Power Rankings Round-Up

by Kristine

Actual rank: 14th in league; 9th in West; 4th in Pacific.
Record: 3-2-3. L10: 3-2-3.

ESPN by Scott Burnside
Stars: 13 this week; 18 last week. “Just one regulation loss — Friday night against Boston — and the Stars bounced back nicely for a big win in Chicago the next night. Alex Auld got the win and is bidding for more playing time in the Stars’ net.
Of Note: Anaheim at 20 this week; 12 last week. “Inconsistency continues to dog the Ducks, who were eaten up 5-0 at home by St. Louis on Saturday night.
My thoughts: ESPN puts out their rankings on Monday, which means this was published before the Kings royally whipped up on the lackadaisical Stars at the American Airlines Center last night. They mention that the Stars came back to beat the Hawks after getting shut out by the Bruins the night before – so will they be able to do the same after this loss? The Stars play in Anaheim on Wednesday, and hopefully will be able to take advantage of the inconsistency problem ESPN mentions. Then it’s off to LA in hopes of redeeming themselves against the Kings Thursday night. Both these games are four-point games and the Stars need to take as many as possible.

The Hockey News
by Ryan Dixon
Stars: 15 this week; 19 last week. “Captain Brenden Morrow has five goals, eight points after spending much of last season on the shelf.
Of Note: Chicago at 4 this week; 7 last week. “Did you catch Cristobal Huet’s incredible hiccup? [link theirs, not mine]
My thoughts: Hee. Morrow is back, and Robi embarrassed Huet entirely on accident. What fun! That Morrow is doing so well so quickly, enough to warrant attention from the media, is great news for a team that sorely missed its captain last year!

TSN
Stars: 11 this week; 17 last week. “While critics will point out that the Stars have lost more than they’ve won thus far, those that recognize the shootout doesn’t do anything to determine a team’s superiority will see that Dallas has but one regulation loss in seven contests. Key Injuries: C Mike Modano (ribs). “
Of Note: Chicago at 15 this week; 10 last week. “This is by no means a reflection of the talent on this team, merely an indictment of the goaltending situation at the moment. Contenders simply can’t have starting goalies with an .844 save percentage. Key Injuries: RW Marian Hossa (shoulder).
My thoughts: Okay, two regulation losses in eight contests. It’s interesting that the Stars are still below .500 and they’re starting to get a little bit of recognition around the league. Hopefully they’ll grab a couple good wins on the road this week and move up the actual NHL standings as smoothly as they seem to be rising up the power ranking standings!

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