After a brief hiatus, we're back with the Power Rankings Recap.
Maybe I should have waited another week.
The Blue Jackets are being punished (?) by the power ranking makers after going 5-3-2 in their last ten games and moving into second place in the Metropolitan division. I'll let the rankings speak for themselves and feel free to click through to read their justifications, because for the life of me, I don't get it.
For example, TSN's asinine reasoning for dropping the Blue Jackets five spots:
Four wins in the past five games, but the bigger issue is missing half of their starting defence corps so, for the time being at least, the rankings reflect a short-staffed Blue Jackets blueline.
There's certainly no way Columbus could have more good players in the pipeline. We're not Detroit for crying out loud.
NHL.com: 12th (Last week: 15)
TSN: 16th (Last week: 11)
ESPN: 17th (Last week: 19)
In more encouraging news, John Buccigross of ESPN listed his Stanley Cup contenders on Wednesday. In the East, he saw fit to name Pittsburgh, Boston, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay, and Columbus as Eastern Conference favorites.