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NHL Power Rankings Week #3

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Our hearts go out to the city of Ottawa. The NHL and its franchises should be applauded on how they honored the city of Ottawa after the tragedies. Those displays show us that sports can help heal people after tragedies. This week there was some super prospects who debuted, the Habs continued to win, and every team has lost in regulation.

Onto the rankings:

October 11, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd (16) controls the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

30. Carolina Hurricanes 0-5-2: The Canes have yet to win a game this season. Injuries and poor play are plaguing the Canes. 0-5-2 is the worst start in franchise history. It can only get better right??

29. Edmonton Oilers 3-4-1: The Oilers got hot this week and won three in a row. Jordan Eberle finally scored this week. He recorded two goals against the Hurricanes. The Oilers are faced with a choice now, do they keep prospect Leon Draisaitl or do they send him down to the WHL? He has 1 goal and 2 assists.

28. Buffalo Sabres 2-7-0: The Sabres had been outscored 11-1 on their losing streak. The Sabres snapped their losing streak against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Head Coach Ted Nolan said “The last three games in particular, our work ethic is improving”. The Sabres are going to have to out work teams to win this season.

27. Winnipeg Jets 2-5-0: The Jets lost to the Tampa Lightening despite outshooting them. They are not playing well this season. On a positive note, Andrew Ladd picked up this 199th career assist. He needs just one more goal to 100 with the Jets franchise.

26. Colorado Avalanche 2-4-2: Could the Avs finally be breaking out of their shell? On Friday October 24th, they put up 7 goals against Vancouver. Jarome Iginla scored his first two goals of the season Friday. Good news for the Avs, they face the Jets in their next game. The Avs were 3-0-2 against them last season.

25. Arizona Coyotes 2-3-1: Arizona is 22nd of out 30 teams in goals for this season and 23rd of out 30 teams. The Coyotes are starving for offense this season. They have recalled Justin Hodgman from the AHL. On a positive note, Mike Smith only gave up two goals in their last loss. He had been giving up four goals a game.

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