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NHL Power Rankings-Week #2

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 17, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) battles Vancouver Canucks center Linden Vey (7) for the puck in the third period of the game at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Steve Alkok-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014-2015 NHL season completed its first full week of the season. We had a Steven Stamkos hat trick, Henrik Zetterberg four assists night, Jonas Hiller stopped 49 shots vs. the Blackhawks and much more. These power rankings team rose and fell with a great frequency. After a few weeks we will see things stabilize in the ranking but for now enjoy the ebbs and flows of your team in the Sunday Morning Power Rankings.

Onto the rankings:

30. Edmonton Oilers 0-4-1: The Oilers are the worst team in the NHL thus far. Experts have questioned their heart and desire to play the game. Could it be the coach?? Right now it looks bleak in Edmonton.

29. Buffalo Sabres 1-5-0: The Sabres are maddening team. They are currently 8th in the league in goals for and they are 29th in Goals against. Jhonas Enroth is 1-4-0 with a 3.34 goals against average.

28. Carolina Hurricanes 0-2-2: The Canes needed Cam Ward to rebound this season; thus far Ward is playing like he did last season.. BAD! Ward is 0-1-1 with a .846 save percentage and 3.87 goals against average. The Canes thus far this season have felt the wrath of the New York Islanders.

27. Winnipeg Jets 1-3-0: The Jets are struggling out of the gate this season. Evander Kane is still out and could be out for another week. Ondrej Pavelec has been alright this season. Pavelec is 1-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average.

26. Colorado Avalanche 1-4-1: What happened to Avalanche? Yes it is only 6 games into a long season but this is not a good start for the Avs. To make matters worse their starting goalie Semyon Varlamov is on injured reserve with a groin injury. Reto Berra was supposed to start in Varlamov’s place but he injured his neck. The Avs’ have turned to Calvin Pickard in the net for now.

25. Arizona Coyotes 2-2-0: The Coyotes are below the league average in goals scored and below average in goals against. That is why they are a below average team. Mike Smith is struggling out of the gate this season. He is 1-2-0 with 5.33 goals against average. Free agent signing Sam Gagner has yet to record a point.

Oct 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller (1) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards (91) during overtime at the United Center. The Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

24. Florida Panthers 1-2-2: The Panthers have been in all of their games this season. They have been more competitive this season. The Panthers should be better this season they spent a ton of money in the offseason. The Panthers could start racking up some wins as they have the AVS, and Coyotes in their next three games.

23. Calgary Flames 3-3-0: The Flames goalie Jonas Hiller seemed to have righted the ship this week. Hiller had been bad in his first two starts and then he stopped 49 of 50 shots against the Blackhawks. The Flames won that game 2-1. Now the Flames are still trying to figure out how to get John Gaudreau going. Johnny Hockey has 0 pts in 5 games this season.

22. Philadelphia Flyers 1-2-2: The Flyers are scoring more than the league average with 17 goals but are allowing more than the league average which is 21. Wayne Simmonds is off to a great start this season. He has 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 pts.

21. New York Rangers 2-3-0: Henrik Lundqvist is the best goalie in the NHL, but his supporting cast is injured and in transition. They have two pieces injured in Derek Stepan and Dan Boyle. They are both out for 4-6 weeks. Their young players Jesper Fast and Kevin Hayes have not produced a point this season. On a positive note, Rick Nash is off to a great start, he has 6 goals and 1 assist thus far.

20. Minnesota Wild 2-1: The Wild fall in the ranking because they only have four points. Darcy Kuemper looks to be the front runner for the starting goalie position. He has two shut out victories over the struggling Colorado Avalanche.