NHL Power Rankings: Twitter-Style Ranking of Each Team in 140 Characters

Tom SchreierCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

NHL Power Rankings: Twitter-Style Ranking of Each Team in 140 Characters

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    The following is a look at the current NHL landscape written in Twitter-style, meaning that player’s handles will be used in lieu of their names and hash tags will be used to illustrated concepts.

    This slideshow is intended to give readers a brief guide to where each team stands heading into the regular season.

    For more in-depth analysis, click here.

30. Columbus Blue Jackets

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    The Blue Jackets remain in rebuilding mode and would like to remind their fans to be patient:

    #Rebuilding #BePatientFans @JackJohnson3 @Anisimov42 @dbrassard16 #GoodFuture

29. New York Islanders

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    The Islanders would like to remind their fans that the new deal with the Barclays Center will keep a developing team in New York for years to come:

    #Brooklyn @BarclaysCenter #HeretoStay @91Tavares @bookerT2116 #GoodFuture

28. Edmonton Oilers

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    The Oilers would like to remind their fans that their young stars can benefit from extended playing time against weaker competition in the American Hockey League:

    @hallsy04, @RNH_3, @ebs_14 tearing up the @TheAHL. #GoodFuture

27. Montreal Canadiens

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    The Canadiens know that expectations are always high in Montreal and want to remind their fans that things will be better than last year:

    #CantBeWorseThanLastYear

26. Calgary Flames

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    The Flames feel that they have done what they need to do in order to get their team into the playoffs this year:

    @jiginla12real, Alex Tanguay Miikka Kiprusoff #OldiesButGoodies Roman Cervenka, @SvenBaertschi #TheFutureisNow

25. Winnipeg Jets

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    The Jets are looking to make a contending team in the future, but for right now they'd like their fans to enjoy NHL hockey once it comes back:

    #Honeymoon

24. Toronto Maple Leafs

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    The Leafs know their fans would like to see the salary cap removed from the game:

    Donald Fehr #NoSalaryCap #GoodIdea

23. Phoenix Coyotes

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    The Coyotes know the main reason they've been in the playoffs lately is because of their head coach:

    Dave Tippett #WorksMiracles

22. Nashville Predators

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    The Predators would like the remind their fans that they only lose one major cog on their roster this season:

    #RyanSuterisJustOnePlayer #StillGotWeber

21. Florida Panthers

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    The Panthers want their fans to know that good times are just around the corner:

    #WeMadethePlayoffsLastYear @RGrimaldi23 @ellerby88 Peter Mueller #GoodFuture

20. Anaheim Ducks

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    The Ducks know they have many talented players on their roster and are expecting some young stars to fill in the team's depth chart:

    @RyanGetzlaf @MVPerry10 @Teemu8 @b_ryan9 @camfowler4 #EstablishedStars @smithpelly23 @kylepalmieri #ProvideDepth

19. Ottawa Senators

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    The Senators were thought to have been in rebuilding mode, but had a surprising run to the playoffs last season:

    #WeMadethePlayoffsLastYear

18. Colorado Avalanche

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    The Avalanche have three superstars in the making and are proud of it:

    @Matt9Duchene @GabeLandeskog92 @6ErikJohnson #TheFutureisNow

17. New Jersey Devils

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    The Devils want their fans to think about their playoff run last year, not the team's current financial issues:

    #EasternConferenceChamps #MoneyisOverrated

16. Carolina Hurricanes

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    The Hurricanes feel they are in position to make a splash this year after a successful offseason:

    Jeff Skinner @jbain4 #StaalBoys #TheFutureisNow

15. Minnesota Wild

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    By bringing over two big name players, the Wild suddenly look like a playoff team:

    #PariseSuter #TwoDudesOneCup

14. Dallas Stars

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    The Stars have added two veteran players they think will help them make the playoffs this year:

    @68Jagr Ray Whitney #OldiesButGoodies #WeHavetoMakethePlayoffsEventually

13. Tampa Bay Lightning

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    With the right combination of young talent, free agent pickups and established veterans, the Lightning feel they are a playoff team this year:

    @RealSteveStamkos @heds77 #TheFutureisNow @mattcarle25 Anders Lindback #GoodPickups Martin St. Louis @VLecavalier4 #OldiesButGoodies #WinningFormula

12. Detroit Red Wings

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    The sport's marquee franchise, the Red Wings seem to get the most out of their aging roster every year:

    #Dynasty #PlayoffStreak #FountainofYouth

11. Buffalo Sabres

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    The Sabres want to emphasize that their team is talented and a little tougher than last year:

    @otterN9NE #Toughness Ville Leino Christian Ehrhoff #GotPaid #StepYourGameUp

10. San Jose Sharks

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    For the Sharks right now, it's all about ensuring that the Kings do not become the marquee franchise in the Pacific Division:

    #BeatLA

9. Washington Capitals

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    The Capitals would like to see a little more out of their captain this season:

    @ovi8 #StepYourGameUp

8. Chicago Blackhawks

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    Years removed from the cap casualties following the 2010 championship, the Blackhawks feel they are primed to compete for the Central Division again:

    #WhatCapCasualties #TakeBacktheCentral

7. Philadelphia Flyers

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    By uniting the Schenn boys and adding them to an already impressive core, the Flyers want their fans to know they are going to be competitive this season:

    @Bschenn_10 Luke Schenn #CityofBrotherlyLove

6. Pittsburgh Penguins

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    The Penguins know the formula of success for their team:

    #StayHealthy #WinaCup

5. Los Angeles Kings

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    The Kings know they have the right players to take a run at back-to-back championships this season:

    @AnzeKopitar Drew Doughty @JonathanQuick32 #YoungCore #DefendingChamps

4. Vancouver Canucks

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    Every year the Canucks come close, this year they feel things will be different:

    #Believe

3. Boston Bruins

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    Tim Thomas may be on sabbatical, but the Bruins are not:

    #NoTimThomas #NoProblem Tuukka Rask #WasaStarter #EveryoneElseisStillHere

2. St. Louis Blues

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    The Blues may not have the best individual players, but as a team they're tough to handle:

    #NoStars #NoProblem

1. New York Rangers

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    The Rangers have used free agency to supplement a strong core:

    Rick Nash @MGaborik10 @BRichards_1991 #BestTeamonPaper