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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Tuesday October 9, 2007 2:33PM; Updated: Tuesday October 9, 2007 10:39PM
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Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

NHL Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
21 16
Dallas Stars (1-2-0)
What to make of them? One night after routing the Bruins at home, they got hammered by the Preds. Sure, backup Mike Smith was between the pipes, but that doesn't excuse the offense from pulling a no-show. We knew coming in that goals would be at a premium with this club, but for a defense-oriented team to give up four or more goals in two of three games is a bad sign.
22 26 With his goal on Saturday night Alexander Ovechkin increased his career total to 99, with 101 assists, in 165 games. No Cap had ever arrived at the 200-point plateau so quickly. Among active NHL players only the Pens' Sidney Crosby got there in fewer games (142). Now all A.O. has to do is carry this team into the playoffs.
23 21 Saturday saw them earn their first win in Phoenix in 10 years. Making things even nicer: The B's play their first five games on the road against Pacific teams. After that they don't play another game this season outside the Eastern time zone. They may have to go this week without Marc Savard, who is day-to-day with a slight groin strain.
24 17 How long will it take before they find their identity? It appears as though they want to be aggressive and fast, but they've been outskated and outworked in their first two games. "It's going to take a little time to adjust, we've got lots of new guys and we're trying to find the chemistry on the lines," Marian Hossa told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
25 28 Memo to the Flyers: Thanks. Geoff Sanderson and Joni Pitkanen, both shipped out of Philly during the offseason, faced their former team for the first time and combined for three goals in a 5-3 win on Saturday. "I'm not going to lie to you, it's sweet," Sanderson said.
26 22 Saturday night at the Staples Center saw a rarity: For only the fourth time in NHL history a player (the Kings' Brady Murray) competed in a regular-season game against a team coached by his father (the Blues' Andy Murray). Dad knows best. St. Louis left L.A. with a 5-3 win -- its first of the season.
27 27 There's a definite pattern with Martin Havlat: shoulder surgery in 2005-06, in 2006-07 and quite possibly in 2007-08. After he injured it again in the opener, a third surgery for the 26-year-old winger is a distinct possibility. Some good news for 'Hawks fans: Rookie phenom Jonathan Toews debuts this week.
28 24 I thought Tomas Vokoun was brought in to shore up the goaltending situation. The veteran surrendered five goals on 24 shots in Thursday's opener. He got only slightly better Saturday, giving up four on 24 shots. "He hasn't done the job, that's the bottom line," coach Jacques Martin said. "But it's a long season and I think he's going to have a lot of games." Good or bad?
29 29 For a squad seeking some semblance of cohesiveness with seven newcomers and four players making their NHL debuts, any loss to injury is a big loss. Such is the case with defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who led the Coyotes in ice time last season, but will be out 4-6 weeks after breaking his left hand.
30 30 Maybe a full campaign under Ken Hitchcock is just what this team needs. After finishing 26th on the power play last season, the Jackets may have figured things out -- through two games -- with four PP scores, good for fifth in the NHL. If you're wondering, the PK has been perfect (11-for-11).

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