NHL Power Rankings: Week 3

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

Chicago looks like the team to beat early on in this young NHL season and hold on to the top spot in this week's Power Rankings. Meanwhile Los Angeles, Nashville, Washington and Dallas made big jumps into the Top 10.

NHL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 3-0-1-0
-210 Chicago
Outshooting, outscoring and outplaying every opponent to this point in this season is trouble for the rest of the National Hockey League.
2 4 up 2 5-1-0-0
-200 Anaheim
The Ducks have won six in row after a no show in game one. Frederick Anderson looks like the real deal between the pipes and Kesler has been a nice fit.
3 7 up 4 5-1-0-0
-195 Montreal
Montreal has been terrific aside from one blowout out loss to Tampa Bay. The Habs are 3-1 on the road thus far.
4 11 up 7 4-1-1-0
-192 Los Angeles
The Slava Voynov situation casts a dark shadow but otherwise the defending champs have done nothing but win over the past week.
5 3 down 2 3-1-0-0
-190 Pittsburgh
Patric Hornqvist has 8 points in five games playing alongside Sidney Crosby. I think it's a good fit for the Pens.
6 19 up 13 3-0-1-1
-185 Nashville
This one raises a few eyebrows as an early surprise to the young season. Pekka Rinne is a rock back there and Peter Laviollette's system looks to be a match for the players he got here.
7 2 down 5 4-1-0-1
-180 San Jose
The Sharks schedule has been mighty tough to start and we have to remember that they have played just one game at home.
8 24 up 16 3-0-0-2
-175 Washington
Barry Trotz makes this team responsible defensively and it could go a long ways.
9 20 up 11 2-1-1-1
-170 Dallas
This team isn't the greatest in their own zone but they can sure fill the opposition's net as found out the hard way by the Canucks.
10 13 up 3 4-1-0-0
-168 Ottawa
After last year's disappointing season, Paul McLean and his brilliant moustache has this team rolling early.
11 10 down 1 4-1-0-0
-165 NY Islanders
John Tavares is a certified stud as the first player to reach 10 points on the season but a weak schedule has the Islanders where they are on this week's rankings.
12 16 up 4 3-1-0-1
-160 Detroit
Datsyuk is back and the offense should get a lot more consistent with the wizard back with a hot Zetterberg.
13 14 up 1 3-1-0-1
-159 Tampa Bay
The Lightning escaped western Canada with two out of a possible three wins but it wasn't easy.
14 15 up 1 3-4-0-0
-158 Boston
Still look sloppy in their own end as the defense has a lot of youngsters taking on bigger roles that they aren't quite used to at this point.
15 8 down 7 3-2-0-0
-155 Columbus
Sergei Bobrovsky has to be the man just about every night but he is just about always up to the occasion.
16 9 down 7 2-2-0-1
-150 St. Louis
More downs than ups to start this season and downs have been against the west's best which isn't a good sign.
17 18 up 1 4-3-0-0
-145 Calgary
This team just competes hard every night and the defensive duo of Mark Giordano and the newly signed T.J. Brodie are quickly turning into one of the best in the league.
18 5 down 13 2-2-0-0
-144 Minnesota
What happened? Two great wins followed by two miserable ones where the Wild struggled to score.
19 6 down 13 3-2-0-0
-140 New Jersey
An ugly loss to the rival Rangers where they blew an early lead to finally lose in OT has us scratching our heads about this team again.
20 25 up 5 3-3-0-0
-135 NY Rangers
An up and down start for the reigning Eastern Conference champions has this team at .500 which is pretty fair spot in all honesty.
21 12 down 9 3-1-0-0
-130 Vancouver
Ryan Miller gets pulled for the first time in a Vancouver uniform after the Stars beat down of the Canucks. What is it about the Lone Star state that seems to kill the Canucks?
22 17 down 5 2-3-1-0
-125 Toronto
It's pretty hard to pin point what team this is after a nice win over the Islanders on the road. A near .500 record seems fortunate though at this point.
23 22 down 1 2-2-0-0
-115 Arizona
Mike Tippet does the best with whatever is given to him but unfortunately it's not that much again this season.
24 23 down 1 1-2-0-2
-110 Philadelphia
The Flyers can look very ordinary on any given night but they always bring it when they play rival Pittsburgh. Nice win on Wednesday night.
25 27 up 2 1-2-1-1
-107 Florida
Don't look now but the Panthers have earned points in three straight games.
26 21 down 5 1-4-1-0
-105 Colorado
Head coach Patrick Roy called out his team for lack of effort after just one win in the first seven games. This team is far too talented to struggle for much longer.
27 30 up 3 0-4-0-1
-100 Edmonton
A good home stand has us feeling a little bit better about the Oilers after a terrible first week.
28 26 down 2 1-4-0-0
102 Winnipeg
One moment the sky is falling and then the hockey gods send a gift to the starving Jets fans... the Carolina Hurricanes. There are still lots of problems beside the goalie.
29 28 down 1 1-5-0-0
105 Buffalo
This team simply can't score and rumour has it they are shopping cornerstone defenseman Tyler Myers. The lottery draft looks really good in the NHL this year and the Sabres will likely be top contenders.
30 29 down 1 0-2-0-2
110 Carolina
The only winless team in the NHL and it hasn't been pretty with key injures and poor defensive play.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.