NHL Power Rankings: Is Vegas for real?
NHL Power Rankings: Week 4
The Golden Knights have won eight of their first nine games, and are showing no visible signs of slowing down any time soon.
31. Arizona Coyotes (0-10-1, 1 point)
With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Arizona Coyotes select...
(Last week: 31)
29. Montreal Canadiens (3-7-1, 7 points)
Phillip Danault had a four-point effort (two goals and two assists) in a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Saturday, and Max Pacioretty has also scored a goal in two of his last three games after going pointless in his previous seven. Baby steps.
(Last week: 30)
28. New York Rangers (3-7-2, 8 points)
The Rangers appear to be lessening Henrik Lundqvist's workload, and that may be a wise decision despite the temptation to want to play him every other night and get the ship steered back in the right direction. Although it smells like they're flirting with desperation mode.
(Last week: 28)
27. Detroit Red Wings (5-6-1, 11 points)
The Red Wings had lost six in a row before snapping that with a 3-2 shootout victory in Florida on Saturday. Jimmy Howard has been a bright spot for them early on, posting a .929 save percentage in nine appearances.
(Last week: 17)
26. Florida Panthers (4-5-1, 9 points)
Aleksander Barkov has three goals and four assists in his last five games, including two shorties. He's the engine up front, and if can get rolling, so will the Panthers.
(Last week: 24)
25. Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1, 7 points)
The Oilers are 2-2-1 in their last five games after starting the year 1-4-0. Leon Drasaitl's return to the lineup should help jumpstart an offense that has scored only two or fewer goals in seven of 10 games this season.
(Last week: 27)
24. Washington Capitals (5-6-1, 11 points)
Philipp Grubauer turned in his best effort of the season with a 36-save performance against Calgary, but the Capitals weren't able to get him a victory. He remains winless in four starts.
(Last week: 14)
23. San Jose Sharks (5-5-0, 10 points)
The Sharks picked up three victories during their five-game road trip, and are about to play eight of their next nine at home, including the next five. A great opportunity to make up ground and gain some momentum.
(Last week: 25)
22. Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-2, 10 points)
After starting the season 3-1-1, the Hurricanes are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Scott Darling hasn't been able to get in a groove yet. He has a 2.70 goals against average and .897 save percentage in eight starts this season.
(Last week: 15)
21. Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-2, 12 points)
The Blackhawks have one win in their last six games, and have a minus-4 goal differential since their season-opening 10-1 win over Pittsburgh. Cause for concern?
(Last week: 6)
20. Calgary Flames (6-6-0, 12 points)
The Flames are a top-10 puck possession team, but both of their special teams units rank among the bottom eight. That's really been holding them down from being a dangerous team.
(Last week: 16)
19. Boston Bruins (4-3-2, 10 points)
The Bruins are 2-0-2 in their last four games, and got Tuukka Rask back Saturday despite losing to Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Perhaps that will help them get back on track.
(Last week: 21)
18. Colorado Avalanche (6-5-0, 12 points)
The Avalanche were handed a 7-0 loss to Vegas, but picked up a pair of divisional wins before and after that against Dallas and Chicago thanks to Matt Nieto netting a hat trick in the former and Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combining for four goals and two assists in the latter.
(Last week: 18)
17. Minnesota Wild (4-3-2, 10 points)
Zach Parise will be out 8-10 weeks after undergoing back surgery earlier in the week, further delaying his season debut. But can he ever get back to being a top-line player?
(Last week: 23)
16. Winnipeg Jets (5-3-2, 12 points)
Blake Wheeler netted the fastest hat trick in Winnipeg's franchise history (4:20), and has helped the Jets earn at least a point in seven of their last eight games.
(Last week: 20)
15. Vancouver Canucks (6-3-1, 13 points)
Oh hey there, Vancouver. The young-gun first line of Sven Baerstschi, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser has been vital to the Canucks' recent success, with the trio combining for five goals and eight assists during their four-game winning streak.
(Last week: 26)
14. Anaheim Ducks (6-4-1, 13 points)
Cam Fowler going down definitely stung, but the Ducks getting back blue-line anchor Hampus Lindholm helps alleviate that loss. Lindholm has recorded a point in three of his first four games, and the one he didn't is the game they ended up losing.
(Last week: 22)
13. Dallas Stars (6-5-0, 12 points)
It took until his 10th game, but Alexander Radulov finally had an offensive explosion. He scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-4 loss to Edmonton for his first multi-point outing of the season.
(Last week: 13)
12. Nashville Predators (5-4-2, 12 points)
It's been a rough start for backup goaltender Juuse Saros, who's 0-3-0 with a 4.36 goals against average and .817 save percentage in three starts this season. We thought this might be the year where he sees increased playing time but he's not helping his case right now. Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne picked up where he last left off in Chicago with a 43-save performance in Friday's 2-1 win.
(Last week: 12)
11. New York Islanders (6-4-1, 13 points)
John Tavares was named the NHL's first star of the week after netting a pair of hat tricks to help the Islanders win their fourth game in their last five. Think he's ready to cash in on a big contract?
(Last week: 19)
10. Philadelphia Flyers (6-5-0, 12 points)
Sean Couturier had a terrific week, compiling three goals and three assists in three games, which included a three-point effort in a loss to Ottawa. He had seven points total in his previous eight games, which isn't too shabby either.
(Last week: 10)
9. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-1, 15 points)
The Penguins are 0-4-0 and have a minus-22 goal differential in the second of back-to-back games this season. They're 7-1-1 and have a plus-8 goal differential in the other nine games. Very bizarre.
(Last week: 11)
8. Columbus Blue Jackets (7-4-0, 14 points)
Sergei Bobrovsky recovered nicely from allowing five goals to Los Angeles last weekend by giving up only two goals on 65 combined shots (.969 save percentage) in wins over Buffalo and Winnipeg.
(Last week: 9)
7. Ottawa Senators (5-1-5, 15 points)
If you're an optimist, you'll see that the Senators have lost only once in regulation through 11 games. If you're a pessimist, you'll notice that they're leaving a lot of points on the table early on with five overtime/shootout losses.
(Last week: 8)
6. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-0, 14 points)
After winning six of their first seven games, the Maple Leafs have dropped three of their last four and are about to hit the road for four straight, two of which are against Los Angeles and St. Louis.
(Last week: 3)
5. New Jersey Devils (8-2-0, 16 points)
Taylor Hall continues to stay hot after recording three points (two goals and one assist) in a 4-3 win over Arizona on Saturday.
(Last week: 7)
4. Vegas Golden Knights (8-1-0, 16 points)
The Golden Knights rank third in goals per game (3.78) and second in goals against (2.11). Who would've thought?
(Last week: 5)
3. St. Louis Blues (9-2-1, 19 points)
The Blues are 5-0-1 in their last six games, and have a plus-10 goal differential during that stretch. And welcome back to Alexander Steen, who had a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over Calgary on Wednesday.
(Last week: 4)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-2-1, 19 points)
Mikhail Sergachev has been a gem for the Lightning. He ranks sixth among all defensemen with 10 points through 12 games, including eight tallies in his last six.
(Last week: 1)