Power Rankings, Week 5: Philly Flys Into Top Spot
Tyler J. Altemose
Last week we saw the Western Conference take over the Power Rankings. This week, much like the leaves on the trees in autumn, the Power Rankings are turning orange and yellow. How did your team perform?
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 21 | +20
They're scoring, Bobrovsky is solid in net, the PK seemingly cannot be scored on, and this team is more dangerous a man down than they are 5/5.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 8 | +6
This team is scary good.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 10 | +7
The Kings are one of only two teams in the league which are still undefeated at home.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 2 | -2
This team is showing no signs of slowing down.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 18 | +13
Pretty strong home stand for the Stars this week.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 6 | +/-0
Solid week out West for the Bolts.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 9 | +2
Rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth is 8-3-0 behind an offense that is showing signs of waking up.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 20 | +12
The Avs are right back on track, winning two in a row against some pretty tough competitors.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 7 | -2
This young team continues to win thanks to the help of a certain Slovakian goaltender.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 4 | -6
The Blue Jackets are flying under the radar. I'm sure they don't mind not being in the spotlight as long as they continue to win.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 13 | +2
I don't know who is more surprised at this team's recent success: me or Henrik Lundqvist.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 14 | +2
The team that many picked to win the Stanley Cup is finally starting to win games. Sure it was against the Devils and Oilers, but you have to start somewhere, right?
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 12 | -1
The Niittymaki/Niemi tandem makes the Sharks another one of those "Wait. Who is the starter and who is the backup?" teams.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 24 | +10
Backstrom held some pretty solid offensive squads to a minimal amount of goals this week. Nice showing from Minny.
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 15 | +/-0
Rough at home, rocky on the road.
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 22 | +6
2 for 3 in the "wins" column this week! "Never gonna give you up...!"
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 28 | +11
Bryzgalov has to be the West's favorite to win the Vezina at this point.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 25 | +7
The bad news? The 'Canes went 2-2-0 this week. The good news? They won at home!
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 23 | +4
The Thrashers picked up a point in every single contest this week for the first time this season. That'll pay off in an unusually competitive Southeastern division.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 5 | -15
Rough week for the Canadiens. Their only win came against a struggling New York Islanders team.
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 3 | -18
The Flames are doing everything they can to forget about this abysmal week.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 1 | -21
Vancouver dropped 14 spots, Toronto 6, and Chicago 15 after being number one in the rankings. The Preds have topped them all, dropping 21 spots after going 0-3-0 this week.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 16 | -7
The Blackhawks were outscored 10-18 by their opponents this week. Opponents, by the way, which included teams like the Oilers and Devils.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 27 | +3
Things aren't too sunny in Sunrise.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 30 | +5
The negative X-ray on goaltender Martin Brodeur's elbow is the best thing to happen to the New Jersey Devils this season.
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 29 | +3
The Oilers have lost 7 of their last 8. Seriously, who said this team was going to be any good this season and why?
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 11 | -16
How have the Ducks been so far? Well, do you remember the old Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs and Daffy are trying to convince Elmer Fudd whether it's duck or "wabbit" season? It's kinda like that.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 26 | -2
Welcome to the NHL basement, Buffalo.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 19 | -10
Losers of 5 in a row now, the Isles have given the Devils their Atlantic division basement eviction notice.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 17 | -13
0-3-1 this week. Outscored 6-12. Their only point came on a shootout. They were shut out...twice. The Leafs had easily the worst week in hockey.