NHL Power Rankings: Detroit Red Wings 23rd; Tampa Bay is No. 1

The Detroit Red Wings aren't doing enough to impress the folks who put together the weekly NHL Power Rankings.

Although the Red Wings are above .500 after hammering Calgary 8-2 Wednesday night, they're closer to the bottom of the NHL Power Rankings than they are to the middle of the pack.

Despite an 9-8-2 that has them four points behind second-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division, the Red Wings are 23rd in MLive's NHL Power Rankings. Toronto, on the other hand, is fourth. Go figure.

Joining Toronto in the top five this week is No. 1 Tampa Bay followed by St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Jose.

Here's how the Red Wings fared this week. Keep in mind our NHL Power Rankings were compiled before the big win over the Flames.

* Sports Illustrated: 20th, up seven spots from last week. What they're saying: "For all the back and forth in the last few years in net, it's Jimmy Howard that has finally taken the crease back. He's the backbone of a defense that is ranked 12th."

* Yahoo: 26th. What they're saying: "Anthony Mantha has been a nice bright spot so far this season with a team-leading 16 points. He has been especially strong lately with eight points, including four goals, in his past seven games."

* USA Today: 22nd. What they're saying: "If the Red Wings could find more goals, they might compete for a playoff spot. Jimmy Howard has been good, and their defense has been better than expected."

* Sporting News: 27th, down from 25th. What they're saying: "23-year-old Anthony Mantha averaging nearly point per game with team-high 16 points in 18 games. He had three-point effort against Flames last Thursday."

* Sportsnet.ca: 22nd. What they're saying about the biggest bargains: "Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin--both coming in at less than $87,000 per point--are neck and neck, but with centre Larkin playing more minutes at a more difficult position, we'll give him the nod."

* CBS New York: 23rd, down from 22nd. What they're saying: "Two losses to end the week stymied some momentum for the Red Wings. They have 12 of the next 14 games at home to get things right again."

* Buffalo News: 24th, down from 21st. What they're saying: "Sabres see Little Caesars Arena for the first time Friday night."

* Orange County Register: 23rd, down from 22nd. What they're saying: " Just six games have been played at sparkling Little Caesars Arena, but they're only 2-2-2 and not turning the place into one opponents fear."

Source : http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2017/11/nhl_power_rankings_detroit_red_16.html

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