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Posted by Ryan Porth Labels: Power Rankings
1. Pittsburgh Penguins… LW: 3
Seeing them up-close on Thursday, I can’t think of how good they’ll be when Jordan Staal and Zbynek Michalek get healthy.
2. Washington Capitals… LW: 1
The Caps were tripped up twice by Boston, but they are still considered an offensive juggernaut until proven otherwise.
3. Detroit Red Wings… LW: 4
Henrik Zetterberg has come out of the gates strong, producing 10 points in seven games.
4. Nashville Predators… LW: 7
Key contributors have been in and out of the Preds lineup thus far due to injury, yet Barry Trotz’s gang is the last of the unbeatens (in regulation) and leads the NHL in points (13).
5. Los Angeles Kings… LW: 5
L.A. may be without Drew Doughty for the foreseen future, but luckily Matt Greene returned from off-season shoulder surgery earlier than previously expected.
6. Boston Bruins… LW: 10
The top line for the B’s (Lucic-Krejci-Horton) has been sensational, combining for 22 points in six games!
7. Chicago Blackhawks… LW: 6
Last season the ‘Hawks led the league with a +9 shot differential; that number is just shy of -4 through 10 games.
8. Vancouver Canucks… LW: 2
In a scheduling quirk, the Canucks have just one game this week (Tuesday vs. Colorado).
9. Philadelphia Flyers… LW: 8
Philly doesn’t seem to be in sync yet. They have a pair of back-to-backs yet that should tell us more about this team.
10. Tampa Bay Lightning… LW: 11
Steven Stamkos is on fire, leading the league with 15 points and 8 goals. The kid is a hoss.
11. St. Louis Blues… LW: 14
After a few tough losses stringed together, the Blues had two huge wins over Chicago and Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday.
12. San Jose Sharks… LW: 9
A Jekyll and Hyde week sees San Jose slip three spots. The loss of Evgeni Nabokov is starting to show.
13. Calgary Flames… LW: 22
The Flames have really turned it on, with Rene Bourque leading the way (six goals in last four games).
14. Montreal Canadiens… LW: 17
Is he finally starting to ‘get it’? You know who I’m referring to.
15. Colorado Avalanche… LW: 15
John-Michael Liles surprisingly leads the league in assists (10). Also, the Avs have two big divisional road games in Vancouver and Calgary this week.
16. Toronto Maple Leafs… LW: 12
Toronto has come back to earth after a 4-0 start. Can they turn it back around this week?
17. Phoenix Coyotes… LW: 16
In two home games last week, the Coyotes drew a combined attendance of 14,895. Come on, Coyotes fans.
18. Carolina Hurricanes… LW: 20
The ‘Canes made it out alive from their three-week road trip with a 4-3 record. They’ll finally play their home opener on Wednesday…
19. Dallas Stars… LW: 18
Given their record, it’s surprising to see the Stars ranked 26th on the power play and 30th on the penalty kill.
20. New York Islanders… LW: 24
P.A. Parenteau is the point-leader on a team that is currently second in their division?
21. Buffalo Sabres… LW: 23
Lindy Ruff’s club is 3-1 on the road (should be 4-0) and 0-4-1 on home-ice. Luckily, they have three road games on tap this week!
22. New York Rangers… LW: 27
In their current three-game win streak, Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron have combined for a 1.33 GAA and .956 save percentage.
23. Atlanta Thrashers… LW: 19
Chris Mason is on pace to play in the most games in his career, and has let in three or more goals in all but three games.
24. New Jersey Devils… LW: 13
When was the last time you saw a Devils team with a -15 goal differential?? John MacLean better turn this around quickly.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets… LW: 28
The Jackets are 4-3-0, meaning the Central is the only division with all five teams above .500 at this point.
26. Florida Panthers… LW: 26
Peter DeBoer’s crew has played pretty well in the early going, but has a key road trip north of the border this week.
27. Anaheim Ducks… LW: 25
Anaheim is surrendering an alarming 40 shots per game. Jonas Hiller won’t last much longer at this rate!
28. Ottawa Senators… LW: 21
Jason Spezza’s banged up, the goaltending is shaky, and they have no identity. It could be a tough year in Canada’s capital.
29. Minnesota Wild… LW: 30
Alright, so Todd Richards’ ‘bag skate’ worked. Next step? Consistency.
30. Edmonton Oilers… LW: 29
A quote from Tom Renney after Saturday’s loss: “We’ve had the good, the bad and ugly this season.”
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