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NHL Power Rankings Week 16: Rangers Still Kings Of The Locals

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The SB Nation NHL hub has released their NHL power rankings for this week, and all local teams are moving around. Surprising, not one local team find themselves in last place. That honor is held by the Ottawa Senators. Anyway, onto the rankings. 

New York Islanders: The New York Islanders come in 14th in this weeks power rankings. That's the worst placing of any of the local teams here at SB Nation New York. The Islanders are 15-25-7, a record that gives them 37 points. They recently were embarrassed when Evgeni Nabokov refused to report to the Islanders after they claimed him off of waivers earlier this week. Rick DiPietro still isn't healthy, although Kyle Okposo is back, which is great news for the Islanders. They're still grooming John Tavares, although he looks much better now than he did a month ago. Still, it's better than the 15th slot.  

New Jersey Devils: The Devils, who have been warming the basement for the past month in the power rankings, have gone from 15th place to 13th this week. They're currently on a 6-3-1 streak in their past 10 games, but even with 13 points in their last 10 games they're still the worst team in the league based on total points. The Devils are 16-29-3 for 35 points, just one behind the Edmonton Oilers. Things are looking better for the Devils though, and they are playing much better under Jacques Lemaire rather than John McLean. 

New York Rangers: The Rangers, who were in sixth place last week, fall to seventh place this week. Back-to-back shootout wins against the Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals have helped the Rangers pull their record to 29-19-3 for 61 points. The Rangers are still four points out of second place in the Atlantic, and eight points out of first. Marian Gaborik seems to be breaking out of his season-long slump, which is fantastic news for the Rangers. Derek Stepan, Wojtek Wolski and Mats Zuccarello have found some significant chemistry together. If the Rangers keep up their current pace, they will finish with 98 points this year.