If, after the eleventh week, the power rankings saw significant changes, this time, the situation is much more similar to the last time around. Ak Bars and Spartak were the leaders, and they still are this week, despite the results. Kazan had only one regulation win, getting two points only after SO against Sibir and losing to HC Sochi. The Red-and-Whites returned from the Far East with only half of the possible points, winning in Vladivostok and losing to Amur.
Amur, by the way, thanks to that win got in the power rankings at the twelfth spot. Defeating Spartak compensated for the losses against Jokerit and Avangard. The Hawks, other than playing in Khabarovsk, had two clashes in Beijing. Bob Hartley's troop won the first one after SO, then lost the second encounter in OT. These losses resulted in a four-spot nosedive, while Kunlun Red Stars – adding a SO win over Vityaz – returned to the top 12 after missing last week's edition.
If the Tigers and the Dragons had a gradual climb over the power rankings, Sibir had a real break out: in a week, they jumped from the third-last spot to the 11th. And for Sibir to reach this position, someone else needed to make up room for them: Novosibirsk climbed up at the expenses of Salavat Yulaev. Losing in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, and at home against Jokerit, Ufa moved from the seventh spot down to the twenty, establishing a record for the hardest fall. Also Admiral lost its place in the top 12. Ufa fell harder, but Vladivostok was in a higher position, and thus, its slip down – caused by goalless losses to Severstal and Spartak – was more noticeable.
Yaroslavl and Magnitogorsk slipped down as well, by two and three spots, respectively. Metallurg even fell off the top 12. Lokomotiv, who led the power rankings a mere two weeks ago, got away with just one W over Dinamo Minsk, losing to Avtomobilist and Dynamo Moscow – now the fifth team in the rankings. The White-and-Blues, Yekaterinburg, and Jokerit went up by one position.
Another team on the rise is Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. The team led by David Nemirovsky climbed up by three spots, despite playing only twice last week, including a SO loss. SKA also jumped up by three places, getting to the top three stepping into the spot vacated by Lokomotiv. SKA is the only team that amassed a 100% record last week, with three regulation wins and a goals difference of 13-7. The Army men put together a good reserve of points for the rankings defeating CSKA – the reigning Gagarin Cup champion – de facto doubling the victory's value.