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.
Wings have the NHL’s top penalty kill, fourth-best faceoff win percentage
Only the Bruins and Blues have allowed fewer goals per game
Willie Mitchell (23:36 of average ice time per game) and Jack Johnson (24:21) stepping up for injured Drew Doughty
Points aren’t coming, but Mikhail Grabovski leads all Leafs in plus/minus (plus-6)
Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis account for nearly one-third of Bolts’ combined goals and assists total (24 of 75)
Formerly dormant offense exploded for 15 goals in past three games
Winning despite league’s worst power play (6.9 percent efficiency)
Light week coming up for Blues: games Thursday and Saturday, then four days off
Alex Goligoski leading all Pens skaters in ice time (25:09)
Three-games-in-four-nights road trip starts Wednesday in Carolina
High scoring Isles haven’t won when trailing after one period
Brandon Dubinsky doing it all for Blueshirts with seven points in seven games and 21:41 of ice time per game
Loui Eriksson has five goals on 14 shots – a whopping 35.7 shooting percentage
Rookie Nikita Filatov still hasn’t earned trust of coach Scott Arniel, only averaging 11:25 per game
This is an all-points bulletin for the goal-scoring skills of Patrick Kane. If you find them, please contact Joel Quenneville immediately
Injury to Johnny Boychuk has Bruins brass intensifying their search for blueline help
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
Christian Ehrhoff has been Canucks’ best D-man
All three Sharks games this week are winnable: Wednesday vs. Devils; Saturday vs. Ducks; Tuesday at Wild
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
Scott Hartnell already has 39 minutes in penalties; in addition to cutting his hair, can he also cut the undisciplined play?
Avs’ power play can’t get much better, but their penalty kill can’t get much worse
Yotes face tough test in Wings, Lightning this week
Hard-luck Panthers jobbed by missed call in Toronto; if they keep effort up, they won’t be among league’s dregs for long
Ducks’ defense is weaker than Ilya Kovalchuk’s excuse for missing a Devils team meeting
Puny offense, porous defense should spell change in Sensville soon
Good start to season fading fast in pained eyes of Oilers fans
Fredrik Modin a minus-7 while averaging just 11:46 per game
Is it finally time for Darcy Regier/Lindy Ruff partnership to end?
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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