by Alan Nakkash
NHL Power Poll
1. Detroit Red Wings (4): Mike Modano credits his recent success to getting in shape. He said looming thoughts of retirement last season didn’t lead to his best conditioning.
2. Philadelphia Flyers (3): On Wednesday, the Flyers begin a stretch of nine games that includes three teams with a winning record. It’s a huge opportunity to pile up points.
3. Washington Capitals (1): More alarming than any postgame conversation with Ilya Kovalchuk is that Alex Ovechkin entered Wednesday’s game against Carolina with one goal in six games, where to buy Washington Capitals Jerseys? ujersy.
4. Montreal Canadiens (5): A write-in campaign isn’t easy, so credit Habs fans for giving Carey Price the early lead in All-Star voting for goalies.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins (12): No coincidence that Pittsburgh’s surge coincides with Sidney Crosby’s offensive production. He has 20 points in his past nine games.
6. Los Angeles Kings (2): Justin Williams is showing how productive he can be when healthy.
7. Phoenix Coyotes (20): After a slow start, Ray Whitney is coming on. He has 10 points in his past six games.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets (16): Yep, that’s Rostislav Klesla atop the NHL’s plus/minus leaders at plus-17.
9. St. Louis Blues (6): The Blues have solved their issue of winning at home. Now, if they could just address their 3-5-2 road record, Recommend directory: St. Louis Blues Jerseys.
10. Tampa Bay Lightning (19): Nearly a quarter (24.7) of Steve Stamkos’ shots become goals. Unreal.
11. Colorado Avalanche (14): A good battle for playing time in goal between Peter Budaj and Craig Anderson.
12. Boston Bruins (8): Not many contenders get a midseason boost like the one 100-point scorer Marc Savard will soon provide.
13. New York Rangers (11): Goalie Martin Biron has quietly become one of the offseason’s best free-agent signings.
14. Vancouver Canucks (7): Roberto Luongo’s .907 save percentage would be his lowest since playing for the Islanders, but it’s still higher than his two Team Canada Olympic teammates.
15. Anaheim Ducks (9): Nothing like losing to the hapless Oilers and then having five days to think about it.
16. San Jose Sharks (10): San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy points out that the Sharks have been shut out four times. Their total all of last season? Two.
17. Chicago Blackhawks (13): Looks like Joel Quenneville is easing up on Duncan Keith’s ice time.
18. Minnesota Wild (17): Not much risk in adding Patrick O’Sullivan, who has a two-way deal. His days in Carolina were numbered when Jeff Skinner made the team, Go to buy Minnesota Wild Jerseys on ujersy.
19. Dallas Stars (18): Stars fans are already tiring of the Brad Richards trade rumors — and it’s November. It’s only going to get worse.
20. Carolina Hurricanes (22): In Ryan Carter, the Hurricanes add playoff experience and someone who can win faceoffs and kill penalties.
21. Nashville Predators (23): It will be hard to evaluate this team until everybody gets healthy. Example: Matthew Lombardi could be a major difference-maker.
22. Ottawa Senators (15): We’re starting to see hiccups in Erik Karlsson’s rise to stardom.
23. Atlanta Thrashers (24): The Thrashers have a .300 winning percentage when they score first. Their winning percentage when allowing the first goal? .545.
24. Buffalo Sabres (21): Good to see the well-traveled Colin Stuart back in the NHL.
25. Toronto Maple Leafs (25): The Brad Richards trade talk is fun, but does it really make any sense for Toronto to peddle young assets when serious contention isn’t close?
26. Florida Panthers (27): David Booth’s lack of scoring isn’t from lack of trying. He leads the team with 81 shots but has one goal in November.
27. Calgary Flames (26): Sportsnet’s Roger Millions said he’s hearing the team is already disappointed in recently acquired Anton Babchuk. That didn’t take long.
28. New Jersey Devils (30): On the bright side, half of Ilya Kovalchuk’s four goals have been overtime game-winners.
29. Edmonton Oilers (29): Frustration is setting in for Tom Renney, who ripped the team after a loss to Phoenix: “I’m not happy, flat out, not happy. It’s a joke.”
30. New York Islanders (28): A wakeup call for Josh Bailey, who was loaned to AHL Bridgeport to rediscover his game.
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