NHL: Power Rankings
Here’s your top 5 as of 10/23/2014.
5) Los Angeles Kings – Winners of 4 straight, but have been badly outplayed the past 2 games. Need to get back to the puck possession game that the Champs are so good at. Jonathan Quick has been on the mark in the early going and “That 70s Line” (Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter & Tanner Pearson) has been leading the way offensively with 20 points combined.
4) Montreal Canadiens – They sit atop the Eastern Conference with 12 points, only 1 loss in 7 games to start the season. Coming off a big win over division rival the Detroit Red Wings. Tomas Plekanec has 8 points to lead the Habs in scoring in the early going and fellow center Alex Galchenyuk has added 7 points and appears to be on track to have a breakout season.
3) Nashville Predators – A bounce back season was expected, but the Preds have been off to an outstanding start with no regulation losses in their first 6 games of the season. They currently sit at 4-0-2 as they host the equally hot Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. Filip Forsberg is off to a fast start with 5 points and is showing in the early going why he was a pre-season favorite for the Calder Trophy, “Rookie of the Year.”
2) Chicago Blackhawks – Off to a quick start at 4-0-1. The usual suspects are leading the way offensively with Patrick Sharp supplying 6 points and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each with 5. Star winger Marian Hossa and newcomer Brad Richards each have only 1 point in the clubs first 5 games.
1) Anaheim Ducks – After losing their first game, the Ducks have won 6 straight behind a very potent offensive attack and superb goaltending from Frederik Andersen. Winger Corey Perry already has 2 hat tricks on the season and 8 total goals. Along with Ryan Getzlaf, they each have 10 points to lead the club in the early going. Newcomer Ryan Kesler has been a welcome addition to the club’s 2nd line with 6 points.