They have more losses, less points and are currently out of the playoffs. The Sharks get no respect.
how do you think we feel in Calgary? they've got the Rangers and the Oilers (amongst others) ahead of us and look at the standings! (and we just beat the NYR 5-0 in Manhattan the day these rankings came out)
The other thing to remember is that these rankings are not supposed to be like the standings. After all, if one wanted to see who was on top of the NHL, he'd look at the standings, not somebody's power rankings.
I don't other teams take SJ lightly, but I think writers do.
Anyways I'm kinda shocked about Calgary, ususally Canadian teams are bumped up a few slots higher than they should be.
The teams in the Western Conference won't but it is possible the Sharks could face an Eastern Conference team in the playoffs that hasn't seen a lot of the Sharks and is down a game or two before they realize they are in tough.