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1. Craig Anderson (Avalanche)

Craig Anderson back-stopped the 2008-09 last place Colorado Avalanche to their best start through October in team history with a record of 10-2-2 which is tops in the NHL believe it or not.

Craig led all goalies in the NHL in starts playing in all 15 games, as well as posting a .938 save percentage. His 2.10 goals against average was good for fourth in the league through October among goalies who started at least 10 games.

October stats: GP 14, Wins 10, Sv% .938, GAA, 2.10, SO 2

On pace: GP 82, Wins 54, Shutouts 10

2. Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals)

Alex went on a goal scoring tear in the month of October. He tied his best month ever with a total of 14 goals scored and 23 points in only 14 games played.

Alex had a total of six games with two or more goals scored which is the first time a player has had achieved this mark in one month since Brett Hull did it in the early 1990’s.

Alex’s success has the Capitals second in the Eastern conference with only two regulation losses which is tops in the NHL.

October stats: GP 14, Goals 14, Assists 9, Points 23

On pace: GP 82, Goals 82, Assists 52, Points 134

3. Dustin Penner (Oilers)

Dustin Penner is finally emerging as the power forward the Oilers expected him to be after signing him to a big offer sheet a few years ago from the Anaheim Ducks.

Dustin is off to his best start in his career with 9 goals and 10 assists in his first 14 games played, as well as a +9 which is amongst the best in the entire NHL. His hot October start has helped the Oilers maintain a spot within the top eight teams in the Western conference thus far, and the Oilers will need him to keep coming through if they are to contend for a playoff spot.

October stats: GP 14, Goals 9, Assists 10, Points 19

On pace: GP 82, Goals 52, Assists 58, Points 110


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The formula for this power ranking system involves total team points, total goals scored, total goals allowed as well as additional points for away wins within the week. Tie-breaking ranking totals are decided on total wins first, then total goals scored (if tied then away team wins/goals scored within the week gets the advantage).

1. N.Y. Rangers (7-1-0) +32

Last week: 1

The Rangers have not lost since opening night in Pittsburgh. They are also the highest scoring team in the NHL. Will their high-paced play have them burnt out by the time December rolls around?

2. Colorado Avalanche (6-1-1) +27

Last week: 9

Colorado went 4-0-0 on the road this week behind the hot goaltending of Craig Anderson.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-1-0) +26

Last week: 2

Pittsburgh dropped a spot at the expense of Colorado’s surge even though they didn’t drop any points this week.

4. Phoenix Coyotes (5-2-0) +19

Last week: 13

Even if no one in Arizona cares, it’s not looking like it is bothering the Yotes.

5. Chicago Blackhawks (5-2-1) +18

Last week: 11

Jonathan Toews finally got his first goal this week. However, Patrick Kane is still in a slump (3 points in last 6 games).

6. Ottawa Senators (5-2-0) +17

Last week: 14

Ottawa finished the week with two strong wins. One in Montreal where former Canadiens player Alexei Kovalev scored a goal en route to victory.

7. Edmonton Oilers (4-2-1) +17

Last week: 17

The Oilers this season are the team they were supposed to be last season.. Fast, entertaining and high scoring.

8. Atlanta Thrashers (4-1-0) +17

Last week: 12

Three out of Atlanta’s first four wins were earned on the road. I’m glad I picked this team to make the playoffs because they look legit.

9. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-1-0) +16

Last week: 7

Columbus is another team that dropped spots despite going 2-0-0 this week (at home).

10. Washington Capitals (4-2-2) +15

Last week: 10

Alex Ovechkin has four goals in three games playing with the likes of Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble.

11. Buffalo Sabres (4-1-1) +15

Last week: 15

A couple six goal efforts this past week proves Buffalo can still put the puck in the net.

12. Dallas Stars (3-1-3) +14

Last week: 16

Dallas’ only one regulation loss this season came at the hands of the visiting Bruins.

13. San Jose Sharks (4-3-1) +12

Last week: 5

Only five goals in three games this past week.

14. St. Louis Blues (3-2-1) +12

Last week: 19

St. Louis finished the week strong with a 5-0 victory in Anaheim after losing three straight games.

15. Calgary Flames (5-2-1) +11

Last week: 3

With the defense and goaltending Calgary has, they shouldn’t be allowing 3.5 goals per game.

16. Philadelphia Flyers (3-2-1) +9
Last week: 4

Philly played once this week, which was a 4-2 loss in Florida.

17. N.J. Devils (4-3-0) +8

Last week: 20

New Jersey has only scored more than three goals once this season.

18. L.A. Kings (4-4-0) +5

Last week: 6

L.A. finished the week 0-3-0 after their hot start. All games were on the road against quality opponents, though.

19. Vancouver Canucks (3-4-0) +5

Last week: 21

Canucks move up at the expense of other teams after going 1-1-0 this week.

20. Detroit Red Wings (3-3-1) +4

Last week: 22

The ugliest of the Wings two losses this week came in Buffalo where they lost 6-2.

21. Boston Bruins (3-4-0) +4

Last week: 23

It looked like Boston could be back on track after shutting out Dallas 3-0 on their ice. Too bad they followed that up with a 4-1 loss in Phoenix.

22. Anaheim Ducks (3-3-1) +2

Last week: 8

After Anaheim crept by lowly Minnesota with a 3-2 win mid-week, they got their butts handed to them in a 5-0 shutout loss to St. louis.

23. Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-1) -2

Last week: 25

Like Vancouver, Carolina moves up at the expense of other teams misery despite only going 0-1-1 this week.

24. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3-2) -4

Last week: 24

Tampa Bay will never get out of the gutter until the overrated Vinny Lecavalier becomes the franchise player he is supposed to be, or they trade him.

25. Florida Panthers (2-4-0) -4

Last week: 30

Impressive 4-2 against Philly this week after losing 3-2 to Tampa Bay.

26. Montreal Canadiens (2-5-0) -5

Last week: 27

Montreal are losers of five in a row. If you want the silver lining, Mike Cammalleri finally scored his first goal.

27. N.Y. Islanders (0-3-3) -7

Last week: 26

Who will first, the Islanders or Maple Leafs?

28. Nashville Predators (2-4-1) -8

Last week: 18

Four goals in four games this week is well on their way to a top three draft pick in 2010.

29. Minnesota Wild (1-6-0) -8

Last week: 28

Minnesota has already three one goal loss games. Maybe the addition of Chuck Kobasew will give them more scoring up front. I doubt it.

30. Toronto Maple Leafs (0-6-1) -17

Last week: 29

Toronto can’t score goals and they can’t stop other teams from scoring. This is the basic recipe for disaster.

Biggest increase in rank: Edmonton Oilers (10 spots)

Biggest decrease in rank: Anaheim Ducks (14 spots)

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My take on the NHL’s 10 best rivalries for you to watch this season.

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One of my favorite sports debates is arguing which NHL team has or will have the most potent offensive first line going into the new season.

It takes much more than natural skill to have a great offensive line in the NHL. Players have to have good chemistry together, as well as take control in certain areas of the game for it all to blend together.

Some of the first lines I have projected going into the 2009-10 season have players that have yet to even play with each other, so a lot of this is pure opinion based on their ability.

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The Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers all have flew out overseas this weekend. All teams will be playing against European clubs this coming week before they open up their regular season campaigns in Sweden and Finland on Friday afternoon (afternoon to us).

Here in North America there is only two exhibition games left which will be played on Tuesday. New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers vs. Minnesota Wild, and the Dallas Stars play some minor league club on Wednesday I believe. Thursday night the official NHL season starts with four games.

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I was cleaning out all of my drafts last night. I came across this article I was working on that I completely forgot about a couple of months back, so I decided to finish it up last night. It’s my 10 favorite shootout artists, with videos.

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Which players this season in the NHL will have the best shot to reach 100 points for the first time in their career’s? There are several great candidates, so I tried my best to give you the 10 best in order based on their numbers over the last few seasons, their potential and their opportunity to do so.

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