NHL Power Rankings: Acrostic Poem Edition

All the best plays from the week that was in the NHL, including Karri Ramo's robbery and Brayden Holtby continuing to show a flare for the highlight reel save

With less than a month remaining in the NHL regular season, the Presidents’ Trophy race couldn’t be any tighter if you stuffed it in a pair of Cooperalls and vacuum-sealed it.

Six clubs — the Rangers, Ducks, Canadiens, Blues, Lightning and Predators — hold a share of the lead with 91 points. The Islanders have 90, and the Penguins sit at 88 with a game or two in hand on most of the pack ahead.

Post-season home ice is anybody’s for the taking.

Our latest NHL Power Rankings: Acrostic Poem Edition sees the Lundqvist-less Rangers clinging to their No. 1 spot and a nice uptick from the we-think-we-can Flames and consistent Habs.

In this week's installment, we use team nicknames to anchor an acrostic verse to each of the league's 30 clubs -- you know, the simple poetry by letters they teach you in elementary school and you later use to craft homemade signage to bring to the rink.

Rank Team
1

Rick
“Astonishing”
Nash
Gathers
Energy,
Reinvigorates
Subway Series

Previous: 1

2

Backes
Loves
Unclaimed,
Endearing
Scamps

Previous: 6

3

Letting
Its
Gifted
Handlers (of puck)
Triumph.
Nasty
In
Notching
Goals

Previous: 9

4

Dangerous
Unless
Calgary
Keeps
Scrambling

Previous: 2

5

Poile’s
Reworked
Entity
Damages
All
Those
Occupying
Regular
Standings

Previous: 3

6

Carey
And
Nathan
And
Desharnais
Illustrate
Entertaining
Navigation
Skyward

Previous: 4

7

We’re
Inspired,
Leopold’s
Daughter

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8

Really
European
Defence

Winning
In
‘Nother
Great
Spring

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9

Pittsburgh
Enlists
Nutritionist
Gary,
Uses
Inventive
Nourishment
Sublimely

Previous: 5

10

Bickell
Likes
Andrew,
Carcillo
Knows
Harassment
And
Wields
Knuckles
Scandalously

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11

Instead of
Slamming
Last
Arena,
New
Digs
Excite
Rejuvenated
Squad

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12

Can
A
New,
Unified
Core
Kindle
Success?

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13

Frig,
Lost
A
Mark.
Expedite
Shot-blocking!

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14

Boston
Re-signing
Useful
Insurgents (Smith, Krug)
Nice
Scoop

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15

Keeping
It
Nip-and-tuck!
Got
Sekera!

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16

Join
Entire
Town’s
Suspense

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17

Caution:
Alex +
Puck
Infers
They’ll
Absorb
Less
Saves

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18

Shutout
Entity
Named
Andrew
Throws
Opponents’
Rebounds
Sideways

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19

Somewhere
Hovering
Around
Rebuild
Kinda
Stinks

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20

A
Vexing
Ascent
Loathed by
Analytics
Navigators
Comes
Halting
Earthward

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21

Seguin’s
Turnaround
Awesome,
Returns
Scoring

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22

Floundering,
Losing,
Youth-deprived…
Emery,
Ray
Sayonara?

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23

Public
Allowed
Net
Tryout,
Have
Emergency
Replacement goalie
Shot

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24

Defence
Equals
Victories?
Is
Lamoriello
Seething?

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25

Hoping to
Usurp
Ridiculous
Regular season
In
Coming
Atop
Next
Entry draft
Sweepstakes

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26

Malaise,
Apathy,
Piling on,
Listlessness,
Erosion…

Let’s
Erase
All
February
Shall, we?

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27

Bruised
Limbs
Undo
Explosiveness.

Just
Added
Clarkson’s
Karma.
Excitement
Two thousand
Sixteen!

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28

Only
In
Losing
Enriched by
Random
Selections

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29

Sarcasm:
Are
Buffalonians
Ready to
Embrace
Sweepstakes?

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30

Come!
Only
Young
Occupants
That’ll
Excel
Some day

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