NHL Power Rankings – Week Two

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Welcome to the next 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-Tampa Bay Lightning (6-1-1) Nikita Kucherov with eight goals in seven games. Team second in league with 27. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ Last: 2

Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre on October 18, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. The Maple Leafs won 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

2-Toronto Maple Leafs (6-1) Tops in the league with 34 goals. Scary thing is team may just be scratching the surface. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET Last: 6

3-Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-2) Faltering defensively. Usually solid Crawford being hung out to dry. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH Last: 1

4-Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1) Stanley Cup hangover? Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR Last: 3

5-Washington Capitals (3-3-1) Loss of puck-moving dman Niskanen hurts but this is still one of the most potent offenses in the league. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ Last: 4

6-Los Angeles Kings (5-0-1) Only team remaining without a loss in regulation. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, MON Last: 11

Tier Two

7-St. Louis Blues (6-2) Starting to put it all together. A real darkhorse. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL Last: 7

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate after right wing Josh Anderson (77) scored in the 3rd period to tie the game against the Minnesota Wild on October 14, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Blue Jackets defeated the Wild 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

8-Columbus Blue Jackets (5-2) Four-game winning streak snapped by shutout at hands of top-ranked Lightning Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN Last: 8

9-Nashville Predators (4-2-1) Defending Western Conference champs adjusting to life without Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI Last: 12

10-New Jersey Devils (6-1) Six games without a goal then two in less than two for #1 pick Hischier. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT Last: 15

11-Anaheim Ducks (2-3-1) Hitting the skids with losses to Buffalo and Colorado. Getzlaf and Kesler cannot return soon enough. Wins: AZ, NYI Last: 5

12-Minnesota Wild (1-1-2) Schedule has seen fit to play just half as many games (4) as division opponents Chicago and St. Louis (8) at this point in the season. Wins: CHI Last: 9

13-Philadelphia Flyers (4-3) Hung an eight-spot on the rival Caps. Fourth in goals scored with 26. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA Last: 16

14-Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1) Winning with smoke and mirrors (11 goals-for). Took two of three in western road swing. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL Last: 14

15-Calgary Flames (4-3) Came up short to Carolina, 2-1, after four-day layoff. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN Last: 10

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week One

Tier Three

16-Ottawa Senators (3-1-3) After lighting the lamp six times in Calgary and Edmonton, ran into a brick wall second time around against Vancouver. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM Last: 18

After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons, this was not the start the Edmonton Oilers were looking for. (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Edmonton Oilers (2-4) 11 goals-for (29th in the NHL) very un-McDavid-like. Wins: CAL, CHI Last: 13

18-Dallas Stars (4-3) Typically a sieve in between the pipes, Stars have yielded just 14 goals for sixth-best in NHL. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ Last: 21

19-Boston Bruins (3-3) Bergeron returns but Rask leaves with a concussion. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN Last: 19

20-Vegas Golden Knights (5-1) They’re not this good (but it’s been fun to watch). Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF,  Last: 23

21-Detroit Red Wings (4-3) Henrik Zetterberg is the energizer bunner. He just keeps going and going… Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK Last: 25

22-San Jose Sharks (2-3) Missing Marleau and Martin. Has the window closed? Wins: BUF, MON Last: 20

Tier Four

23-Colorado Avalanche (4-4) Outside of Vegas and Jersey, has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the league. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA Last: 24

Things are looking up for the Winnipeg Jets’ Brandon Tanev (13), Jacob Trouba (8) and Tyler Myers (57) after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Oct. 9, 2017 in Edmonton, AB (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

24-Winnipeg Jets (3-3) Up and down, swings will eventually even out. Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR Last: 27

25-Montreal Canadiens (1-5-1) In a city were every shift is uberanalyzed, this will just not do for le bleu, blanc et rouge.  The Habs are leaning on Price more than ever. Wins: BUF Last 17

26-New York Islanders (3-3-1) Have yet to convert on the power-play this season. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR Last: 28

27-New York Rangers (1-5-2) There just has been no accountability defensively. 26 goals against (28th in NHL). Wins: MON Last: 22

28-Florida Panthers (2-3) Losses to both Keystone State teams this past week. Hard to see things getting much better than .500 Wins: TB, STL Last: 26

29-Vancouver Canucks (2-3-1) Good news: have only given up 13 goals. Bad news: have only scored 12. Wins: EDM, OTT Last: 29

30-Buffalo Sabres (1-4-2) Was thought to have addressed defensive issues in off-season. Wins: ANA Last: 30

31-Arizona Coyotes (0-6-1) Can only go up from here. Last: 31

* records and rankings through 10/19

 

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Main Image: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 17, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

 

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