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Power Rankings pres. by YP: Dec. 23

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.

Oh, December. The division races start to take shape, and contenders begin to separate themselves this time of year, as we approach the midway point of the season. It's always a great month for the game, and this December has been no different. Here are five teams who have enjoyed the most success in 2014's final month.

Pittsburgh Penguins

It's been a bit of a strange ride recently for the Penguins. A mumps outbreak grabbed headlines, affecting a few stars, including Sidney Crosby. But the Penguins carried on, and they have managed to have a very successful December campaign. And as is a bit of a recurring theme on this list, it all starts with some stellar goaltending.

Marc-Andre Fleury has stymied Pittsburgh's opponents this month, as his team has managed a 6-1-3 record. Fleury has played in eight of those games, with a record of 6-0-2, notching two shutouts. Evgeni Malkin has been his usual game-changing self while leading the Penguins offense, tallying nine points this month.

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