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NHL Power Rankings, Week 16: The New Jersey Devils Finally Climb Out Of The Basement

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In this week's NHL Power Rankings, the New Jersey Devils finally climb their way out of the Eastern Conference basement. At the top, things stay the same, with Vancouver and Philadelphia leading the pack.

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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

And on the West...

- Brad Gardner, Defending Big D

- Dirk Hoag, On the Forecheck

- Bryan Reynolds, Hockey Wilderness

- Casey Richey, Winging It In Motown

- Derek Zona, SBNation.com, The Copper & Blue

- Matt Wagner, The 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. Pittsburgh Penguins – Last week: 2 – Pensburgh
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
2 2 2 2 3 2 13
3. Tampa Bay Lightning – Last week: 3 – Raw Charge
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
4 3 5 3 2 3 20
4. Boston Bruins – Last week: 3 – Stanley Cup of Chowder
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
3 4 3 4 4 4 22
5. Washington Capitals – Last week: 4 – Japers' Rink
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
5 5 4 5 5 5 29
6. Montreal Canadiens – Last week: 7 – Eyes On The Prize
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
6 6 6 6 3 7 34
7. New York Rangers – Last week: 6 – Blueshirt Banter
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
7 7 7 7 7 6 41
8. Carolina Hurricanes – Last week: 8 – Canes Country
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
8 8 9 9 8 9 51
9. Atlanta Thrashers – Last week: 9 – Bird Watchers Anonymous
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
9 9 11 8 9 8 54
10. Buffalo Sabres – Last week: 11 – Die By The Blade
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
10 10 8 10 10 10 58
11. Florida Panthers – Last week: 10 – Litter Box Cats
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
11 11 13 11 11 12 69
12. Toronto Maple Leafs – Last week: 12 – Pension Plan Puppets
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
12 12 12 12 12 13 73
13. New Jersey Devils – Last week: 15 – In Lou We Trust
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
13 13 10 13 13 11 73
14. New York Islanders – Last week: 13 – Lighthouse Hockey
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
14 15 14 14 15 14 86
15. Ottawa Senators – Last week: 14 – Silver Seven
Travis John Donny Ben Peter Ryan Total
15 14 15 15 14 15 88

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 3 12
3. Nashville Predators – Last week: 4 – On the Forecheck
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
3 4 4 3 4 2 20
4. Dallas Stars – Last week: 4 – Defending Big D
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
4 3 3 4 3 4 21
5. Phoenix Coyotes – Last week: 5 – Five For Howling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
5 5 6 5 5 7 33
6. Chicago Blackhawks – Last week: 6 – Second City Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
6 6 5 6 6 8 37
7. Anaheim Ducks – Last week: 8 – Anaheim Calling
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
10 8 7 7 7 5 44
8. Colorado Avalanche – Last week: 7 – Mile High Hockey
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
7 7 10 8 8 9 49
9. San Jose Sharks – Last week: 12 – Fear The Fin
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
8 10 8 9 9 6 50
10. Minnesota Wild – Last week: 11 – Hockey Wilderness
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
9 9 11 10 10 10 59
11. Los Angeles Kings – Last week: 9 – Jewels From The Crown
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
11 12 9 12 12 12 68
12. St. Louis Blues – Last week: 10 – St. Louis Game Time
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
12 11 12 11 11 13 70
13. Columbus Blue Jackets – Last week: 13 – The Cannon
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
14 13 14 13 13 11 78
14. Calgary Flames – Last week: 14 – Matchsticks & Gasoline
Brad Bryan Dirk Casey Derek Matt Total
13 14 13 14 14 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