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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 5-1
▲ 3
Five straight wins. They defeated Detroit, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Minnesota and St. Louis by a combined score of 17-7.
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1
▲ 3
New coach, new GM, no problem for Sidney Crosby and company.
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 2-0
▼ 2
San Jose came crashing back down to earth in a Sunday shutout loss to the Rangers, but that is only one game. The team seems to have good focus and energy.
4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 3-0-1
▼ 2
Chicago’s still going strong, but the whole second-line center thing is becoming an issue. Still, with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, they are awfully tough.
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 4-1-1
▲ 5
Four straight wins. Goalie Jonathan Quick is beginning what could quite possibly be a run at this year's Vezina trophy.
6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 5-1
▼ 3
P.K. Subban continues to be the heart and soul of the team. Tomas Plekanec has four goals in six games.
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 4-1
▼ 1
The offseason addition of Johnny Boychuk has really steadied the defensive corps. Goalie Jaroslav Halak provides stability in goal. All is well on the island.
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 4-1
▲ 16
Maybe last season was just a really bad dream. Whatever it was, it looks like the 2013 Ottawa team has returned.
9 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 2-1-2
▼ 1
The team still has not gelled. They have allowed more goals than they've scored and goalie Kari Lehtonen was underwhelming in the team's recent meltdown loss to Philadelphia.
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1-1
▲ 1
Missing last season's playoffs may have created a monster. Goalie Ben Bishop has been terrific with a .933 save percentage. Steven Stamkos is on a goal-a-game pace. They are awaiting news on injured forward Victor Hedman.
11 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 3-0-2
▲ 1
Nashville is still undefeated in regulation. Goalie Pekka Rinne has a ridiculous .949 save percentage. Good tests against Arizona, Chicago and Pittsburgh this week.
12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 2-2
▼ 5
They may not get the results every night, but there is no shortage of effort. This will pay off in the long run.
13 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 3-4
▼ 4
Their lack of scoring punch was not a problem when they were one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Things have changed.
14 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 2-2-1
▼ 1
Blues are solid, but recent losses to Los Angeles and Anaheim illustrates the team's continued troubles with top teams.
15 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 3-0-2
▲ 6
Washington is playing much better hockey than last season. Alex Ovechkin not only has five goals, but also a plus/minus rating of +1.
16 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2
Is Columbus for real? Upcoming games against San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles will be quite revealing.
17 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 3-2
▲ 3
The Devils are very close to becoming a legitimate playoff threat. With five goals in five games, newcomer Michael Cammalleri has fit right in.
18 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 3-1
▼ 4
Recently, their 12-year home game sellout streak was broken. Do Canucks fans know something the rest of us do not?
19 New York Rangers New York Rangers 3-3
▼ 2
After a slow start to the season, goalie Henrik Lundqvist was terrific in shutting out San Jose. Also, Rick Nash seems to have regained his All-Star form.
20 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 3-1-1
▲ 5
They may not make the playoffs this season, but one thing is for sure: they will not go quietly.
21 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 4-3
▲ 7
Goalie Jonas Hiller gives them the solid netminder they have lacked since Mikka Kiprusoff called it quits after the 2013 season. Good goaltending builds team confidence.
22 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 2-3-1
▼ 4
Top line of Ryan Bozak, Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk is solid. After that, there are many question marks, including the goaltenders.
23 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 1-2-2
▼ 8
Philly finally picked up a win with a dramatic comeback against Dallas. A team with this much talent shouldn't need to be jump-started every year, but that's just how the Flyers do things.
24 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 2-2
▼ 5
Goalie Mike Smith has a 5.34 goals against avg and a .822 save percentage. It may soon be time to declare him 'belly-up' and go in another direction.
25 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 1-4
▼ 2
The Jets are not getting the scoring or the goaltending they need. This could be a long season.
26 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 1-4-1
▼ 4
It is hard to believe that Paul Stastny was that much of a spark plug, but this team has done absolutely nothing since his departure.
27 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 1-2-2
▼ 1
After five games, the team is averaging just one goal per game. Until this gets fixed, there should not be any mention of the competency of their goaltending.
28 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 0-2-2
▼ 1
So far, there is nothing here which can be classified as a hurricane. Maybe a light wind mixed with heavy drizzle, but nothing more.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 1-5
It is not about players being unwilling to play or underperforming. There just isn't that much talent on this roster.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 0-4-1
Playing hockey which is this fundamentally bad, especially in Canada, is a travesty.
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