NHL Power Rankings: Blues off to roaring start
NHL Power Rankings
The St. Louis Blues are off to a hot start, opening the season with three straight wins all against teams that made the playoffs last season.
30. Detroit Red Wings (0-2-0, 0 points)
It might be a long season in Detroit, which allowed 10 goals in its first two games against division opponents Tampa Bay and Florida. Eight of their next 11 games will be at Joe Louis Arena.
29. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-2-0, 0 points)
Another slow start out of the gates for the Blue Jackets, who have allowed nine goals on 75 shots in two games. Don't expect a coaching change this early to bail them out this time around.
28. Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-2, 2 points)
The Hurricanes have blown a three-goal lead and lost in overtime in the two games they've played in so far. At least they came away with a point in both of them.
27. Calgary Flames (0-2-1, 1 point)
The Flames allowed the most goals in the league last year and have already given up 14 goals in three games. Brian Elliott, who led all goaltenders in save percentage a year ago, owns a .818 percentage in two games.
26. New Jersey Devils (0-1-1, 1 point)
Cory Schneider has a .926 save percentage through two games, but the Devils failed to pick up a win in both of them. More of the same in New Jersey?
25. Anaheim Ducks (0-2-1, 1 point)
The Ducks opened the season on a five-game road trip, and have yet to pick up their first win of the season (0-2-1) under new —and old — head coach Randy Carlyle.
24. Los Angeles Kings (0-2-0, 0 points)
Jonathan Quick is expected to miss 3-4 months with a groin injury, a significant blow right off the bat for a Kings team that has begun the year 0-2-0.
23. New York Islanders (1-2-0, 2 points)
The Islanders picked up their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, a 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim. Nine of their next 10 games will be played at home.
22. Chicago Blackhawks (1-2-0, 2 points)
The Blackhawks have allowed 11 goals in three games so far. Seven of them have come on the power play, one was a 6-on-5 goal and another was an own goal. Only two of them have come during even strength.
21. Minnesota Wild (1-1-0, 2 points)
Bruce Boudreau's new club opened the season with a 3-2 loss to St. Louis, but bounced back with a nice 4-3 win over Winnipeg while only allowing 17 shots.
20. Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0, 2 points)
The Jets are going to be one of the most entertaining teams this season. Lots of young firepower up front. They rallied from three goals down to beat Carolina, 5-4, in overtime in their season opener.
19. Boston Bruins (1-1-0, 2 points)
Brad Marchand opened the season with a five-point night, picking up right where he left off at the World Cup of Hockey and proving to the Bruins he's worth every penny of the eight-year, $49 million deal he signed in September.
18. Buffalo Sabres (1-1-0, 2 points)
The Sabres couldn't have had worse luck entering the year with Jack Eichel (high ankle sprain) and Evander Kane (ribs) out for an extended amount of time. Ryan O'Reilly stepped up with a four-point night in a 6-2 win over Edmonton on Sunday.
17. Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0, 2 points)
The Jared Bednar era began with an entertaining 6-5 win over the Stars, overcoming a two-goal deficit in the process. Joe Colborne netted a hat trick in his Avalanche debut. A positive start in Colorado.
16. New York Rangers (1-1-0, 2 points)
Mika Zibanejad, who was acquired for Derrick Brassard in the offseason, has a goal and three assists in two games. Nine of the Rangers' next 12 games are at home, where they were 27-10-4 last year compared to 19-17-5 on the road.
15: Arizona Coyotes (1-0-0, 2 points)
A solid 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia in their season opener right before heading on a six-game road trip. Martin Hanzal scored a goal and added an assist in the victory.
14. Nashville Predators (1-1-0, 2 points)
P.K. Subban scored the Predators' first goal of the season. How fitting. This team can flat-out fly, and gave the Blackhawks problems in their opening two games.
13: Dallas Stars (1-1-0, 2 points)
It took only two games for the Stars to make their first mid-game goalie switch of the year after Antti Niemi allowed five goals in two periods against the Avalanche.
12: Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-1, 3 points)
The Flyers registered three of four points in their first two road games against Los Angeles and Arizona, and will face the Blackhawks on Thursday before playing five of their next six on the road.
11: Ottawa Senators (2-0-0, 4 points)
It took extra time in both games, but the Senators are off to a 2-0-0 start with wins over Toronto and Montreal. Erik Karlsson leads the club with four points.
10. Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-1, 3 points)
Auston Matthews introduced himself to the NHL by becoming the first player in league history to score four goals in his professional debut. The Maple Leafs may be better than people think this year.
9. Edmonton Oilers (2-1-0, 4 points)
The training wheels are off of Connor McDavid, who leads the league with six points (three goals, three assists) in three games. The Oilers are must-see TV as long as No. 97 stays healthy.
8. Vancouver Canucks (2-0-0, 4 points)
The Canucks opened their season with a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary and followed that up by overcoming a three-goal deficit to beat the Hurricanes in overtime.
7. Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1, 3 points)
Carey Price missed the first two games and was placed on injured reserve with a severe case of the flu, but the Canadiens found a way to earn three of four points against Buffalo and Ottawa. It's unclear when he'll return, but at least it's not an injury that's keeping him sidelined.
6. Washington Capitals (1-0-1, 3 points)
Don't expect the Capitals to fly out of the gates after running away with the President's Trophy last season only to fall short in the second round of the playoffs. They picked up three of four points from Pittsburgh and the N.Y. Islanders despite going a combined 0-for-8 on the power play.
5. Florida Panthers (2-0-0, 4 points)
The Panthers are off to a 2-0-0 start, and have outshot their first two opponents (New Jersey and Detroit) by a combined 26 shots.
4. St. Louis (3-0-0, 6 points)
What a start for the Blues, who have rolled off three consecutive wins over Chicago, Minnesota and the N.Y. Rangers. Paul Stastny already has two goals and four assists.
3. San Jose (2-0-0, 4 points)
Martin Jones picked up right where he left off last postseason, earning two straight wins while posting a 1.50 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0-0, 4 points)
The Lightning's defense isn't off to the best start, but their offense is with nine goals in two games. Tampa Bay welcomes Florida and Colorado to town this week before heading on an early-season six-game road trip.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0, 4 points)
No Sidney Crosby? No problem. The Penguins captured a shootout victory over the Capitals on banner-raising night and followed that up with a 3-2 victory against Anaheim.