 45
10. St. Louis Blues -- Last week: 6 -- St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11
11 10 10 11 53
11. Minnesota Wild -- Last week: 14 -- Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12
13 11 11 9 56
12. San Jose Sharks -- Last week: 3 -- Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10
10 12 12 13 57
13. Columbus Blue Jackets -- Last week: 10 -- The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13
14 13 13 12 65
14. Calgary Flames -- Last week: 13 -- Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14
12 14 14 15 69
15. Edmonton Oilers – Last week: 15 – The Copper & Blue
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
15
15 15 15 15 75