NHL Power Rankings – Week One

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Welcome to the first installment of HockeyClan’s weekly NHL power rankings. Each week throughout the season, HockeyClan will rank every team in the National Hockey League from top to bottom.

Who’s #1? Who’s rising? Who’s falling? Stay tuned each week for updates in our power rankings!

1-Chicago Blackhawks (3-1-1) NHL leader in goals-for with 23 including a 10-spot hung on the defending Stanley Cup champs. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON

Nikita Kucherov (86) and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after scoring a goal in the 3rd period against the Washington Capitals on October 09, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. The Lightning defeated Washington 4-3. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

2-Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1) With Stamkos back in the mix, reloaded for another run at the cup. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT

3-Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-1) Rebounded from thrashing at hands of Blackhawks with shutout of Predators. Still loaded. Still the champs. Wins: NSH, WAS

4-Washington Capitals (2-1-1) Ovechkin rejuvenated, leading the league in goals with eight. Wins: OTT, MON

5-Anaheim Ducks (2-1-1) Getting it done without Getzlaf and Kesler. John Gibson emerging in between the pipes. Wins: AZ, NYI

Tier Two

6-Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1) How did this team lose to the Devils? Growing pains come with adolescence. 2nd in goals with 22. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI

7-St. Louis Blues (4-1) Surprise to some but hot start not all that surprising given the talent level beginning with Jake Allen in net. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR

8-Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1) Only blemish on its resume a 5-1 loss to nemesis Blackhawks. Playing with a chip on their shoulder after last season’s early exit Wins: NYI, CAR

9-Minnesota Wild (1-1-1) Only two games played but this is one of the most sound, defensive units in the league. A darkhorse to challenge out west. Wins: CHI

Jaromir Jagr (68) celebrates with Johnny Gaudreau (13) after the Calgary Flames defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime during the game on October 11, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

10-Calgary Flames (3-1) Hot start for hot Flames which just signed the ageless one, Jaromir Jagr. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA

11-Los Angeles Kings (2-0-1) Quick back in the pipes sending Kings quickly back into contention. Wins: PHI, SJ

12-Nashville Predators (2-2) Defending Western Conference champs adjusting to life without Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis. Wins: PHI, DAL

13-Edmonton Oilers (1-2) No need to panic. McDavid will overcome slow start. Wins: CAL

Tier Three

14-Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1) Only two games played but both pushed to limit in overtime against a pair of quality teams. Wins: MIN

15-New Jersey Devils (3-0) The kids are alright. Confidence at an all-time high right now. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR

16-Philadelphia Flyers (2-2) Solid western conference swing showed moxie against some tough opponents. Wins: SJ, ANA

17-Montreal Canadiens (1-3) With five goals in four games, team needs to put the biscuit in the basket. Wins: BUF

Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) and right wing Ryan Dzingel (18) drive up ice against the Vancouver Canucks during a NHL hockey game on October 10, 2017, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. (Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

18-Ottawa Senators (1-0-2) A step back after last season’s playoff run was inevitable. Wins: VAN

19-Boston Bruins (1-2) Back-to-back losses to the Avalanche? Decades of dominance defensively suddenly an issue? Wins: NAS

20-San Jose Sharks (1-2) Do not look in sync but it’s early. Barely skated past slumping Sabres. Wins: BUF

21-Dallas Stars (1-3) Was supposed to be surprise team of the year with boatload of off-season additions. Concussion for Bishop. Wins: DET

22-New York Rangers (1-3) The glue that holds this team together — does Lundqvist have another year left in him? Wins: MON

Tier Four

23-Vegas Golden Knights (3-0) The first expansion team in almost 50 years to win its first three games. #VegasStrong Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ

24-Colorado Avalanche (3-1) Wow, where has this been? Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS

25-Detroit Red Wings (3-1) Real nice start anchored by Jimmy Howard in between the pipes. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ

Roberto Luongo #1 of the Florida Panthers battles Paul Stastny and the St. Louis Blues during a game at BB&T Center on October 12, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. Luongo posted 37 saves in a 5-2 win. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

26-Florida Panthers (2-1) Despite the losses to expansion and the fact Roberto Luongo is 38-years old, continue to remain competitive. Wins: TB, STL

27-Winnipeg Jets (2-2) Will settle in and rise the rankings behind one of the best-kept secrets in the league in Laine. Wins: EDM, VAN

28-New York Islanders (1-2-1) Overcame opening night thrashing by doubling up Buffalo at home. Two one-goal losses indicate this team is recalculating. Wins: BUF

29-Vancouver Canucks (1-1-1) Surprise triumph stunning Edmonton in season opener. Wins: EDM

30-Buffalo Sabres (0-3-1) Nothing going right in the new Phil Housley/Jason Botterill regime.

31-Arizona Coyotes (0-3-1) First-year coach Rick Tocchet has his hands full in the desert.

* records and rankings through 10/12

 

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Main Image: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his first period goal with teammates against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on October 10, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec. The goal was the first of DeBrincat’s NHL career. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

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