NHL Power Rankings Week 5: San Jose Sharks claim top spot

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NHL Power Rankings: Week 5 Edition

Nearly a month has gone by in the NHL season already, and the cream of the crop is starting to rise above all the rest. On the other end of the spectrum, several teams are setting new standards for the phrase “basement dwellers.”

Some strange trends are already emerging. The Western Conference has been beating up on teams from the East, for starters. The top team in the Eastern Conference (Tampa Bay Lightning) would be tied for fifth out West, and would only be sitting atop the weak Metropolitan Division as a leader.

There is some discrepancy in number of games played at this juncture as well. Some teams like the Vancouver Canucks have had more chances to win games, having four more games than squads like the Buffalo Sabres.

The only rule here is that, moving forward, no team will be able to rise or fall more than five spots on a week to week basis. This prevents teams from jumping up too quickly or sinking just because of a four-game losing streak. In the long run, teams that are consistently better should rise while teams that are so-so will sink.

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