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NHL Power Rankings- Week #1

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory after the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at the United Center. Chicago won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014-2015 NHL season began on Wednesday October 8th. Here is the initial Sunday Morning Power Rankings for Week 1. There will be no records posted this week because it is the first week of the season and the records are not important YET.

30 Buffalo Sabres: The great debate in Buffalo is to TANK or NOT TO TANK. Regardless of the Sabres team philosophy, they are going to be very bad. Last season they were 21-51-10.

29. Carolina Hurricanes: They were 24th in the league last season and did NOTHING this offseason. Cam Ward had a rough year last season. Ward was 30-10-12 with 3.06 goals against average and .898 save percentage. The Canes lost Jordan Staal to a broken leg for most of the season. The Canes were 36-35-11 last season.

28. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have some nice players in Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, and Evander Kane, but they are a bad team. The Jets also might have the worst goal tending duo in all of hockey. When are people going to stop saying anything good about Ondrej Pavelec? His career save percentage is .906 that is not good. The Jets did hire Paul Maurice but is he enough to permanently turn around the Jets?? They were 37-35-10 last season.

27. Calgary Flames: The Flames went out and shored up their goalie position by adding Jonas Hiller. They have some good young players in John (Hockey) Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, but that is not enough to overcome some their short comings. The Flames were 35-40-7 last season.

26. Florida Panthers: The Panthers will more competitive because of some their free agent additions. The Panthers added Dave Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, and Shawn Thornton to the mix. They do have potential young stars in Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad. The Panthers will be in more games this season than in years past, but still won’t be good.

25. Edmonton Oilers: Could this be the year the Oilers take a step forward? Is their goalie duo of Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth any good? There are more questions about the Oilers than there are answers for the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl is a player to watch for the Oilers this season.

24. Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes changed their name from Phoenix to Arizona. They also changed their roster this offseason. They lost their top two goal scorers from last season in Radim Vrbata and Mike Riberio. Can Martin Erat, Sam Gagner, and Shane Doan make up the slack?