Power Rankings, Week 3: The Blackhawks are Back, Jack!
Last week we saw the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers up toward the top of the rankings while the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks plummeted toward the bottom. This week the tables have turned. How did your team perform?
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 23 | +22
The reigning Stanley Cup champions are back in championship form, winning four in a row.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 24 | +22
Naturally, the Penguins decided to wait until they came into Philly to turn things around, much to the dismay of Flyers fans. They've outscored their opponents 10-3 in their past two contests.
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 18 | +15
Boston gets the bronze over Los Angeles by this much!
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 14 | +10
Pretty solid week for the Kings.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 16 | +11
Not impressive on paper. Very impressive on the ice.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 8 | +2
If it's two things Texans love it's football and baseball (trust me, I know a couple). The Dallas Stars are giving Texans pretty good reason to throw hockey in there, too.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 1 | -6
Ya gotta lose eventually.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 30 | +22
The Panthers won two games in a row last week. Gotta admit; that's exceeding expectations right there. Not only that, they outscored their opponents 9-0! Vokoun for Vezina!
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 28 | +19
At 45.8%, their PP is tops in the league. 45.8%?! You don't ever want to be a man down against this team.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 13 | +3
The young guns keep blazin', picking up two of three on the road.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 2 | -9
A couple of close contests against some pretty tough competition keeps the Blues on the outside of the top ten this week.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 3 | -9
It's not that their doing much worse, it's that everyone else is doing that much better.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 5 | -8
The Caps scored just three goals this week in regulation time. I'm going to let that sink in a little...
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 6 | -8
Nashville looks for the opposite results in OT next week.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 9 | -6
Simon Gagne and the Bolts got the best of the Flyers for his homecoming. Then they let the Panthers score a touchdown on them.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 12 | -4
Calgary saved face at home after being shut out by the Panthers of all teams. Then they took their show on the road where they failed to score in regulation again. Thank goodness OT worked out for them.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 17 | +/-0
They're not bad, but they aren't that good...yet.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 20 | +2
If you're going to start winning it may as well be against division rivals.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 22 | +3
The Thrashers' wins on the road against the West overshadow their loss at home against the Sabres.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 19 | -1
Tough week for the 'Yotes.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 10 | -11
1-4 on the road is going to come back to haunt you later on down the line.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 7 | -15
There's the Edmonton Oilers we've all grown to know and love!
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 4 | -19
Lazy. Undisciplined. Sloppy. These are some of the kinder words that describe the Philadelphia Flyers of late. The Killer Bees (Briere, Bobrovsky, Boucher) can't do this on their own.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 15 | -9
Roberto Luongo is an absolute mess. So is Rick Rypien.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 11 | -14
Outscored by 5 at home this week? Hey, guys! It's safe to go back in the water!
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 26 | +/-0
Ryan Miller got his first win in 5 starts. Sitting him against Chicago in favor of Lalime must have been the motivation he needed.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/-0
Ah, so that's why they dropped the "Mighty"!
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 21 | -7
The "Henrik Lundqvist Suicide Watch" has officially begun.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
I give it two weeks before I completely abandon this team.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 25 | -5
Meanwhile, Kovy and his translator are looking over the CBA, making sure that he's still being paid despite the team's poor performance thus far.