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It's Week 3 of this season's Power Rankings – and for the second time, the Detroit Red Wings are atop our list.

In seven games this season, the Wings have lost just once in regulation and just twice overall. The Nashville Predators, our No. 2 team this week, are the only team that hasn't lost over the course of three periods, but they have lost three games in overtime.

Elsewhere, the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers have made significant jumps in our rankings, while the Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Edmonton Oilers are plummeting down the list.

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TEAM

LW

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THE SCOOP

1

4

5-1-1

Wings have the NHL’s top penalty kill, fourth-best faceoff win percentage

2

7

5-0-3

Only the Bruins and Blues have allowed fewer goals per game

3

8

6-2-0

Willie Mitchell (23:36 of average ice time per game) and Jack Johnson (24:21) stepping up for injured Drew Doughty

4

1

5-2-1

Points aren’t coming, but Mikhail Grabovski leads all Leafs in plus/minus (plus-6)

5

2

5-2-1

Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis account for nearly one-third of Bolts’ combined goals and assists total (24 of 75)

6

20

6-3-0

Formerly dormant offense exploded for 15 goals in past three games

7

11

5-2-1

Winning despite league’s worst power play (6.9 percent efficiency)

8

14

4-1-2

Light week coming up for Blues: games Thursday and Saturday, then four days off

9

13

5-3-1

Alex Goligoski leading all Pens skaters in ice time (25:09)

10

6

5-3-0

Three-games-in-four-nights road trip starts Wednesday in Carolina

11

10

4-2-2

High scoring Isles haven’t won when trailing after one period

12

27

4-2-1

Brandon Dubinsky doing it all for Blueshirts with seven points in seven games and 21:41 of ice time per game

13

5

5-3-0

Loui Eriksson has five goals on 14 shots – a whopping 35.7 shooting percentage

14

23

5-3-0

Rookie Nikita Filatov still hasn’t earned trust of coach Scott Arniel, only averaging 11:25 per game

15

3

5-4-1

This is an all-points bulletin for the goal-scoring skills of Patrick Kane. If you find them, please contact Joel Quenneville immediately

16

9

4-2-0

Injury to Johnny Boychuk has Bruins brass intensifying their search for blueline help

17

16

4-3-0

One-third of Jussi Jokinen’s 30 goals last season came on the power play; he’s already got two extra strength markers this year, but none at even strength

18

21

4-3-2

Christian Ehrhoff has been Canucks’ best D-man

19

26

3-3-1

All three Sharks games this week are winnable: Wednesday vs. Devils; Saturday vs. Ducks; Tuesday at Wild

20

22

3-3-2

Power play is lights out (a league-best 34.3 percent) and Mikko Koivu, Matt Cullen and Niklas Backstrom have been strong; everyone else, not so much

21

18

4-4-1

Scott Hartnell already has 39 minutes in penalties; in addition to cutting his hair, can he also cut the undisciplined play?

22

12

4-4-1

Avs’ power play can’t get much better, but their penalty kill can’t get much worse

23

25

2-3-3

Yotes face tough test in Wings, Lightning this week

24

19

3-4-0

Hard-luck Panthers jobbed by missed call in Toronto; if they keep effort up, they won’t be among league’s dregs for long

25

24

4-5-1

Ducks’ defense is weaker than Ilya Kovalchuk’s excuse for missing a Devils team meeting

26

30

3-5-1

Puny offense, porous defense should spell change in Sensville soon

27

17

2-4-1

Good start to season fading fast in pained eyes of Oilers fans

28

15

3-4-1

Fredrik Modin a minus-7 while averaging just 11:46 per game

29

28

3-6-1

Is it finally time for Darcy Regier/Lindy Ruff partnership to end?

30

29

2-6-1

Tough times continue for proud organization

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

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