NHL Power Rankings: Week 3

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There are some major moves in the Week 3 rankings, with a hockey fans getting a better look at the league. Find out where your team sits in the latest NHL Power Rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 3 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 11-3-3-0
-204 Pittsburgh
A loss to the Panthers will drop the Pens in most rankings but I still have them as the team to beat two weeks in.
2 3 up 1 6-2-2-0
-201 St. Louis
The Blues haven't been quite as flashy as the Sharks, but every bit as effective. Their five-game homestand will wrap up with a date against, you guessed it, the Sharks Tuesday.
3 6 up 3 8-4-0-0
-200 San Jose
Another hot start for San Jose, but remember, it got off to a similarly dominant start last season before fizzling.
4 2 down 2 10-3-2-1
-198 Chicago
The defending champs haven't been dominant but they have successfully avoided an early season Stanley Cup hangover.
5 7 up 2 4-5-1-0
-195 Detroit
I'll give the Red Wings a boost following Monday's impressive matinee road win in Boston. This is the most complete Detroit team in years.
6 4 down 2 10-4-1-0
-191 Boston
Based on what I've seen, the Bruins seem to be lacking an edge this season. I know, settle down, it's still early.
7 10 up 3 11-4-1-0
-187 Anaheim
I really like the makeup of this Ducks squad, with a terrific mix of veteran experience and young emerging talent.
8 9 up 1 5-1-0-0
-184 Toronto
The Leafs are off to a nice 5-1 start, picking up where they left off late last season.
9 5 down 4 10-7-1-0
-182 Los Angeles
Perhaps a trip east was just what the doctor ordered for the Kings. They've reeled off three straight wins overall.
10 13 up 3 10-4-1-0
-180 Montreal
Credit the Habs for righting the ship out west. Carey Price is finally starting to look like an elite goaltender again.
11 22 up 11 8-2-2-0
-176 Colorado
While I'm sure it won't last, it's time to give the rejuvenated Avs credit for their undefeated start.
12 19 up 7 8-5-3-1
-172 Minnesota
We're only two weeks into the season, but this looks like a far grittier Wild squad than we've seen in recent years.
13 18 up 5 4-2-0-0
-167 Phoenix
Another year, another underrated Coyotes team that likely sneaks into the playoffs.
14 12 down 2 3-3-0-0
-163 Vancouver
I'm giving the Canucks the benefit of the doubt here, because let's face it, they've looked pretty awful lately.
15 11 down 4 1-2-1-1
-159 Ottawa
Here's another team I'm willing to give a pass this week. The Sens have faced a brutal early season schedule.
16 15 down 1 4-6-0-0
-155 Columbus
The Jackets big offseason prize, Nathan Horton, is already sidelined for a month due to injury.
17 8 down 9 1-4-0-0
-152 Washington
The Caps take a big hit this week. Ovie has been great, but the rest of the team has been sub par.
18 14 down 4 2-2-0-1
-151 NY Islanders
I want to rank the Islanders a little higher, but they're doing little to help themselves these days.
19 17 down 2 3-5-1-0
-146 Tampa Bay
If nothing else, the Lightning are an exciting team to watch once again, scoring 11 goals in their last two games.
20 21 up 1 4-5-1-0
-141 Dallas
The Stars have been a real mixed bag so far this season, but Tyler Seguin does appear ready to start taking things serious as a leader.
21 23 up 2 2-2-1-1
-136 Carolina
There still seems to be an ingredient or two missing in Carolina. If the Canes want into the playoffs next spring, they're going to need to find some consistency.
22 20 down 2 3-3-0-0
-131 Winnipeg
It hasn't been an awful start for the Jets, but this still looks like a team that will need to scratch and claw its way into the playoff picture all season.
23 26 up 3 2-3-0-0
-125 Nashville
The Preds scoring woes continue as they've potted only nine goals through five games.
24 16 down 8 8-10-0-0
-121 NY Rangers
Due to injuries and otherwise, the Rangers are a bit of a mess right now to say the least.
25 29 up 4 3-0-1-1
-117 Calgary
Some regression is definitely in order, but the Flames have been one of the league's biggest surprises so far.
26 24 down 2 4-9-0-0
-112 Philadelphia
The goaltending issues remain, but now the Flyers offense has run dry as well, scoring two goals or less in all six games this season.
27 25 down 2 0-3-1-2
-106 New Jersey
A tough road trip has contributed to the Devils struggles but that can't be used as a crutch if this team is going to make progress.
28 27 down 1 2-4-0-0
100 Florida
Credit the Panthers for rising up and taking down the Penguins in their home opener. Unfortunately, they followed it up with a shutout loss to the Kings.
29 28 down 1 1-3-1-0
104 Edmonton
Is the formula of loading up on young talent ever going to work in Edmonton?
30 30 same 0-5-1-0
109 Buffalo
Yeah, it's going to be a long year in Buffalo.
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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.