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NHL Power Rankings: Week 3

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Total Pro Sports – As will be the case for the next few weeks, there’s been a lot of movement in the power rankings for Week 3 with the two big moves coming out of Alberta. We also saw some of the teams who were expected to do well improve.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Edmonton Oilers. To put it lightly they pooped the bed this past week. They gave up 13 goals while only scoring 4 in their 3 games. They’ll have to get more scoring from players not named Ales Hemsky to turn this streak around.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Calgary Flames. After struggling against Northwest opponents the Flames really turned things around lead by their captain Jarome Iginla. Iggy lead the team in their win over Nashville scoring a hat-trick and then collected 3 points (1 goal 2 assists) in their next victory against Phoenix. Kiprusoff seems to have settled down as they only gave up 5 goals in their 3 games.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for Week 3

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 New York Rangers 8-2-1 - They just keep winning with victories over the Blue Jackets and Penguins this past week. Zherdev had a good week with 4 points (2 goals 2 assists), 3 of which came against his former team.
2 Buffalo Sabres 6-0-2 Green Arrow4 They’ve been able to get at least one point in all of their 8 games so far and are still getting great goaltending from Ryan Miller.
3 San Jose Sharks 7-2-0 Red Arrow1 Struggled to keep the puck out of their net against the Flyers and Panthers, but shutout the Lightning on Saturday. Patrick Marleau really stepped up his game this week collecting 5 points, 4 of which came in their game against Philly.
4 Detroit Red Wings 6-1-1 Green Arrow6 After winning all 3 of their games this week the Wings are starting to look like a Cup winning team. Both Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk found their games this week and that’s good news for Detroit but bad news for the rest of the league.
5 Minnesota Wild 5-0-1 Red Arrow1 Tough loss to the Sabres but beat the Blue Jackets in a close one. Mikko Koivu is still continuing to surprise people as he has 10 points in 6 games.
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2-2 Green Arrow5 Collected 5 out of a possible 6 points and only gave up a total of 4 goals in their 3 games this week. Oh yeah, Malkin & Crosby have a combined 26 points in just 9 games.
7 Montreal Canadiens 5-1-1 Red Arrow4 Beat the Panthers on Monday but weren’t able to take advantage of the long layoff and lost 6-4 to the Ducks on Saturday. Koivu & Tanguay have a combined 18 points in their first 7 games.
8 New Jersey Devils 5-2-1 Red Arrow1 Hammered the Stars 5-0 but lost back-to-back games to the Flyers. As will likely be the case at the end of the season, Zach Parise leads the team in points with 11.
9 St. Louis Blues 5-3-0 Red Arrow1 Played the Wings tough and beat the Panthers but lost to the Kings 4-0. Kariya continues to lead this team but their top 4 scorers are all in the minus column for +/-.
10 Colorado Avalanche 5-3-0 Green Arrow9 They’re playing better as a team and it showed winning all 3 of their games this week. Ryan Smyth looks good scoring a highlight reel goal and Paul Stastny leads the team with 11 points.
11 Washington Capitals 4-3-1 Red Arrow2 Lost two tough ones in a row to the Flames and Coyotes but managed to squeeze out a win against the Stars. Alexander Semin has been on fire and leads the team with 14 points.
12 Calgary Flames 4-3-1 Green Arrow15 Won all 3 of their games this week and Iginla finally woke up scoring a hat-trick in their game against Nashville.
13 Carolina Hurricanes 4-2-1 - Lost to the Penguins and beat the Islanders. They’ll need Staal, Whitney and Brind’Amour to put up more points and get better goaltending from Ward if they want to improve this coming week.
14 Boston Bruins 3-2-3 - Lost two close games to the Sabres and Leafs but won their game against the Thrashers.
15 Chicago Blackhawks 3-2-3 Green Arrow5 A good 3-0 shutout win over the Oilers and put up a good fight against the Wings on Saturday. Kane and Havlat are going at a good pace but they’ll need more production from Toews to compete against the tougher teams in the West.
16 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2-3 Green Arrow9 Played inspired in their 3 games this past week, twice coming back from 2-0 in their games against the Ducks (lost in the shootout) and Bruins (won in regulation). Antropov had a good week and leads the team in points with 7.
17 Nashville Predators 4-4-0 Red Arrow2 Lost to the Flames but rebounded with a win over the Kings. Shea Weber is establishing himself as a top defenceman in the league with 9 points and a +/- of plus-3.
18 Vancouver Canucks 4-4-0 Red Arrow6 Lost to the Blue Jackets and Ryan Kesler surprisingly leads the team with 9 points. 9 points isn’t horrible, but Kesler shouldn’t be the one leading the team in that category.
19 Edmonton Oilers 4-3-0 Red Arrow14 Rough week losing all 3 of their games while only scoring 4 goals and allowing 13.
20 Anaheim Ducks 4-5-0 Green Arrow10 A lot better week for the ’06 champs winning all 3 of their games. Perry and Getzlaf have seemed to of woken up.
21 Dallas Stars 3-4-2 Green Arrow5 Wasn’t a terrific week but was a lot better than their first two beating the Rangers and Islanders. Ribeiro had a monster game against NYI getting 5 points (1 goal 4 assists).
22 Florida Panthers 4-4-0 Red Arrow1 Had a decent week beating the Senators and Sharks but lost to the Canadiens and Blues. Cory Stillman leads the team with 9 points.
23 Philadelphia Flyers 2-3-3 Green Arrow6 Had a lot better week beating the Devils in back-to-back games and earning a point in their shootout loss to the Sharks. Richards and Carter are picking up their play lately scoring a combined 10 points in the team’s 3 games this past week.
24 Los Angeles Kings 3-4-0 Red Arrow6 Rough week losing to the Avalanche and Predators. Their biggest problem is trying to get Kopitar and Frolov going consistantly.
25 Columbus Blue Jackets 3-5-0 Red Arrow2 Got off to a good start beating the Canucks, but lost their next two to the Rangers and Wild. Nash must maintain a point per game pace for this team to be competitive.
26 Phoenix Coyotes 3-4-0 Red Arrow2 Beat the Capitals but lost to the Flames. They’ll need more from Jokinen as they play the Penguins and Wild this week.
27 Atlanta Thrashers 2-4-2 Red Arrow10 They lost all 3 of their games this past week and Todd White leads the team in points. Need I say anymore?
28 Ottawa Senators 2-5-1 Red Arrow12 Lost all 3 of their games and like usual Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson seem like the only players who can score on the team.
29 New York Islanders 2-5-0 Red Arrow7 What can be said about this team? They lost both of their games last week and DiPietro seems to be battling injury issues already.
30 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-3-3 Red Arrow2 There must be something wrong with the water in Tampa. They barely beat the Thrashers and lost 3-0 to the Sharks. After 7 games St.Louis and Lecavalier only have 9 points combined.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 4.