NHL Power Rankings: Jets up, Sharks down

West Side Story: Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec sprawls on the ice and makes a pad save on Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks during the shootout to preserve a 5-4 victory at the MTS Centre on November 10, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Call it NHL Power Rankings: West Side Story Edition.

The (San Jose) Sharks did battle with the (Winnipeg) Jets Sunday, illustrating a turning point for both teams that has narrowed the gap in the Western Conference. The Sharks, off to a flying start that saw them own the Power Rankings’ No. 1 spot for the first four weeks of the season have gone in the tank, mimicking last season’s great-first-month-bad-second-month trend.

The Jets, meanwhile, appeared in disarray in October. Rumours of change rippled through the league. They’ve since put together a season-high three-game winning streak.

Point is, no team is as good or as bad as it seems as we near the quarter pole.

On-fire Calgary is coming back down to earth; the cringe-inducing Rangers are returning to their rightful place in the East’s top eight; and Buffalo and Philadelphia have sunk so low, they can only start to go up.

Yes, Oilers fans, even Edmonton will be hard-pressed to maintain its 4-14-2 futility. Just wait until Ilya Bryzgalov gives them some stability.

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Despite their surprising loss to the Panthers in Florida, the Ducks are a perfect 8-0-0 at home and have won eight of their last 10. Anaheim is spoiled with goaltending, as rookie Frederik Andersen has posted a 1.66 GAA to go along with his 6-1-0 record.

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Balanced scoring — five forwards have at least six goals — and stellar goaltending resulted in a 3-1 home stand for the still-rolling Avalanche.

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The champs have feasted on so-so competition this month. Big week coming up, though, as the ‘Hawks face the Coyotes, Sharks and Avs.

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Alex Steen has an insane 21 points, and the Blues have earned a standings point in all but two of their 16 games. Crazy consistency here.

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The Bruins have allowed just two goals in their current three-game winning streak, and their dominance of Tampa Bay — a combined score of 8-0 in their two games — proves this is the Eastern team to beat.

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The Coyotes’ current run of victories (seven of eight) includes W’s over St. Louis, Vancouver, L.A. and San Jose. Respect is due.

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Joes Thornton and Pavelski have been incredible of late; each has racked up 19 points. But like last year, the Sharks’ hot start has led to a second-month letdown. Though contending every night, the Sharks dropped four straight before rolling into Calgary Tuesday.

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Josh Harding has stood on his head, and after a shaky October, the Wild have won eight of their last 10. Stingy with goals, this team.

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Ugh. If ever a single injury could decimate a team, it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ broken leg. You try replacing the NHL’s leading scorer.

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A tough 1-2-1 West Coast road trip saw the Canucks unable to score on the Kings and Ducks. Vancouver should be happy to return to Rogers Arena, where they’ll set up shop for a season-long six-game home stand.

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Pittsburgh’s offence went quiet in New York and St. Louis and the team is on a two-game skid. If more losses mount, more people will notice that stud Evgeni Malkin has a scored a mere three goals so far.

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The Wings have lost six straight at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since 1986, but only one of those losses came in regulation. No wonder GM of this puck-possession team, Ken Holland, wants to eliminate the shootout.

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Injury to insult: The Kings not only lost to the rock-bottom Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, but star goalie Jonathan Quick (lower body) was injured. And with Jeff Carter out of the lineup, the goal production has dipped.

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With Stamkos out for at least a couple months, Alex Ovechkin (14 goals) is favoured to win the Rocket Richard Trophy. Some tough Eastern foes this week, though: Detroit, Pittsburgh, Montreal.

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The banged-up Leafs had a very light week, but the holes in centre have showed on the scoreboard. Toronto has just four goals total in its last four games. Paging David Clarkson…

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The Rangers are rounding into form, winning six of their last eight. Even better: Rick Nash practised for the first time in more than a month on Wednesday.

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The Habs are enduring a tough stretch and have won just once in November. Some bright spots: Carey Price is playing stellar and Brandon Prust — an important role player — is back skating again.

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The Stars will miss veteran Ray Whitney, who was placed on injured reserve, as their scoring depth doesn’t reach too far past Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

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Look who woke up. Led by the great play of captain Andrew Ladd, the Jets have cooled all that fire-the-coach talk. Winnipeg is enjoying its first three-game winning streak of the season.

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Robin Lehner won three straight and got NHL’s Star of the Week nod filling in for the injured Craig Anderson (neck). Now that Anderson’s healthy, he’s starting again — and the Sens are losing. Hmmm…

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With Sergei Bobrovsky (2.75 GAA) not in Vezina form, the Blue Jackets have found themselves on the sad side of any game in which they score fewer than three times. Most nights, the offence is nowhere to be found.

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On the strength of a couple of 40-something Hall of Fame shoe-ins — leading scorer Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur, who posted back-to-back shutouts — the Devils have earned points in four straight. We won’t say they’re a playoff team, but they’re finding a way.

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Some great individual seasons by Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen here, but the Isles are losing ground with newly acquired Thomas Vanek (day to day) on the shelf. Fun fact: Buffalo’s Matt Moulson has eight points to Vanek’s three.

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Goaltender Justin Peters has come alive, and Carolina stopped the bleeding of a five-game skid. Still, the Staal brothers only have six goals combined. Not enough to get this club in the playoff conversation.

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Claude Giroux scored a goal! And Philly has earned points in five of its last six. The ship may be turning around yet…

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Now riddled with injuries, the rebuilding Flames are getting the kind of results everyone predicted. Simply outmatched, young Calgary has won just once in its last seven outings.

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As expected, Nashville has struggled mightily with Pekka Rinne on the shelf. But the goal support has been horrendous — the Preds have scored once in their last three games, all losses.

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The Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen in the midst of an embarrassing nine-game losing skid, which was surprisingly snapped against our No. 1-ranked Ducks.

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Edmonton has failed to score in its last three home games. Alberta owns the bottom two spots in the Western Conference standings, and trading with each other is not the answer to climbing out. Excited as all get-out for Ilya Bryzgalov’s debut in an Oilers jersey, though.

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Amidst broken elevators and “Fire Darcy!” chants, Buffalo finally hit its nadir. The Sabres cleaned house (but not Ryan Miller’s off-putting moustache) and now Pat LaFontaine has been charged with rising this franchise up from the ashes.

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