NHL Power Rankings: Week 4

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

The Penguins remain atop the rankings after yet another stellar week. On the other end, there seems to be no end in sight to Philly's dreary performances.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 4 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 14-3-3-0
-206 Pittsburgh
Off a perfect 3-0 week, the Pens are the team to beat as we head into the final week of October.
2 3 up 1 10-4-0-1
-202 San Jose
A statement win over the Blues in St. Louis kept the Sharks perfect record intact before suffering a shootout loss in Dallas.
3 4 up 1 12-3-2-2
-199 Chicago
The 'Hawks have collected at least a point in all but one of their eight games this season.
4 7 up 3 14-4-1-0
-197 Anaheim
A five-game homestand certainly helped the Ducks cause, but few teams have as much upside.
5 2 down 3 7-3-2-1
-193 St. Louis
Perhaps dropping the Blues three spots is a bit harsh, but with two losses in their last three games, it's the right move.
6 9 up 3 12-8-1-0
-188 Los Angeles
The Kings have quietly caught fire, reeling off five wins in their last six games.
7 11 up 4 10-3-2-0
-186 Colorado
The Avs will have an opportunity to see how they stack up against one of the league's best teams in Pittsburgh on Monday.
8 5 down 3 7-6-1-0
-182 Detroit
Detroit saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-2 loss in Phoenix on Saturday.
9 6 down 3 12-5-1-0
-178 Boston
A trip through Florida was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Bruins, as they swept a pair of games against the Panthers and Lightning.
10 10 same 12-5-1-0
-174 Montreal
While their defense has been solid, offensive consistency continues to be an issue for the Habs.
11 8 down 3 6-3-0-0
-171 Toronto
The Leafs are looking for a spark after suffering back-to-back losses to the Hurricanes and Blackhawks, scoring just three goals in the process.
12 13 up 1 5-2-1-1
-168 Phoenix
Even goaltender Mike Smith got into the scoring act on Saturday night. You have to go back seven games to find the 'Yotes last loss in regulation time.
13 15 up 2 3-3-1-1
-163 Ottawa
It's not easy to stick with the Senators after Saturday's ugly home loss to the Oilers, but with three of their next four games at home, I'm expecting them to pile up a few victories.
14 19 up 5 5-6-1-0
-160 Tampa Bay
The Lightning have yet to suffer consecutive losses this season, notching victories in five of their first eight games.
15 17 up 2 3-5-0-0
-158 Washington
Credit the Caps for responding with a win over the Blue Jackets following a lifeless performance against the Rangers.
16 14 down 2 5-4-0-1
-154 Vancouver
The Canucks managed to collect at least a point in three of the first four games on their current seven-game road trip.
17 12 down 5 9-7-3-2
-150 Minnesota
Minnesota has lost its last three games, scoring just one goal in each outing.
18 16 down 2 5-9-0-0
-146 Columbus
The Blue Jackets are off to a slow start, but should have every opportunity to turn things around with seven of their next eight games coming at home.
19 23 up 4 5-3-0-1
-142 Nashville
Nashville makes a big move this week thanks to four wins in its last five contests.
20 21 up 1 4-2-1-2
-137 Carolina
Back-to-back road wins have the 'Canes riding high into Thursday's stop in Minnesota.
21 18 down 3 3-3-0-2
-132 NY Islanders
The Isles entered the season with so much optimism, but so far they've been a big disappointment, winning only three times in eight games.
22 20 down 2 5-8-1-0
-126 Dallas
For the Stars to improve, they're going to need to get better goaltending. That's going to be difficult with Kari Lehtonen on the shelf.
23 22 down 1 4-5-0-0
-122 Winnipeg
The Jets have scored two goals or less in all five of their losses this season.
24 25 up 1 3-2-1-1
-118 Calgary
The competition has gotten tougher and the Flames have wilted, dropping back-to-back games in Anaheim and San Jose.
25 27 up 2 1-4-1-2
-113 New Jersey
The Devils finally picked up their first win of the season on Saturday night against the rival Rangers.
26 24 down 2 9-11-0-0
-108 NY Rangers
Brad Richards' performance has been one of the few bright spots for the Rangers so far this season.
27 28 up 1 3-6-0-0
-103 Florida
I guess the fact that the Panthers have yet to lose more than three games in a row can be looked at as a positive.
28 29 up 1 2-6-1-0
101 Edmonton
Edmonton won for the first time in six games on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. Next stop, Montreal.
29 26 down 3 4-11-0-0
105 Philadelphia
The Flyers have been outscored 14-6 during their current four-game losing streak.
30 30 same 1-8-1-0
109 Buffalo
Not only have the Sabres won only once this season, eight of their nine losses have come in regulation time.
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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.