NHL Power Rankings: Week 4

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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
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 7-1-0-0
-206 Off a perfect 3-0 week, the Pens are the team to beat as we head into the final week of October.
2 3 move up in rankings1 7-0-0-1
-202 A statement win over the Blues in St. Louis kept the Sharks perfect record intact before suffering a shootout loss in Dallas.
3 4 move up in rankings1 5-1-0-2
-199 The 'Hawks have collected at least a point in all but one of their eight games this season.
4 7 move up in rankings3 7-1-0-0
-197 A five-game homestand certainly helped the Ducks cause, but few teams have as much upside.
5 2 move down in rankings3 5-1-0-1
-193 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 move up in rankings3 6-3-0-0
-188 The Kings have quietly caught fire, reeling off five wins in their last six games.
7 11 move up in rankings4 7-1-0-0
-186 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 move down in rankings3 6-3-0-0
-182 Detroit saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-2 loss in Phoenix on Saturday.
9 6 move down in rankings3 5-2-0-0
-178 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 no change in rankings 5-3-0-0
-174 While their defense has been solid, offensive consistency continues to be an issue for the Habs.
11 8 move down in rankings3 6-3-0-0
-171 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 move up in rankings1 5-2-1-1
-168 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 move up in rankings2 3-3-1-1
-163 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 move up in rankings5 5-3-0-0
-160 The Lightning have yet to suffer consecutive losses this season, notching victories in five of their first eight games.
15 17 move up in rankings2 3-5-0-0
-158 Credit the Caps for responding with a win over the Blue Jackets following a lifeless performance against the Rangers.
16 14 move down in rankings2 5-4-0-1
-154 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 move down in rankings5 3-3-1-2
-150 Minnesota has lost its last three games, scoring just one goal in each outing.
18 16 move down in rankings2 3-5-0-0
-146 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 move up in rankings4 5-3-0-1
-142 Nashville makes a big move this week thanks to four wins in its last five contests.
20 21 move up in rankings1 4-2-1-2
-137 Back-to-back road wins have the 'Canes riding high into Thursday's stop in Minnesota.
21 18 move down in rankings3 3-3-0-2
-132 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 move down in rankings2 3-5-0-0
-126 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 move down in rankings1 4-5-0-0
-122 The Jets have scored two goals or less in all five of their losses this season.
24 25 move up in rankings1 3-2-1-1
-118 The competition has gotten tougher and the Flames have wilted, dropping back-to-back games in Anaheim and San Jose.
25 27 move up in rankings2 1-4-1-2
-113 The Devils finally picked up their first win of the season on Saturday night against the rival Rangers.
26 24 move down in rankings2 2-5-0-0
-108 Brad Richards' performance has been one of the few bright spots for the Rangers so far this season.
27 28 move up in rankings1 3-6-0-0
-103 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 move up in rankings1 2-6-1-0
101 Edmonton won for the first time in six games on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. Next stop, Montreal.
29 26 move down in rankings3 1-7-0-0
105 The Flyers have been outscored 14-6 during their current four-game losing streak.
30 30 no change in rankings 1-8-1-0
109 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.