Power Rankings: Red Wings reaffirm their status among NHL's elite

Updated: January 6, 2009, 10:25 AM ET

It's a new year. Time to start fresh.

Boston and Chicago will have to start new winning streaks after two of the season's longest ended last week.

Down at the other end of the rankings, it's time the bottom-feeders cleared their decks and started dealing. The playoffs are a dream, no matter what those clubs resolve to change in the second half of the season.

The biggest change near the top of the Power Rankings acknowledges the Red Wings' smooth, disciplined and efficient execution of their system while sweeping the Blackhawks in a home-and-home series and dropping the Wild in a shootout last week. We shouldn't have doubted them.

As usual, you can comment on the Power Rankings here.

-- By Jim Wilkie; posted Jan. 5


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