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Blues and Avalanche switch spots

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 23, 2019, 11:04 am ET

As the NHL schedule heads into Christmas week, the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche have switched their top-five positions with the Blues now second and the Avalanche currently fifth.

Lots of teams went up and down but no one did it more so than the New York Rangers who dropped from 12th to 22nd.
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1. Washington

Record: 26-6-5 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals lost to Columbus to start the week (for the second week in a row) but beat New Jersey and Tampa Bay. They take on Boston, Columbus and Carolina. Alex Ovechkin has 174 shots on goal to lead the Caps.

2. St. Louis

Record: 23-8-6 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Blues were perfect this week, defeating Colorado, Edmonton and San Jose as they have now won five in a row. They take on Los Angeles and Winnipeg twice this week. Alex Pietrangelo has 114 shots on goal to lead the Blues.

3. New York Islanders

Record: 23-8-3 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -3)

New York split the week, as they were bombed 8-3 by Nashville, beat Boston in a shootout and lost to Anaheim in another shootout. They face Columbus, Chicago and Minnesota this week. Brock Nelson has 103 shots on goal to lead the Islanders.

4. Boston 

Record: 21-7-9 (0-0-3)

(Last Week -4)

The Bruins lost all three games in extra time, losing in overtime to Los Angeles and Nashville and in a shootout to the Islanders. They hope to turn things around this week as they play Washington as well as a home-and-home series against Boston. David Pastrnak has 142 shots on goal.

5. Colorado

Record: 22-11-3 (1-3-0)

(Last Week -2)

It was not a good week for the Avalanche as they dropped three-of-four games, losing to St. Louis and Carolina and splitting with Chicago. Colorado takes on Vegas, Minnesota and Dallas this week. Nathan MacKinnon leads with 166 shots on goal.

6. Pittsburgh

Record: 21-11-4 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -7)

The Penguins beat Calgary and Edmonton and lost to Vancouver as they made their annual trip to Western Canada.  The Penguins take on Nashville for a pair of games this week. Jake Guentzel has 114 shots on goal to lead Pittsburgh.

7. Carolina

Record:22-12-2 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -8)

The Hurricanes beat Winnipeg and Colorado on the road before losing to Florida at home. They are in Toronto and New York to face the Rangers and then return to Raleigh to take on Washington. Dougie Hamilton has 133 shots on goal.

8. Philadelphia 

Record: 20-11-5 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -10)

After losing three in a row last week the Flyers came back and won all three this week, knocking off Anaheim, Buffalo and Ottawa. Philadelphia takes on the New York Rangers, San Jose and Anaheim this week. Claude Giroux lead with 109 shots on goal.

9. Arizona

Record: 21-13-4 (2-1-0)    

(Last Week - 11)

The Coyotes beat San Jose and Detroit and lost to Minnesota. Arizona plays Nashville, Vegas and Dallas this week. Clayton Keller has 117 shots on goal.

10. Winnipeg

Record: 21-13-2 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Jets lost to Carolina and Chicago before salvaging their week with a 6-0 shutout over Minnesota. They take on Montreal once this week as well as St. Louis twice. Kyle Connor leads the Jets with 123 shots on goal.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.