Washington’s Dmitry Orlov sends Colorado’s Matt Duchene head over heels with a crunching hip check on Tuesday. (Getty Images).

(Through Thursday's games. Season-opening rankings in parenthesis.)

1. Washington Capitals. Go find the video of Orlov's hip check on Avs' Duchene. A '70s classic. (4)

2. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos' last-second equalizer vs. Panthers was pure #sickmitts. (2)

3. Pittsburgh Penguins. Burgh holding its breath over 87's latest concussion issue. (1)

4. St. Louis Blues. Went 3-1-1 in first five, losing in regulation only at Edmonton. (8)

5. Edmonton Oilers. Surprised McLellan blew his stack after first loss. Chill pill needed. (21)

6. Vancouver Canucks. Might be worst 4-0 team in NHL history: Four one-goal wins, no first-period goals. (29)

7. Montreal Canadiens. Started 3-0-1 with Montoya looking strong in place of Price. (12)

8. Colorado Avalanche. Think coaching makes a difference? Bednar already has wins over Stars, Pens and Bolts. (22)

9. Dallas Stars. Quick start for Seguin with five points in four games. (3)

10. Minnesota Wild. Improved to 14-0-2 in home openers with comeback win over Jets (17)

11. Boston Bruins. Orr's debut 50 years ago celebrated at home opener. (15)

12. Nashville Predators. Beat Hawks with all three goals on power play, including Subban's first. (5)

13. San Jose Sharks. Blew 2-0 third-period lead in Cup final rematch at Pittsburgh. (6)

14. Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa is 44th player to 500 career goals. (7)

15. Florida Panthers. Trocheck's delayed shootout goal in Tampa went viral and no one knows how it counted. (10)

16. New York Rangers. Vesey gets first career goal in win over Sharks. (14)

17. Detroit Red Wings. Beat Ottawa in final Joe Louis home opener to finish 21-12-2 in curtain-raisers. (18)

18. Winnipeg Jets. Host Heritage Classic against Oilers outdoors Sunday at home oF CFL's Blue Bombers. (26)

19. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews and Marner look awesome up front. Andersen does not in goal. (28)

20. Buffalo Sabres. Oh-so-close to a five- or six-point Western roadie. (20)

21. Arizona Coyotes. Chycrun already looking like a steal at No. 16. (23)

22. Carolina Hurricanes. Blew 3-goal leads in losses at Winnipeg and Vancouver to start six-game trip. (24)

23. Ottawa Senators. Where are the fans? Just over 11,000 announced for win over Coyotes. (25)

24. Anaheim Ducks. Snapped 0-3-1 run to start season with win in Philly. (11)

25. Philadelphia Flyers. Emotional ceremony to honor late owner Snider at home opener. (16)

26. Calgary Flames. Heat has to go up on replacement for Saddledome now that Edmonton has opened new palace. (27)

27. New York Islanders. Pegged them for quick drop this year and they started 1-3. (13)

28. Los Angeles Kings. Need goalie help fast with Quick out 2-3 months. (9)

29. New Jersey Devils. Scored just six goals in first four games. (19)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. Torts after home spanking by Bruins: "We're not close." (30).


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