Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Canadiens, Oilers Rolling Early

By Gregory Bradshaw
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi (16) shoots during the second period against Colorado Avalanche at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks have really picked up the pace of late, but what does it mean for our first NHL power rankings of 2016-17?

The ‘Hawks played their best all around game Sunday against the L.A. Kings, in a 3-0 shutout victory. This certainly bodes well for the Blackhawks after a slow start, but how does their recent success affect the teams’ overall ranking throughout the rest of the league?

Let’s take a look with our first NHL power rankings of the 2016-17 season.

121. Will Arizona ever find its game? Probably not, as this season as the team owns the worst record in the NHL.. 2-6-0. . Arizona Coyotes. 30. team

109. <strong><a rel=. 2-4-2. . Carolina Hurricanes. 29. team

28. team. 104. The surprising start to the season was destined to be short-lived as they’ve now lost four straight.. 4-4-1. . Vancouver Canucks

116. Toronto has had a terrible time trying to defend leads, which is only a small fraction of why they have accumulated only two wins on the season. <strong><a rel=. 2-4-3. . Toronto Maple Leafs. 27. team

team. 106. The Islanders picked up a dominant win over Toronto. However, questions with goaltending might result in some issues for a team looking to make its way back to Stanley Cup Playoffs.. 4-5-0. . New York Islanders. 26

151. After a great deal of hype before the season began, the Preds are off to a putrid start with the second worst record in the league. It looks as though Montreal may have won the Weber/Subban trade after all.. 2-5-1. . Nashville Predators. 25. team

3-3-2. . Buffalo Sabres. 24. team. 12. <strong><a rel=

23. team. 68. The Flyers fought tooth and nail against their archrival Pittsburgh Penguins, but ultimately came up short. Philly must tighten up on defense, as it is allowing far too many goals.. 4-5-1. . Philadelphia Flyers

105. The future of Anaheim’s blue line has been secured by a deal struck with young defenseman <strong><a rel=. 3-4-2. . Anaheim Ducks. 22. team

Dallas Stars. 21. team. 119. Injuries have plagued the Stars to begin the season. Not a very good start on the year, and with <strong><a rel=. 3-4-1.

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