FOXSports.com NHL power rankings
FEB 04, 2013 2:52p ET
Chicago has yet to drop a game in regulation, not that the ’Hawks have seen much of that, as their past four games heading into the week went to at least OT. The ’Hawks get the nod for the mere fact that all but two of the team’s games have been away from United Center. The biggest road test comes Tuesday in San Jose.
2. Sharks 7-0 -1 +1
San Jose finally dropped a game, a 2-1 shootout to Nashville on Saturday. None of the members on the NHL’s top line so far this season ( Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau) had a point for the first time this season. Not a bad run for a team that also has yet to lose in regulation.
3. Penguins 6-3 -0 +2
A team as stacked as the Pens shouldn’t go four games in a row without scoring more than two goals. That trend ended last Thursday in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers. Sidney Crosby and Co. then followed with impressive wins over the Devils (5-1) and Capitals (6-3).
4. Bruins 6-1 -1 --
Can the Bruins be counted among the teams with inflated records as their schedule has been heavy on home games? Maybe. But a shutout like the Bruins netted in Toronto on Saturday, especially when the fan base hasn’t (yet) given up on the Leafs, isn’t easy.
5. Blues 6-2 -0 -3
St. Louis had one of those rare breaks in a compressed schedule, with two games in an eight-day span. It handled Columbus just fine, but St. Louis was hardly able to match its opening-night, six-goal drubbing of Detroit. The Red Wings won 5-3 on Friday.
6. Devils 4-1 -3 --
New Jersey’s 5-1 loss Saturday wasn’t pretty. But it did come against the Pens, who have been on a tear, and goalie Martin Brodeur didn’t have his best third period (three goals allowed). Now, only if the Devils, who enter the week in 19th in goals scored, can find some offense.
7. Lightning 6-2 -0 +4
Congrats to Tampa Bay, which has four players who enter the week with at least 11 points (Stephen Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Cory Conacher and Vincent Lecavalier) and a league-best plus-18 in goal differential. Now go do that on the road.
8. Canadiens 6-2 -0 +16
Not only is PK Subban back from his holdout, but Max Pacioretty is in the lineup eight days after his emergency appendectomy. The rub? Six of the Habs’ first eight games have been at home.
9. Senators 5-3 -1 -1
Craig Anderson is tops in goals-against average (1.12) among goalies with more than two starts. That's a good thing considering the Sens scored one goal total in their two games over the weekend.
10. Canucks 4-2 -2 +2
Maybe this Roberto Luongo guy will be sticking around a bit longer. He gets his fourth start in row on Monday as Vancouver faces Edmonton. If nothing else, his solid play (including a shutout) is increasing his trade value.
11. Ducks 5-1 -1 +4
With a combined age of 80, Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne continue to lead the Ducks’ offense. The Ducks will have to cope minus defenseman Cam Fowler, who is day to day with an upper-body injury.
12. Red Wings 4-3 -1 +1
The Wings are dinged. Forward Darren Helm is set to have further tests on his back, zapping an already struggling offense of some needed speed.
13. Rangers 4-4 -0 -6
Martin Biron (in net Saturday for a win over Tamap Bay) did something Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t this season: earn a shutout. There’s no question Lundqvist will return to form at some point.
14. Islanders 4-3 -1 +12
There’s plenty to like about the Isles, not even counting the coach, Jack Capuano, sporting a black eye. More outbursts like John Tavares’ three-point game against the Devils, and this could be a playoff team.
15. Wild 4-3 -1 -5
Minnesota has yet to win a game away from Xcel Energy Center, and it’s in the bottom third in goal production. Enter Charlie Coyle, a rookie just called up to give the offense a spark.
16. Predators 3-2 -3 -2
This team was never built to win high-scoring games. How it even wins low-scoring ones is amazing. The Preds enter the week averaging a league-worst 1.50 goals per game.
17. Oilers 4-3 -1 +11
At 23, Sam Gagner is the aged veteran of this young team. He enters the week tied with fellow former first-round selection Taylor Hall with a team-high nine points.
18. Sabres 3-5 -1 --
Thomas Vanek begins the week as the league’s top scorer (19 points), and scoring overall hasn’t been the issue for Buffalo. What has been is the team’s defense, and this doesn’t fall entirely on goalie Ryan Miller.
19. Kings 2-3 -2 -10
This has been one brutal Cup hangover, especially for goalie Jonathan Quick. He was yanked Saturday less than six minutes into a loss to Anaheim, and his stats (including a .897 save percentage) are middling.
20. Flyers 3-6 -0 -4
Philly needed three power-play goals to snap a three-game skid with a victory over Carolina on Saturday. Next goal is to make the offense click at even strength.
21. Avalanche 4-4 -0 +2
The Avs begin the week with the league’s worst power-play percentage (7.4 percent), and their penalty kill isn’t all that much better. It doesn’t help that injuries are piling up already.
22. Maple Leafs 4-4 -0 +3
Phil Kessel hasn’t scored a goal through the first eight games of the season, and the team’s third-line center ( Nazem Kadri) leads the team in scoring with seven points.
23. Coyotes 3-4 -2 -4
The ownership situation remains in flux, but at least Phoenix got goalie Mike Smith back from injury. He even earned a shutout, albeit with a somewhat easy 17-save effort against Dallas on Saturday.
24. Hurricanes 3-4 -0 -2
The ’Canes lead the league in shots on goal at 38.1 per contest but are in the middle of the pack in scoring (2.57 goals per game) and last in shooting average (6.7 percent).
25. Capitals 2-6 -1 -8
A new a coach and a new system will take time to implement. But here’s something that’s easier to figure out: Alex Ovechkin needs to move his feet a lot more than he has been.
26. Jets 3-4 -1 -5
Winnipeg isn’t going anywhere when the opposition scores 40.7 percent of the time on the power play, even if the Jets are the second-least-penalized team in the league.
27. Stars 3-5 -1 -7
What’s just as worrisome as the Stars putting Ray Whitney in the IR is that the 40-year-old forward led the team in scoring with six points through the first eight games.
28. Panthers 3-5 -0 +2
The Panthers enter the week with consecutive victories. Maybe there are signs of life here. Just not sure how many game-winning goals grinder George Parros has left in him.
29. Blue Jackets 3-5 -1 --
Even if the Red Wings are ailing, a victory over Detroit is still impressive for this young team, especially with the effort displayed in that 4-2 win on Saturday.
30. Flames 1-3 -2 -3
Calgary has played one game away from Scotiabank Saddledome, not that home ice has been much of an advantage. It won’t be any easier with all three of this week’s games on the road.