NHL Power Rankings, through games of Feb. 6
1. (3) Vancouver (34-10-9): It does not seem like he’s been in the league long enough to be near the top in any games played category, but Henrik Sedin is fourth all-time for most games played in Vancouver (782). Only Trevor Linden (1140), Stan Smyl (896) and Markus Naslund (884) have played more.
2. (1) Philadelphia (35-13-5): Over his past eight starts, Sergei Bobrovsky is 7-1 with a 2.18 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
3. (2) Tampa Bay (32-16-5): Dwayne Roloson has a 2.21 GAA and .927 save percentage in 12 starts with the Lightning.
4. (5) Pittsburgh (34-16-4): With Evgeni Malkin gone for the year and Sidney Crosby possibly out until March, look for the Penguins to make a move for a forward (Jason Arnott?) sooner rather than later.
5. (6) Boston (30-16-7): The Bruins have lost Marc Savard for the year. What now? Rumors still persist about a defenseman and possibly another forward (I know Calgary likely won’t deal him, but Jarome Iginla would look great in black and gold).
6. (7) Detroit (31-15-6): Detroit had been shutout for seven straight periods before Pavel Datsyuk’s goal in his first game back Monday night against the Rangers.
7. (8) Washington (29-15-10): Alex Ovechkin (55 points) and Nicklas Backstrom (50) make the Capitals one of four teams in the NHL with two 50-point scorers (Dallas, Tampa Bay, Vancouver; through Sunday’s games). Twenty teams don’t have a single 50-point scorer.
8. (4) Dallas (30-18-5): The Stars have dropped three straight, and rumors have them in the mix for a defenseman at the trade deadline.
9, (10) Montreal (30-19-5): Tomas Plekanec has seven points in his last seven games and leads the Canadiens in scoring (18-25-43).
10. (9) Nashville (28-18-7): Pekka Rinne made 35 saves as the Predators broke a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 win over division-leading Detroit.
11. (15) San Jose (28-19-6): On the same night San Jose blanked Boston 2-0, its AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass. also scored a 2-0 win over the Providence Bruins (with several members of the NHL Sharks in attendance).
12. (21) Los Angeles (29-22-2): Jonathan Quick is looking to become the first goalie in Kings’ history to win 30-plus games in back-to-back seasons. Quick is 24-14-1 with a 2.14 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
13. (14) Anaheim (29-21-4): Ryan Getzlaf (13-24-37), out since Dec. 28 with sinus fractures, plans to return this week – maybe as soon as Wednesday night.
14. (11) New York Rangers (29-22-4): Mats Zuccarello has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, including five assists in the last four games.
15. (13) Phoenix (26-19-9): Keith Yandle leads all NHL defensemen and the Coyotes in scoring 45 points (9 goals, 36 assists).
16. (19) Minnesota (27-20-5): Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves in a 1-0 loss to Phoenix. The Wild have won six of eight.
17. (22) Calgary (26-21-7): The Flames are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, going 7-1-2 in their last 10, and are knocking on the door of the playoffs.
18. (12) Chicago (27-21-4): Dave Bolland netted Chicago’s final goal of the game on Friday in Vancouver and now has goals in consecutive games. The 24-year old center has tallied seven goals and ten points over his last nine games.
19. (16) Carolina (26-21-6): Cam Ward has faced the most shots in the league and is second in total saves. He is 23-17-5 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average this year.
20. (18) Colorado (25-21-6): Peter Forsberg is back – let’s all hope he has something left in the tank. He’s one of the all-time great all-around players.
21. (25) Buffalo (24-22-5): The Sabres are one of two teams (Colorado) that has not lost a shootout this season. Buffalo s 4-0 in shootouts, while the Avalanche are 3-0.
22. (17) Atlanta (24-21-10): Nik Antropov has not gone consecutive games without scoring at least one point since Dec. 15-16 (17 games).
23. (20) St. Louis (23-20-8): The Blues have won just three of their last 10 and are struggling to score goals.
24. (24) Florida (23-23-6): If this team could score, they might be dangerous.
25. (23) Columbus (25-22-5): Steve Mason made 34 saves as the Blue Jackets shut out Detroit for the first time in franchise history.
26. (26) Toronto (21-26-5): James Reimer made 27 saves to record his first-career NHL shutout in the Maple Leafs 3-0 win over Carolina last week. Reimer, who made his NHL debut earlier this season, has registered a 5-4-0 record with a 2.38 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in 10 games this season.
27. (27) New Jersey (19-30-4): The Devils are playing well under Jacques Lemaire. It will be interesting to see how the Devils fare down the stretch.
28. (28) New York Islanders (17-28-7): Rick DiPietro cannot catch a break, as he’s out with facial fractures after a fight with Brent Johnson.
29. (29) Ottawa (17-28-8): The Sens are a league-worst minus-57 in goal differential. They may be competing for the top overall pick.
30. (30) Edmonton (15-29-8): The Oilers are sinking fast, having won once in their last 10.
(Steve Kendall is a freelance writer with 20 years experience covering hockey at all levels. In addition to thehockeywriters.com, he has written for The Boston Herald, The New England Hockey Journal, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.)