NHL Power Rankings: Shea Weber, Canadiens flying high
NHL Power Rankings
The Canadiens are the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose in regulation this season, jumping out to an 8-0-1 start.
30. Arizona Coyotes (2-6-0, 4 points)
The Coyotes are allowing a league-high 34.1 shots per game and 4.13 goals per game. This was a team expected to take the next step this season, but perhaps they may have to take one more step back to go two steps forward which isn't necessarily the worst thing. Be patient with this young group.
29. Toronto Maple Leafs (2-4-3, 7 points)
The Maple Leafs have one win in their last seven games, and some of that has to do with the fact they own the second-worst even-strength save percentage (88.73).
28. Nashville Predators (2-5-1, 5 points)
After an impressive opening night win over the Blackhawks, the Predators are 1-5-1 since and rank among the bottom seven in both goals per game (2.38) and goals against per game (3.50).
27. Dallas Stars (3-4-1, 7 points)
Things are really spiraling in Dallas. Ales Hemsky, who's played in only one game this year, is expected to miss 5-6 months after undergoing hip surgery. Patrick Sharp remains out with a concussion. And Jamie Benn has just four points (two goals, two assists) in eight games. They need him to get going.
26. Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-2, 6 points)
The Hurricanes continue to play the right way, ranking in the top-10 in possession numbers but own the worst even-strength save percentage (88.64). Same story as last year, and they deserve better.
25. Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0, 8 points)
The Jets have showed flashes of potential but struggle with consistency as evidenced by a 1-0 win over Colorado followed by a 3-1 loss to Buffalo over the weekend. Ten of their 16 games in November will be on the road.
24. Vancouver Canucks (4-4-1, 9 points)
Well that was fun while it lasted. After starting the season with four straight wins, the Canucks are 0-4-1 in their last five games and have been outscored 18-7 during that span.
23. Calgary Flames (4-5-1, 9 points)
The Flames put together a nice week, going 3-1-0 highlighted by a pair of road wins at Chicago and St. Louis. They'll be back in Chicago on Tuesday to kick off a four-game road trip, and have been much better away (2-1-1) than at home (2-4-0).
22. Anaheim Ducks (3-4-2, 8 points)
The Ducks earned just one point in their first four games of the season, and have been 3-1-1 since. A 4-0 loss at home to Columbus put that four-game point streak to an end.
21. Los Angeles Kings (4-5-0, 8 points)
The Kings are statistically the best puck possession team in the league, yet own the second-worst shot percentage (4.57). Expect a correction coming.
20. Buffalo Sabres (3-3-2, 8 points)
The Sabres finished the week strong, shutting out Florida and beating Winnipeg on the road in back-to-back nights thanks to Kyle Okposo, who scored three goals over the weekend.
19. New York Islanders (4-5-0, 8 points)
Jaroslav Halak's agent questioned the Islanders' method of rolling with a three-goalie system, which may mean Halak could be on his way out. The Islanders are also own the second-worst possession numbers in the league. Something needs to change, and it wouldn't be surprising if Jack Capuano was the first head coach fired.
18. Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-1, 9 points)
Claude Giroux extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over Carolina. Wayne Simmonds also has at least a point in eight of the last nines games.
17. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-3-1, 7 points)
John Tortorella's team owns the second-best power play percentage (33.3) and sixth-best penalty kill percentage (87.0) through three weeks. The Blue Jackets are showing signs of progression.
16. Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0, 8 points)
The Avalanche's possession numbers are quietly beginning to climb, but it's still a work in progress. They were shut out against Winnipeg but bounced back with a 3-2 win in Arizona and killed off seven penalties in those two games, an area that has been a weakness.
15. Boston Bruins (4-4-0, 8 points)
As Brad Marchand goes, so do the Bruins. He has just one point in Boston's last four games (1-3-0) after starting out the year with nine points (three goals, six assists) in the first four (3-1-0).
14. Ottawa Senators (5-3-0, 10 points)
Craig Anderson was named the NHL's first star of the week after posting a 37-save shutout days after finding out his wife Nicholle was diagnosed with cancer. Classy gesture by the NHL, and kudos to Cam Talbot and Oilers fans for saluting him when he was announced as Sunday's No. 1 star of the game.
13. New Jersey Devils (4-2-2, 10 points)
Great week for the Devils, who took advantage of their four-game homestand by picking up seven of a possible eight points. Let's see if they can carry that momentum on the road, where they will play their next three.
12. Florida Panthers (4-4-1, 9 points)
The Panthers closed out their four-game road trip on a high note, after losing the first three, behind Colton Sceviour's first career hat trick in a 5-2 win over Detroit.
11. Detroit Red Wings (6-4-0, 12 points)
After extending their winning streak to six games, the Red Wings lost back-to-back contests over the weekend to division opponents. Both Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek have been really solid, and it may be wise to move one of them (Howard) in the near future.
10. Chicago Blackhawks (5-3-1, 11 points)
The Blackhawks have picked up at least a point in six of their last seven games, including a 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Sunday which was by far their best game of the season. They've scored four power-play goals in the last two games and have killed off five consecutive penalties, a big step in the right direction.
8. San Jose Sharks (6-3-0, 12 points)
Strong week for the Sharks, who have won their last three games by outscoring their opponents 9-3. During that streak, they're 4-for-9 on the power play and have killed off all seven penalties.
7. St. Louis Blues (5-2-2, 12 points)
After beginning the year with three consecutive victories, the Blues are 2-2-2 in their last six games. Jake Allen earned his first shutout of the season, stopping all 27 shots in a 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Saturday.
6. Washington Capitals (5-2-1, 11 points)
The Capitals are allowing the second-fewest goals per game (2.00) and are the second-best puck possession team in the league, controlling 54.21 percent of the even-strength shot attempts. Still early, but that's a great recipe for success in the spring.
5. Minnesota Wild (6-2-1, 13 points)
The Wild are on an incredible run right now, having won three straight games without allowing a goal in any of them. That's three consecutive shutouts for Devan Dubnyk, who had five total all of last year.
4. New York Rangers (6-3-0, 12 points)
The Rangers are averaging a league-best 3.89 goals per game and are allowing just 26 shots per game. They're getting contributions from up and down the lineup.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-1, 13 points)
Welcome back, Sidney Crosby. The Penguins captain and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner has four goals and one assist in three games, all of which have resulted in wins (two against division opponents).
2. Edmonton Oilers (7-2-0, 14 points)
Since Todd McClellan sent an early message by canceling a mandatory off day following a 6-2 loss to Buffalo, the Oilers have responded by winning five of the last six games and have allowed just six goals during that span.
1. Montreal Canadiens (8-0-1, 17 points)
The Canadiens are the second team in NHL history to win at least eight of their first nine games in consecutive seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Shea Weber already has three game-winning goals on the season.