NHL Power Rankings: Week 2

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

After a week of play to survey the teams on the ice there was plenty of movement in our second edition of our Power Rankings. The Devils and Islanders made huge stride, while the Rangers, Kings and Bruins had the biggest falls.

NHL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 2-0-0-0
(1-1-0)
-201 Chicago
Chicago suffered its first loss of the season against the pesky Flames Wednesday but still outshot Calgary by a wide margin in the overtime loss.
2 5 up 3 2-0-0-0
(2-0-0)
-198 San Jose
The Sharks set the tone with shutting out the defending Cup Champions on the road in game one of the season.
3 7 up 4 2-0-0-0
(2-0-0)
-195 Pittsburgh
Sidney Crosby is in mid season form with six points in two games leading the Penguins to a fine start under new coach Mike Johnson.
4 6 up 2 1-1-0-0
(1-1-0)
-194 Anaheim
Rebounded from a tough loss to Pittsburgh in game one of the season to win the next three and now head home after an impressive trip out east to start the season.
5 8 up 3 2-0-0-0
(2-0-0)
-190 Minnesota
Zach Parise is flying to start the year and Darcy Keumper looks to be the guy that will be the answer in net early this season for the Wild.
6 22 up 16 2-0-0-0
(2-0-0)
-188 New Jersey
Martin Brodeur who? Cory Schnieder is finally getting his shot to show the world that he is one of the best in the season and so far so good.
7 11 up 4 3-0-0-0
(3-0-0)
-185 Montreal
Got destroyed by the revenge minded Lightning but other than that the Habs have risen to the occasion thanks to a hot start from Thomas Plekanec.
8 19 up 11 2-0-0-0
(2-0-0)
-182 Columbus
Ryan Johansen has five points in three games and is showing his offseason holdout that extended into the preseason really didn’t matter.
9 4 down 5 1-1-0-0
(1-1-0)
-180 St. Louis
A showdown with the defending Stanley Cup champs and then the up and coming Wild on the road next will tell us more about where this team is early on.
10 24 up 14 2-0-0-0
(1-1-0)
-178 NY Islanders
Two wins back-to-back over the shorthanded Carolina team has helped the perfect start for the young Islanders squad led by superstar John Tavares.
11 2 down 9 1-1-1-0
(1-2-0)
-175 Los Angeles
Came out of the gate sloppy which is understandable but have since rebounded to blowout weak teams in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
12 18 up 6 2-0-0-0
(1-1-0)
-175 Vancouver
Two nice wins to start the season but we won't call them world beaters since the competition was Calgary and Edmonton.
13 21 up 8 1-1-0-0
(2-0-0)
-172 Ottawa
Winning two of the first three games on the road is not a bad way to start but a tough one is test is coming in next with the undefeated Sharks in town.
14 9 down 5 1-0-0-1
(0-2-0)
-170 Tampa Bay
An early season blowout of Montreal had to have felt good as tasty revenge for a first round sweep.
15 3 down 12 1-2-0-0
(0-3-0)
-169 Boston
Have looked a little sloppy in their own end as the team is trying to adjust to life without Johnny Boychuck after an early season trade.
16 14 down 2 1-1-0-0
(1-1-0)
-165 Detroit
Life will get a lot better with star center Pavel Datsyuk who is very close to returning to the lineup from a preseason injury.
17 15 down 2 1-2-0-0
(1-2-0)
-160 Toronto
Phil Kessel went pointless in the two losses but picked up five points in two straight Leafs wins including an OT winner over Colorado.
18 28 up 10 1-2-0-0
(1-2-0)
-155 Calgary
Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo are really going big in an effort to win the starting job for a hard working and young Calgary team.
19 27 up 8 2-0-0-0
(1-1-0)
-150 Nashville
This Nashville team is just a mix and mash of players at this point but you have to be impressed with a nice start and the play of the rock steady Pekka Rinne.
20 13 down 7 0-1-0-1
(1-1-0)
-149 Dallas
Got their first win of the season with a nice road effort against a strong Columbus home side.
21 12 down 9 0-2-0-0
(0-2-0)
-145 Colorado
The Avalanche are still trying to figure out life without Paul Stastny and it has led to a slow start with a lot of line juggling.
22 20 down 2 1-1-0-0
(1-1-0)
-135 Arizona
Mike Smith hasn't looked great but the Coyotes have won more than they have lost at this point.
23 17 down 6 0-2-0-1
(1-2-0)
-133 Philadelphia
A slow start to the season last year led to an early exit for then head coach Peter Laviolette and you have to wonder what kind of leash Craig Berube here.
24 16 down 8 1-0-0-1
(1-1-0)
-125 Washington
Alex Ovechkin has gotten off to a nice start and we will see how new head coach Barry Trotz reels him in.
25 10 down 15 1-2-0-0
(1-2-0)
-120 NY Rangers
King Henrik has been awful and so has top defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal in a slow start for the reigning eastern conference champions.
26 23 down 3 1-2-0-0
(1-2-0)
-115 Winnipeg
Paul Maurice hates life in Winnipeg with an early injury to star Evander Kane.
27 25 down 2 0-1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-107 Florida
It's going to take a while to get all the different jig-saw pieces together that is the Panthers roster this season.
28 30 up 2 0-2-0-0
(0-2-0)
105 Buffalo
An overtime shootout win over the Hurricanes is the only reason they aren't even lower on this list.
29 26 down 3 0-2-0-0
(1-1-0)
110 Carolina
Early injuries to top flight players in Jeff Skinner, Eric and Jordan Staal are very tough to overcome when the defense is this poor.
30 29 down 1 0-1-0-1
(1-1-0)
115 Edmonton
It's tough in Oil country right now with no goaltending and no defense leading to a winless record so far.

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.