Carter's NHL Power Rankings-October 22: Red Hot Stars Take Top Spot

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Carter's NHL Power Rankings-October 22: Red Hot Stars Take Top Spot
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1. Dallas Stars (5-1-0)
One of three teams to outscore opponents by a combined eight goals so far this season. Brad Richards has 10 points through the first six games (second among Western Conference players). Stephane Robidas has the league’s best plus/minus rating at +10.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (5-3-0)
27 goals through eight games (leads NHL).
2-3-0 home record (one of three teams to already have three home losses).
Sidney Crosby has 11 points and six goals through first eight games (both lead Eastern Conference).

3. Boston Bruins (4-1-0)
Nine goals against through first five games (leads NHL).
One of two teams to have three road wins without a road loss.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-1)
Only four teams have given up less goals than the Maple Leafs so far.

5. Minnesota Wild (3-2-1)
The Wild are one of five teams that have scored at least 20 goals already.

6. Chicago Blackhawks (5-2-1)
25 goals through eight games (leads Western Conference). The Hawks are one of three teams to have won each other past four games. Marian Hossa has 11 points through eight games (leads NHL). He also is tied for the NHL lead with Daniel Sedin with seven goals.

7. New York Islanders (4-1-2)
Great offensive start for the Islanders (23 goals through seven games). Only three other teams have scored more goals than them.

8. Detroit Red Wings (4-1-1)
Looks like defense could be a main key for the Red Wings this year. Their 14 goals given up ranks in the top 10 already in the league.

9. Florida Panthers (2-3-0)
Nine goals against through first five games (second-best in Eastern Conference).

10. Los Angeles Kings (4-2-0)
Most home wins without a home loss in the league so far (3-0-0).

11. Nashville Predators (3-0-3)
One of four teams to lose their last three games.

12. St. Louis Blues (2-1-2)
12 goals against through first five games (tied for best in Western Conference). They are one of four teams to lose their last three games.

13. Washington Capitals (4-3-0)
All the talk about the Capitals wanting to play more defense in the 2010-11 season has just been said and not done. They’ve already given up 18 goals through seven games.

14. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-0)
Not a bad defensive start for this team. The Jackets have only given up 13 goals through the first five games. Only four other teams have given up fewer goals.

15. Phoenix Coyotes (2-2-1)
12 goals against through first five games (tied for best in Western Conference).

16. Carolina Hurricanes (3-3-0)
Cam Ward off to an “okay” start to the season (3-2-0, 2.77 GAA, 167 saves).

17. New York Rangers (2-2-1)
Not a very good start for Henrik Lundqvist (1-2-1 record, 3.75 GAA, 124 saves).

18. Edmonton Oilers (2-3-0)
One of four teams to lose their last three games.

19. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-1)
Steven Stamkos has 10 points through six games (second among Eastern Conference players).

20. Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0)
One of four teams to already have four road wins. John-Michael Liles is tied for the league lead with nine assists through the first seven games.

21. Montreal Canadiens (3-2-1)
Carey Price hasn’t had too bad of a start to the season in taking back the starting role (3-2-1 record, 2.64 GAA, 156 saves).

22. Atlanta Thrashers (3-3-0)
Chris Mason leads the Eastern Conference in total saves with 204.

23. San Jose Sharks (2-2-1)
Antti Niemi off to struggling start in San Jose (1-2 record, 3.71 GAA, 80 saves).

24. Buffalo Sabres (2-4-1)
0-3-1 home record (one of three teams to already have three home losses).

25. Calgary Flames (3-3-0)
11 goals through first six games (worst in NHL).

26. Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-1)
One of four teams to lose their last three games.

27. Vancouver Canucks (2-3-2)
Daniel Sedin has 10 points through first ten games (second among Western Conference players). He also is tied for the NHL lead with Marian Hossa with seven goals. Twin brother Henrik Sedin is tied for the league lead with nine assists.

28. New Jersey Devils (2-4-1)
0-3-1 home record (one of three teams to already have three home losses).

29. Ottawa Senators (1-4-1)
12 goals through six games (worst in Eastern Conference).
Outscored by a combined nine goals through the first six games (largest negative margin of any Eastern Conference team).

30. Anaheim Ducks (3-4-1)
1-4-0 road record (no other teams has as many road losses than the Ducks).
Outscored by a combined 11 goals through the first eight games (largest negative margin of any team).

Carter’s NHL Trophy Trackers:
Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
1. Marian Hossa (RW, Blackhawks)
2. Sidney Crosby (C, Penguins)
3. Daniel Sedin (LW, Canucks)
4. Kari Lehtonen (G, Stars)
5. Steven Stamkos (C, Lightning)
6. Ryan Getzlaf (C, Ducks)
7. Brad Richards (C, Stars)
8. Tim Thomas (G, Bruins)
9. Chris Stewart (RW, Avalanche)
10. Marty Turco (G, Blackhawks)

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman of the Year)
1. John-Michael Liles (Avalanche)
2. Kris Letang (Penguins)
3. Alex Goligoski (Penguins)
4. Paul Martin (Penguins)
5. John Carlson (Capitals)

Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
1. Mark Letestu (Penguins)
2. John Carlson (Capitals)
3. Derek Stepan (Rangers)
4. Tyler Ennis (Sabres)
5. Matt Taormina (Devils)

Vezina Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)
1. Kari Lehtonen (Stars)
2. Tim Thomas (Bruins)
3. Marty Turco (Blackhawks)
4. Brent Johnson (Penguins)
5. Michal Neuvirth (Capitals)
6. Jimmy Howard (Red Wings)
7. Jonathan Quick (Kings)
8. Niklas Backstrom (Wold)
9. Miikka Kiprusoff (Flames)
10. John-Sebastian Giguere (Maple Leafs)

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year)
1. Marc Crawford (Stars)
2. Joel Quenneville (Blackhawks)
3. Scott Gordon (Islanders)
4. Guy Boucher (Lightning)
5. Ron Wilson (Maple Leafs)

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