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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses.

1. Washington Capitals. Hottest start of Ovechkin's career puts him back on path to 50 again. (5)

2. Chicago Blackhawks. Quenneville hot over penalty for failed toenail challenge. (6)

3. St. Louis Blues.  Pieterangelo averaging over 26 minutes on blueline during 4-1 start. (17)

4. Detroit Red Wings. Got to 4-1 with impressive win at Vegas. (26)

5. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Fast start derailed in taking beating from Devils. (7)

6. Columbus Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky didn’t surrender a goal for his first 108 minutes, 45 seconds. (8)

7. Tampa Bay Lightning. Koekkoek's first two NHL goals spark comeback against Pens. (9)

8. Colorado Avalanche. Eight points already. Nobody figured that. (30)

9. Vegas Golden Knights. Brilliant start in all areas in city's time of need. (31)

10. Ottawa Senators. Picking up right where they left off last spring by opening 2-0-2. (18)

11. New Jersey Devils. Not your father's Devils the way they play a speed game. (28)

12. Los Angeles Kings. Eden's Iafallo is an incredible story on top line. (22)

Finding a home on Kings' top line, Eden's Alex Iafallo is pumped to meet Sabres

13. Pittsburgh Penguins. Got two wins after opening with two losses but still giving up goals in bushels. (1)

14. Florida Panthers. Trocheck's shortie keyed silencing of Blues. (25)

15. Calgary Flames. Jagr's debut spoiled by 6-0 loss to Senators. (16)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. Simmonds rings up opening night hat trick. (20)

17. Winnipeg Jets. Played a sound two-way game in silencing McDavid, whipping Oilers. (24)

18. Nashville Predators. Pulled out emotional home opener over Flyers with two late PP goals. (3)

19. Carolina Hurricanes. Sold out home opener,  didn't draw 8,000 for second game.  (14)

20. Anaheim Ducks. Will be in a poor mood as Sabres arrive Sunday after Friday's no-show in Denver.  (4)

21. Minnesota Wild.  Sudden injury epidemic up front with Coyle, Niederreiter, Foligno all out. (12)

22. Edmonton Oilers. Poor effort against Winnipeg contributes to 1-2 start. (2)

23. San Jose Sharks.  Were very beatable in grinding out win over Sabres. (11)

24. Vancouver Canucks. At age 37, Sedins need to be role players and not centerpieces. (27)

25. Boston Bruins. Have been very mediocre in first three games. (19)

26. New York Islanders. Plans bubbling for new arena near Belmont Park. (21)

27. Dallas Stars. Like Sabres' Housley, Hitchcock finding early struggles implementing new system. (10)

28. Montreal Canadiens. Panic mode already setting in as offense simply can't produce, with five goals in four games. (15)

29. New York Rangers.  You wonder if Lundqvist & Co. are getting old all at once. (13)

30. Buffalo Sabres. No way anyone expected this ugly a start. (23)

31. Arizona Coyotes. Were cannon fodder for two of Golden Knights' wins. (29)

 

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