SB Nation's NHL Power Rankings, Week 3: Surprising Avs Aim For Top Spot

With Dave Tippett behind the bench and the NHL's best defense and goaltending leading the way, the Phoenix Coyotes are off to a surprising start and make their first appearance of the season in our top ten at No. 8. We're also starting to see the standings evening up between the conference rankings and and top 10, although there is still some slight disparity with our voters when it comes to national rankings.

Surprise of the week: The Colorado Avalanche, thought to be in rebuilding mode, sit atop the Western Conference standings and make their season debut in the top ten at No. 3.

PLEASE READ: Western Conference rankings are determined by votes from Western Conference bloggers, Eastern Conference bloggers for Eastern rankings. The Top 10 Power Rankings are determined by a separate vote of Western and Eastern Conference bloggers.

NHL Top Ten Power Rankings

Rank Last Wk Team Record Comments
1 1 Pittsburgh Penguins

A perfect road performance and win back on home ice keeps the Pens a top team in the East.

-Frank of Pensburgh
2 6 New York Rangers

The most prolific offense in the NHL (so far) has lifted the Rangers into a battle with Pittsburgh for Eastern Conference supremacy.

3 - Colorado Avalanche

Craig Anderson and the youngsters have the surprising Avs in 1st in their division.

-David Driscoll-Carignon of Mile High Hockey

4 6 Chicago Blackhawks

Huet is quickly losing fans support and confidence in himself but this team should be able to bail him out enough to regain his composure in the net... we hope.

-Matthew Dirt of Second City Hockey

5 2 Calgary Flames

Despite shaky backup goaltending the Flames are finding ways to win.

6 8 Columbus Blue Jackets

Just one loss all season has the Blue Jackets off to a surprisingly hot start.

7 5 Washington Capitals

With a 2-0-1 homestand, the Caps appear to be back on track (and having the best player on the planet doesn't hurt a bit).

- J.P. of Japers' Rink

8 - Phoenix Coyotes

Strong Defensive play and goaltending have made the Coyotes dominant in their victories so far.

-Travis Hair of Five For Howling

- Buffalo Sabres

The top defensive team in the East, powered by four straight wins last week.

10 - Atlanta Thrashers

Just one loss all season after taking down New Jersey and Buffalo in back to back games.


Eastern Conference

Biggest Winner: Atlanta Thrashers (+5)

Biggest Loser: Philadelphia Flyers(-5)

Eastern Conference Power Rankings

Rk (Prev) Team Record SB Nation Blog
1 (1)
7-1-0 PensBurgh
2 (4)
New York Rangers
7-2-0 Blueshirt Banter
3 (3)
Washington Capitals
4-2-2 Japers' Rink
4 (9)
Atlanta Thrashers
4-1-0 Bird Watchers Anonymous
5 (5)
Buffalo Sabres
4-1-1 Die By The Blade
6 (6)
Ottawa Senators
5-2-0 Silver Seven
7 (2)
Philadelphia Flyers
3-2-1 Broad Street Hockey
8 (8)
New Jersey Devils
4-3-0 In Lou We Trust
9 (7)
Boston Bruins
3-4-0 Stanley Cup of Chowder
10 (10)
Carolina Hurricanes 2-4-1 Canes Country
11 (14)
Florida Panthers
2-4-0 Litter Box Cats
12 (12)
Montreal Canadiens
2-5-0 Habs Eyes On The Prize
13 (11)
Tampa Bay Lightning
2-3-2 Raw Charge
14 (13)
New York Islanders
0-3-3 Lighthouse Hockey
15 (15)
Toronto Maple Leafs
0-6-1 Pension Plan Puppets


Western Conference

Biggest Winner: Phoenix Coyotes (+9)

Biggest Loser: Vancouver Canucks (-6)

Western Conference Power Rankings

Rk (Prev) Team Record SB Nation Blog
1 (4)
Chicago Blackhawks
Second City Hockey
2 (9)
Colorado Avalanche
Mile High Hockey
3 (3)
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Cannon
4 (1)
Calgary Flames
Matchsticks and Gasoline
5 (14)
Phoenix Coyotes
Five For Howling
6 (2)
San Jose Sharks
Fear The Fin
7 (8)
Edmonton Oilers
The Copper & Blue
8 (11)
Dallas Stars
Defending Big D
9 (13)
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Game Time
10 (5)
Detroit Red Wings
Winging It In Motown
11 (7)
Los Angeles Kings
Battle of California
12 (6)
Vancouver Canucks
Nucks Misconduct
13 (10)
Anaheim Ducks
Battle of California
14 (12)
Nashville Predators
On the Forecheck
15 (15)
Minnesota Wild
Hockey Wilderness
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