NHL POWER RANKINGS

NHL Hockey Power Rankings

Preseason Power Rankings

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Posted February 01, 2011 03:16 PM EST

(Note: The Power Rankings will be based on a formula of points earned divided by the maximum amount of points possible [points/games played x 2]. In case of a tie, categories such as wins, goals against, goals for, power-play goals and power-play percentage will determine rankings.)

FOX SPORTS NHL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 -0 - 1/27
The Penguins were not happy about not getting the chance to defend their Cup title last year, getting knocked out in the second round by the red-hot Canadiens in seven games. Pittsburgh has all the pieces in place for another title run, but they will need Sidney Crosby to be Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin to stay healthy and Marc-Andre Fleury to revert to the form that brought the Steel City the Cup a few years back.
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0-0 -0 - 2/19
The high-powered Capitals come into the 2010-11 season with a chip on their shoulder. After getting bounced in the opening round of the playoffs last year, the team is out to prove that they're contenders not pretenders for a Cup title. While there's no doubt that Washington has the talent to come out of the East, the key question is whether or not two 22-year-old netminders have what it takes to win the franchise a championship.
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3

0-0 -0 - 1/23
Simply put, the Canucks are going to go as far as Roberto Luongo takes them. The stud netminder backstopped his team all the way to the conference semifinals last year, but his poor play against the Blackhawks was one of the main reasons Vancouver didn't advance any further. In six games against Chicago, Luongo gave up 21 goals on 203 shots.
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4

0-0 -0 - 4/23
With Evgeni Nabokov gone and Antti Niemi the team's new No. 1 guy, the Sharks may finally play up to their potential and reach the Stanley Cup Final. Niemi posted a 16-6 record in the postseason, helping Chicago win its first NHL championship in 49 years.
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5

0-0 -0 - 1/7
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6

0-0 -0 - 1/22
Instead of going out and signing one of the high-priced goalies that were on the market in the offseason, the Flyers decided to shore up their defense by adding Andrej Meszaros, Matt Walker and Sean O'Donnell to the mix. Philadelphia is banking that the tandem of Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher in goal are capable enough to get the team back to the Finals.
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7

0-0 -0 - 7/25
After making so many changes to their roster in the offseason, a Stanley Cup repeat is no given for the Blackhawks. Over the summer, salary cap issues caused Chicago to part ways with key players such as Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Antti Niemi. How the 'Hawks perform in their absence will determine whether or not the club will be able to defend its title.
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8

0-0 -0 - 8/30
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9

0-0 -0 - 1/22
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10

0-0 -0 - 2/16
After blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers in the postseason, the Bruins should be a determined bunch this coming year. While Boston has all the pieces in place to get back to the playoffs, the team that finished at the bottom of the pack in scoring last year needs to fill the net more often this year in order to compete with offensive giants in their conference such as the Capitals and Penguins.
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11

0-0 -0 - 11/29
Buffalo was a Jekyll and Hyde club last year. They were a force in the regular season but a first-round flop in the playoffs. Once again, all the pressure will be on super star goalie Ryan Miller, who won 41 games during regular season and only twice in six playoff starts.
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12

0-0 -0 - 7/26
The Coyotes snuck up on a lot of clubs last year and had their best regular season ever. But this year, the club isn't going to surprise anyone. How the team handles that pressure will determine whether or not Phoenix is for real or not. One player that is for real is goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who set franchise records for shutouts and wins last year.
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13

0-0 -0 - 1/23
The Blues will have to do a lot of things right -- especially on offense and on the power play -- in order for the team to qualify for the postseason. One thing the team did right in the offseason was acquiring the services of Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens. Halak backstopped the Habs all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last year, going 9-9 in the playoffs with a 2.55 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
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14

0-0 -0 - 4/17
Montreal may pay a huge price this year if they find out they traded away the wrong goalie. After backstopping the Habs to within three wins of a Stanley Cup Final appearance, Jaroslav Halak was dealt away to the St. Louis Blues, leaving the Canadiens' cage to 23-year-old Carey Price, who went 13-20-5 in 41 games last year.
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15

0-0 -0 - 1/24
With a rock-solid defense and Pekka Rinne in goal, the Predators won't have any trouble keeping the opposition off the board, but putting the puck in their opponent's net will be a different story. The club also needs to shore up its holes on special teams where the team finished 28th on the PK last year and 24th on the power play.
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16

0-0 -0 - 11/27
In order to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year, the Flames need to pot more goals and get better play from their special teams. The return of old faces Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay should help the Calgary cause along with a bounce-back year from two-way defender Jay Bouwmeester.
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17

0-0 -0 - 14/30
The Senators have more questions than answers heading into the 2010-11 season. Do aging veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Alex Kovalev have enough left in the tank to lead the Ottawa offense? Can the puck-stopping duo of Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire combine with the Senators' defense to cut down on the team's goals against, which was a lofty 2.84 goals per game last season?
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18

0-0 -0 - 6/29
In order for this young Colorado group to have a successful season, the team will need to drastically improve its special teams play. The Avalanche finished 21st on the penalty kill last year and 15th on the power play. Goaltender Craig Anderson will also need to be a magician between the pipes once again.
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19

0-0 -0 - 3/19
The Lightning are hoping that the changes new GM Steve Yzerman made over the summer have an immediate impact on the ice. One of the first things Yzerman did was hire one of the most coveted young coaches in the game in Guy Boucher. He then went out and picked up steady backstop Dan Ellis, power forward Simon Gagne and two-way defender Pavel Kubina.
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20

0-0 -0 - 11/25
The new-look Thrashers, who only missed the playoffs by five points last season, may have done enough in the offseason to qualify for the dance this April. Atlanta went out and plucked four Cup-winning players from the Chicago Blackhawks roster, with the biggest addition being forward Dustin Byfuglien, who netted 11 goals in 22 playoff games for last season's champs.
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21

0-0 -0 - 1/28
The Maple Leafs have the defense and goaltending to get them to the playoffs, but the big squestion is whether or not they have enough scoring. The team ranked 25th in scoring last year, netting only 2.56 goals per contest. Newcomers Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong need to take some of the scoring load off sniper Phil Kessel's hands.
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22

0-0 -0 - 9/29
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23

0-0 -0 - 3/23
The Hurricanes said goodbye to veterans Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney and hello to a crop of youngsters. How these new faces produce and how Carolina's leaky/thin defense plays in its own end will determine whether or not the 'Canes are contenders or pretenders for a playoff berth this coming year.
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24

0-0 -0 - 8/24
While New York did address some needs over the summer, the club is no lock to make the playoffs this season. About the only thing that's a lock for the Blueshirts is that no one will dare run Marian Gaborik or Henrik Lundqvist now that new sheriff Derek Boogaard patrols the ice on Broadway.
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25

0-0 -0 - 13/30
With young players like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey in the fold, the future appears to be bright for the Islanders. But don't expect the future to be now, especially with an injury-prone No. 1 goalie in Rick DiPietro and a 40-year-old backup waiting in the wings.
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26

0-0 -0 - 16/30
While the Panthers are a team in transition, they may surprise some clubs this season. What won't be a surprise in Florida this year is the rock-solid play of goaltender Tomas Vokoun. The veteran will win more than his share of games, which will keep the club in playoff contention.
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27

0-0 -0 - 10/27
In order for the Wild to improve on their 13th place finish in the conference last season, the team needs to do a much better job putting the biscuit in the basket while also keeping pucks out of their own net. Last year, Minnesota finished 22nd in goals for and 21st in goals against.
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28

0-0 -0 - 6/28
New Columbus bench boss Scott Arniel will need to get his young club on the same page from the season's opening faceoff or the Blue Jackets and their fans will be in for another long season. Arniel will need to get scoring from up and down the lineup to take some of the pressure off Rick Nash while also getting a bounce-back year in goal from Steve Mason.
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29

0-0 -0 - 1/30
The bad news for the Oilers, who had the worst record in the NHL last year, is that the club may be looking at another bottom of the barrel finish this coming season. But the good news is that the future looks bright in Edmonton with youngsters like Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi and Jordan Eberle ready to bring winning hockey back to Alberta.
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0-0 -0 - 2/30
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