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NHL Power Rankings: Week One

The 2013-2014 NHL season is underway. Voice sportswriters, Ricky Morin, Ashley Proctor, Lenny Rowe, and Eric Russo rank the best teams in the East and West. How does your favorite team fare? Find out below:

1.) Boston Bruins (2-0-0, 4 points) 

The Black & Gold are off to a good start. The defending Eastern Conference champs knocked off Tampa Bay on Opening Night and handed new division foe, Detroit, a 4-1 loss on Saturday. — Eric Russo

Photo by Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports

Photo by Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports

2.) Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0, 4 points) 

The Penguins are 2-0 so far with a big thanks to goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has already recorded his first shutout of the season against the New Jersey Devils, and allowed only one goal against the Buffalo Sabres. Aside from Fleury, the Penguins are showing great strength defensively, and to no surprise great strength offensively as well. — Ashley Proctor

3.) Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0, 6 points) 

The Leafs are 3-0, with two of the wins coming against division rivals Montreal and Ottawa. Oh, and Phil Kessel has a new eight-year contract. — ER

4.) Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0, 4 points) 

The Red Wings looked like the Wings of old, meaning one of the league’s finest. With a win, an overtime win, and one loss thus far, the Wings look sharp and ready to go as the newest addition to the Eastern Conference. — AP

5.) Ottawa Senators (1-0-1, 3 points) 

The Sens have split their first two games, the loss a 5-4 defeat to Toronto in a shootout. — ER

6.) Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0, 2 points) 

The Canadiens have split their first two games, one loss to the Maple Leafs, and one win to the Flyers. It was a close 4-3 loss to the Leafs, and a big 4-1 win over the Flyers. As of right now the Canadiens are pretty neutral, and may need a bit more time for one to be critical. What can be said is their young players (Lars Eller) are looking good early on. — AP

7.) Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1, 3 points) 

A win against the lowly Flyers and a tough OT loss to Detroit have the Canes in the top-10. But don’t expect them to be a staple here. — ER

8.) New York Islanders (1-0-1, 3 points)

Both of the Islander’s recent games ended in shootouts. In their home opener against the Devils, the Islanders managed to runaway with a win. They were not so lucky the next night against Columbus. With both games being so close, the Islanders have to be doing something right. This team is maturing every season; they will be one to watch. — AP

9.) Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-0, 2 points) 

The Lightning actually haven’t been that bad. They lost 3-1 to the Bruins on Opening Night and beat the defending Cup champion Blackhawks on Saturday. — ER

10.) New York Rangers (1-1-0, 2 points) 

The Rangers have played only one game so far this season against the Coyotes that resulted in a 4-1 loss. With only one game played it is hard to evaluate a team. It is notable and odd that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed 4 goals on 32 shots, however his team did not support him much. — AP

11.) Florida Panthers (1-1-0, 2 points)  

Yes, Tim Thomas played well in the Panthers’ season-opening win. But a 7-0 loss to St. Louis had the former Bruin on door-opening duty for the third period. — ER

12.) Washington Capitals (1-2-0, 2 points) 

The Capitals have dropped two of their first three games so far this season. Goaltender, Braden Holtby, has looked a bit shaky in net. However, it is clear that the possible questions marks surrounding superstar, Alexander Ovechkin, have been answered. With 4 goals and 2 assists in just three games, Ovechkin is on his game early on. He might just be this team’s saving grace. — AP

13.) Columbus Blue Jackets (1-1-0, 2 points) 

The Blue Jackets (1-1) have Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky going for them. So, yeah. — ER

14.) New Jersey Devils (0-1-2, 2 points) 

The Devils have dropped their first two games of the season. With no goals scored against the Penguins, and a shootout loss to the Islanders, the Devils have not looked great. They struggled offensively, an issue that has seemed to reemerge from last year. — AP

15.) Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0, 0 points) 

The Sabres may not move from this position all year. They’re 0-3 and have scored two goals in the three games. Ryan Miller may be in a different uniform soon. — ER

16.) Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0, 0 points) 

Well, now that their head coach has been fired maybe they can pull out a win for the first time this season. The Flyers have dropped their first three games. With only three goals in only three games the Flyers need to shake things up, and fast. With some of the talent level on this team, bad offense should be the least of their worries. The loss of their coach might be just the thing to get Philly their first win. — AP

Western Conference

1.) Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-1, 3 points) 10012013-NHL-Blackhawks-Brent-Seabrook-PI-CH_20131001232243593_660_320

Chicago put up six goals on the night the raised their banner, but Crawford still yielded four. An overtime loss to TB on Saturday won’t hurt them too bad right now. With the exception of St. Louis, the road ahead won’t be too troublesome next week. — Ricky Morin

2.) St. Louis Blues (2-0-0, 4 points)

The Blues lead the league with an absurd 11 goals for and 2 against. This team is receiving scoring from all fronts, while Jaroslav Halak has saved 47 of 49 shots he’s faced.  –Lenny Rowe

3.) Vancouver Canucks (2-1-0, 4 points)

Vancouver impressed Saturday with a nice 6-2 win over Edmonton. Yeah, I know it’s the Oilers, but I like what I see from the Canucks at this point. — RM

4.) Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0, 2 points) 

Jonathan Quick got torched 5-3 on opening night by the Jets, but bounced back with an impressive shootout win against the Wild. Quick has been off his game of late, allowing a 180 foot goal against the Rangers Monday night. If he can’t recover, the Kings will drop. — LR

5.) San Jose Sharks (2-0-0, 4 points)

The Sharks have surprised quite a few people through the first couple of games. Not only did San Jose get a win on Opening Night, but they also bested Phoenix on Saturday, 4-1. — RM

6.) Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0, 4 points)

This team continues to impress with the second best goal differential in the league. The Av’s will be tested next week, facing Toronto, Boston, and Detroit. We’ll find out this week if Patrick Roy’s team are contenders or pretenders. – LR

7.) Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0, 4 points)

A 5-3 win over Jonathan Quick and the Kings has our eyes open. Look for them to quickly climb the rankings if this keeps up. – RM

8.) Phoenix Coyotes (1-1-0, 2 points)

The Coyotes have a tough matchup upcoming against the Rangers, but I feel this team can make it through the week. – LR

9.) Dallas Stars (1-1-0, 2 points)

They did give up four goals to the Panthers on Opening Night, but they were able to best the Capitals, 2-1 on Saturday. — RM

10.) Anaheim Ducks (2-1-0, 4 points)

Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller have been terrible in net. Secondary scoring has bailed them out, but I don’t see it happening that much longer. – LR 

11.) Nashville Predators (0-2-0, 0 points)

Rinne gave up four goals on Opening Night, and they lost their second contest to Colorado, 3-1. –RM

12.) Minnesota Wild (0-0-2, 2 points)

At least they’re not Edmonton. Hopefully the Wild can find their game. – LR

13.) Calgary Flames (1-0-2, 4 points)

Hey, they won a game. A 4-3 victory of Columbus is nothing to scoff at. This team may be someone to watch out for. – RM

14.) Edmonton Oilers (1-2-0, 2 points)

Well, it’s only up from here for the Oilers. They did rally against the Devils Monday night, so there is hope. They face Montreal, Toronto, Washington, and Pittsburgh next week. — LR



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