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2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 1 & 2

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York Rangers saluteTotal Pro Sports – With the NHL season two weeks in it’s time to start the weekly NHL Power Rankings. Although teams have only played a handful of games there are some teams who have surprised, underachieved and some who have done just as well as everyone thought they would.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Boston Bruins. After winning the East last season all eyes are on the Bruins this season and so far they’ve disappointed with a so-so start and the sub-par play from their goaltenders.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Los Angeles Kings. It appears that writing off the Kings before the season began was a bit premature. It’s a long season but so far the Kings from Los Angeles have looked impressive.

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 5-1-0 - Have won 5 games in a row after losing their season opener to Pittsburgh.
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1-0 - The Pens haven’t shown any signs of fatigue winning 3 games in a row.
3 Los Angeles Kings 4-1-0 - Lead by Anze Kopitar‘s 10 points the Kings have been the surprise of the 2009-10 season so far.
4 Calgary Flames 4-1-1 - Great start for the Flames as they already have 4 wins and have also shown an ability to score which was a question mark heading into the season.
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1-0 - Steve Mason hasn’t been suffering from a sophomore slump and it shows with 3 wins in their first 4 games.
6 Philadelphia Flyers 3-1-1 - So far the gamble on Ray Emery has paid off as he looked great in preseason and has been solid early in the regular season.
7 Chicago Blackhawks 3-1-1 - Have won 2 in a row but some goaltending questions have popped up with the so-so play of Cristobal Huet.
8 Colorado Avalanche 3-1-1 - Another big surprise to start off the season as the Avs have had three big wins over the Sharks, Canucks and Bruins.
9 Edmonton Oilers 3-1-1 - If it wasn’t for a brain cramp by Nikolai Khabibulin in the season opener the Oilers would be undefeated in regulation.
10 San Jose Sharks 3-2-1 - Despite the disappointing start, the newest Shark Dany Heatley has been on fire and was named the 1st Star for week 2.
11 Buffalo Sabres 2-0-1 - Have managed to win 2 of their first 3 games but scoring seems to be a problem as they have yet to score more than 2 goals in a game.
12 New Jersey Devils 3-2-0 - Got off to a terrible start but have rebounded and are on a 3 game winning streak.
13 Phoenix Coyotes 3-2-0 - The off-ice activities haven’t affected the play of Ilya Bryzgalov as he’s been great for Phoenix in the first two weeks.
14 Ottawa Senators 3-2-0 - Have won 3 games to start off the season although they were against sub-par teams.
15 Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1-2 - Steven Stamkos appears to be a lot more comfortable in his 2nd year in the NHL as he has 6 points in his first 5 games.
16 Washington Capitals 2-2-2 - Got off to a great start winning their first 2 games but have now lost 4 games in a row.
17 Atlanta Thrashers 2-1-0 - Rookie goalie Ondrej Pavelec has looked great so far and just might end up taking the #1 job from Kari Lehtonen.
18 Anaheim Ducks 2-2-1 - Have had a so-so start as they try to figure out who their starter is…my money’s on Jonas Hiller.
19 Detroit Red Wings 2-2-0 - After dropping both of their games to St.Louis in Stockholm the Wings have come back to North America and won their last 2 games.
20 St. Louis Blues 2-2-0 - After beating the Red Wings in their two games in Stockholm the Blues have struggled since coming back losing their last 2 games to the Thrashers and Kings.
21 Nashville Predators 2-2-0 - After getting off to a promising start the Preds have lost their last 2 games.
22 Vancouver Canucks 2-3-0 - After struggling out of the gate the Canucks appear to have turned things around winning their last 2 games.
23 Boston Bruins 2-3-0 - Some questions in goal as Tim Thomas appears far from his Vezina winning ways and Tuukka Rask hasn’t been any better.
24 Carolina Hurricanes 2-3-0 - Will be looking to work on their consistency as they’ve had an up and down start to the season.
25 Montreal Canadiens 2-3-0 - Despite the solid play of Carey Price the Canadiens find themselves one game below .500 after the first two weeks.
26 Dallas Stars 1-0-3 - Although they have yet to lose in regulation they only have 1 win to start the season.
27 Minnesota Wild 1-3-0 - Disappointing start to the season for the less defensive new-look Minnesota Wild.
28 Florida Panthers 1-4-0 - After winning their season opener against Chicago in Helsinki the Panthers have lost 4 in a row.
29 New York Islanders 0-1-3 - Despite the lack of a win John Tavares has looked great so far putting up 5 points in 4 games to start the season.
30 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-4-1 - So much for the re-vamped defence. The Leafs currently sit last for Goals Against, second last for Penalty Killing and have yet to win a game.

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





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