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NHL Power Rankings: Capitals still going strong near top

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NHL Power Rankings: Capitals still going strong near top

No Carey Price? No problem. The Canadiens continue to run away with the No. 1 spot, owning a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division, as 25-year-old rookie goaltender Mike Condon was named the NHL's third star of the week.

The Rangers climbed to No. 2 after winning their fifth straight game, while the Capitals continue to secure a high spot for their consistent play.

Check in with CSNChicago.com for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015-16 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 

 

Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 1

13-2-1, 27 points: Filling in for Carey Price, rookie Mike Condon was named the NHL's third star of the week after posting a 2-0-1 record with a 1.66 goals against average and .934 save percentage. The Canadiens just breed great goaltending.

2   5

10-2-2, 22 points: The Rangers rank No. 5 in goals per game (3.00) and No. 1 in goals against per game (1.71), and are thriving despite a 46.5 Corsi For, which ranks second-to-last in the league.

3   2

10-3-0, 20 points: Alex Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov for most goals (483) by a Russian-born players, and did so in 476 fewer games.

4   6

10-3-1, 21 points: What a week for the Blues, who overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the reigning Stanley Cup champions, got Kevin Shattenkirk back in a 4-0 win in Nashville, and have finally found their No. 1 goalie in Jake Allen.

5 4

12-3-0, 24 points: If you're looking for a dark horse Norris Trophy candidate, it's 23-year-old John Klingberg, who ranks No. 1 among defenseman in points with 15.

6 3

9-5-0, 18 points: The Kings have their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Blackhawks, but bounced back with a shut out win on the road over St. Louis.

7   11 

8-6-1, 17 points: An impressive win, without Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa, over a Los Angeles team that was on a seven-game win streak reminded the NHL that they're still the team to beat when focused.

8

8-3-2, 18 points: The Predators are 5-0-0 in games when they're outshot, and 3-3-2 when they outshoot their opponent.

9  

9-5-0, 18 points: The Penguins have scored one power play goal in each of their last five games (13 attempts). They scored two total in their first nine games (31 attempts).

10 10 

8-3-2, 18 points: A big test coming for the Wild, whose captain Zach Parise is listed as "week-to-week" with a right MCL sprain.  

11  

7-5-3, 17 points: The Islanders allowed just three goals on the penalty kill in their first 12 games (39 attempts). They've given up three in as many games (10 attempts).

12 16 

8-5-1, 17 points: The Devils are now 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, and seven of those games have been decided by one goal. 

13   12 

8-5-2, 18 points: How deep is the Central Division? The Jets would be tied for the division lead if they were in Pacific. They're No. 5 in the Central.

14 25 

5-7-2, 12 points: Anaheim has come alive with four straight wins, silencing talks about Bruce Boudreau's job being in jeopardy for now.

15   13 

7-7-2, 16 points: The Lightning have scored one goal or fewer in seven of their first 16 games, including six of their last eight. They did that just 11 times in all of last season.

16    20

7-4-3, 17 points: The Senators have jumped to the No. 2 spot in the Atlantic Division after quietly picking up a point in six of their last seven games. 

17   14 

7-6-1, 15 points: The Bruins own the NHL's best power play (33.3 percent), but also possess the worst penalty kill (70.4 percent)

18   15 

6-4-5, 17 points: Let's add on to that roller-coaster season we talked about last week for the Canucks: 3-0-1 in their first four games, 0-2-2 in their next four, 3-0-1 in the four after that and 0-2-1 in their last three.

19 19 

7-6-1, 15 points: The Red Wings have won three of their last four games, and are expecting to get Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) back next week.

20   17

7-7-0, 14 points: The Sharks kick off a six-game road trip on Friday against Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Columbus.

21   18 

5-6-3, 13 points: The Panthers are 0-3-2 in their last five games, but the good news is they'll play seven of their next eight at home, where they are 3-2-1 this season.

22   22  6-8-0, 12 points: Jordan Staal has six points — three goals and three assists — in his last five games after being held pointless in the first nine contests.
23   23 

6-8-0, 12 points: Rasmus Ristolainen spoiled Ryan Miller's homecoming back to Buffalo after scoring two goals, the game-winner with 17 seconds to play in regulation.

24 24 

6-6-1, 13 points: The Coyotes are 4-2-1 on the road this season, which is great as they get ready to play six of their next seven away from home.

25   21 

5-6-3, 13 points: The Flyers have one win in their last seven games, and have been outscored by 9.

26   26 

5-10-0, 10 points: The loss of Connor McDavid (broken clavicle) is enormous, but the silver lining is the opportunity for a young Oilers team to collectively step up in his absence.

27   29 

5-9-1, 11 points: The Flames have won three of their last four, but they've allowed 13 goals in those games, adding to a league-worst 59 goals allowed.

28   27 

4-11-0, 8 points: The Blue Jackets are still winless at home, but picked up a pair of road wins over San Jose and Los Angeles.

29   28 

4-9-1, 9 points: Gabriel Landeskog had six points in his first three games. In the 11 games since then, he's compiled just five.

30 30

2-8-4, 8 points: The Maple Leafs have 12 losses this season, but they've pushed four of those to overtime.

*Advanced stats courtesy of war-on-ice.com.

Behind the Numbers: Blackhawks third line driving possession against top competition

Behind the Numbers: Blackhawks third line driving possession against top competition

During the Blackhawks' training camp festival on Sept. 15, coach Jeremy Colliton discovered a combination he's grown to like in David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad. And it's the only trio that's stuck together through training camp and into the regular season.

On paper, it's not a sexy line. But they all bring different elements and it's translating to on-ice success.

When the three of them are on the ice together at even strength, the Blackhawks are controlling 59.7 percent of the shot attempts, 68.6 of the scoring chances and 76.9 percent of the high-danger chances, according to Natural Stat Trick. 

When they aren't on the ice at even strength? The Blackhawks are controlling 47.6 percent of the shot attempts, 46.2 percent of the scoring chances and 41.7 percent of the high-danger chances. 

Those are ridiculous numbers for a third line, and they're doing it against top competition, too.

On Saturday against Winnipeg, the Saad-Kampf-Kubalik line was tasked with going up against the Jets' Big Three of Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler and held them to three shots on goal for and three against in 14:06 of 5-on-5 ice time together. And on Monday against Edmonton, it kept one of the best lines in hockey in check, with Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid recording a minus-6 shot attempt differential in 15:25 of 5-on-5 ice time together.

The biggest mistake Colliton has made this season was separating the trio in the home opener after Kubalik scored a goal and recorded five shots on goal in the first period. He wanted to get the first line going and provide a spark by rewarding Kubalik, but the third line was dominant in the opening 20 minutes — it generated 10 scoring chances at 5-on-5 in only 4:30 together — and moving Kubalik away from Kampf and Saad really affected both lines in a negative way.

But don't expect Colliton to make that same mistake anytime soon. He learned his lesson and that's the last line he's going to touch if he's looking for a shakeup.

"They all just got real big motors, big engine," Colliton said. "They work and compete and they all bring a little bit different ingredient. Obviously like Saad is an accomplished, proven performer. He takes the puck to the net. He's a horse there. He's really hard to get the puck off, he transports it from D zone to the offensive zone, he can make those plays.

"I think Kampy is a workhorse. He takes a lot of responsibility defensively and can transport the puck from one end to another. Then you got Kubby, he's got a bomb. I've been very impressed with his play away from the puck. That's been a surprise for me. So now he can play on that line because he does so many responsible things. He wins a lot of races, he's a great forechecker. So, pleased with that line."

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Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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