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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; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

The top 10 is a mix of familiar faces and surprises

. Tampa Bay Lightning. 10. team. 23. Despite three consecutive losses to Montreal, New Jersey and the New York Rangers, the Lightning, led by <strong><a rel=. 5-4-0

72. Rebuild? Detroit doesn’t have time for that! <strong><a rel=. 6-4-0. . Detroit Red Wings. 9. team

19. This is definitely not the start many had anticipated for the Caps offensively, but there’s plenty of time for <strong><a rel=. 5-2-1. . Washington Capitals. 8. team

99. The Blues are in desperate need of some goals as they have managed to score three in the past three contests. <strong><a rel=. 5-2-2. . St. Louis Blues. 7. team

95. The Rangers are a much faster team than in previous years and are proving to be very sound offensively. They lead the league in goals per game with 3.89 GPG and have yet to be shut out. They also put on an absolute clinic against the Lightning.. 6-3-0. . New York Rangers. 6. team

Sitting on top of the Central Division, the Wild have been on a tear throughout the first nine games. Perhaps the most impressive stat has been <strong><a rel=. 6-2-1. . Minnesota Wild. 5. team. 98

4. team. 120. After starting the season 2-3-0, the reigning Western Conference champs have seemingly found their stride as they sit just behind Edmonton in the standings. Winners of three straight home contests, captain <strong><a rel=. 6-3-0. . San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins. 3. team. 92. Will they be able to complete the repeat as Stanley Cup champs? It’s way too early to tell, but they’re definitely off to a decent start. <strong><a rel=. 6-2-1.

Edmonton Oilers. 2. team. 148. <strong><a rel=. (7-2-0).

152. This is the only team without a loss in regulation. Shea Weber and the new-look Habs are certainly on streak of dominance in the Atlantic Division. And lets not forget, goaltender <strong><a rel=. 8-0-1. . Montreal Canadiens. 1. team

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