This is Sam McCaig’s final Power Rankings column of the 2012-13 NHL season.
POWER RANKINGS: Rating the NHL teams from 1 to 30
1. Pittsburgh Penguins: One of their biggest challenges will be finding chemistry on the fly as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Paul Martin work their way back into a lineup that’s still adapting to trade acquisitions Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray. It’s a good problem to have.
2. Chicago Blackhawks: The ‘Hawks were the NHL’s biggest story in the first half of the season, reeling off an league-record 24-game point streak before they suffered their first regulation-time loss. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa headline a potent offensive arsenal, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are the go-to guys on defense in any given situation, and the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery has been nothing less than phenomenal.
3. Anaheim Ducks: The best NHL team that received the least acknowledgement thisRead More »from NHL Power Rankings: Penguins flying high to end season; Flames, Avs, Panthers stay comfy in the basement