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The New York Rangers remain No. http:/// . 1 this week, but theres plenty of movement atop the rankings. The Chicago Blackhawks return to No. 2 thanks to solid goaltending from Scott Darling, which has helped power?their five-game winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets (yes, those Columbus Blue Jackets) jump into the top 3 on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.A quarter of the season is complete, and parity is evident.1. (Last week: 1) New York Rangers, 23-10-1After sitting for four consecutive games for the first time in his career, Henrik Lundqvist proved why he still should be the Rangers No. 1 with three victories in a row last week.2. (6)?Chicago Blackhawks, 22-8-4No one is more important to Chicagos success than defenseman Duncan Keith. The Blackhawks have survived stretches without?Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews, but its tough to imagine them winning without Keith.3. (5)?Columbus Blue Jackets, 20-5-4John Tortorella became the first American-born coach to reach 500 career wins in the NHL. His team has won nine consecutive games.4. (3) Philadelphia Flyers, 19-11-3The Flyers had their 10-game winning streak halted by the Stars, but theyve worked their way into the playoff picture with a bang.5.?(4) Pittsburgh Penguins, 20-7-5Theres no goalie controversy in Pittsburgh since its obvious Matt Murray is the No. 1, but Marc-Andre Fleury deserves credit for the way hes handled the situation. He also gives the Penguins a chance to win every time he plays.6. (2) Montreal Canadiens, 20-7-4If Carey Price had any lingering issues with being pulled Friday night against the Sharks, he didnt show it in his subsequent performance when he helped snap the Capitals win streak at six games by stopping 20 of 21 shots. And, hey, goalies get a pass for being emotional.7. (10) Minnesota Wild, 18-8-4Minnesotas ability to keep the puck out of the net has been a major reason for its success this season. The goalie tandem of starter Devan Dubnyk and backup Darcy Kuemper has been key during the Wilds seven-game winning streak.?8.? (7) Washington Capitals, 19-8-3OK, so?Alex Ovechkin?and Co. saw their six-game winning streak snapped by Carey Price and the Canadiens Saturday. But otherwise the Caps have been cruising.9. (9) San Jose Sharks, 19-12-1The Sharks had their own winning streak -- four games -- snapped by the Blackhawks.10.?(11) Ottawa Senators, 18-11-3Coach Guy Boucher unloaded on his team during a recent practice. It seems his message was heard loud and clear. The Senators have won two consecutive games -- over the Devils and Islanders -- since.11. (8) St. Louis Blues, 17-11-4Im still waiting for the Blues to make a massive push in the Central. They have the ability to win the division but seem to have issues against the better teams.12. (13) Boston Bruins, 17-13-3Forward Jimmy Hayes has struggled the majority of the season. Perhaps his goal in a 1-0 win against the Kings will be what he needs to get going.?13. (12) Edmonton Oilers, 16-12-5Forget Connor McDavid for one second because teammate Leon Draisaitl is doing it all for the Oilers. The 21-year-old forward adds a different dynamic and is another reason the future looks bright for Edmonton.14. (15) Anaheim Ducks, 16-11-5Rickard Rakell is playing inspired hockey. The 23-year-old forward is also in the process of creating a career season.15. (16) Los Angeles Kings, 16-13-2Journeyman goalie Peter Budaj is saving the Kings season, which seemed doomed when starter Jonathan Quick was placed on injured reserve after the first game of the season.16.?(14) Calgary Flames, 16-15-2Goalie Chad Johnson has been solid and is a big reason for Calgarys turnaround. The Flames all-around defense has been another key reason theyre still clinging to a wild-card spot.17.?(18) Winnipeg Jets, 13-16-3Theres nothing boring about?Patrik Laines game. The rookie sensation continues to impress and now has 18 goals, which is good for third in the league.18. (17) Tampa Bay Lightning, 15-14-3Victor Hedman should be considered the best defenseman in Tampas history. Not only did he become the all-time points leader as a defenseman, his two-way game has ignited the Lightning.19.?(19) Nashville Predators, 13-12-5The Predators need to fix why they cant win on the road. Nashvilles 3-9-2 record away from Bridgestone Arena is the worst in the Western Conference.20. (23) Carolina Hurricanes, 13-11-7Goalie?Cam Ward, who won a Stanley Cup in 2006, continues to impress at age 32. His longevity in the league (12 seasons) deserves a stick tap.21.?(22) Detroit Red Wings, 14-14-4Forward Tomas Tatar scored his first career hat trick against the Ducks. The Red Wings need more performances like this from Tatar in order to keep climbing the standings.22. (20) New Jersey Devils, 12-12-7A bounce here and there could mean the difference between winning and losing. The Devils cant catch a break, and that was the case again in a shootout loss to the rival Rangers on Sunday.23. (21) Florida Panthers, 14-13-5What a gong show. Its too bad because the Panthers have the talent to become a perennial winner.24.?(24) Dallas Stars, 13-14-6Is the Stars collective frustration with underachieving beginning to boil over? Forward Cody Eakin was suspended for four games for charging Lundqvist on Thursday.25. (26) Buffalo Sabres, 12-11-7Rasmus Ristolainen, 22, is well on his way to becoming one of the best defensemen in the league. Hes playing with confidence, and his potential is limitless.26.?(25) Toronto Maple Leafs, 12-11-7For all the talk about Auston Matthews, teammate Mitch Marner is having a terrific rookie season. Marner is a major reason Toronto is trending in the right direction.27. (27) New York Islanders, 11-14-6The Islanders need to find an identity, and soon. If not, personnel changes will -- and should -- be made.28.?(28) Vancouver Canucks, 13-16-3It has to be difficult for veteran players such as the Sedin twins to remain patient when so much losing is involved. But patience is what itll take for the Canucks to turn it around this season and in the foreseeable future.29.?(29) Arizona Coyotes, 11-15-5Speaking of patience, the Coyotes realize its part of the process of creating a winning team. Eventually, Arizona will get there.30.? (30) Colorado Avalanche, 11-18-1With a 2-8-0 record in their past 10 -- including a three-game losing skid -- the Avalanche are trending the wrong way. But making drastic changes at this point would be a desperate move -- and not the right one. http:///...or-nationals-jersey/ . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. http:///...on-nationals-jersey/ . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. http:/// . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. Russias sports reputation was ripped apart again Friday when a new report into systematic doping detailed a vast institutional conspiracy that covered more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.The findings were handed over to the International Olympic Committee, which will be under pressure to take action against the Russians ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes, World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said. For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.McLarens second and final report said the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, the countrys anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service, providing further details of state involvement in a massive program of cheating and cover-ups that operated on an unprecedented scale from 2011 to 2015.The Canadian law professor described the Russian doping program as a cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy.The USA Track and Field Athletes Advisory Committee said McLarens report details absurdity in its purest form.These findings are absolutely devastating to clean athletes; athletes who have sacrificed day in and day out for years to accomplish their goals, only to find out that the system has completely failed to ensure they are competing on an even playing field, the advisory committee said in a statement. If the corruption detailed in the report was able to occur on such an unprecedented scale in one country, where else has it been happening?The findings confirmed much of the evidence contained in McLarens first report issued in July, while expanding the number of athletes involved and the overall scope of the cheating program in the sports powerhouse.Over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests, McLaren said.The names of those athletes, including 600 summer sports competitors, have been turned over to international federations to pursue disciplinary sanctions, he said.The 144-page report provided further forensic evidence of manipulation of samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where sealed doping bottles were opened with special tools by intelligence agents and tainted urine was replaced with clean urine to beat the drug-testing system.Russians who won 15 medals in Sochi had their samples tampered with, including two athletes who won four gold medals, McLaren found.The report also found the Russian doping program corrupted the 2012 London Olympics on an unprecedented scale. While no Russians tested positive at the time of the Games, McLaren said the sports ministry gave athletes a cocktail of steroids ... in order to beat the detection thresholds at the London lab.The report said 15 Russian medal winners in London had been on a list of athletes who had been protected by Russian officials from testing positive before the Games. Ten of those athletes have since had their London medals stripped after their samples were retested.Declaring that McLarens findings detailed a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general, the IOC said it would retest samples of all Russian athletes who competed in Sochi and London.IOC president Thomas Bach said any athlete or official involved in such as sophisticated manipulation system should be banned for life from the Olympics. http:///...rg-nationals-jersey/. The Russian Sports Ministry said it was studying the report and denied the country had any state-sponsored doping system.McLarens first report, issued in July, led WADA to recommend that Russia be excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The IOC rejected calls for an outright ban, allowing international federations to decide which Russians could compete.The IOC has two separate commissions that will study McLarens report and make recommendations to the executive board for sanctions. While a blanket ban on Pyeongchang would seem unlikely, the IOC has indicated it will impose stiff sanctions.We now have detailed information which will allow us to take serious decisions, so lets take them, WADA president Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC member, told The Associated Press. If you look at the statements made by the IOC, it seems to be pretty likely they will take the appropriate decisions.Other findings in the report include:? Six Russian athletes who won a total of 21 medals at the Sochi Paralympics had their urine samples tampered with.? Two female hockey players at the Sochi Olympics had samples that contained male DNA.? Eight Sochi samples had salt content that was physiologically impossible in a healthy human.U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart called McLarens report another staggering example of how the Olympic movement has been corrupted and clean athletes robbed by Russias state-supported doping system.Tygart said the Russian Olympic Committee should be suspended and no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is in line with global rules.While the report again accused the Russian Sports Ministry, it found no evidence of involvement of the Russian Olympic Committee. The IOC had repeatedly cited the fact that the national Olympic committee was not implicated in defending its decision not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio Games.McLarens first report set off bitter divisions and infighting in the Olympic movement, and those recriminations have dragged on since the Rio Games.I find it difficult to understand why were not on the same team, he said. We should all be working together to end doping in sports.McLaren opened his investigation earlier this year after Moscows former doping lab director, Grigory Rodchenkov, told The New York Times that he and other officials were involved in an organized doping program for Russian athletes. He detailed how tainted samples were replaced with clean urine through a concealed mouse hole in the wall of the Sochi lab.The new report further backs Rodchenkovs account. McLarens investigation found scratches and other marks left on the doping bottles. WADA investigators were able to recreate the method used by the Russians to pry open the sealed bottle caps.The report also detailed how some Russian samples were diluted with salt or even coffee granules.The report has proved without a shadow of a doubt there was organized manipulation of the doping process in Russia, Reedie said. Now the challenge is for Russia, first of all to admit that the report is worthy and second to make sure they change their process so this does not happen again.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the former sports minister in charge during the London and Sochi Olympics, said Russia would take legal action in response to the report. It was not clear what course any legal action might take.Asked how he would respond to Russian critics, McLaren said: I would say, read the report.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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