Monday, November 21, 2011

NHL Power Ranking - Week 7

The rash of injuries have cooled down the Leafs and lowered their ranking. But Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul keep chugging along .
CBS Sports - 12th (+3)

Phil Kessel has been getting all of the attention in Toronto this season (and rightfully so) but let's not overlook the season that Joffrey Lupul is having, as he's currently third in the NHL in scoring in with 25 points.

The Hockey News - 15th (-1)

Injury bug starting to bite down hard on Jekyll-and-Hyde Leafs.

Sports Illustrated - 17th (-5)

They need goalie James Reimer to return as fast as he can. But with whiplash -- or maybe concussion -- symptoms still lingering, no one knows for sure when that will be. Now coach Ron Wilson will have to make do without veterans Mike Komisarek and Matthew Lombardi for at least three weeks with various injuries. At least Phil Kessel (running away with the goal-scoring race: 16 so far) is still going strong.

Fox Sports - 18th (-7)

As long as Phil Kessel stays healthy, he’ll be in consideration for the Hart Trophy. The Leafs have one regulation win in their last eight.

TSN - 18th (+1)

A nice win over Washington Saturday, but the only regulation win in the last eight isn't enough to get too encouraged about a team that is starting to fill up the infirmary.

ESPN - 18th (-4)

A big win over the Caps aside, the injury-riddled Leafs have only two wins in their past eight games.

- 19th (-4)

Things have certainly cooled in the Big Smoke. The Leafs have just two wins in their last eight games. Injuries to key players have hurt, but the Buds aren't making it easy on themselves. Toronto has been outshot 82-54 in their last two games. Sure, they hammered Washington in one of those games, but if the trend continues, it may not be so pretty for Ben Scrivens and Jonus Gustavsson (combined 51 goals against in 18 games).

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