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NHL Power Rankings- Week #1

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward

Rene Bourque

(17) tries to jam a puck past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender

Jonathan Bernier

(45) at the Air Canada Centre. Montreal defeated Toronto 4-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

23. Toronto Maple Leafs: Randy Caryle is on the hottest seat in the NHL. Caryle is lucky to have his job this season. Can the Leafs recover from that awful collapse last season? Can James Reimer because a serviceable NHL goalie again? The Leafs are filled with questions.

22. Ottawa Senators: The Senators traded away their Captain in Jason Spezza and lost Ales Hemsky in free agency. Did you know the Senators allowed more than three goals per game last season? Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner need to play better this season for the Senators do anything this season.

21. Nashville Predators: The Predators finally addressed some of their scoring issues by adding James Neal, Olli Jokinen, and Mike Riberio. They also might get a lift from Filip Forsberg this season. Their whole season rests on the play Pekka Rinne.

20. Washington Capitals: The Caps are starting over with new Coach Barry Trotz and new defensive additions Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. Can the Capitals defense improve enough to match their offense lead by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom??

19. Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers will be better this season because Claude Giroux can’t start off any worse than last season, right?? Steve Mason is the key to the Flyers success. Steve Mason posted an even strength save percentage of .911 from 2009-13. The league average is .922. In 2013-14, Mason was at a .923. He needs to keep his save percentage up for the Flyers this season.

18. Vancouver Cannucks: The Cannucks cleaned out their coaching staff and GM this offseason. The Cannucks then signed Ryan Miller, traded away Ryan Kesler, and brought in Radim Vrbata. The Cannucks will need the Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin to stay healthy for a full season.