Welcome to the fourth installment of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) style NHL Power Rankings. Just a quick recap, this is a ranking system designed and based on a point system. There are six categories used to factor the points.
Ranking eligibility requirements (like this is official) are, a team must either be one of the 16 best teams in the league or be playoff eligible in their conference. Please click on the link below if you need more details.
This week we have 18 teams that meet the criteria to be ranked. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome in for the first time (in this poll) the defending Stanley Cup Champions,the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago, or Chick-a-go in the words of Kelly Bundy, has impacted the poll quite a bit and not like a bad tooth.
With Chicago's arrival, someone had to go. Lets everyone wave goodbye, at least temporarily—they do play in the West, to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks were ranked No. 16 last week but do not be surprised to see them back in the rankings soon.
Just seven points separate the number five seeded Blackhawks and the No.12 seeded Columbus Blue Jackets in the Western conference.
The trade deadline has come and gone and many teams improved their Cup chances with additions to already stacked teams. Teams like Boston and Philadelphia made moves early last week before the deadline, while the Capitals, Canucks, and Kings improved their teams at the deadline.
Whatever happens I can honestly say that it has been a long time since the NHL has been this much fun to watch. I find myself surfing the net for the TV feed on the late games and do not go to sleep until the games are finished. Yes, my wife still loves me------------I think.
My apologies to those of you who emailed me wanting to know why these are late but the trade deadline took precedence in my writing.
These stats are based on NHL games played through Monday February-28. So who will it be and where did the champs debut? So click on my friends to find out and as always please leave your hateful comments below. I will look forward to arguing with you.