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Power Rankings - Oct. 20

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Meet Marc Savard, NHL sniper.

No player gets less credit for the points he puts up than Savard, now in his third season with the Bruins. But while we’re used to seeing the slick passer rack up assists, Savard has suddenly become a shooter, bagging five goals through four games to go along with four helpers.

Chances are his dishing ways will take full control again soon and that’s just fine by the Bruins, who figure to be a tough draw for anybody this year.

With Patrice Bergeron back in the fold, a team that made the playoffs on the strength of hard work and dedication to a system last year should get just enough extra offense to be even more of a pain in the butt this season.

RK.

TEAM

LW

OVERALL

THE SCOOP

1

1

3-1-1

Hossa's first goal as a Wing is OT winner in early showdown with the Rangers.

2

3

5-1-0

Nice start, but haven't beaten a team that's over .500 yet.

3

2

6-1-1

Voros can't keep up his current pace, but Dubinsky just might.

4

4

4-0-1

Koivu and Tanguay finding some serious chemistry together.

5

5

3-1-1

Huge comeback win versus Pens featured Ovie and Sid jawing at each other after the game.

6

12

4-0-1

Already beaten the Habs and Rangers; Kotalik looking good.

7

15

4-0-0

Visnovsky, Souray, Grebeshkov all generating points from the back end.

8

9

4-1-0

Have earned eight of a possible 10 points while only scoring one more goal than they've allowed.

9

18

4-0-0

Giving up less than two goals a game through four contests; all wins over foreign foes from the East.

10

8

3-2-1

Satan holding up his end of the bargain so far, leading the team in goals.

11

19

2-1-1

Year 3 looks like it could be the one where Phil Kessel gets 30 goals.

12

22

4-1-0

This must be the first Andy Murray-coached team to score 4.4 goals per contest over a five-game stretch.

13

14

3-1-1

Michael Leighton looks like the quality backup John Grahame wasn't.

14

16

2-2-1

Alfredsson shows why he's the captain, returns to lineup quickly after minor knee surgery.

15

11

3-3-0

Those people who said Shea Weber was the Dion Phaneuf nobody knows about are starting to look pretty smart.

16

20

2-2-2

Really touching to see Patrick Kane realize how much old coach Denis Savard did for him as a rookie.

17

7

1-5-0

Where are Perry, Selanne and Getzlaf? Not on the scoresheet.

18

6

1-3-1

Now that Turco can play in spring, does that mean he can't in October?

19

17

3-3-0

Kesler's strong play only grows the legend of the marvellous 2003 draft.

20

10

0-3-2

If you want to see a W in Philly, you've got to visit a movie theatre.

21

21

1-3-1

Suffering sweep in home-and-home Battle of Alberta won't improve anybody's mood in Calgary.

22

13

2-3-0

1-3 road trip a sign of a young team still very much trying to find its way.

23

23

2-3-0

Scored 10 goals for Andrew Raycroft in his first two starts; that'll make any goalie look good

24

25

2-2-0

Vokoun bounced back nicely after a bad game versus Minny to blank the Isles.

25

26

2-2-1

Sophomore Bryan Little doing his best to prove Thrashers have a No. 1 center in their midst.

26

24

2-3-0

Rookie Nikita Filatov hit the mark on the first shot of his first NHL game.

27

30

2-2-0

No points for rookie D-man Drew Doughty yet, but he's plus-2 and averaging almost 20 minutes of ice time per game.

28

27

1-2-2

What could you get for Toskala and Kaberle? I bet an awful lot.

29

28

2-3-0

Getting DP back in goal will make life a bit better.

30

29

0-2-3

Might as well lose as much as possible now while town is paying attention to the Rays

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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