Here are USA TODAY Sports' NHL power rankings based primarily on the team's start, with some consideration to schedule and level of play. 1. Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-1) Fourth in goals per game and third in goals against. So much for taking a step backward. 2. Los Angeles Kings (4-0-1) Last year’s decline was about Jonathan Quick’s injury, and he’s back. 3. Ottawa Senators (3-0-2) Impressive start for a team playing without Erik Karlsson, who is set to return Tuesday. 4. New Jersey Devils (4-1-0) Are they the NHL’s most improved team? Sample size too small to know for sure, but their start shows they are a team on the rise. 5. Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-0) Maple Leafs are showing a 1980s offense,
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Clayton Keller received a special kind of rookie treatment last season moments before his NHL debut with the Arizona Coyotes. Like other young players around the league, Keller’s teammates stayed behind in the tunnel and the rookie ended up taking a solo lap during warmups before a game against the St. Louis Blues last March. The moment was extra special for Keller, who grew up playing youth hockey in area under the tutelage of former NHLers Jeff Brown and Keith Tkachuk. As a kid, Keller would attend Blues games with his father and grandfather, and it was there that his NHL dreams began to develop. As those dreams came closer to reality, it was his late grandfather who played a huge role in Keller
–Vegas Golden Knights players knew they’d be in for a unique experience heading into this year, but they could have never imagined that they’d be helping a city heal from a significant tragedy. “It’s special to be here and to try to rebuild this city,” said forward Reilly Smith. “We’re trying to be a team that this city can stand behind.” (Miami Herald) –Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek scored his first two career NHL goals in last week’s game against the Penguins. His mom, Karen, may have given him the nudge he needed to start producing. (Tampa Bay Times) –ESPN hockey writers make their selections for the biggest surprise of the 2017-18 season so far. Hint: There’s plenty of Leafs and Blackhawks
The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning aren't accustomed to what befell them last season, and the Atlantic Division rivals are both off to 4-1 starts as they strive to put the bad memories in the rear-view mirror. The Lightning, after reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference final in 2016, suffered through an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign and missed the playoffs by one point. The Red Wings also failed to qualify for the postseason, the first time that had happened to the team since the 1989-90 season.