Boston Remains on Top

Michael Finewax

Boston remains atop the power rankings for a second straight week while the New York Islanders and Carolina join the top-five for the first time.

Colorado and Buffalo slipped this week and while they remain in the top-ten, they are no longer top-three teams.

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1. Boston 

Record: 10-1-2 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -1)

Boston won both games this past week, defeating San Jose and Ottawa. Boston has a busy four-game schedule this week as they are home to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and on the road against Montreal and Detroit. The big line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have combined for 64 points in 13 games.

2. Washington

Record: 11-2-3 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -4)

The Capitals won all three games this past week, defeating Toronto, Buffalo and Calgary. They play only twice this week, on the road against Florida and home to Vegas. Jakub Vrana had a hat trick Sunday and is second in goals with nine, behind only Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals.

3. Edmonton

Record: 10-4-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Oilers started the week losing to Detroit but wins over Columbus and Pittsburgh salvaged the week.  This week they face Arizona, St. Louis and New Jersey at home and then travel to Anaheim to play the Ducks. They have received a goal in each of the last two games from a bottom-six forward (Jujhar Khaira and Colby Cave) after going the first 13 games without one from their bottom-two lines.

4. New York Islanders

Record: 10-3-0 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -6)

New York won both, beating Tampa Bay and Buffalo. The Islanders have won nine in a row after starting the season at 1-3-0. This week they are home for all three, including Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Florida. Similar to last season, the Islanders have become outstanding in keeping the puck out of their own net. Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss have each given up 14 goals in a combined 13 games.

5. Carolina

Record:9-4-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -7)

Carolina started the week off right with wins over Calgary and Detroit but faltered on Saturday in losing to New Jersey. The Hurricanes play the Flyers and Senators away from home and the New York Rangers at home. After a tough start to the season, Sebastian Aho has five goals and five assists in 14 games including three goals and seven points in his last five contests.

6. St. Louis

Record: 9-3-3 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -11)

The Blues have won six of their last seven including all three this past week, defeating Minnesota twice as well as Columbus. The Blues are in Western Canada all week to face Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. The loss of Vladimir Tarasenko for five months due to shoulder surgery will hurt immensely.  

7. Colorado

Record: 8-4-2 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -2)

The Avalanche continued their slump without Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog as they lost in overtime to Florida and then fell to Dallas and Arizona. The Avs face Dallas, Nashville and Columbus this week. Nathan MacKinnon saw his 13-game points streak end against the Coyotes.

8. Buffalo 

Record: 9-4-2 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -3)

The Sabres lost to Arizona in a shootout and then outright to the New York Islanders and Washington. They are in Stockholm, Sweden to play a pair against Tampa Bay this week. Most of the Sabres have been minus this season but the injured Marco Scandella is a plus-eight.

9. Nashville

Record: 8-4-2 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -8)

The Predators beat Chicago, lost in overtime to Calgary and then fell to the New York Rangers this past week. They are on the road for all three games this week as the Predators are in Detroit, Colorado and San Jose. Nashville is led in scoring by two defensemen, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, as each has 14 points this season.

10. Vancouver

Record:9-3-2 (3-0-1)

(Last Week -16)

The Canucks had another nice week as they beat Florida, Los Angeles and San Jose while losing in a shootout to Anaheim. Vancouver takes on St. Louis, Chicago, Winnipeg and New Jersey this week. Elias Pettersson has been red-hot of late with four goals and 14 points in his last seven games.

11. Vegas

Record: 8-5-2 (0-0-2)

(Last Week -9)

The Golden Knights lost in overtime twice this week, both at home as Montreal and Winnipeg knocked them off. Vegas goes on the road for all four games this week as they are in Columbus, Toronto, Washington and Detroit. Mark Stone is having a great season with eight goals and 18 points.

12. Pittsburgh

Record: 8-5-1 (1-0-1)

(Last Week -12)

The Penguins walloped the Flyers on Tuesday and then lost in overtime to Edmonton. They take on Boston, the New York Islanders and Chicago this week. They Penguins were finally at full strength Saturday with the return of Evgeni Malkin and Alex Galchenyuk but lost Patric Hornqvist in the same game for a while. Bryan Rust will take his spot on the second line.

13. Arizona

Record: 8-4-1 (2-1-0)       

(Last Week -13)

The Coyotes lost to Montreal this week but sandwiched wins over Buffalo and Colorado to make it a good week. The Coyotes face Edmonton, Calgary, Columbus and Minnesota in a busy week. Nick Schmaltz has been quite the offensive machine this season with four goals and eight assists in 13 games.

14. Florida

Record: 7-3-4 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -14)

The Panthers beat Colorado and Detroit but lost to Vancouver to start the week. They are home to Washington and then travel to New York to play the Islanders and the Rangers. Aleksander Barkov scored twice on the power play this week for his first two goals of the season.

15. Anaheim 

Record:9-6-1 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -17)

The Ducks defeated Winnipeg and Vancouver and lost in overtime Sunday to Chicago. They are home for a couple of games this week as Minnesota and Edmonton come to town. Ryan Getzlaf played in his 1,000th game Sunday, the only player ever to do so with the Ducks.

16. Toronto

Record: 7-5-3 (1-0-1)

(Last Week -18)

The Maple Leafs lost in overtime to Washington and beat the Flyers in a shootout that lasted 11 rounds. The Leafs are busy this week playing Los Angeles, Vegas and Philadelphia at home before heading to Chicago for a Sunday matchup. Ilya Mikheyev leads with a plus-eight rating.

17. Montreal

Record: 7-5-2 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -20)

The Canadiens defeated Arizona and Vegas and lost to Dallas this past week as they were out on the road. The Habs play Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles this week. Despite not a lot of power play time, both Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher have seven goals and 12 points to lead Montreal.

18. Tampa Bay

Record: 6-5-2 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -10)

The Lightning were 1-2 this past week, outscoring New Jersey 7-6 as their win was sandwiched by two losses to the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. The Lightning travel to Sweden to play the Sabres twice this week. Victor Hedman is hoping to return in front of his Swedish countrymen as he has been out three games with a lower-body injury.

19. Winnipeg

Record: 8-7-0 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -19)

The Jets lost to Anaheim but defeated San Jose and Vegas. The Jets are home this week to faced New Jersey, Vancouver and Dallas. Dustin Byfuglien underwent surgery on his foot and the suspended player is out another four months while in recovery.

20. Calgary

Record: 8-7-2 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -15)

The Flames lost to Carolina and Washington but defeated Nashville and Columbus. Calgary returns home to face Arizona, New Jersey and St. Louis. Johnny Gaudreau has gone 12 games without a goal. 

21. Philadelphia 

Record: 6-5-2 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -22)

The Flyers lost to Pittsburgh, beat New Jersey in a shootout and lost to Toronto in a shootout. This week they play four games, facing Carolina, Montreal, Toronto and Boston. Ivan Provorov has taken over from Shayne Gostisbehere quarterbacking the first power play unit.

22. Dallas

Record: 7-8-1 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -28)

The Stars won all three games this week to get back into contention. Dallas defeated Minnesota, Colorado and Montreal. They will try and extend their winning streak as they play Colorado and in Winnipeg. The Stars have scored 37 goals in 16 games with Roope Hintz scoring nine times.

23. New York Rangers

Record: 5-5-1 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -24)

The Rangers won both games this week, knocking off Tampa Bay and Nashville. They play four games this week, at home against Ottawa, Detroit and Florida and on the road versus Carolina. Tony DeAngelo has taken over quarterbacking duties on the first power play from Jacob Trouba who moves to the second unit.

24. Columbus

Record: 5-6-3 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -21)

The Blue Jackets did not have a good week, losing in overtime to the Blues as well as getting beat by Edmonton and Calgary in regulation. Columbus takes on Vegas, Arizona and Colorado. Nick Foligno has gone 11 games without finding the back of the net.

25. Chicago

Record: 4-6-3 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -25)

The Blackhawks lost to Nashville, lost in overtime to Los Angeles and beat Anaheim in a shootout. The Blackhawks face San Jose and Pittsburgh on the road and Vancouver and Toronto at home. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson is off to a slow start with only four assists in 12 games after striking for 60 points last season.

26. Los Angeles 

Record:5-9-0 (1-1-0)

(Last Week 26)

The Kings beat Chicago and lost to Vancouver this past week. Los Angeles heads to Eastern Canada this week, facing Toronto. Ottawa and Montreal. Anze Kopitar is pointless in three of his last four games.

27. New Jersey 

Record: 3-5-4 (1-0-2)

(Last Week -27)

The Devils defeated Carolina after a couple of extra time losses to Tampa Bay (in overtime) and Philadelphia (in a shootout). The Devils are in Western Canada for all four games this week, playing Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. P.K. Subban is off to a slow start offensively with only two goals and five points in 12 games.

28. San Jose

Record: 4-10-1 (0-3-0)

(Last Week -23)

The Sharks are in turmoil as they dropped all three games, losing to Boston, Winnipeg and Vancouver. San Jose plays Chicago, Minnesota and Nashville this week. They did not lottery-protect their first-round pick in the Erik Karlsson deal with Ottawa and that could come back to haunt them.

29. Minnesota

Record:4-9-1 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -29)

The Wild lost two games to start the week as Dallas and St. Louis were winners but salvaged a point in a shootout loss to the Blues. Minnesota are out west, playing Anaheim, San Jose and Arizona. Carson Soucy has only one assist in 11 games but is a plus-five, one of the few Wild players on the positive side.

30. Detroit

Record: 4-10-1 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -30) 

The Red Wings defeated Edmonton before losing to Carolina and Florida this past week. The lowly Red Wings host Nashville, Boston and Vegas and go on the road to play in New York, against the Rangers. Tyler Bertuzzi is off to a nice start with 14 points in 15 games.

31. Ottawa 

Record:3-8-1 (0-1-0)

(Last Week -31)

The Senators lost their only game of the week, falling to Boston on Saturday. It’s a lot busier this week as the Senators play four games, on the road to play the Rangers and Islanders in New York and back home to face Los Angeles and Carolina.

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