After a week off, the Mighty Morphin Power Rankings are back! After a week in which they won five straight games, the Devils, are unsurprisingly near the top of everyone’s rankings. There’s no “1” ranking though — stupid Blackhawks.
This week: 9
Last week: 5
Reasoning: A home-and-home sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the perfect way to inform the world that the 2012 Stanley Cup finalists can contend despite the loss of Zach Parise. Pete DeBoer for the Jack Adams? He’s my pick right now.
This week: 3
Last week: 12
Reasoning: Can you have a better weekend than the Devils just had? Taking four points in two games from the division-rival Penguins to extend their winning streak to five games? They are two points head of the Bruins for the top spot in the East but have also played two more games.
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This week: 6
Last week: 8
Reasoning: Patrik Elias leads the team in scoring and Martin Brodeur keeps winning and winning. In other news, grunge is back and did you hear about Monica Lewinsky?
This week: 2
Last week: 6
Reasoning: In the span of eight days, New Jersey knocked off the Penguins (twice), Islanders, Rangers and Lightning — allowing just five goals in those six games.
And as for this week’s video, I chose it because the Devils may not seem like much when you look at their individual talent, but they are much stronger under Pete DeBoer’s system and coaching. SYMBOLISM!