Puckpassion's NHL Power Rankings (Week Two)
The formula for this power ranking system involves total team points, total goals scored, total goals allowed as well as additional points for away wins within the week. Tie-breaking ranking totals are decided on total wins first, then total goals scored (if tied then away team wins/goals scored within the week gets the advantage).
1. N.Y Rangers (4-1-0) +16
Last week: 12
The Rangers went 3-0-0 in week two. Two wins including road wins @ New Jersey and Washington.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-0) +13
Last week: 7
Pittsburgh went undefeated this week highlighted by a huge win in Philadelphia.
3. Calgary Flames (4-1-0) +11
Last week: 6
Losing at home to Dallas 5-2 was the first loss for the Flames this season.
4. Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-1) +11
Last week: 1
Philly had a rough week losing at home to rival Pittsburgh, then blowing a late lead and losing to Anaheim the next day.
5. San Jose Sharks (3-2-0) +10
Last week: 14
The Sharks are moving up on the strength of their deadly one-two-punch of Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton.
6. L.A. Kings (3-1-0) +10
Last week: 25
The surprise Kings have not dropped points since opening night.
7. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-1-0) +10
Last week: 15
Columbus knew it would be tough starting three of their first four games on the road, but they have weathered the storm quite nicely.
8. Anaheim Ducks (2-2-1) +9
Last week: 28
Two big road wins this week against the likes of high quality opponents Philly and Boston.
9. Colorado Avalanche (2-1-1) +9
Last week: 3
Colorado has come back down to earth a little, but they have still been highly competitive in the games they’ve played in.
10. Washington Capitals (2-2-1) +8
Last week: 2
What has happened to to the Caps? Dropping points in every game since their hot start in week one.
11. Chicago Blackhawks (2-1-1) +8
Last week: 8
Chicago have yet to find their groove, most notably Jonathan Toews who has one point in his first four games.
12. Atlanta Thrashers (2-1-0) +8
Last week: 10
After a big win in St. Louis, the Thrashers got handled pretty well in Ottawa in their following game.
13. Phoenix Coyotes (2-2-0) +8
Last week: 9
Phoenix is second in the league in goals against, but only fourth in goals scored.
14. Ottawa Senators (3-1-0) +7
Last week: 26
Ottawa has played well, but their lackluster offense will catch up with them once they play opponents of higher quality.
15. Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1) +7
Last week: 18
If you’re wondering why a team without any regulation-time losses is ranked 15th, just look at how many goals they have scored (four).
16. Dallas Stars (1-0-3) +6
Last week: 17
Dallas has already dropped a total of three points in the overtime/shootout.
17. Edmonton Oilers (2-1-1) +5
Last week: 20
The Oilers are both winning and losing close games. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing.
18. Nashville Predators (2-1-0) +5
Last week: 13
Similar to Buffalo, Nashville can’t score goals, but the good things is, they are not allowing many. Their luck won’t last forever.
19. St. Louis Blues (2-2-0) +4
Last week: 4
After St. Louis’ hot start, they have dropped two games in a row, both at home.
20. N.J. Devils (2-2-0) +4
Last week: 27
New Jersey completed a Florida sweep this week after an 0-2-0 start.
21. Vancouver Canucks (2-3-0) +3
Last week: 29
Good news is the Canucks have won two in a row after a terrible start. Bad news is Daniel Sedin will be out for at least one month.
22. Detroit Red Wings (2-2-0) +3
Last week: 23
Detroit got back on track this week, especially with a big win against Washington. How the Wings will cope from here on out without goal scoring winger Johan Franzen is a big mystery.
23. Boston Bruins (2-2-0) +2
Last week: 11
Boston is a far-cry from the team that started off like gang-busters last season.
24. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-2) +2
Last week: 24
Tampa finally got their first win this week with the help of Ryan Malone’s hat-trick.
25. Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-0) 0
Last week: 30
Carolina has looked either really bad or really good. They need to find more consistency.
26. N.Y Islanders (0-0-3) 0
Last week: 16
The highlight of the Isles this week was their 3-0 lead on the Bruins with only eight minutes away from the end of regulation. Their low-light was when they allowed the Bruins to storm back and win in a shootout.
27. Montreal Canadiens (2-3-0) -2
Last week: 5
Talk about hitting a wall. Montreal went o-3-0 on their Northwest road-trip this week.
28. Minnesota Wild (1-3-0) -3
Last week: 21
Minnesota has dropped three games in-a-row this week. At least now they are fun to watch while they are doing so.
29. Toronto Maple Leafs (0-3-1) -6
Last week: 22
Maybe Brian Burke should have concentrated on adding more skill instead of more toughness this off-season.
30. Florida Panthers (1-3-0) -7
Last week: 19
Outside of Florida’s opening-day win against Chicago, they have looked like an AHL team.
Biggest increase in rank: Anaheim Ducks (20 spots)
Biggest decrease in rank: Montreal Canadiens (22 spots)
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