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,
If the Winnipeg Jets are going to extend their three-game winning streak when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, they will need a little help from both the farm and the press box. The Jets (3-2-0) placed winger Mathieu Perreault on injured reserve on Monday with a lower-body ailment after he blocked a shot Saturday in the team's 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Hot-shot prospect Kyle Connor was called up from the AHL Manitoba Moose, and he skated on a line with center Bryan Little and right winger Patrik Laine at practice Monday.