Go ahead... we'll give you a moment?
OK, yeah, the 11th spot in Allan Muir's "NHL Power Rankings" at SI.com seems way low for the Capitals, but that's not it.
Check the fine print. "Last Week: 9."
Huh? It's August, dill weed. How can the Caps -- any team, for that matter -- rise, fall, or be abducted by aliens in August? Did the Caps lose a free agent last week? Did Alexander Semin sign in Russia last weekend when we weren't looking?
And we can't even hazard a silly wild-assed guess as to why it is that Calgary went up seven spots from "last week" (unless by "last week," you mean, "before Jay Bouwmeester was signed" or "last May"), or how the Flyers jumped eight spots.
August... when the world of hockey goes insane.
Thanks to Japers for pointing the way to this.