by on April 17, 2018

When a team like the Philadelphia Flyers is on a remarkable nine-game winning streak, its a no-brainer that it will move up in the rankings. Anthony DeAngelo Jersey . The same can be said for the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames, who are enjoying winning streaks of four and six games, respectively. Still, it takes more than that to dethrone the top two teams. Once again, the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens switch places atop our rankings, with the Flyers shooting up to third.Were also seeing some individual performances boost the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins.The bottom of the barrel has minimal change, with the Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche still looking up at the rest of the league.1. (Last week 2) New York Rangers, 20-9-1Coach Alain Vigneault has gone with the hot hand in net, and now the Rangers have a goalie controversy brewing.?Antti Raanta?went 3-0, forcing?Henrik Lundqvist?to the sidelines as a healthy backup for three games for the first time in three years.2. (1) Montreal Canadiens, 19-6-3With forwards Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais both sidelined with knee injuries, many thought the Canadiens would struggle offensively. Instead, Montreal scored 10 goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, led by captain Max Pacioretty (four goals and one assist) and?Tomas Plekanec?(a career-high four assists in the win).3. (10) Philadelphia Flyers, 18-10-3The Flyers extended their winning streak to nine games by getting lots of goals from their scorers, good defense from the blueliners and strong goaltending. And all of this without defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who is?day-to-day with an upper-body injury.4. (4) Pittsburgh Penguins, 18-7-3The Penguins are on a winning streak (five games) of their own. Captain Sidney Crosby has six goals and six assists for 12 points in his past seven games and leads the league with 20 goals. He and the Pens have four games this week, against the Coyotes, Bruins, Kings and Maple Leafs.5. (6) Columbus Blue Jackets, 17-5-4Columbus confidence is high, as the Blue Jackets have gone 7-0-1 in their past eight games. It also helps that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 6-0-1 in his past seven games, including five consecutive wins and a 1.56 goals-against average during that stretch.6. (3) Chicago Blackhawks, 18-8-4Captain?Jonathan Toews?skated on Sunday for the first time in a week, but the Blackhawks arent rushing his return from an upper-body injury. Backup goalie?Scott Darlings shutout streak was snapped at 125:39, but he has been outstanding in relief of Corey Crawford (out since his appendectomy).?7. (7) Washington Capitals, 17-7-3Coach Barry Trotz has criticized?Alex Ovechkin?for being penalized too often this season, and No. 8 has heeded his advice. After a seven-game goal drought, the Caps captain scored his 13th goal of the season -- and 200th career power-play tally, making him the 18th player in history to reach the milestone -- on Sunday.?8.? (11) St. Louis Blues, 16-9-4No rest for the weary. Goalie Jake Allen started his third game in four nights and his fourth game in six nights on Sunday against the Wild. At least hes getting help on the other end from forward Vladimir Tarasenko,?who has points in 14 of his past 18 games (10 goals and 13 assists).9. (8) San Jose Sharks, 16-11-1Forward Logan Couture is heating up and has seven goals in his past 10 games. Overall, he has 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in 28 games.10.?(14) Minnesota Wild, 15-8-4The Wild have won four in a row and enter Mondays action in third place in the Central Division, thanks in large part to goalie Devan Dubnyk, who?leads the league with a 1.66 goals-against average, a .946 shooting percentage and four shutouts. Head coach Bruce Boudreau has done a terrific job in Minnesota, and his addition of former NHL defenseman Scott Stevens to run the defense has paid big dividends.11. (5) Ottawa Senators, 16-11-2The Senators need to fix their penalty-killing unit -- soon. Ottawa allowed three power-play goals for the third time this season, and the second time in as many games, during Sundays 5-1 loss to the Ducks. The Senators will miss defenseman Mark Borowiecki, who was suspended two games for his boarding penalty against Kings forward Tyler Toffoli on Saturday.12.? (12) Edmonton Oilers, 15-11-5I have no issue with captain Connor McDavid calling Flyers Brandon Manning classless after a game last week. Whether hes correct that Manning hurt him on purpose last season, its good to see McDavid ?-- who leads the league in points -- showing emotion.?13.? (15) Boston Bruins, 15-12-2David Pastrnak has been a dynamic player and the teams best forward. He has 18 goals in 24 games and is trying to become the first Bruin to score 20 goals in fewer than 25 games since Cam Neely netted his 20th goal in his 19th game during the 1993-94 season.14.? (17) Calgary Flames, 16-13-2Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had his third multigoal game, and second of the season, to help Calgary to a 6-2 win over the Jets on Saturday. The Flames have won six consecutive games, and Hamilton has played well since Brian Burke, Calgarys president of hockey operations, debunked trade rumors. On the offensive end, forward Sean Monahan has four goals and five assists for nine points during the teams winning streak.15.? (19) Anaheim Ducks, 15-9-5The Ducks have won three games behind the performances of Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler, both of whom extended their respective points streaks to five games. Perry has two goals and five assists for seven points, while Kesler has four goals and three for seven points during the streak.16.?(13) Los Angeles Kings, 14-11-2Forward Anze Kopitar has five assists in his past four games but hasnt scored since Oct. 25, a span of 16 games. Overall, he only has 14 points in 22 games this season. Meanwhile, Jeff Carter leads the Kings with 21 points. And Carter?scored the winning goal in four games during the teams recent five-game winning streak.17.?(9) Tampa Bay Lightning, 14-13-2Forward Nikita Kucherov has not gone more than two consecutive games this season without recording a point. He had an assist during Saturdays 4-3 loss to the Penguins. He now has 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 29 games.18. (16) Winnipeg Jets, 13-16-3Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has one goal and six assists for seven points in his past eight games. Teammate Mark Scheifele has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 29 games.19.?(18) Nashville Predators, 12-11-4Forward Mike Ribeiro is producing consistently of late, posting two goals and nine assists for 11 points in his past 12 games.20.? (20) New Jersey Devils, 12-10-6The Devils have dropped three straight, but you cant put all the blame on goalie Cory Schneider. He has allowed three or more goals in his past six losses, but its a result of the play in front of him. Thats why New Jersey is scrambling.21.?(21) Florida Panthers, 13-12-4Goalie Roberto Luongo made 37 saves as the Panthers snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Canucks on Saturday. Florida is 1-2-2 in its past five. Luongo has 446 career wins and is one shy of tying Terry Sawchuk for fifth all-time. Meanwhile, the ageless?Jaromir Jagr is four points shy of tying Mark Messier for second place all-time with 1,887 points.22. (26) Detroit Red Wings, 13-12-4It can be difficult to defend Dylan Larkin when hes using his ridiculous speed, and thats exactly what he has been doing lately, dashing by defenders to score four goals in his past nine games. Veteran forward Frans Nielsen is clearly enjoying his first season in Detroit. He has three goals and five assists for eight points in his past nine games.23. (23) Carolina Hurricanes, 11-11-6Defenseman Noah Hanifin has recorded an even-or-better plus/minus in 16 consecutive games. As a rookie last season, he had 14 consecutive games with a similar stretch.24.?(22) Dallas Stars, 11-13-6Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of the Flyers Chris VandeVelde on Saturday, which will slow an already-struggling D.25.? (24) Toronto Maple Leafs, 11-11-5Goalie Antoine Bibeau made his NHL debut and finished with 26 saves in Sundays 3-1 loss to the Avalanche. Leafs rookie Auston Matthews has six goals in his past eight games.26.?(25) Buffalo Sabres, 10-11-6The Sabres have lost three of their past four games. Since Jack Eichel returned, Buffalo is 3-2-1. But inconsistency continues to plague the Sabres, and their special teams need to improve.?27.? (30) New York Islanders, 11-11-5Captain John Tavares has three goals and two assists for five points to extend his point streak to five games. The Islanders are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and will face the Capitals and Blackhawks next.28.?(27) Vancouver Canucks, 12-15-2Forward Bo Horvat is second on the team with eight goals and hes third in points, with 16. He has also been solid at the faceoff dot.29.?(28) Arizona Coyotes, 9-13-5Brendan Perlini scored his first career NHL goal in only his fourth game to help the Coyotes snap a six-game losing skid by beating the Predators 4-1 on Saturday. The Coyotes Alex Goligoski is one of six NHL defensemen to have at least 10 assists, 50 blocked shots and 30 hits, joining the Blue Jackets Erik Johnson, the Canadiens Shea Weber, the Ducks Sami Vatanen, the Jets?Dustin Byfuglien?and the Flyers Ivan Provorov.30.? (29) Colorado Avalanche, 11-15-1The Avalanche have been battling inconsistency all season. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 51 saves en route to a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday. On Saturday, the Canadiens blasted Colorado 10-1. It was Avalanche veteran forward Jarome Iginlas 1,500th NHL game. Ondrej Pavelec Jersey . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. Henrik Lundqvist Jersey . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. . LOUIS -- St.With Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel having extended his unbeaten record under Guus Hiddink to 25 games, Adam Bate examines his impressive record and the reasons for his success… John Terry is Chelseas captain, leader and legend and one of the definitions of leadership is making others better as a result of your presence. Its a hard one to identify in sport as it is in business but its customary to examine results. Its here that John Obi Mikel might feel entitled to a claim.The Nigerian midfielders unbeaten record under Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has become well documented in recent weeks and that sequence continued at Watford on Wednesday. Over two spells under the Dutchman, Mikel has gone unbeaten in 25 appearances for the Blues. Hiddink is adamant that John Terry could still have a future at Chelsea. Its not been straightforward. The run has included shut outs away to Barcelona and Manchester United, while there have been wins at Arsenal seven years apart. The only game that Hiddink has lost so far as Chelsea boss came against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in 2009. Mikel was injured. Mikel under Hiddink - First spell 2008/09 season Total Won 14 Drawn 3 Lost 0 There was another game that ended badly for Hiddinks Blues - Andres Iniestas stoppage-time equaliser winning that years Champions League semi-final for Barcelona. It wouldnt be a shock if the boss regrets leaving Mikel on the bench that day rather than having him shutting the Spaniard down. Hiddink favourite John Obi Mikel has now started six Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2012. So what is it about Mikel? At Vicarage Road, there were four tackles, two clearances and three interceptions to emphasise his influence. The 28-year-old was the only midfielder on the pitch to win possession of the ball more times than he surrendered it. It was classic Mikel. Patrolling the midfield area, Chelsea have fared better with Mikel around The Premier League tracking data that records distance covered and sprints is not so remarkable, but perhaps theres some sense in that too. Protection for the back four is provided by his presence. As a result, mobility in midfield isnt always a virtue when its vacating the position thats the problem.Ostensibly, Nemanja Matic is the more capable player in many ways but Mikels appreciation of the holding aspect of the holding-miidfield role might make him, rather that the talented Serb, the man that Chelsea needed during their period of poor form earlier in the campaign. Jaromir Jagr Jersey. Mikels simple use of the ball against Crystal Palace was impressive Mikels domination of this key central zone was particularly apparent in the recent 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, a game in which his name was chanted vociferously by the visiting supporters. I dont think Ive ever seen John Obi Mikel play so well, Graeme Souness told Sky Sports. He bossed that area.Hiddink, on the other hand, has seen it all before. Hes the ideal player to bring balance to the team, he said. If the team is not willing to defend well, or hasnt got the right balance, then youll concede a lot of goals. I think John Obi can be one of the key figures in bringing back that balance. Hes the ideal player to bring balance to the team. Guus Hiddink on John Obi Mikel He reads the game very well, he knows where the strength of the opponent is and knows how to combat that. He has very good sense, he doesnt do it in a brutal way, hes very elegant. Someone who can defend so smoothly is very beautiful.Its also effective. Since being restored to the starting line-up, Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in six games. Thats as many as they managed in the previous 18 matches. Getting the basics right has been a feature of Hiddinks approach. Hes kept things simple, and thats just how Mikel likes it. Midfield enforcer? Mikel has a habit of making life difficult for opponents Its the way he communicates with the players and maybe thats what the players felt they didnt get from the previous manager, said Mikel in a surprise dig at former boss Jose Mourinho. You need to speak to them and dont just ignore them because players like to be communicated to.For the midfielder, the instructions are crystal clear now. Hes good in short passing, explained Hiddink. I dont expect and I dont ask him to make the decisive final pass. He can but no, we let the other players do that. The talented players can then explore their qualities. Mikel under Hiddink - Second spell 2015/16 season Total Won 3 Drawn 5 Lost 0 Mikel has the best passing accuracy of any Chelsea midfielder, finding a team-mate 89.4 per cent of the time. Its almost a throwback to the pure holding midfielders of the past, such as one-time Chelsea team-mate Claude Makelele. Mikel doesnt fashion the chances. But thats not his job.Of course, this lack of creativity might lead some to conclude that this is no long-term solution. Not everyone is comfortable with the man they call the final whistle due to the regularity with which he has been introduced from the bench in order to defend leads, blowing right from the kick-off. But whatever the future holds, his presence isnt doing Chelsea too much harm right now. The simple approach is helping. This was about steadying this ship. And even now, six-and-a-half years on from Hiddinks last spell, they dont come much steadier than John Obi Mikel.  Also See: Is Pedro in danger? Hiddink v Van Gaal NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL JerseysStitched Jerseys China Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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