NHL Power Rankings: Week 1

By Sean Murphy - My goals are simple: win and make consistent profit.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks begin the 2013-14 season atop the Power Rankings as they return the bulk of their Cup winning squad to the ice for the new season.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 1 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 same 0-0-0-0
-202 Chicago
Unlike in 2010, when they were forced to tear down their roster, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks remain relatively intact entering 2013-14.
2 same 0-0-0-0
-199 Pittsburgh
The star power is there for the Penguins to take another run at the Cup, but they'll need to stay healthy, something that has been fleeting in recent years.
3 same 0-0-0-0
-195 Boston
Sure, the B's lost Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton, but Seguin had clearly worn out his welcome and Horton wasn't worth the ticket price to re-sign him.
4 same 0-0-0-0
-191 St. Louis
Without a wealth of true goal scorers up front, the Blues will once again be forced to win with defense and goaltending. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
5 same 0-0-0-0
-185 Los Angeles
The Kings weren't far off returning to the Cup Final for a second straight year, and the pieces are in place to get there again in 2014.
6 same 0-0-0-0
-181 Detroit
The window is closing on the Datsyuk-Zetterberg era in Detroit. The addition of Daniel Alfredsson should infuse some additional life into an already solid squad.
7 same 0-0-0-0
-176 Washington
Adam Oates did an excellent job with the talent on hand last year and now there's reason to believe the Caps can return to 'Cup contender' status.
8 same 0-0-0-0
-173 San Jose
The Sharks looked like they had the make-up of a legit contender last year, but once again wilted in the playoffs. This could be the last kick at the can for Thornton, Marleau and Boyle - at least in San Jose.
9 same 0-0-0-0
-169 Ottawa
The addition of Bobby Ryan and the return to health of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson has optimism running high in Ottawa this fall.
10 same 0-0-0-0
-166 Vancouver
Is John Tortorella the answer in Van-city? It remains to be seen whether his coaching style - a stark contrast to that of Alain Vigneault will work.
11 same 0-0-0-0
-161 Anaheim
Losing Bobby Ryan hurts, but there is plenty of young talent on board to pick up the slack. Anaheim has no fewer than three goaltenders capable of carrying the load.
12 same 0-0-0-0
-157 NY Rangers
Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan will both be sidelined to open the season so the Rangers depth will be tested early on.
13 same 0-0-0-0
-151 Montreal
The Habs will once again be asking a lot of goaltender Carey Price, who needs to bounce back following a rather disappointing lockout-shortened season.
14 same 0-0-0-0
-149 Toronto
Everything broke right for the Leafs last season but the jury is still out on whether that had something to do with the truncated season. They'll get a good test on opening night in Montreal.
15 same 0-0-0-0
-145 Minnesota
This should be the year that things fall into place for the Wild, with the duo of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in their second year with the team.
16 same 0-0-0-0
-141 NY Islanders
This might prove to be a little high for the over-achieving Islanders, but they should bring plenty of confidence to the ice after nearly upsetting the Penguins in the opening round of last spring's playoffs.
17 same 0-0-0-0
-136 Philadelphia
Adding some blue line reinforcements will help but the jury is still out on whether the Flyers can get by with their goaltending.
18 same 0-0-0-0
-131 Columbus
Hopes have never been higher in Columbus as the Jackets look to build on last year's phenomenal finish.
19 same 0-0-0-0
-127 Tampa Bay
The Lightning have been a major disappointment in each of the last two years but there's no shortage of talent on board and some continuity in goal with Ben Bishop.
20 same 0-0-0-0
-123 Dallas
There are a ton of question marks, but there's really nowhere to go but up for the Stars. At least their new unis are an upgrade.
21 same 0-0-0-0
-118 Carolina
It all comes down to whether goaltender Cam Ward can stay healthy. If he can, the 'Canes could make some noise in the East.
22 same 0-0-0-0
-114 New Jersey
The Devils didn't stand pat after losing Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL, acquiring the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Clowe and Damien Brunner among others.
23 same 0-0-0-0
-111 Edmonton
Is this the year the young Oilers finally come into their own? That's a big question mark, but new head coach Dallas Eakins should have them pointed in the right direction.
24 same 0-0-0-0
-109 Winnipeg
The Jets made positive strides a year ago, narrowly missing out on the playoffs. I'm not sold on their goaltending - a big reason I have them ranked so low.
25 same 0-0-0-0
-105 Nashville
If Seth Jones and Filip Forsberg step in and produce the way they can, the Predators could turn things around in a hurry.
26 same 0-0-0-0
-102 Arizona
Mike Ribeiro will give the 'Yotes an offensive boost, but this is still a team lacking punch. They'll need a bounce-back year from goaltender Mike Smith.
27 same 0-0-0-0
102 Colorado
I like the way the Avs roster shapes up, but they're still a year or two away from contending for a playoff spot.
28 same 0-0-0-0
105 Buffalo
Perhaps the window of opportunity has already closed on the Sabres. Ryan Miller will need to shoulder much of the load in order for them to stay competitive.
29 same 0-0-0-0
108 Florida
Will the Tim Thomas experiment work out? The Panthers are banking on an awful lot of youngsters to carry them this season.
30 same 0-0-0-0
112 Calgary
The Flames are entrenched in a long rebuilding project. Needless to say, it's going to be a long season in Calgary.
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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.