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2006-2007 Power Rankings: Week 7

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1 (4) Sharks 15-6-0 Yes, they have more collective losses than Buffalo and Anaheim, but the Sharks are the hottest team right now. They've won six of the last seven with Milan Michalek (not Cheechoo) posting a point in each game over that stretch and they've allowed fewer goals (47). Signs point to the Sharks taking over the Pacific.

2 (2) Sabres 16-3-1 Neither Biron nor Miller could solve the Senators in two games this past week. On Saturday, in the second meeting, the Sabres look beaten for most of the game. Turnovers are also a problem. But, unlike the Ducks, they didn't lose to Philly AND Chicago.

3 (1) Ducks 14-2-5 The Ducks have also hit a bit of a rut, dropping games to the Flyers and Blackhawks, and almost losing to the Coyotes in the same week. If you're going to hit a low point, don't do it against some of the league's worst teams a few days before a big divisional matchup.

4 (8) Hurricanes 12-7-3 The Hurricanes make the biggest jump of the week after a 3-1 week, including a win over West power Dallas, to move into a tie for the Southeast Division lead heading into Monday's action.

5 (7) Predators 12-4-2 We can't hold the wacky schedule against the Preds, who will face the lowly Jackets on Monday for the third time in a week. Wacky? Maybe just plain dumb. But the Preds are putting them away and gaining much-needed points.

6 (3) Stars 13-6-0 The Stars lose ground after an up-and-down week, dropping games to the Isles and Canes. A big reason could be special teams -- the Stars rank 23rd at 14.4 percent and have just five PP goals in their last nine games.

7 (8) Red Wings 12-5-2 Poor Joey MacDonald. His first NHL start came in a shootout loss to the Oilers. All seven rounds of it. On the road. We wouldn't even wish that on Mario Lopez (wait, maybe we might.). Meanwhile, Dan Cleary's pairing with Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson is paying off -- he's riding a six-game points streak.

8 (11) Devils 12-6-1 After a close loss (and an unlucky bounce) against the Rangers, the Devils rebounded with two straight wins as they set off for a tough West Coast swing. Let's hope those Scott Gomez talks go as smoothly as Martin Brodeur's play of late.

9 (5) Thrashers 12-7-3 With no consistent scoring beyond the Big Three (Hossa, Kozlov and Kovalchuk) and with Johan Hedberg starting two straight games (and Bob Hartley qualifying that by saying there's no goalie controversy), the Thrashers have lost four straight games and their Southeast cushion.

10 (6) Maple Leafs 11-6-4 Think the Leafs are happy to have Andrew Raycroft back in net this week after back-to-back losses from backups Sebastien Aubin and Mikael Tellqvist? You bet your Sundin bobblehead they are.

11 (10) Canadiens 11-5-3 Sure, Cristobal Huet needs a night off now and then, but he's looking a lot better than David Aebischer is. Huet went up against some of the league's best talents and helped the Habs have almost a perfect week.

12 (9) Wild 12-6-1 Counting the days until Marian Gaborik comes back ... Meanwhile, the Wild are counting the days until they play back-to-back home games again (Nov. 29 and Dec. 1)

13 (13) Penguins 9-7-2 Just one loss this week (vs. the Sabres) and the Penguins are hanging tough in our Rankings. Pittsburgh is also an impressive 7-1 in Atlantic Division play. Not a bad record to have, given the schedule format.

14 (19) Oilers 11-8-1 We still have whiplash from watching Dwayne Roloson's fantastic glove save against the Red Wings. Edmonton makes a big jump and gains some much-needed ground in the Northwest. Only Minnesota and Dallas have a better penalty kill than the Oil (90.1 percent).

15 (14) Rangers 11-9-1 A 2-2 push week for the Rangers after Jaromir Jagr said he gets distracted when Pens fans boo him every time he touches the puck in Pittsburgh. Hey, Jaromir, we don't get distracted when we get booed by our readers each week!

16 (15) Avalanche 9-9-2 The Avs won two straight, but one of the wins came against the Jackets and the other against a struggling Wild team. Captain Joe Sakic is apparently stepping up his message off the ice, as well. How much longer can he carry this team on his back?

17 (21) Flames 9-7-2 The Flames' winning streak reached six games this week, capped by a convincing win over the Red Wings. Calgary hasn't allowed more than two goals a game over that stretch, including two shutouts by the Kipper.

18 (20) Islanders 9-6-3 A shutout vs. the Stars and a 2-0-1 overall week give the Islanders a boost. Even better news for the club -- they are getting consistent goaltending from both netminders (Rick DiPietro has a .912 SV% and Mike Dunham is at .932).

19 (16) Lightning 10-9-1 John Tortorella had a "shut yer trap" moment against the Rangers, but it wasn't a rallying cry for his team. Instead, the Bolts got caught in a neutral-zone trap game against the Rangers. What doesn't sound right about that?

20 (18) Canucks 10-10-1 The Canucks barely survived the Blackhawks to pull to .500 after last week. With a home-and-home vs. Detroit and games vs. Nashville and Colorado following that, Vancouver could be in a vicarious spot come next week.

21 (16) Capitals 8-6-6 With Dainius Zubrus, Chris Clark and Alexander Semin and defenseman Steve Eminger, it was the Ovie and Olie show this week. But not even that was enough vs. the Bruins (twice) and Hurricanes.

22 (23) Bruins 8-7-2 Beantown is kind of alive after extending its streak to four victories. The Bruins have stepped up, too, in helping goalie Tim Thomas, averaging 16.5 blocked shots over their winning stretch.

23 (25) Kings 7-11-4 Rob Blake is out of the lineup (groin), but the Kings were able to hold on with a win over the Coyotes to close out the week. We wonder if the Kings are wishing for Jack Johnson to come on board after Michigan's season is done.

24 (24) Blackhawks 7-10-2 We're going to give the Blackhawks a little love, much to the shagrin of some. With a gritty shootout win over the Ducks, a SO loss to the Coyotes and a one-goal loss to the Canucks, Chicago was happy to have Khabibulin back in net.

25 (28) Senators 8-11-1 When last week started, Ottawa was desperate. When the week ended, Daniel Alfredsson was saying he didn't want to be traded. There will always be "talk" in Ottawa, but the Sens are just happy with wins, two of them, that came against East power and Northeast rival Buffalo.

26 (22) Panthers 7-10-4 One win in their last six games. Things are not turning around for the Panthers. Florida had two games when they had at least 40 shots; those games were 4-1 losses. Will some shots eventually see the back of the net?

27 (27) Blues 5-11-3 Jason Bacashihua was in net for the Blues on Friday. Need we say more?

28 (30) Flyers 5-13-2 The Flyers went 2-2 on their recent four-game road trip and one of the wins was against the Ducks. Enough to climb out of our Chateau Bow-Wow.

29 (29) Coyotes 6-14-0 A mere win keeps the Coyotes out of the basement. Ugg.

30 (30) Blue Jackets 5-12-1 Call in Hitch! Call in Murray! Call in Keenan! Anything's better than this.
 
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