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 (7-1-0) +32
Last week: 1
The Rangers have not lost since opening night in Pittsburgh. They are also the highest scoring team in the NHL. Will their high-paced play have them burnt out sooner rather than later?
2. Colorado Avalanche (6-1-1) +27
Last week: 9
Colorado went 4-0-0 on the road this week behind the hot goaltending of Craig Anderson.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-1-0) +26
Last week: 2
Pittsburgh dropped a spot at the expense of Colorado’s surge even though they didn’t drop any points this week.
4. Phoenix Coyotes (5-2-0) +19
Last week: 13
Even if no one in Arizona cares, it’s not looking like it is bothering the Yotes.
5. Chicago Blackhawks (5-2-1) +18
Last week: 11
Jonathan Toews finally got his first goal this week. However, Patrick Kane is still in a slump (three points in last six games).
6. Ottawa Senators (5-2-0) +17
Last week: 14
Ottawa finished the week with two strong wins. One in Montreal where former Canadiens player Alexei Kovalev scored a goal en route to victory.
7. Edmonton Oilers (4-2-1) +17
Last week: 17
The Oilers this season are the team they were supposed to be last season. Fast, entertaining and high scoring.
8. Atlanta Thrashers (4-1-0) +17
Last week: 12
Three out of Atlanta’s first four wins were earned on the road. I’m glad I picked this team to make the playoffs because they look legit.
9. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-1-0) +16
Last week: 7
Columbus is another team that dropped spots despite going 2-0-0 this week (at home).
10. Washington Capitals (4-2-2) +15
Last week: 10
Alex Ovechkin has four goals in three games playing with the likes of Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble.
11. Buffalo Sabres (4-1-1) +15
Last week: 15
A couple six goal efforts this past week proves Buffalo can still put the puck in the net.
12. Dallas Stars (3-1-3) +14
Last week: 16
Dallas’ only one regulation loss this season came at the hands of the visiting Bruins.
13. San Jose Sharks (4-3-1) +12
Last week: 5
Only five goals in three games this past week.
14. St. Louis Blues (3-2-1) +12
Last week: 19
St. Louis finished the week strong with a 5-0 victory in Anaheim after losing three straight games.
15. Calgary Flames (5-2-1) +11
Last week: 3
With the defense and goaltending Calgary has, they shouldn’t be allowing 3.5 goals per game.
16. Philadelphia Flyers (3-2-1) +9
Last week: 4
Philly played once this week, which was a 4-2 loss in Florida.
17. N.J. Devils (4-3-0) +8
Last week: 20
New Jersey has only scored more than three goals once this season.
18. L.A. Kings (4-4-0) +5
Last week: 6
L.A. finished the week 0-3-0 after their hot start. All games were on the road against quality opponents, though.
19. Vancouver Canucks (3-4-0) +5
Last week: 21
Canucks move up at the expense of other teams after going 1-1-0 this week.
20. Detroit Red Wings (3-3-1) +4
Last week: 22
The ugliest of the Wings two losses this week came in Buffalo where they lost 6-2.
21. Boston Bruins (3-4-0) +4
Last week: 23
It looked like Boston could be back on track after shutting out Dallas 3-0 on their ice. Too bad they followed that up with a 4-1 loss in Phoenix.
22. Anaheim Ducks (3-3-1) +2
Last week: 8
After Anaheim crept by lowly Minnesota with a 3-2 win mid-week, they got their butts handed to them in a 5-0 shutout loss to St. Louis.
23. Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-1) -2
Last week: 25
Like Vancouver, Carolina moves up at the expense of other teams misery despite only going 0-1-1 this week.
24. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3-2) -4
Last week: 24
Tampa Bay will never get out of the gutter until the overrated Vinny Lecavalier becomes the franchise player he is supposed to be, or they trade him.
25. Florida Panthers (2-4-0) -4
Last week: 30
Impressive 4-2 against Philly this week after losing 3-2 to Tampa Bay.
26. Montreal Canadiens (2-5-0) -5
Last week: 27
Montreal are losers of five in a row. If you want the silver lining, Mike Cammalleri finally scored his first goal.
27. N.Y. Islanders (0-3-3) -7
Last week: 26
Who will win first, the Islanders or Maple Leafs?
28. Nashville Predators (2-4-1) -8
Last week: 18
Four goals in four games this week is well on their way to a top three draft pick in 2010.
29. Minnesota Wild (1-6-0) -8
Last week: 28
Minnesota has already three one goal loss games. Maybe the addition of Chuck Kobasew will give them more scoring up front. I doubt it.
30. Toronto Maple Leafs (0-6-1) -17
Last week: 29
Toronto can’t score goals and they can’t stop other teams from scoring. This is the basic recipe for disaster.
Biggest increase in rank: Edmonton Oilers (10 spots)
Biggest decrease in rank: Anaheim Ducks (14 spots)