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NHL Power Rankings: Weeks 1 & 2

by: AnthonyP On  Monday, October 20, 2008
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New York Rangers CelebrationTotal Pro Sports – The NHL season is two weeks in so it’s time to start the weekly NHL Power Rankings. As has been the trend since the lockout there were some teams who surprised, some who underachieved and some who did just as well as everyone thought.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Anaheim Ducks. It was a close race between them and the Philadelphia Flyers, but since they’re just two years removed from winning the Cup it goes to Anaheim. Not much really needs to be said other than they’ve only won one out of their first six games and Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen are tied for the team lead in points with four.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the New York Rangers. They took both games from the Lightning in Prague and continued their sold play when they got back to North America beating the Blackhawks, Flyers and Devils. Taking into consideration that they lost both Jagr and Shanahan and brought in the questionable Zherdev and Naslund who struggled the last two years in Vancouver the Rangers were the biggest winners the first two weeks of the season.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for week 1 & 2

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 New York Rangers 6-1-1 - Impressively won both games against Tampa Bay over in Europe and continued that success here in North America winning their next three in a row. Combined that with the surprising play of Voros and Dubinsky and the Rangers are sitting pretty.
2 San Jose Sharks 5-1-0 - Won their first four games in a row, three against divisional opponents and sit first in the Western Conference. Jonathan Cheechoo has rediscovered his scoring touch which could mean big trouble for teams in the West.
3 Montreal Canadiens 4-0-1 - Their 100th season got off to a bad start in Buffalo losing in the shootout, but they’ve won their last four in a row. Alex Tanguay is loving life as a Hab and Carey Price looks sharp.
4 Minnesota Wild 4-0-0 - They haven’t had the toughest schedule to start the season, but they’ve won all four of their games to go undefeated and that’s what good teams do. This also looks to be Mikko Koivu’s breakout season as he’s averaging two points a game so far.
5 Edmonton Oilers 4-0-0 - This young and exciting team is finding a way to get it done each night so far. They’ve managed to win all four of their games by only one goal thanks to timely scoring and solid goaltending. They’ll have to start winning games by a bigger margin if they want to stay near the top of the West.
6 Buffalo Sabres 4-0-1 - The Sabres have been a pleasant surprise so far going unbeaten in their first five games. Thomas Vanek is tearing it up with 7 goals already and both Miller and Lalime are playing great only giving up a max of 2 goals per game.
7 New Jersey Devils 4-1-0 - Lead by Martin Brodeur the Devils have looked solid winning four of their first five games. As per usual, they’ll have to get some consistent scoring in order to have a successful season as they’ve only played one game were they’ve scored more than 2 goals.
8 St. Louis Blues 4-1-0 - Lead by the speedy Paul Kariya the Blues have come out of the gate and surprised winning four of their first five games. They’ll have their first big test on Wednesday when they play the Red Wings.
9 Washington Capitals 3-1-1 - Shaky start to the season losing to the Thrashers, but they rebounded nicely beating the Blackhawks, Canucks and Penguins. They have a tough week ahead facing the Flames, Coyotes and Stars.
10 Detroit Red Wings 3-1-1 - Haven’t gotten off to the start they would have liked, but they have beaten the Senators, Hurricanes and Rangers. Surprisingly Brian Rafalski leads the team in points with 6.
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2-1 - Just like Detroit they haven’t gotten off to the best start, but both Malkin and Crosby are off to good ones.
12 Vancouver Canucks 3-3-0 - Surprised a lot of people winning their first two games against Calgary, but have lost three of their last four games. They’ll be in tough this week playing the Blue Jackets and Oilers.
13 Carolina Hurricanes 3-1-1 - Off to a pretty good start beating the Panthers, Lightning and Ducks. Both Whitney and Staal look sharp which is a good sign as they’ll be leaning heavily on those two for scoring.
14 Boston Bruins 2-1-1 - They’ve gotten off to a better start than their record shows. They beat the Avalanche and Senators and lost two close ones to the Wild and Canadiens.
15 Nashville Predators 3-3-0 - Gotten off to a so-so start beating the Stars, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. Dan Ellis will have to start playing better as they face the Flames and Kings this week.
16 Ottawa Senators 2-2-1 - Pretty average for a middle of the pack team. They should be able to take two of three from the Panthers, Ducks and Leafs this week.
17 Atlanta Thrashers 2-2-1 - Big surprise win over the Capitals in their first game of the season and then lost a tough one to the Panthers the next night. Bryan Little is looking to have his breakout season as he leads the team in points with 6.
18 Los Angeles Kings 2-2-0 - Lost their first two games to the Sharks, but rebounded by beating the Ducks and Hurricanes. They’ll need to get more scoring from guys like Kopitar and Frolov to remain competitive.
19 Colorado Avalanche 2-3-0 - Have rebounded from losing their first three games of the season by beating the Flyers and Stars back-to-back. They have a tough week ahead facing the Kings, Oilers and Sabres.
20 Chicago Blackhawks 2-2-2 - Even Steven, their record pretty much says it all. Two positives are the games they did lose were winnable and it appears Patrick Kane wont be suffering from a sophomore slump.
21 Florida Panthers 2-2-0 - They got spanked by the Wild 6-2 but came back with a nice 2-0 shutout win against the Islanders on Saturday. They have a tough schedule this week playing four games against the Canadiens, Senators, Sharks and Blues.
22 New York Islanders 2-3-0 - No real surprise here. Had two nice wins over the Blues and Lightning but one of their losses came in a blow out to Buffalo 7-1.
23 Columbus Blue Jackets 2-3-0 - Nice wins over the Stars and Predators but looked sloppy in their losses to the Sharks and their second game against the Predators.
24 Phoenix Coyotes 2-3-0 - Got off to a good start in back-to-back wins over the Blue Jackets and Ducks, but have lost their last three games in a row. On the plus side rookies Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker are looking good to start off the season.
25 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-2-2 - Surprise win over the Red Wings to start off the season but were beaten handily by the Canadiens and Penguins on back-to-back Saturday nights. Rookies Luke Schenn and Nikolai Kulemin have looked impressive so far.
26 Dallas Stars 1-3-1 - Tough loss to the Blue Jackets to start off the season and then split a home and home series with the Predators. They’ll look to rebound playing four games this week. Rookie Fabian Brunnstrom looked impressive scoring a hat-trick in his first NHL game.
27 Calgary Flames 1-3-1 - Suffered a tough loss to the Canucks last Saturday and weren’t able to pick up a win in their home and home with their provincial rivals the Oilers. On the plus side new comers Todd Bertuzzi and Mike Cammalleri have looked good so far scoring a combined 10 points in 5 games.
28 Tampa Bay Lightning 0-2-3 - Tough luck is the best word to describe what’s happened with Tampa so far. All of their losses have been by one goal and the last three in either overtime or a shootout. I’d suggest to Mr.Melrose to play Steven Stamkos more if they want to win and have him develop into the player he can be.
29 Philadelphia Flyers 0-3-2 - Tough losses to the Rangers, Penguins and Sharks. They’ll have to get better goaltending and play better defensively to start winning as they’ve given up 4+ goals in 4 of their first 5 games.
30 Anaheim Ducks 1-5-0 - A nice 4-0 shutout win over the Sharks, but that’s it. They’ve had a horrible start to the season and their top three forwards Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne are playing like its still preseason.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 3