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NHL Power Rankings: Week 1

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Posted October 10, 2013 05:33 PM EDT

Thanks to the one-time salary cap reduction in the NHL, there isn’t much of a talent gap between teams. Fortunes can shift quickly. Just ask the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost their first three games by a combined score of 9-3 and shoved coach Peter Laviolette out the emergency exit. Remember that you ponder the league’s pecking order looked after the first full week of play.

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 -0 - 1/6
GOOD NEWS: Eternal scorer Marian Hossa appears to be managing his chronic back injury well.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Corey Crawford (2.88 goals-against average, .875 save percentage) started sluggishly – and he no longer has Ray Emery pushing him.
BOTTOM LINE: The defending champions remain the team the beat. They know how to handle a Cup hangover.
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2

0-0 -0 - 1/10
GOOD NEWS: The new forward lines have come together nicely, as the Bruins showed during a dominating 4-1 over the Red Wings.
BAD NEWS: With just two games in the season’s first eight days, they don’t get to build much momentum.
BOTTOM LINE: Good young, skilled defensemen make this prime Cup contender even better.
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3

0-0 -0 - 1/6
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s newfound commitment to conditioning paid off with a 1.00 GAA after two starts.
BAD NEWS: None.The Blues outscored their first two opponents 11-2 while generating offense from all four lines.
BOTTOM LINE: The NHL’s best six-man defensive unit will earn this team a LOT of regular-season points.
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4

0-0 -0 - 1/8
GOOD NEWS: Marc-Andre Fleury put another dreadful postseason behind him, allowing just three goals in his first three games.
BAD NEWS: Winger James Neal, Evgeni Malkin’s right-hand man, is sidelined on a week-to-week basis with an upper body injury. Back-up goaltender Tomas Vokoun could miss much of the regular season with blood clotting.
BOTTOM LINE: If Fleury holds up and Sidney Crosby stays healthy, the Pens will wear people out again this season.
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5

0-0 -0 - 1/7
GOOD NEWS: This team has enough offensive depth to deploy Joe Pavelski as a third-line center at even strength. And did you see that Tomas Hertl between-the-legs goal? Nuff said.
BAD NEWS: Their power play has too much talent to convert just 16.7 percent of its chances.
BOTTOM LINE: Those three victories by a combined 17-4 score opening the season reaffirmed this team’s elite status.
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6

0-0 -0 - 5/19
GOOD NEWS : Destined Hall of Famer Henrik Zetterberg is flying. He put 18 shots on goal in his first three games.
BAD NEWS Defensemen Kyle Quincey (minus-3) and Brendan Smith (minus-2) need to pick it up.
BOTTOM LINE : Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson are still finding their way, but they make this team even more dangerous.
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7

0-0 -0 - 7/20
GOOD NEWS : Goaltenders James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier are trying to one-up each other in goal.
BAD NEWS: Defensive prodigy Morgan Rielly suffered a rough start.
BOTTOM LINE: The return of Joffrey Lupul and the addition of Mason Raymond make this an impressive offensive team.
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8

0-0 -0 - 3/12
GOOD NEWS: The talented power play has clicked at a 30 percent conversion rate so far this season.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Jonathan Quick (3.18 GAA, .893 save percentage) has suffered another terrible start. Monday night he allowed one of the worst goals in NHL history.
BOTTOM LINE: Coach Darryl Sutter must see tighter defensive play, better goaltending and stronger even-strength play ASAP.
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9

0-0 -0 - 7/23
GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Jason Garrison (three goals, two assists) is flourishing under new coach John Tortorella.
BAD NEWS: Torts lost some heft with ruffians Alexandre Burrows (lower body injury) and Zack Kassian (suspension) missing from his top two lines.
BOTTOM LINE: The Sedin Twins appear serious about earning one more big NHL contract, so this team will contend.
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10

0-0 -0 - 10/25
GOOD NEWS: Craig Anderson (1.92 GAA, .948 save percentage) picked up where he left off last season.
BAD NEWS: They allowed 75 shots in their first 125 minutes. Tighter defense is needed.
BOTTOM LINE: Just wait until the top line starts raking goals.
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11

0-0 -0 - 9/17
GOOD NEWS: Young guns Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk combined for 12 points in three games.
BAD NEWS: Top winger Max Pacioretty (arm injury) didn’t make it through the first game in one piece.
BOTTOM LINE: Offensive depth up front, firepower on the blue line and a top goaltender combine to make the Habs dangerous.
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12

0-0 -0 - 9/20
GOOD NEWS: Coach Alain Vigneault has brought Brad Richards (three goals in three games) back to life. Perhaps he should give CPR lessons.
BAD NEWS: During an epic 9-2 loss at San Jose, Rick Nash left with a suspected concussion.
BOTTOM LINE: If this team can get its special teams organized, it will compete for a decent Eastern Conference playoff seed.
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13

0-0 -0 - 1/13
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 88 of the first 91 shots he faced this season. Is he cured?
BAD NEWS: Winger Gabriel Landeskog suffered a minor leg injury, but the Avs kept attacking without him.
BOTTOM LINE: With the mercurial Patrick Roy on the bench, this team will seldom go quietly into the night.
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14

0-0 -0 - 1/14
GOOD NEWS: Young winger Jakob Silfverberg scored three points in the first three games, adding some much-needed depth to the attack.
BAD NEWS: That nightmarish 6-1 loss at Colorado raised serious concerns about this team’s defense.
BOTTOM LINE: The Jonas Hiller/Viktor Fasth goaltending must perform a lot better to keep this team in the hunt.
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15

0-0 -0 - 12/22
GOOD NEWS: Newcomer Mikhail Grabovski debuted with a four-point game.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Braden Holtby (4.47 GAA, .848 save percentage) stumbled early.
BOTTOM LINE: The sad sack Southeast Division is no more, so this team better get much better at even strength.
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16

0-0 -0 - 16/26
GOOD NEWS: Back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin beat the Flyers 2-1 in his regular-season debut. Cam Ward will have to earn his ironman.
BAD NEWS: With Joni Pitaken (broken heel) sidelined for the season, the Hurricanes are prone to defensive collapses like the one they suffered against Detroit and at Pittsburgh.
BOTTOM LINE: Blue line inexperience makes coach Kirk Muller’s job much, much tougher.
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17

0-0 -0 - 17/26
GOOD NEWS: Newcomers Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi have scored two goals each to fuel this offense.
BAD NEWS: The Jets rank in the NHL’s bottom third in penalty killer and scoring defense.
BOTTOM LINE: The Jets are fun to watch, but can they play enough defense to reach the postseason?
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18

0-0 -0 - 18/30
GOOD NEWS: Michael Grabner has been the team’s best offensive player.
BAD NEWS: Michael Grabner has been the team’s best offensive player.
BOTTOM LINE: This unproven defense minus Mark Streit will make earning a playoff bid difficult.
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19

0-0 -0 - 11/25
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Kari Lehtonen proved his worth with a 2-1 victory over the Capitals.
BAD NEWS: That season-opening 4-2 loss to Florida reminded new coach Lindy Ruff that chemistry takes time to build.
BOTTOM LINE: Once this team begins sustaining offensive pressure, Tyler Seguin and Co. will have some fun.
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20

0-0 -0 - 7/20
GOOD NEWS: Radim Vrbata scored three times in his first games.
BAD NEWS: Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is day to day with an upper body injury.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s early, but the ‘Yotes need to get much better on special teams.
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21

0-0 -0 - 10/28
GOOD NEWS: Marian Gaborik is healthy and gunning for a new contract.
BAD NEWS: Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery) will miss a big chunk of the season, depleting this offense.
BOTTOM LINE: Hockey czar John Davidson is bringing a competitive team to the Eastern Conference.
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22

0-0 -0 - 9/26
GOOD NEWS: Top center Claude Giroux made a speedy return from his later summer golf injury.
BAD NEWS: Like most of the key Flyers, Giroux did little to save coach Peter Laviolette's job.
BOTTOM LINE: New coach Craig Berube can only hope this team plays half as hard as he did. Suspect defense and goaltending is a lot to overcome.
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23

0-0 -0 - 7/23
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Ben Bishop was outstanding in his two first starts.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Anders Lindback was less than outstanding in his first start.
BOTTOM LINE: One of those two must become a solid NHL netminder or the great Steven Stamkos will go to waste.
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24

0-0 -0 - 9/24
GOOD NEWS: Winger Zach Parise earned his big check by scoring three goals in his first three games.
BAD NEWS: Losing No. 2 center Charlie Coyle won’t make life easier. He was playing between Dany Heatley and Nino Niederreiter.
BOTTOM LINE: This team will need more from goaltender Niklas Backstrom (3.40 GAA, .849 save percentage) to get healthy and player better.
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25

0-0 -0 - 16/25
GOOD NEWS: Rookie defenseman Seth Jones is playing 22 minutes a night and looking as good as advertised.
BAD NEWS: Given the limited scoring up front, this team needs to generate offense from the back end.
BOTTOM LINE: A tough road confronts Barry Trotz, who may lose his Coach for Life designation.
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26

0-0 -0 - 25/29
GOOD NEWS: Top center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made an early return from shoulder surgery and scored in his first goal back.
BAD NEWS: No. 2 center Sam Gagner could miss several more weeks with a broken jaw.
BOTTOM LINE: The Oilers need goaltender Devan Dubynk (0-2, 6.53 GAA, .831 save percentage) to seal his leaks.
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27

0-0 -0 - 19/29
GOOD NEWS: Swiss sniper Damien Brunner may be the free agent steal of the summer. He came to camp on a tryout, earned a deal and scored three goals in his first four games.
BAD NEWS: Iconic goaltender Martin Brodeur had a 3.24 GAA and .868 save percentage after two starts. This is why the team acquired Cory Schneider replace him.
BOTTOM LINE: GM Lou Lamoriello has cobbled together an offense in Ilya Kovalchuk’s absence, but that defense is suspect.
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28

0-0 -0 - 26/29
GOOD NEWS: The teenage Aleksander Barkov is a beast. What happens when he is 25?
BAD NEWS: That haunting 7-0 loss at St. Louis underscored the team’s defensive vulnerability.
BOTTOM LINE: Goaltender Tim Thomas suffered an early groin muscle strain. He was supposed be able to steal some victories while Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau develop into major stars.
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29

0-0 -0 - 17/30
GOOD NEWS: Led by Jiri Hudler, this team scored 11 goals in the first three games.
BAD NEWS: Top forward Sven Baertschi has made only halting process and goaltenders Kari Ramo and Joey MacDonald are often on their own in the defensive end.
BOTTOM LINE: Apparently this team can feel Brian Burke’s searing glare all the way from the press box. The undermanned Flames have been competitive so far.
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30

0-0 -0 - 28/30
GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen looks like a legitimate building block.
BAD NEWS: Ville Leino’s rib injury makes a bad team worse.
BOTTOM LINE: They lost their first three games by a composite 7-2 score, then fell to Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime. They are just waiting for the fire sale to begin.
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