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Power Rankings

Colorado on a Rocky Mountain High

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 21, 2019, 12:14 pm ET

This week in The Power Rankings, we will also look at each team’s top scoring defenseman. The record in the brackets beside each team is their record for the week.

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1. Colorado

Record: 7-0-1 (3-0-1)

(Last Week -2)

The Avalanche played all four on the road and beat Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay while losing in overtime to Pittsburgh.  They are in St. Louis and Vegas and then take on Anaheim at home. Cale Makar has yet to score but has seven assists in eight games.

2. Edmonton

Record: 7-1-1 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -1)

The Oilers hit their first road bump this week and were still 2-1-1. They lost to Chicago to start the week and dropped a 1-0 game in a shootout Sunday. In between, the Oilers beat Philadelphia and Detroit. This week they take on Minnesota on the road and head home to play Washington and Florida. Oscar Klefbom lead all defensemen with a goal and eight assists.

3. Buffalo  

Record: 7-1-1 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Sabres lost to Anaheim but beat Dallas, Los Angeles and San Jose in a pretty successful California road trip. They return home to face San Jose again, after which they are in New York to play the Rangers, as well as in Detroit to finish the week. Rasmus Dahlin has a goal and nine points. Not too shabby for a 19-year-old defenseman.

4. Boston 

Record: 5-1-2 (1-0-2)

(Last Week -3)

Boston defeated Anaheim to start the week and then lost two in extra time as Tampa Bay beat them in a shootout while Toronto scored in overtime for the win. This week the Bruins get a return match with Toronto but at home, and then host St. Louis before heading to New York to face the Rangers. Torey Krug has a goal and five assists in eight contests.

5. Washington

Record: 6-2-2 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -9)

The Capitals lost to Colorado and then won three straight, defeating Toronto, the New York Rangers and Chicago. This week the Caps play in Western Canada with visits to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. John Carlson not only leads Washington in points with 18, but the entire NHL as he is one point up on Connor McDavid.

6. Carolina

Record:6-3-0 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -4)

It was a tough week for Carolina as they lost on the road to both San Jose and Anaheim after shutting out Los Angeles. They are in Columbus and then take on Chicago at home. Dougie Hamilton has five goals and 10 points and leads the Hurricanes in scoring.

7. Anaheim 

Record:6-3-0 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Ducks split the week sandwiching losses to Boston and Calgary around a couple of wins over Buffalo and Carolina. The Ducks head on the road this week, playing in Nashville, Dallas, Colorado and Vegas. Hampus Lindholm has six assists to lead Anaheim on the blueline.

8. Pittsburgh

Record: 6-3-0 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -10)

The Penguins beat Colorado and Dallas but then had their five-game win streak end at the hands of Vegas. The Penguins are on the road in the South as they take on Florida, Tampa Bay and Dallas this week. Kris Letang has four goals and 10 points in nine games thus far.

9. Vegas

Record: 6-3-0 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -11)

The Golden Knights lost to Nashville to start the week but then beat Ottawa in a shootout and Pittsburgh in a shutout to end the week at 2-1.  They start the week on the road against Philadelphia and Chicago before coming home to play Colorado and Anaheim. Shea Theodore has a goal and four helpers in nine games.

10. Tampa Bay

Record: 4-3-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -8)

The Lightning knocked off Montreal, won in a shootout over Boston and then were whipped 6-2 by Colorado. This week they play twice at home versus Pittsburgh and Nashville. Kevin Shattenkirk has four goals and seven points while Victor Hedman has a goal and six assists.

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.