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|Power rankings: What Cup hangover?|
|Monday, 12 October 2009 00:51|
HPT Power Rankings (Week 2)
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-1): So far, the Pens are avoiding the Stanley Cup hangover. Despite a 2.70 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury is undefeated.
2. Calgary Flames (4-1-0): Rene Bourque leads the team with seven points, but Dion Phaneuf is a minus-4. As a team, the Flames look pretty solid: They won the first two rounds of the Battle of Alberta and defeated the Montreal Canadiens, before dropping a 5-2 decision to the Dallas Stars.
3. New York Rangers (4-1-0): By blanking the Ducks 3-0, the Blueshirts matched the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames for most wins in the league. Marian Gaborik leads the team with four goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in just five games.
4. Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-1): The Flyers improved to 3-0 by defeating Washington on Tuesday. After that, the Orange Crush dropped a 5-4 decision to the Penguins and a 3-2 loss to the Ducks. Jeff Carter is starting to catch fire. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the team’s first five games.
5. San Jose Sharks (3-2-0): Why did it take so long for someone to trade for Dany Heatley? The Heater has 10 points in five games. Thursday he scored a hat trick against the Blue Jackets, then he added a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Joe Thornton also has 10 points (goal, nine assists), and his chemistry with Heatley is looking pretty darn good.
6. Washington Capitals (2-2-1): Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom are all producing at least a point per game so far. Backstrom is looking like a top-line center and Ovechkin is on pace for a 164-point season. The starting goalie position is still up for grabs; Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov have that motivation to play 100 percent every night.
7. Chicago Blackhawks (2-1-1): Jonathan Toews has one point in his first four games, and needs to play strong while the Hawks wait for Marian Hossa to make his debut. Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg lead the team with six points each. The Hawks visit Calgary today to see if they can halt the Flames.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-1-0): The Blue Jackets have started off the season strong. They spoiled the white out in Glendale by making sure the Coyote faithful didn’t get to hear the goal horn at all. Rick Nash is leading the way with six points.
9. Ottawa Senators (3-1-0): The Sens are starting to impress in the Canadian capital. Young center Peter Regin has three points in his first four games, as he is covering for the lack of production by Alex Kovalev (1 point), Jonathan Cheechoo (1 point), and Milan Michalek (0 points).
10. Boston Bruins (2-2-0): The Bruins got hammered by the Ducks, 6-1 on Thursday. After that, they erased a 3-0 third period deficit to the New York Islanders before winning in a shootout. Tim Thomas has a goals-against average of 4.00. Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron need to step up for the Bruins to climb the divisional ladder.
11. New Jersey Devils (2-2-0): After dropping their first two games to their rivals, Philly and the Rangers, the Devils bounced back to beat the Florida teams. Travis Zajac has been the Devils’ top forward so far, with three goals and strong play on both sides of the puck.
12. Detroit Red Wings (2-2-0): Is age catching up to the Wings? The usual suspects aren’t showing up often on the scoresheet and Kirk Maltby leads the team with three points. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have a combined five points and no goals.
13. St. Louis Blues (2-2-0): The Blues were undefeated in Sweden and are without a win in North America. Keith Tkachuk is providing good leadership and leads the team with six points.
14. Anaheim Ducks (2-2-1): On a supposedly deep offense, too many forwards (Ryan Getzlaf, Todd Marchant, Erik Christensen, Ryan Carter, Andrew Ebbett) have yet to score a goal. The Ducks pounded the Bruins 6-1 last week but were shut out by the Rangers 3-0 at the Garden two days later. Jonas Hiller and Jean-Sebastian Giguere are splitting the goaltending duties so far.
15. Los Angeles Kings (3-1-0): If the kids keep producing at this pace, the Kings will make the playoffs. Anze Kopitar is coming into his own, scoring nine points in the team’s first four games. Drew Doughty and Alexander Frolov are operating at a point per game pace and Jonathan Quick is looking like a solid starter.
16. Vancouver Canucks (1-3-0): The Canucks fell to 0-3 after a loss to Columbus, then embarrassed Montreal by a score of 7-1. But fans have their finger over the panic button again, as Daniel Sedin is out for four weeks with a broken foot.
17. Montreal Canadiens (2-3-0): In case you are visiting Montreal this winter, they have built a new rollercoaster. After starting 2-0, the Habs have lost three straight, including that 7-1 loss to the Canucks. Brian Gionta needs help on the front end. Scott Gomez has three points though five games.
18. Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1): The Sabres are playing some boring hockey to start the season, scoring four goals and letting up three in four games. Derek Roy leads the team with two assists. If Ryan Miller wasn’t playing out of his mind, the Sabres would be in trouble.
19. Dallas Stars (1-0-2): The Stars are facing a Daniel Sedin-less Canucks squad Sunday. James Neal is leading the team in points (4) on a roster that doesn’t seem to be very deep. Nicklas Grossman is plus-6 despite having no points.
20. Edmonton Oilers (2-1-1): Newcomer Mike Comrie is acclimating himself well to Edmonton, leading the team with four points. Losing Sheldon Souray for an extended period of time will be devastating to the blue line. Shawn Horcoff (one point) has yet to get things going.
21. Colorado Avalanche (2-1-1): After starting the season 2-0, the Avs have dropped two straight. But things are looking up: Bernie the St. Bernard has arrived. The team may be terrible, but now everyone has something cute and furry to look at.
22. Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-0): The Hurricanes are on a 2-1 swing after losing their first two games of the season. After having a great playoffs, Eric Staal is struggling with two points in five games. Cam Ward has started every game so far, as the Canes need his steady presence while the rest of the team gets it together.
23. Atlanta Thrashers (2-1-0): Ilya Kovalchuk has five goals in three games. Ondrej Pavelec has played every game in goal so far for the Thrashers. The team has five days off as they wait for the Devils to stroll into Hotlanta at the end of the week.
24. Nashville Predators (2-1-0): 22-year-old Patric Hornqvist is an impressive youngster. He shares the team lead in goals with Jason Arnott (four points). Hornqvist only played 28 NHL games last season, but is looking to win a roster spot for the full year. Dan Ellis (1.92 GAA) and Pekka Rinne (1.02) and going to battle for the starting spot this year.
25. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-2): Was it a mistake that neither Martin St. Louis or Vincent Lecavalier participated in the team’s shootout loss to the Devils on Thursday? They don’t have historically impressive shootout stats, but have two of the best pairs of hands in the league. Steven Stamkos is playing like a veteran and is developing a lethal shot while, besides some rookie mistakes, Victor Hedman is looking like a top pairing D-man.
26. Phoenix Coyotes (2-2-0): After a 2-0 start, the Coyotes are now 2-2. They sold out the home opener by promoting it as a “whiteout” — everyone in the stands in white shirts — in support of the club staying in Glendale. But how far will it go toward keeping the team from moving? Radim Vrbata has been the Coyotes' best player so far, with three goals in four games.
27. Minnesota Wild (1-3-0): Things in the State of Hockey aren’t looking so swell to begin the season. Jacques Lemaire might be feeling remorseful if he takes a look at how his old team is doing in the standings. On the bright side, Marty Havlat has five points in four games.
28. Florida Panthers (1-3-0): The Panthers are going through a three-game losing streak, as no one is really stepping up on this club. Scott Clemmensen, who was dealing with a family emergency, will get a chance to prove himself this week. Nathan Horton has zero points in four games and is a minus-4.
29. Toronto Maple Leafs (0-3-1): Some bad signs: Francois Beauchemin is a minus-5 and five players share the team lead with just three points. Their only point came during an overtime loss to the Canadiens on opening night.
30. New York Islanders (0-0-3): The Islanders have yet to have a game decided in regulation, losing thrice by shootout. John Tavares leads the team with 5 points in three games as he is fast becoming the club's best player. Dwayne Rolson and Martin Biron are still battling for the starting spot on the Island. Brendan Witt (minus-5) should be a good shut-down defenseman, but will need to play better for his team to start winning games.
|Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2009 07:21|