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Eric Stephens’ NHL power rankings (Oct. 9, 2017)

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Eric Stephens

Given the pretty favorable response to the debut of our weekly NHL power rankings, we decided to do them once again. And we’ll continue to do so throughout the season. That’s the plan, at least.

As you’ll see, the rankings fluctuated pretty wildly from Week 1 to Week 2. That’ll happen when only two or three games (or even one) have been played. So we expect there will be some overreaction to where your team has been placed. After all, October is Overreaction Season.

Here is a reminder that your team’s season is not over and the Stanley Cup isn’t being handed out on Wednesday. Otherwise, enjoy! (Records through Sunday’s games and last week’s ranking are listed).

1. Toronto (2-0-0) – The Maple Leafs hadn’t scored seven goals in each of their first two games since 1917. That’s 100 years, folks. Old man Patrick Marleau is fitting right in with the kids. (8)

2. Chicago (2-0-0) – Tough to keep the Blackhawks from the No. 1 spot after hanging 10 on the champs and then routing Columbus. Now they go to Toronto for an early marquee matchup. (12)

3. Washington (2-0) – Guess those reports of Alex Ovechkin entering the downside of his fabulous career were a bit premature. First player in 100 years to open season with back-to-back hat tricks. (11)

4. Pittsburgh (1-1-1) – Penguins restored order with a decisive home win over Nashville in Stanley Cup rematch after Chicago woke them out of hangover with a 10-1 walloping. (1)

5. Ducks (1-0-1) – They’ve led for all of 3 minutes, 30 seconds in their two games but still managed three out of four points and now their injured stars are slowly on their way back. (4)

6. St. Louis (2-0-0) – Another injury-plagued team that’s been resilient. New captain Alex Pietrangelo scored twice on opening […]    

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