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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks back to No. 1

It's been a busy week for the NHL as the league met the end of the trade deadline on Wednesday afternoon.So let's see how the trade deadline affected the NHL this week.

NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks back to No. 1

Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the first period. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the first period. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

It’s been a busy week for the NHL as the league met the end of the trade deadline on Wednesday afternoon with the Columbus Blue Jackets surprising the hockey community by coming out as the biggest buyer of the day. But they weren't the only team making big last minute trades. 

So let’s see how the trade deadline affected the NHL this week.

1. Chicago Blackhawks (27-5-3) Last week: 3
The ‘Hawks may not have a huge streak going anymore, but they are the most consistent team in the league. Even without Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa they have done fine having won their last two games. They are so confident in their team, that they made no moves during the trade deadline push.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (28-10-0) Last week: 1
The Penguins split their games this week, and may run into trouble in the playoffs since Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after getting a puck to the mouth and undergoing jaw surgery. However, they did acquire Jussi Jokinen from the Hurricanes for a conditional pick, to try to fill the holes in Crosby absence.

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3. Anaheim Ducks (25-7-5) Last week: 6
The Ducks redeemed themselves this week by logging another two wins. This team is ready for the playoffs so they only made some minor trades this week by getting Harry Zolnierczyk from the Flyers and Matthew Lombardi from the Coyotes.

4. Boston Bruins (23-8-4) Last week: 2
Despite losing to the Flyers on Saturday and losing out on getting Jarome Iginla, the Bruins continue to look like a Stanley Cup team. They won their other two games this week and hope to continue winning by adding Jaromir Jagr to their roster. They also got defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline.

5. Montreal Canadiens (23-8-5) Last week: 7
Carey Price continues to be solid in net for the Habs and it also helps that he has P.K. Subban protecting the zone in front of him. It worked this week as they won two of their games. The only trade move they made was giving Price help in front by trading a fifth round pick for Davis Drewiske.  

6. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-4) Last week: 9
It’s becoming more apparent that the Leafs might actually see a playoff run this year. Goalie James Reimer has protected the net well this week as they won both their games. They also made a last-minute trade with the Avalanche, giving them a fourth round pick for Ryan O'Byrne. 

7. Vancouver Canucks (19-11-6) Last week: 4
The Canucks drop this week after losing two of their last three games. They didn’t do much during the trade deadline, so they will stick with the two-goalie tandem of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider for the rest of the season. Luongo who said, "My contract sucks," does not seem too happy about it. 

8. Ottawa Senators (19-11-6) Last week: 6
The Senators had an off week, losing all three games this week. It might explain why they traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Lightning for rookie Cory Conacher and a fourth round draft pick.

9. Minnesota Wild (21-13-2) Last week: 8
The Wild are still on the verge of a playoff run, but not if they play the rest of the month like they played this week. They did manage to get a win in but they also dropped three games. The Wild made headway prior to the trade deadline by getting Jason Pominville and draft pick from the Buffalo Sabres for two draft picks and two prospects.

10. St. Louis Blues (18-14-2) Last week: 11
The Blues split their two games this week, but they are making plans for the playoffs. They recently acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames for Blues' rookies to strengthen their blueline.

11. San Jose Sharks (19-11-6) Last week: 18
The Sharks should have been higher on the list last week, so they jump up a lot after winning all four of their games this week. They are also a team that is looking to the future. They just acquired defenseman Scott Hannan from the Predators, Raffi Torres from the Coyotes and four draft picks in trade transactions on Wednesday.

12. Los Angeles Kings (20-13-3) Last week: 12
The Kings showed inconsistencies again this week by splitting their four games. They are getting there with help from Jonathan Quick, who they’ll need once the playoffs get started. The only last minute trades they partcipated in was getting Robyn Regehr from the Sabres for picks and getting a pick from the Canadiens for Davis Drewiske. 

13. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-14-7) Last week: 23
The Blue Jackets have been doing better and won two games this week, but more importantly they won the trade deadline game. They traded their backup goalie to the Flyers for Michael Leighton and a draft pick. They also got Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle and Blake Parlette from the Rangers, and Blake Comeau from the Flames for a fifth round pick.

14. Detroit Red Wings (18-13-5) Last week: 10
The Red Wings have struggled all season long and after dropping another two games this week, they sink themselves further down in the rankings. They did not make any last-minute trades, so could this be the first year in a long time that Detroit does not see a playoff run?

15. New Jersey Devils (15-12-9) Last week: 13
The Devils drop again this week after losing three games. The only move the Devils made on Wednesday was giving the Coyotes a draft pick for forward Steve Sullivan. Will it be enough to keep them in the running for the playoffs?

16. New York Islanders (18-16-3) Last week: 20
The Isles jump up a few spots after usurping the Rangers’ spot as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They also had a great week after winning three out of their four games. They didn't make any trade deadline moves, so can John Tavares lead them to a much-needed playoff run this year?

17. New York Rangers (18-15-3) Last week: 15
The Rangers received Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth round draft pick in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Steve Delisle and Blake Parlette. This move looks to be more in the Blue Jackets favor, especially since the Rangers split their games this week.

18. Winnipeg Jets (18-18-2) Last week: 15
The Jets may be the division leader, but they dropped their last four games so they drop in the rankings this week. They did just sign Jacob Trouba to an entry-level contract, so they are looking to the future of the team.

19. Nashville Predators (15-14-8) Last week:18
The Predators had a rough week. They dropped three games this week, but they did acquire Fillip Forsberg from the Capitals last minute on Wednesday. 

20. Edmonton Oilers (16-13-7) Last week: 28
The Oilers had a solid week, winning all three of their games. Not wanting to break up the line between Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, they made some minor last minute trades. They got Jerred Smithson from the Panthers and Garett Stafford from the Capitals.

21. Philadelphia Flyers (16-17-3) Last week:25
The Flyers built some momentum this week with three wins. They also made a splash during the trade deadline by trading Michael Leighton and a third round draft pick for Blue Jackets backup goaltender Steve Mason. 

22. Washington Capitals (17-17-2) Last week: 24
The Caps try to improve this week with another two wins. They did acquire some much-needed offense power from the Predators, trading Fillip Forsberg for Martin Erat and Michael Latt.

23. Carolina Hurricanes (16-17-2) Last week:16
The ‘Canes ran into some problems this week having lost three of their last four games.  Which is probably why they chose to part with Jussi Jokinen, but they only got a conditional pick in return. Without Joni Pitkanen, who is now out for the season, they are going to be in trouble.

24. Dallas Stars (16-17-3) Last week: 19
The Stars are in trouble after trading away their leading goal scorer, Jaromir Jagr, to the Boston Bruins for a pick, Cody Payne and Lane McDermind. Losing Jagr made them desperate so they got another pick and Kevin Connauton from the Canucks for Derek Roy. They also received Cameron Gaunce from the Avalanche for Tomas Vincour. The Stars are going to need all this help after losing three games in a row. 

25. Phoenix Coyotes (15-15-6) Last week: 25
Phoenix split their games this week, so they were a bit active during the trade deadline when they traded Raffi Torres for a third-round draft pick to the Sharks. They also received Matthew Clackson from the Captials for Joel Rechliez, and Brandon McMillan from the Ducks for Matthew Lombardi. 

26. Tampa Bay Lightning (15-18-2) Last week: 22
The Lightning split their games this week and traded away their top rookie Cory Conacher and a fourth round pick to the Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop.

27. Buffalo Sabres (14-17-6) Last week: 26
The Sabres are a broken team and it showed again when they lost three games last week. They might have made things worse when they traded Jason Pominville for Wild prospects Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson and two draft picks.

28. Florida Panthers (12-19-6) Last week: 30
The Panthers move up after winning three games this week. They opted to keep their team roster set by only trading a draft pick for the Oilers' Jerred Smithson at the deadline. 

29. Calgary Flames (13-18-4) Last week: 27
The Flames lost three games this week, but they made headlines by trading their captain Jarome Iginla last week. They also gave Jay Bouwmeester to the Blues in exchange for goalie Reto Berra and defenseman Mark Cundari.

30. Colorado Avalanche (12-20-4) Last week: 29
Colorado continues to have it rough this season by dropping three games this week. The only thing they did during the trade deadline was trade Ryan O’Byrne to Toronto for draft picks.

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