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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 2-0
▲ 5
Shutout victories in their first two games. Maybe having a team captain is really overrated.
2 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 2-0
▲ 2
As long as Andrew Shaw is able to be an effective second line center, the pressure will be off of Brad Richards.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 3-0
▲ 7
Montreal opened the season 3-0, including a big comeback win over Philadelphia. It looks like P.K. Subban was worth every nickel.
4 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 1-1
▼ 2
The 1-2 center ice punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler is working as planned. The Ducks are on their way.
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0
▲ 8
New GM, new head coach and apparently, a new Sidney Crosby. Sid is piling up points early on.
6 New York Islanders New York Islanders 2-0
▲ 13
There was a lot of hype and optimism surrounding this team. Brock Nelson has three goals and three assists. If he continues on a good pace, he will make a great complement to John Tavares.
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 2-0
▲ 1
Minnesota busted out of the gate by decisively beating the Colorado Avalanche twice. It is early, but they have yet to allow a goal this season.
8 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 0-1-1
▼ 5
They have a great roster, but it may take a little time before the team really begins to click. The Stars have scored only three goals in two games played, despite their scoring depth.
9 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 1-2
▼ 4
The scoring woes continue. Bruins only have three goals in three games, but have allowed seven, including four in a shutout loss to Washington. It is still early, but the situation could escalate quickly.
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 1-1-1
▼ 9
It took three games for the defending champs to get their first win. Now we will see what they can do with all the firepower they have.
11 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0-1
▼ 4
Now that goaltender Ben Bishop is back healthy, the best way to describe this team is "scary good." Tampa has a great chance to become the best team in the conference.
12 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 2-0
▲ 2
Nashville won their first two games of the season. With a goal against avg of 1.50, and a .923 save percentage, goaltender Pekka Rinne looks like he is back in top form.
13 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 1-1
▲ 2
It is early, but Paul Stastny leads the team in scoring. Quite possibly, he was exactly what they needed. This week they will run the gauntlet, with games against Los Angeles, Arizona and Anaheim.
14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 2-0
▲ 3
The Ryan Miller era has begun in earnest. Considering his less than stellar .889 save percentage so far, it is safe to say the jury is still out. The Sedin brothers have combined for eight points in two games.
15 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 0-2-1
▼ 6
The Flyers are off to another slow start. When they snap out of it is anyone's guess, but it will happen. There is a lot of talent on this roster.
16 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0
The Blue Jackets have started the season as though they have every intention of making it back to the postseason. Newcomer Scott Hartnell is providing the offensive spark they had hoped for.
17 New York Rangers New York Rangers 1-2
▼ 5
The Rangers must avoid falling into bad habits, like not playing defensively responsible hockey. Over the years, goalie Henrik Lundqvist has spoiled this team by bailing them out so often.
18 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 1-2
Are these the 2013 playoff Maple Leafs or the 2014 Maple Leafs who tanked? Good tests against Colorado and Detroit coming up this week.
19 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 1-1
▲ 1
The biggest question is in goal. Mike Smith has not been the same goalie he was in 2012, when the team made the run to the conference final. In fact, he may be supplanted by backup goalie Devan Dubnyk.
20 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 2-0
▲ 5
The Devils are never far from getting back into playoff contention. Their legacy of defense first is still serving them well.
21 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 1-0-1
▲ 7
If the team can get a full honest effort from Alex Ovechkin every game, they could make some noise. Enigmatic defenseman Mike Green will also need to find his game.
22 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 0-2
▼ 11
The Avs have followed up a horrendous preseason with two straight shutout losses to open the regular season. They miss Paul Stastny at center ice.
23 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 1-2
▲ 1
The Jets are not far away from being a playoff team. With consistent goaltending, they have a legitimate shot.
24 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 1-1
▼ 3
The next stage of Erik Karlsson's development will be to become the next true leader of this team, and get them back to the postseason.
25 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 1-1
▼ 3
The quest for a 24th straight playoff berth has begun. They beat Boston on opening night and then lost a heartbreaker to Anaheim. There’s a rematch with Boston coming up this week.
26 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 0-1-1
▼ 3
They are building something here in south Florida, but can it be built before 35 year old goalie Roberto Luongo is truly past his prime?
27 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 0-2
▼ 1
The Canes will always have 2006. For now, their fans will have to be content to show up at the games, not knowing what kind of effort the team will put forth. If they do play to their full potential, they could compete for a playoff berth.
28 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 1-2
▼ 1
The Flames have played three games and their only win came against Edmonton. They may have to once again settle for just being the Kings of Alberta. This team has a long way to go.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 0-2
The season is young, and the Sabres are winless. Everyone loves consistency.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 0-1-1
Some things never change. Just two games into the season and the Oilers already have the NHL's highest goals against average.
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