The 2013-14 NHL season hasn’t had a defining moment yet, and that won’t likely change until we crown a Stanley Cup champion. That doesn’t mean that there’s been a lack of incredible storylines so far this year though. From the emergence of No. 2 netminders as go-to guys to heroic comebacks from the likes of Darren Helm and Manny Malhotra, every week seems to feature a new thread to add to the tapestry of the season.
Suddenly you look up and two months of the season are gone though, and with November giving way to December, teams seem to be settling into their retaliative places. We only saw one or two major shakeups this week, with several teams standing pat or pretty close to it.
As usual, we’re restricting movement of all teams by five spots. So if a squad was No. 15 last week, they can’t fall any farther than 20 and they can’t climb any higher than No. 10. This prevents any sort of overreaction to a big win or a string of losses. We try to keep the long-term in sight while working on these rankings, but they are meant to be somewhat unscientific, fun and erratic.
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