NHL Power Rankings: Week 26

A week and a half is all we have left in the NHL regular season so we come to the final NHL Power Ranking of the 2010-11 season on The Lowdown Blog. It’s been a long run that has trailed off as of late but that’s what happens when life gets in the way. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have all 30 NHL teams ranked from top to bottom for you once again. We have a new team atop the rankings this week and it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Continue reading


NHL Power Rankings: Week 25

Another week, another dose of the NHL Power Rankings. With two and a half weeks left in the season, the Western Conference playoff picture is just as cloudy as ever. But there’s still the stand out Vancouver Canucks atop the standings. However, leading the Presidents’ Trophy chase won’t get them on top of the Power Rankings. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 24

It’s back to the well once again with another edition of the NHL Power Rankings. For the third straight week, a different team sits atop the rankings. While that’s starting to change on a regular basis once again, the bottom of the Power Rankings remains the same. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 23

For the first time in a while, there’s a new team to top the Power Rankings. I don’t just mean that Detroit has fallen off the top of the rankings but this week’s #1 gets their first #1 ranking of the season. Unfortunately, I was very busy this week so I didn’t get around to stories about all 30 teams. They’re ranked but not necessarily analyzed. I’ll try to do better next week. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 22

The NHL’s trade deadline has come and gone with far more fanfare in the run up to the big day than on deadline day itself. What resulted was TSN’s six-minute deadline day recap which was equivalent to watching auto-fellatio. I’ve been using that word a lot… Probably because I sub-consciously think that the Power Rankings are slightly auto-fellatious. Anyway, the Western Conference gets a lot of mention up top this week in the PR and we have a repeat #1. Continue reading

Steve’s Ridiculous 2011 NHL Trade Deadline Predictions

Every year, I do my ridiculous NHL mock draft which is half serious and half satire. I figured that it would be fun to do the same at the trade deadline. After all, when experts and reporters talk about deals at the trade deadline, they always think that teams will make deals that make sense for all involved. In reality, the NHL doesn’t work that way. Players have no-trade clauses in their contracts and some GMs have no sense whatsoever. So let’s take a fun look at this year’s NHL trade deadline. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 21

It’s the last set of Power Rankings before the trade deadline. The problem is that the activity from the last couple of weeks would make you think that the trade deadline is earlier than February 28th. Short of Brad Richards getting traded, I’m not sure if there’s any major moves left to be made. Anyway, there’s a new team on top of the Power Rankings this team but it’s not like they haven’t been there before this season. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 20

Welcome to a slightly abbreviated version of the Power Rankings. Sadly, I just didn’t have enough time to put together thoughtful analysis of all 30 NHL teams this week. That doesn’t mean that I can’t put a new team on top of the rankings and include all sorts of vintage NHL team logos in this post. You might actually learn a thing or two about the league’s past from this post. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 19

Another week, another dose of the NHL analysis and assorted randominity known as the NHL Power Rankings. Once again, there’s a new team atop the rankings but it’s a familiar face that we should be used to see on top of the Power Rankings. Not surprisingly, the Senators, who haven’t won a game in their last ten, are on bottom. Continue reading

NHL Power Rankings: Week 18

Alright, there’s been two whole days of action since we last did the Power Rankings last Thursday. That means we don’t have a lot of movement in the rankings. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have things to talk about thanks to the CBC/NHLPA player survey. It also doesn’t mean that I wasn’t able to move a new team to the top of the Power Rankings. Continue reading