Where Do They Rank? Red Hot Red Wings Reaching the Top

The Detroit Red Wings remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL as we come up on the midway point of February. Winners in 8 of their past 10, the Red Wings are only three points out of first place in the Eastern Conference with three games in hand on Tampa Bay heading into tonight. Even with their loss to Pittsburgh last night, the Red Wings are trending up in the rankings, and are at their highest point of the season in many around the internet. Most rankings shown here are for games prior to last night’s loss against Pittsburgh. One of the rankings that isn’t is (Boston sports network) and they are apparently not fans of the Red Wings. Philadelphia was a little kinder to the Red Wings after their loss last night:

Biggest Moves- Up 2; Down 1

ESPN.COM– Current- 2; Previous- 3; Up 1

The Wings are on fire with three straight wins and have won nine of 10 to keep the heat on Tampa Bay for top spot in the Atlantic and in the entire Eastern Conference.

CBSSPORTS.COM– Current-7; Previous-7; No Move

The Red Wings continue to fly under the radar as one of the league’s best teams. They’re 11-3-0 since Jan. 1 and they’ve been without their starting goaltender for a month. They’ll keep the Atlantic race interesting.

CSNNE.COM– Current-6; Previous-5; Down 1

The Wings have won eight of 10, and, with Montreal and Tampa Bay, form a very formidable group of teams at the top of the Atlantic Division.

SI.COM– Current-2; Previous- 4; Up 2

Good news for Rangers fans who are bemoaning the loss of Henrik Lundqvist: Teams can not only survive, but thrive in the absence of their No. 1 goaltender. The Predators proved it. So did the Red Wings, who went 9-1 with Jimmy Howard (groin) sidelined, turning the Atlantic Division into a no-margin-for-error three-way battle. Howard’s return this week will be welcomed just the same, especially by a penalty kill that stumbled along at a miserable 65% in January.

PHILLY.COM– Current- 3; Previous-5; Up 2

Jimmy Howard was ready to return Wednesday night, but the Wings decided to ride Petr Mrazek, who had led Detroit to wins in nine of its previous 10 games. That didn’t exactly work out, though, as Mrazek was shelled for four goals in two periods in a loss in Pittsburgh.

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