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The NHL Power Rankings- Week #5

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 22, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the first period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

19. Winnipeg Jets 5-5-0: People outside Canada might not know this but Dustin Byfuglien is playing well. He has 7 assists on the season, he still is missed on the Blackhawks powerplay unit.

18. Montreal Canadiens 6-5:  The Canadiens have scored two 1 goals in two games. They have lost by the score  2-0 twice  in a row now. I thought all teams in Canada knew you have to score goals to win games. I guess not.

17. Carolina Hurricanes 4-4: Yes Carolina is in 2nd place in the Metropolitan division but aside from the Penguins, the division is very bad. Carolina played well against the Blackhawks but lost in the shootout.

16. New York Islanders 4-4-3: The Islander exercised some demons with a late rally against the Penguins. A Major question: Evgeni Nabokov take them to the promise land.? I saw a rumor that Ryan Miller should be traded for by the Islanders. I think that is a great IDEA!

15. Nashville Predators 6-4-1: Pekka Rinne is out with a hip injury requiring surgery. Carter Hutton is 2-0 with 1.37 goals against this season in relief of Pekka Rinne. Seth Jones has 2 goals and 3 assists in 11 games. Pekka who?? Oh and Viktor Stalberg can’t crack the lineup either!

14.  Minnesota Wild 5-3-3: A name to watch on the Wild is Jason Pominville. He only played in 10 regular season games with the Wild and had 4 goals last season. In 11 games this season he already has 4 goals. He lead the DRUBBING of the Blackhawks Saturday 5-3.

13. Phoenix Coyotes 7-3-2:  Martin Hanzal is off to an impressive start this season with 4 goals and 6 assists. Last season in 39 games, he scored 11 goals and 12 assists. He is a big reason for Phoenix’s success.

12. Detroit Red Wings 6-4-2: The Red Wings have gone through a little bit of dry spell this week. At one point they scored 3 goals in 3 games.  Mike Babcock is trying to remedy the scoring woes by splitting up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

11. Tampa Bay Lighting 7-3-0: In his last 139 games, Steven Stamkos has 96 goals. That is unreal, ultimately the Lighting will go as far as Ben Bishop takes them. Hopefully for Bishop’s sake he doesn’t give up too many more of these type of goals this year!