2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 4

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Total Pro Sports – This week we see an Eastern team fall from grace and another start to play up to expectations and climb up the standings. Plus, the Leafs still looking for the ever elusive first win of the season.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers both falling 4 spots to end up at #5 and #19 respectively. The Rangers lack of a solid veteran presence seems to be hurting them while young goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has cooled off for the Thrashers and the injury to Ilya Kovalchuk wont help matters.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens both moving up 3 spots to land at #13 and #24. The Capitals have been getting some solid goaltending from both Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov while Michael Cammalleri has been able to find his goal scoring touch for the Canadiens.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for week 4.

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 9-2-0 Green Arrow1 Have managed to keep rolling along although the injury to Sergei Gonchar could really hurt them like it did last year.
2 Colorado Avalanche 8-1-2 Green Arrow2 Somebody forgot to tell these guys that they were supposed to be one of the worse teams in the NHL. Both Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny are big reasons why as they’ve combined for 20 points in the first 11 games of the season.
3 Calgary Flames 7-2-1 Green Arrow2 Continue to fill the net with pucks scoring 11 goals in their 2 games last week. This week is another short week but will be a good test as they face the Avalanche and Red Wings.
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4-0 Red Arrow1 Rick Nash is off to a great start collecting 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points in the Blue Jackets first 10 games.
5 New York Rangers 7-3-1 Red Arrow4 Rough week losing to the Sharks, Devils and Canadiens while giving up a combined 16 goals against.
6 Los Angeles Kings 8-4-0 Green Arrow2 The Kings early up and down season continues as they beat the Stars in back-to-back games while also coming out victorious over the Coyotes and Blue Jackets.
7 Philadelphia Flyers 5-3-1 Highly touted rookie forward James van Riemsdyk scored his first career NHL goal in the Flyers 5-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday night.
8 Chicago Blackhawks 6-3-1 Red Arrow2 Cristobal Huet picked up his first shutout of the season in the Blackhawks 2-0 win over the Predators on Saturday night.
9 San Jose Sharks 7-4-1 Green Arrow1 Patrick Marleau is enjoying another solid season so far as he’s collected 9 points in his last 4 games.
10 Edmonton Oilers 6-4-1 Red Arrow1 On a bit of a mini-slide after losing their last 2 games in-a-row to Calgary and Vancouver.
11 Buffalo Sabres 6-1-1 Green Arrow2 The Sabres continue to surprise/impress winning both of their games last week.
12 New Jersey Devils 6-3-0 Green Arrow2 Are starting to play like the New Jersey Devils we’ve all grown to love as they’ve won 4 of their last 5 games.
13 Washington Capitals 6-2-2 Green Arrow3 The Capitals have started to find their stride and Alexander Ovechkin is hovering around the 50 goals in 50 games mark.
14 Phoenix Coyotes 6-3-0 Red Arrow3 Saw their 4 game win streak come to an end with their 5-3 loss against the Kings.
15 Ottawa Senators 5-2-2 Red Arrow3 Tough week losing both of their games to the Predators and Bruins.
16 Anaheim Ducks 3-5-1 Green Arrow1 It will be up to Jonas Hiller to provide some solid goaltending as Jean-Sebastien Giguere is out after re-injuring his groin.
17 Detroit Red Wings 3-4-2 Green Arrow1 The Wings will have to tighten up on D and get some better goaltending if they want to string together some wins and climb up the standings.
18 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3-3 Green Arrow1 Coming off their big break goaltender Mike Smith seems to have benefited the most as he looked good in both of Tampa’s games last week.
19 Atlanta Thrashers 4-3-1 Red Arrow4 Not only did the Thrashers lose all 3 of their game last week, but Ilya Kovalchuk left Saturday’s game after getting hit in the foot with the puck and did not return.
20 Vancouver Canucks 6-5-0 Green Arrow1 Roberto Luongo is starting to turn his play around after two solid games against the Leafs and shutting out the Oilers Sunday night.
21 Boston Bruins 5-4-1 Green Arrow1 Good week for the Bruins as they collected 5 out of a possible 6 points.
22 Dallas Stars 5-2-4 Green Arrow1 Brad Richards has enjoyed a great start to the season so far collecting 13 points in 9 games.
23 St. Louis Blues 4-4-1 Red Arrow3 Despite the bad week, rookie defenceman Alex Pietrangelo scored his first career NHL goal in the Blues 4-1 loss to the Stars.
24 Montreal Canadiens 5-5-0 Green Arrow3 Great week for the Habs including Michael Cammalleri who was finally able to find his scoring touch collecting 6 points including a hat-trick in Montreal’s 5-4 OT win over the Rangers.
25 Nashville Predators 3-6-1 Red Arrow1 Managed to come out with a 6-5 OT win over Ottawa but then came up flat losing 2-0 to Chicago.
26 Minnesota Wild 3-7-0 Green Arrow2 Were able to pick up two wins over the Avalanche and Hurricanes.
27 Florida Panthers 2-6-1 Red Arrow2 Bad week for the Panthers as they lost all 3 of their games.
28 Carolina Hurricanes 2-5-3 Red Arrow2 Currently find themselves on a 6 game losing streak.
29 New York Islanders 1-4-4 The Islanders young forwards have been playing pretty well so far this season, however their defence and goaltending have been suspect.
30 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-7-1 Lost their only game of the week 3-1 to Vancouver. The only positive is that the players worked hard for the full 60 minutes and didn’t quit when they were down 2-0.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 5.

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