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Power Rankings

Boston Remains on Top

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: November 5, 2019, 1:21 am ET

Boston remains atop the power rankings for a second straight week while the New York Islanders and Carolina join the top-five for the first time.

Colorado and Buffalo slipped this week and while they remain in the top-ten, they are no longer top-three teams.

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1. Boston 

Record: 10-1-2 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -1)

Boston won both games this past week, defeating San Jose and Ottawa. Boston has a busy four-game schedule this week as they are home to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and on the road against Montreal and Detroit. The big line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have combined for 64 points in 13 games.

2. Washington

Record: 11-2-3 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -4)

The Capitals won all three games this past week, defeating Toronto, Buffalo and Calgary. They play only twice this week, on the road against Florida and home to Vegas. Jakub Vrana had a hat trick Sunday and is second in goals with nine, behind only Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals.

3. Edmonton

Record: 10-4-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Oilers started the week losing to Detroit but wins over Columbus and Pittsburgh salvaged the week.  This week they face Arizona, St. Louis and New Jersey at home and then travel to Anaheim to play the Ducks. They have received a goal in each of the last two games from a bottom-six forward (Jujhar Khaira and Colby Cave) after going the first 13 games without one from their bottom-two lines.

4. New York Islanders

Record: 10-3-0 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -6)

New York won both, beating Tampa Bay and Buffalo. The Islanders have won nine in a row after starting the season at 1-3-0. This week they are home for all three, including Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Florida. Similar to last season, the Islanders have become outstanding in keeping the puck out of their own net. Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss have each given up 14 goals in a combined 13 games.

5. Carolina

Record:9-4-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -7)

Carolina started the week off right with wins over Calgary and Detroit but faltered on Saturday in losing to New Jersey. The Hurricanes play the Flyers and Senators away from home and the New York Rangers at home. After a tough start to the season, Sebastian Aho has five goals and five assists in 14 games including three goals and seven points in his last five contests.

6. St. Louis

Record: 9-3-3 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -11)

The Blues have won six of their last seven including all three this past week, defeating Minnesota twice as well as Columbus. The Blues are in Western Canada all week to face Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. The loss of Vladimir Tarasenko for five months due to shoulder surgery will hurt immensely.  

7. Colorado

Record: 8-4-2 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -2)

The Avalanche continued their slump without Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog as they lost in overtime to Florida and then fell to Dallas and Arizona. The Avs face Dallas, Nashville and Columbus this week. Nathan MacKinnon saw his 13-game points streak end against the Coyotes.

8. Buffalo 

Record: 9-4-2 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -3)

The Sabres lost to Arizona in a shootout and then outright to the New York Islanders and Washington. They are in Stockholm, Sweden to play a pair against Tampa Bay this week. Most of the Sabres have been minus this season but the injured Marco Scandella is a plus-eight.

9. Nashville

Record: 8-4-2 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -8)

The Predators beat Chicago, lost in overtime to Calgary and then fell to the New York Rangers this past week. They are on the road for all three games this week as the Predators are in Detroit, Colorado and San Jose. Nashville is led in scoring by two defensemen, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, as each has 14 points this season.

10. Vancouver

Record:9-3-2 (3-0-1)

(Last Week -16)

The Canucks had another nice week as they beat Florida, Los Angeles and San Jose while losing in a shootout to Anaheim. Vancouver takes on St. Louis, Chicago, Winnipeg and New Jersey this week. Elias Pettersson has been red-hot of late with four goals and 14 points in his last seven games.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.