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Power Rankings: Week 3

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 14, 2019, 12:37 pm ET

This week in The Power Rankings, we will also look at all the goaltending in the NHL. Since this is the second week of the season, the record in the brackets beside each team is their record for the week.

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1. Edmonton

Record: 5-0-0 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -19)

The Oilers are perfect and have won all five games after trailing at some point in the contest. Edmonton went through the New York area and defeated the Islanders, New Jersey and the Rangers for the first time in franchise history on the road during the same trip. They play Chicago and Winnipeg on the road this week as well as Philadelphia and Detroit at home. Mike Smith has been stellar thus far with a 3-0-0 record to go with a 2.67 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Mikko Koskinen is 2-0-0 with a 2.41 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

2. Colorado

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

(Last Week -7)

The Avalanche won both games this week as they beat Boston and Arizona. The Avs go on the road for all four games this week as they are in Washington, Pittsburgh, Florida and Tampa Bay.  Philipp Grubauer is 3-0-0 with a 2.34 GAA and a .931 save percentage while baclup Pavel Francouz is 1-0-0 with a 1.90 GAA and a .944 save percentage after his overtime win versus Arizona.

3. Boston 

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

(Last Week -1)

Boston defeated Vegas and New Jersey this week and lost the last game in their four-game road trip when Colorado beat them 4-2. This week the Bruins face Anaheim and Tampa Bay at home and then travel to Toronto. Tuukka Rask has been perfect this season at 3-0 with a 1.33 GAA and a .957 save percentage. Jaroslav Halak has been very good as well, shutting out Dallas as he is 1-1 with a 1.52 GAA and a .957 save percentage as well.

4. Carolina

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

(Last Week -10)

The Hurricanes finally lost after winning their first five as Columbus defeated them 3-2. That was after they knocked off both Florida and the New York Islanders. Carolina heads out to California this week to play Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim. Petr Mrazek has a 3-0-0 record with a 2.57 GAA and a lackluster .882 save percentage. James Reimer has split the net thus far and is 2-1-0 with a 2.65 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

5. Buffalo  

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

(Last Week -14)

The Sabres lost in overtime to Columbus and then beat Montreal and Florida at home. Buffalo plays four times this week as they are home to Dallas and then head out to California to play Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Carter Hutton has been spot on this season with a 3-0-0 record to go with a 2.32 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Backup Linus Ullmark is 1-0-1 with a 2.86 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The duo should come close to sharing the net this season barring any injuries or slumps.

6. Anaheim 

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

(Last Week -23)

The Ducks have played five games this season and all game have been either 2-1 or 3-1. This week they beat Detroit and Columbus and lost a 2-1 decision to Pittsburgh with all three on the road.  They play Boston on the road and return home to play Buffalo, Carolina and Calgary. John Gibson has been spectacular with a 3-1-0 record to go with a 1.26 GAA and a .961 save percentage. Ryan Miller won his only start and has a 1.00 GAA with a .963 save percentage. The Ducks can’t score but don’t need to with this goaltending duo under new coach Dallas Eakins.

7. St. Louis

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

(Last Week -3)

The Blues are almost don with their four-game road trip as they upended Toronto and Ottawa before dropping a 6-3 decision to Montreal. This week they finish the road trip with a game against the Islanders before returning home to face Vancouver and Montreal. Jordan Binnington gave up five goals for the first time in his career in the Montreal contest and is 2-1-1 with a 2.97 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Jake Allen continues to give poolies the shakes as he won his only start of the season but gave up four goals in 29 shots to Ottawa.  

8. Tampa Bay

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

(Last Week -2)

The Lightning looked terrific in beating Toronto 7-3 this week but then gave back all its good will in losing 4-2 to lowly Ottawa. This week the Lightning are in Montreal and Boston to complete their five-game road trip and then return home to face Colorado. It won’t be an easy week for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 2-1 this season with a 3.04 GAA and a .903 save percentage while backup Curtis McElhinney has not played well with a 0-1-1 mark to go with a 3.51 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

9. Washington

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

(Last Week -6)

The Capitals went through a mini-slump as they to Carolina and Dallas in overtime and then dropped a 6-5 decision to Nashville but bounced back on the weekend to beat the Stars 4-1. This week they face Colorado, Toronto and the New York Rangers at home and journey to Chicago for a Sunday contest. Braden Holtby continues to be the number one goaltender but Ilya Samsonov is coming on as he has won both his starts, giving up only two goals on 51 shots. Holtby is 1-2-2 with a 3.67 GAA and a .868 save percentage.

10. Pittsburgh

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

(Last Week -11)

The Penguins have been decimated by injuries up front but their minor league callups, especially Sam Lafferty, have done a marvelous job in winning three of four this past week. The Penguins defeated Anaheim, Minnesota and Winnipeg after losing at home to the Jets. They take on Colorado, Dallas and Vegas this week with all three at home. Tristan Jarry was solid in his season’s debut versus the Jets on Sunday, giving up two goals on 29 shots but Matt Murray is the undisputed number one in Pittsburgh. He is 3-2-0 with a 2.82 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

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.