NHL Power Rankings Week 12: Ducks hold off charging Blackhawks, Kings and Penguins

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

One word came to mind while working out the NHL power rankings for week 12, and that was logjam. The league has really started to divide itself into the are nots, could bes and the ares. It has more or less worked itself into a three-tiered system, with several really bad teams tanking while squads jostle for position in the middle of the pack.

Nothing makes cleaning up the power rankings easier than a nice winning streak. Four or five wins in a row, and a team can comfortably slide on up the ladder. There haven’t been very many “hot” teams recently though, and only six teams have winning streaks longer than a single game currently.

With so much congestion, ironing out who beat who and where that should place them took some time, but the results were gratifying.

As usual, no team can move up or down more than five spots in any given week. So if a team was in 10th place last week they can’t jump higher than fifth or lower than 15th. This prevents any massive knee-jerk reactions, while forcing teams to play solid hockey for a few weeks running to make any real progress.

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