NHL Power Rankings: Oilers building early lead in West
NHL Power Rankings
The Oilers have won five of their first six games of the season, building an early lead atop the Western Conference.
30. Calgary Flames (1-4-1, 3 points)
The Flames have yet to earn a regulation win in six tries this season, and it doesn't help that their power play is 1-for-25.
29. Arizona Coyotes (1-4-0, 2 points)
The Coyotes have lost four straight, and placed goaltender Mike Smith on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Max Domi and Dylan Strome are still searching for their first goals of the season.
28. Carolina Hurricanes (1-2-2, 4 points)
The Hurricanes blew another two-goal lead in a 6-3 loss to Philadelphia. Shutting the door is an early issue for this young club.
27. Los Angeles Kings (2-3-0, 4 points)
First Jonathan Quick goes down with a groin injury, now Jeff Zatkoff has been placed on injured reserve with the same diagnosis (although not as severe). The Kings are the league's best puck-possession team, but must address their goaltending situation as soon as possible.
26. Winnipeg Jets (2-3-0, 4 points)
The Jets are being outscored 11-1 in the second period this season. They've been playing catch-up too often.
25. Buffalo Sabres (1-2-1, 3 points)
It's been a tough start for Robin Lehner, who has a 3.01 goals against average and .892 save percentage in all four starts this season.
24. Nashville Predators (2-3-0, 4 points)
It's still way early, but the Predators are the second-worst puck possession team, controlling only 44.64 percent of the even-strength shot attempts through five games.
23. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-0, 4 points)
The Blue Jackets are allowing 35.3 shots per game, the most in the league through the second week. Sergei Bobrovsky became the first goaltender in franchise history to reach 100 wins in a Columbus uniform following a 3-0 win over Dallas.
22. New Jersey Devils (2-2-1, 5 points)
The good news is, the Devils have allowed only nine goals in five games. The bad news is, they've scored only eight.
21. Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1-3, 5 points)
There will be growing pains in Toronto, which hung with the Blackhawks on Saturday but squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period and fell in a shootout.
20. Dallas Stars (2-2-1, 5 points)
It's been a slow start in Dallas, quite opposite of a year ago. The Stars lost to Los Angeles in overtime and were shut out by Columbus last week, and placed Patrick Sharp on injured reserve with a concussion.
19. Anaheim Ducks (2-3-1, 5 points)
After losing four straight (one in overtime) to kick off the season, the Ducks picked up back-to-back wins over Philadelphia and handed Vancouver its first loss of the year.
18. Ottawa Senators (3-2-0, 6 points)
The Senators rank among the bottom-four in both power play percentage (7.1) and penalty kill (71.4), while allowing exactly four goals per game.
17. Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-1, 5 points)
Matt Read is on a four-game goal-scoring streak. He has five total on the season and no assists. The Flyers are averaging 3.80 goals per game, which ranks third in the league.
16. Colorado Avalanche (3-2-0, 6 points)
The Avalanche are controlling just 43.73 percent of the even-strength shot attempts, which ranks dead last in the league. Same old story. The power play ranks third, however, with a 29.4 percent success rate.
15. San Jose Sharks (3-3-0, 6 points)
The Sharks have lost three of their last four games, including a 3-2 loss to the Penguins in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final. The offense has scored only five goals in the last three games.
14. Chicago Blackhawks (3-3-0, 6 points)
The Blackhawks have allowed 12 power-play goals in six games this season. No other team has given up more than eight.
13. New York Islanders (3-3-0, 6 points)
The Islanders are taking advantage of their front-loaded home schedule, winning three of their last four games. John Tavares scored two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
12. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1, 7 points)
Already without Sidney Crosby, the Penguins lost Kris Letang to an upper-body injury last Tuesday and remains out of the lineup. It's a hard obstacle to overcome for any team when you lose your franchise center and defenseman at the same time.
11. Minnesota Wild (3-2-1, 7 points)
It took until the sixth game of the season, but Zach Parise joined the 300-goal club by scoring two in a 6-3 loss to the Islanders over the weekend.
10. Boston Bruins (3-2-0, 6 points)
The Bruins have won three of five games to open the season, and will host Minnesota before embarking on a four-game road trip, three of which will be against Atlantic Division opponents.
9. Detroit Red Wings (4-2-0, 8 points)
The Red Wings are outscoring their opponents 15-5 during their four-game winning streak. Jimmy Howard has allowed only one goal in two starts this year, owning a 0.50 goals against average and .984 save percentage.
8. Vancouver Canucks (4-1-1, 9 points)
The Canucks started the year 3-0-0 without ever holding a lead. They also rallied back from a three-goal deficit against Los Angeles and forced overtime, but fell in a shootout. This team is showing signs of no-quit early on.
7. Washington Capitals (3-1-1, 7 points)
After being held pointless in the first two games, Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in three straight.
6. New York Rangers (4-2-0, 8 points)
The Rangers followed up both of their losses with wins, a 7-4 victory over San Jose and a 4-2 win at Washington. Jimmy Vesey scored what turned out to be the game-winning goals in both of them.
5. Florida Panthers (3-1-1, 7 points)
Jaromir Jagr became the third player in league history to score 750 career goals. Imagine what that total would be had he not left the NHL for three seasons from 2008-10.
4. Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0, 10 points)
The Oilers have won five of their first six games of the season for the first time since 1985-86, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0, 8 points)
The Lightning have yet to score a first-period goal this season, but it hasn't mattered yet. In two starts this year, Andrei Vasilevskiy is 2-0-0 with a 1.51 goals against average and .952 save percentage.
2. St. Louis Blues (4-1-1, 9 points)
After ripping off three straight wins to open the season, the Blues went 1-1-1 last week, but David Perron led them to a strong finish by netting a hat trick and adding an assist in a 6-4 win over Calgary.
1. Montreal Canadiens (4-0-1, 9 points)
The Canadiens have allowed only nine goals in their first five games of the season, and Carey Price is back in the crease. Shea Weber also leads the club with five points.