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NHL Week 1 Power Rankings

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We are one week through the 2021 NHL Season, and we have seen a lot of various things to start off the year. Please read the complete list of 32 teams, to see if your team is the biggest riser, or dropper, in our CSM NHL Week 1 Power Rankings

32: Arizona Coyotes

Last week: 31, (Dropped 1)

The Arizona Coyotes are already struggling just a week into the new season. With a league’s 2nd worst goal differential, of -10.

31: Montreal Canadiens

Last week: 22, (Dropped 10)

The Canadiens are off to worse start than we thought, with a starting record of 0-4-0. And even worse, their biggest loss came to the Sabres losing by 4.

30: Anaheim Ducks

Last week: 30, (Even)

The Ducks have surprisingly held their ground through the first week of the season, posting a 2-2-0 record. If this type of play keeps up for the Ducks, they could easily be involved in the Pacific Division mix.

29: Detroit Red Wings

Last week: 29, (Even)

Tyler Bertuzzi has been outstanding through his first 3 games played in the season. Bertuzzi started strong by tallying a 4-goal game in the season opener for the Wings.

28: Buffalo Sabres

Last week: 32, (Up 4)

Buffalo has been one of the more surprising teams to start off the year, going 3-0-0 to kick off the 2021 campaign.

27: Ottawa Senators

Last week: 26, (Dropped 1)

The Senators have played ok hockey through their first few games, including an opening upset against the rival Maple Leafs.

26: Nashville Predators

Last week: 25, (Dropped 1)

The Predators have had quite the eventful first week, including giving the Kraken their first ever win, as the league’s 32nd franchise.

25: San Jose Sharks

Last week: 28, (Up 3)

San Jose has somehow found a way to start the season undefeated, although they have only beat two underperforming teams.

24: Chicago Blackhawks

Last week 18, (Dropped 6)

The Blackhawks have had an extremely disappointing 0-4-0 start to the season, with all of the potential this team has. However, Chicago has faced some pretty tough tests to start the season.

23: Columbus Blue Jackets

Last week: 27, (Up 4)

Columbus has shown signs of off-season improvement, especially by putting up eight goals against the league worst Coyotes on opening night.

22: Calgary Flames

Last week: 22, (Even)

The Flames are just as mediocre as we thought they would be. There will definitely need to be some changes in the foreseeable future for Calgary if they want to turn things around.

21: Seattle Kraken

Last week: 16, (Dropped 5)

Seattle has already shown early signs of struggle, but still has plenty of time to turn things around. But if they want to keep pace in the Pacific, things are going to be kept a lot neater.

20: Los Angeles Kings

Last week: 24, (Up 4)

Anze Kopitar, and the Kings have shown that they can hang around with the big kids. LA had a great win upsetting a Stanley Cup contender in Las Vegas.

19: Vancouver Canucks

Last week: 19, (Even)

The Canucks already need a breather this early on in the season. They have already played three games in the first four days of the new season.

18: Winnipeg Jets

Last week: 13, (Dropped 5)

The Jets have now dropped their first 3 games of the season. Not a great start for a playoff hopeful team in 2022.

17: Dallas Stars

Last week: 17, (Even)

The Stars played decent hockey through four games, going 3-1-0. The only problem is Dallas’ offense, which has only put up seven goals in four games.

16: New Jersey Devils

Last week: 23, (Up 7)

The Devils have played fluently well through their first two games. Jack Hughes is also off to a great start, with two goals in two games.

15: New York Rangers

Last week: 14, (Dropped 1)

The Rangers are off to an average start, despite only putting up six goals in their four games played. That’s no really a great number for one of the most underrated offense’s in the league.

14: Philadelphia Flyers

Last week: 20, (Up 6)

Philadelphia has played phenomenal in their first three games, posting a 2-0-1 record. Someone playing even better hockey is Joel Farabee. Farabee put up three goals and three assists, to lead the Flyers in points to start off the season.

13: Vegas Golden Knights

Last week: 4, (Dropped 9)

Vegas has already been riddled with early season injuries. Some of them include team leaders like Max Pacioretty, who’s injury will keep him sidelined for six weeks. Mark Stone who is likely to miss more than a couple of games. Vegas still has a lot of depth and talent to get the job done.

12: Pittsburgh Penguins

Last week: 15, (Up 3)

Pittsburgh has played extremely well, despite all the adversity it has faced. With most of the star players and household names on Pittsburgh’s roster sitting out, they have still shown they can win games, but also against good playoff teams. If this is what the Pens can do with their best players out, just imagine what they can do in the future when everyone is healthy.

11: Edmonton Oilers

Last week: 9, (Dropped 2)

Edmonton has shown signs of the high-powered offense as we know it. The only lingering problem is they defense and goaltending, which could cost them down the line like it has in previous years. 

10: New York Islanders

Last week: 3, (Dropped 7)

New York has dropped tremendously in the rankings, just like Vegas. But, they have already played a rough stretch of 3 games to begin the season. Things possibly only get easier from here for New York.

9: Washington Capitals

Last week: 10. (Up 1)

The Capitals have shown signs of being a cup contender through one week of hockey. It’s too early too tell on whether this play will continue or not. But if the Caps keep their foot on the gas pedal, they should be locked in for a playoff spot.

8: St. Louis Blues

Last week: 11, (Up 3)

The Blues have started off their season 3-0-0, and have already beaten two Western Conference powerhouses doing so. If the Blues keep playing the way they are, they will find their way on the top of the Central Division.

7: Boston Bruins

Last week: 6, (Dropped 1)

The Bruins have already shown signs of struggle without Tuukka Rask. While last night they allowed six goals to the Flyers. Boston will need to find a way to use their goalie tandem correctly, in order to stay at the top of the league.

6: Toronto Maple Leafs

Last week: 8, (Up 2)

Despite going 2-1-1 against not so great teams to start the season, Toronto remains in the Top 10 of the Power Rankings. This team has so much potential and it’s truly All or nothing this year in Toronto.

5: Tampa Bay Lightning

Last week: 1, (Dropped 4)

The Lightning were recently hit with another long term injury for Nikita Kucherov. We’ve all seen this story before…

4: Colorado Avalanche

Last week: 2, (Dropped 4)

The Avalanche’s season has sort of not started the way they wanted it too, going 1-2-0 in their first three games. Despite playing three tough teams all the pieces are on the table here for Colorado, and it only means success.

3: Minnesota Wild

Last week: 12, (Up 9)

The Wild have had a real great start to their season, winning their first three games of the year. They are poised for a breakout season with all of the underrated players on their team. And of those breakout players is Joel Eriksson Ek, who notched a hat trick in the Wild’s OT thriller victory over the Jets, 6-5.

2: Carolina Hurricanes

Last week: 5, (Up 3)

Carolina has played exceptionally well through their first 2 games of the season. Including a 6-3 victory over the Cup Contending, Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov has already shown signs of his mid-season form, tallying three goals and an assist in those two games.

1: Florida Panthers

Last week: 7, (Up 6)

The #1 team stayed in Florida for Week 1, but it’s not in Tampa, it’s in Sunrise. The Panthers are looking like a team we’ve never seen before. Going undefeated against arguably the best teams in the league this year. Aleksander Barkov is also showing signs of the league’s next superstar, posting five points in his three games played. As of now, Florida is looking like an absolute lock for Eastern Conference favorites.

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