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NHL Power Rankings- Week #4

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 30, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center

Jonathan Toews

(19) and right wing

Marian Hossa

(81) are seen following the 1000th career point scored by Hossa in their game against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Senators 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

This week in the NHL, Marian Hossa became the 80th player all time to record 1,000 or more points. Alexandre Burrows was suspended 3 games for the illegal hit to the head of Alexei Emelin, and Aaron Ekblad scored his first goal and the Rangers lost two more players to injury. This was a tough week to rank teams because everyone is still bunched together. The middle of the list was jumbled up again this week.

Onto the rankings:

30. Carolina Hurricanes 1-6-2: The Canes got THEIR FIRST WIN of the season. The Canes defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-0, and Cam Ward recorded his first shutout since March 27, 2012. Elias Lindholm the Canes first round pick in 2013, collected two goals this week. The Canes are looking UP which is the only way to look at the very bottom!

29. Buffalo Sabres 2-9-1: The Sabres have only defeated the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks this season. On Halloween the Sabres assigned Sam Reinhart back to the WHL. Reinhart had struggled in the NHL only recording one assist and only had three shots on goal. Reinhart has dominated the WHL scoring 105 points their last season  in which he has 101 goals in 203 WHL games.

28. Arizona Coyotes 3-6-1: The Coyotes have been awful on the road this season with a 0-4-1 on the road. Arizona did yield the Carolina Hurricanes their first win of the season. Arizona is 26th in the league in goals for and 24th in goals against per hockey reference which leads to all signs leading to a bad season in the dessert.

27. Edmonton Oilers 4-6-1: If the Oilers want to improve this season, they need to beat teams within their own division. The Oilers have never defeated Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller in his career. Now the Oilers could be getting a jump offensively as propect Iiro Pakarinen could be called up soon.

26. Columbus Blue jackets 4-7-0: The Blues Jackets have been plagued by injuries. Their all world goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is out with a broken finger. Defenseman James Wisniewski is also out with a broken finger. The Blue Jackets got more bad news as it was  announced that Nathan Horton is out with a back injury with the Horton back injury could force him into retirement.

25. Philadelphia Flyers 4-5-2: The Flyers have lost two in a row this week and goalie Steve Mason has yet to record a win this season. Mason is 0-4-1 this season. Vincent Lecavalier did return this past week after missing seven games with an ankle injury. Another reason for the Flyers struggles, they are 1-19 on the power play in their last six games.