Power Rankings: Hurricanes still undefeated

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The top five remains relatively unchanged, but the Calgary Flames managed to climb their way up the list.

The Flames, under head coach Darryl Sutter, are always going to play sound defensive hockey. Their success this season will depend on whether or not they get goals from their star players.

Also, the Carolina Hurricanes are still the team to beat. Yes, Florida looks great, too, but there's no stopping the 'Canes right now.

Enjoy this week's list!

1 – Carolina Hurricanes (-):

We’re three Power Rankings columns into this season and the Hurricanes still haven’t lost a game yet. Carolina is going to be on a three-game road trip that will see them play in Chicago, Florida and Tampa. They have five different players rolling at a point-per-game pace.

2 – Florida Panthers (-):

The Panthers still haven’t dropped a game in regulation, but they suffered a shootout loss in Boston on Saturday night. As of right now, nobody has picked up more points in the standings (17) than Florida. As you’d expect, Jonathan Huberdeau (11 points) and Aleksander Barkov (10 points) are leading the way for Florida offensively.

3 – Edmonton Oilers (-):

So, the top three teams on the list stay intact one week later. The Oilers dropped a game to the Flyers, but they came back and beat Vancouver over the weekend. Connor McDavid, who still leads the NHL in scoring, “only” had three points in 2 games last week. He’s up to 17 in just seven games.

4 – St. Louis Blues (-):

The Blues are also locked into the same spot they were in one week ago. Only Carolina (plus-21) and Florida (plus-18) have a better goal-differential than the Blues (plus- 14) so far this season. If Jordan Binnington can keep his head on straight, this team might be able to do some damage in the Western Conference this year.

5 – Calgary Flames (Up 15):

The Flames are playing sound defensive hockey and they’re getting the offense from their key weapons. Calgary is tied with St. Louis for third in goal-differential and both teams have given up just 15 goals. Pending UFA Johnny Gaudreau leads the team with 11 points in eight games. Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm both have seven goals in eight outings.

6 – Washington Capitals (-):

The Caps are one of three teams in the league that still hasn’t dropped a game in regulation this season, as they have a 5-0-3 record heading into November. Yes, they played three non-playoff teams from a year ago last week (Ottawa, Detroit and Arizona), but you can only beat the teams in front of you. Alex Ovechkin is having a great year, but it’s nice to see Evgeny Kuznetsov bounce back after a mediocre season in 2020-21.

7 – New York Rangers (Up 2):

The Rangers dropped a 5-1 decision at home to Calgary last Monday, but they bounced back with a big 4-0 win over Columbus and a 3-1 victory in Seattle. Igor Shesterkin has found a way to keep his team in games even when they aren’t playing that well. This Ranger team has a lot of quality on it.

8 – Buffalo Sabres (Up 9):

The Sabres deserve to be in the top 10. You may not recognize all the names on their roster, but their 5-2-1 start is impressive. Raise your hand if you expected Dustin Tokarski and Craig Anderson to both have a goals-against-average under two (keep your hand down). I have no clue how long they can keep this up, but it’s fun to see them do well.

9 – Philadelphia Flyers (Up 5):

The Flyers handed the Oilers their first loss of the season last week and they followed that up by beating Vancouver the next night. Unfortunately for them, they fell to a red-hot Calgary team over the weekend. They have the ninth highest points percentage in the league at (.643).

10 – New Jersey Devils (Up 5):

Like the Flyers, the Devils also have a .643 points percentage this season. Philadelpia is stily ahead of New Jersey on this list because the Devils have only had to play one road game so far. They’ll start the month of November with a three-game road trip in California though.

11 – San Jose Sharks (Down 3):

The Sharks won two of three games last week, but I have them down 3 spots in the rankings (that doesn’t seem fair). The Sharks will finish up their five-game homestand with three games against teams that are higher than them on his list (Buffalo, St. Louis, New Jersey). I feel like this upcoming week will tell us a lot more about the Sharks.

12 – Columbus Blue Jackets (Up 9):

The Jackets had that ugly loss to the Rangers on Friday, but they beat Dallas and New Jersey to start and finish the week. Columbus has won four of five games at home and that’s where they’ll be playing four of their next five. Patrik Laine is starting to look a lot more comfortable with the team he was traded to last season. He’s up to three goals and five assists in eight games.

13 – Winnipeg Jets (Up 5):

The Jets dropped their first three games of the season, but they haven’t dropped a decision in regulation in their last five (4-0-1). They played three close games on their California road trip, but they’ll enjoy some home-cooking for the next little while. Their next seven games will be played at home (their next road game is set for Nov. 18).

14 – Nashville Predators (Up 11):

Only Carolina (eight) and Calgary (six) are on a longer winning streak than Nashville (three) heading into this week. The Preds struggled out of the gate, but they’ve rattled off wins over Minnesota, San Jose and the Islanders. Their schedule is about to get pretty tough though, as they’re about to start a six-game road trip. Nine of their next 10 will be played away from home.

15 – Tampa Bay Lightning (Down 2):

The two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions played three 5-1 games last week. They lost to Buffalo on Monday but followed that up with wins in Pittsburgh and at home to Arizona. Have they turned a corner? It’s going to be tough to win without Nikita Kucherov, but they have enough firepower to win games without him.

16 – Boston Bruins (Down 9):

The Bruins spent the week playing against the top two teams on this list. They dropped road games in Florida and Carolina before coming home to beat the Panthers in a shootout on Saturday. Three of their next four games will be played at the TD Garden, which is good news. The Bruins need to find their offense though. They’re currently ranked 28th in goals, but they’ve on played seven games.

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17 – Colorado Avalanche (Up 2):

The Avs have been one of the bigger disappointments of the season so far, but they’ve won back-to-back games and three of their last four. After missing the first two games of the season because of Covid-19 protocol, Nathan MacKinnon has opened his campaign with a six-game point streak.

18 – Minnesota Wild (Down 8):

The Wild are down eight spots after dropping back-to-back games in Seattle and Colorado (both by a score of 4-1). Minnesota still has a respectable .625 points percentage, but they’ll have to snap out of this mini-funk quickly. Kirill Kaprizov has six points in eight games, but he’s still searching for his first goal.

19 – Vegas Golden Knights (Up 7):

The Golden Knights were riding a four-game losing streak heading into last week, but they managed to rattle off three victories in a row (one in regulation, on in OT and one in a shootout). With Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone both injured, the Golden Knights have only player with more than four points in eight games (Chandler Stephenson has nine points)

20 – Detroit Red Wings (Up 3):

The Wings picked up one of a possible four points on Friday and Saturday, but they’re still ahea of where many projected them to be at this point. Veterans Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin have both been really productive, but youngsters like Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider have also been impressive so far.

21 – New York Islanders (Down 5):

It’s tough to judge the Islanders on their work last week because they played just one goal (a shootout loss in Nashville). The Isles still haven’t played a home game because their new arena is still being finished. They’ll get to go back home in the middle of November.

22 – Pittsburgh Penguins (Down 17):

The Penguins have dropped significantly in this week’s rankings. A three-game losing streak will do that to you though. The good news is that Sidney Crosby made his season-debut against the Devils on Saturday. The bad news is that he had no points and he finished with a minus-3 rating.

23 – Toronto Maple Leafs (Down 1):

The Leafs won back-to-back games to close out the week, but they’re still off to a disappointing start. Toronto has a minus-8 goal-differential and they’re 26th in the league in goals against. Mitch Marner has just one goal and two assists in nine games.

24 – Los Angeles Kings (Up 3):

After winning their opener, the Kings dropped six games in a row (yikes). They managed to get back on track over the weekend though, as they took down Montreal and Buffalo. Not having Drew Doughty for an extended period of time is going to hurt though.

25 – Dallas Stars (Down 13):

The Stars have dropped three consecutive games since last Monday. The offense just hasn’t arrived yet for Dallas. They’ve scored just 15 goals in their first eight games (only Arizona has less goals).

26 – Seattle Kraken (Up 4):

The Kraken went 2-2-0 during their first homestand in franchise history, which isn’t terrible. This is a group that still has a lot of work to do when it comes to building chemistry. Leading scorer Jared McCann finds himself on the Covid-19 list right now. That complicates things even further for Seattle.

27 – Anaheim Ducks (Up 1):

The Ducks dropped four consecutive one-goal games before they were finally able win on Sunday (they beat Montreal). Troy Terry and Kevin Shattenkirk have both been awesome offensively this year, as they have 10 points in 2021-22. This is a rebuilding team that still needs a lot of work though.

28 – Ottawa Senators (Down 4):

The Sens snapped their three-game losing streak when they beat the Stars in Dallas on Friday night. The Sens will start November with back-to-back road games on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago and Minnesota. This is a young team that will go through ups and downs throughout the year.

29 – Vancouver Canucks (Down 18):

It was a brutal week for the Canucks. They totally botched a three-game homestand, as they lost one-goal games to Minnesota, Philadelphia and Edmonton. They probably won’t win regularly if Elias Pettersson doesn’t step up his offensive production. He currently has just one goal and three assists in nine games. Only Arizona, Chicago, Montreal and Ottawa have picked up fewer points.

30 – Montreal Canadiens (Down 1):

It’s not uncommon for the teams that lose in the Stanley Cup final to miss the playoffs the following year, but the Habs are taking it to another level. They regularly get blown out of the water and their special teams are incredibly weak. Not having Shea Weber and Carey Price has really hurt them.

31 – Chicago Blackhawks (-):

The Blackhawks are one of two teams that haven’t won a game yet. The only difference between Chicago and Arizona is that the Blackhawks have dropped one more game after regulation. It isn’t pretty for the Blackhawks both on and off the ice.

32 – Arizona Coyotes (-):

The Coyotes have played nine games and they have zero wins. They’ll get one eventually, but it’ll be interesting to see when they’ll hit the 10-game mark. This team has good players, but it isn’t good or deep enough to compete for a playoff spot right now. It’s going to be a while before they’re relevant in the West again.