Where do teams stand in the NHL?
The NHL season is in full swing and after two weeks we are getting an idea of what the landscape will look like as we head deep into winter. The cream is already starting to rise to the top in the NHL. How about Montreal’s historic start? And how about Pittsburgh’s and Anaheim’s ugly starts?
NHL Lines & Matchup Insight
It should be an interesting NHL season to say the least – the Power Rankings figure to be as fluid as the Atlantic Ocean. So where does your favorite team sit after two weeks of Regular Season hockey?
Let’s take a look.
1. Montreal Canadiens (6-0-0)
The Habs have never started 6-0 in the history of their franchise – that’s saying something! Carey Price has been predictably sensational – the team has allowed a total of seven goals in their six games so far and the offense looks balanced and dangerous.
The Habs are a scary team- that’s for sure!
2. St. Louis Blues (5-1-0)
The Blues should be a powerhouse all season long. They enter this week on the heels of a four game winning streak although Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk are injured. The Blues are right where they should be – top 5 in the Power Rankings.
3. San Jose Sharks (4-2-0)
Lost to the Islanders last time out after starting the season undefeated. What’s most impressive is that San Jose has played five of their first six games on the road. Goaltender Martin Jones had his first poor game of the season last night – I guess he was due!
4. Dallas Stars (4-1-0)
Dallas has won three straight games ahead of this week – they are tops in the league so far in goals per game. The addition of Patrick Sharp to an already stellar offense could be the difference for this team – as long as the defense holds up!
5. Nashville Predators (4-1-0)
Have allowed just nine goals in their five games so far this season – decent for sure. If Pekka Rinne can steal a game or two for this club they have the makeup to make things interesting in the West this year.
6. New York Rangers (4-2-1)
Beat down a pretty good San Jose team last night – shut them out! There were definitely some questions after a three game winless streak but there was no doubt left last night that this team belongs in the elite.
7. Minnesota Wild (3-1-1)
The Wild have played three of their first four games on the road and have looked good! Devan Dubnyk looks as though he’s ready to prove his haters wrong and the offense looks decent. Minnesota has a little chip on their shoulders seemingly and is as balanced a team as there is in the West.
8. New York Islanders (3-1-1)
The Isles currently own a nice three game win streak and look like a contender despite nobody in their new Brooklyn home seeming to care. Jaroslav Halak is still one of the top keepers in the game and the offense should be a terrific compliment all season long.
9. Winnipeg Jets (4-2-0)
Opened season with impressive 3-1 Eastern road trip and lost last time out to the Blues. But back at home in front of their rabid home crowd expect the Jets to make a run at a season-long top 10 spot in my Rankings.
10. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-0)
The Lightning have been a bit Jekyll and Hyde so far this season but one of the Cup contenders has to be top 10 in the Rankings. Victor Hedman, Ben Bishop and Steve Stamkos say so!
11. Vancouver Canucks (3-1-2)
Ryan Miller has been terrific for this team – 1.21 GAA, .955 save % age so far! The team is coming off a rather disappointing OT loss to the Oilers and have lost just once in Regulation. Vancouver has allowed just 11 goals in six games – impressive indeed.
12. Washington Capitals (3-1-0)
The Caps have yet to play a road game but have looked good in four games so far. Nicklas Backstrom is back in the fold and Alex Ovechkin, despite sleeping through his alarm is still a top dog.
13. Detroit Red Wings (3-2-0)
14. Ottawa Senators (3-2-1)
15. Florida Panthers (3-2-0)
16. Chicago Blackhawks (3-3-0)
17. Arizona Coyotes (3-2-0)
18. Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-1)
19. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-3-0
20. Boston Bruins (2-3-0)
21. Los Angeles Kings (1-3-0)
22. Colorado Avalanche (2-2-0)
23. Edmonton Oilers (2-4-0)
24. Toronto Maple Leafs (1-3-1)
25. Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1)
26. Buffalo Sabres (1-4-0)
27. New Jersey Devils (1-3-1)
28. Carolina Hurricanes (1-4-0)
29. Calgary Flames (1-4-0)
30. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-6-0)
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