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The formula for this power ranking system involves team points, total goals scored, total goals allowed as well as additional points for away wins. 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. Philadelphia Flyers +11

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2. Washington Capitals +10

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3. Colorado Avalanche +10

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4. St. Louis Blues +9

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5. Montreal Canadiens +8

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6. Calgary Flames +8

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7. Pittsburgh Penguins +7

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8. Chicago Blackhawks +7

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9. Phoenix Coyotes +6

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10. Atlanta Thrashers +5

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11. Boston Bruins +4

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12. N.Y Rangers +4

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13. Nashville Predators +4

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14. San Jose Sharks +3

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15. Columbus Blue Jackets +3

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16. N.Y Islanders 0

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17. Dallas Stars 0

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18. Buffalo Sabres 0

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19. Florida Panthers -1

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20. Edmonton Oilers -1

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21. Minnesota Wild -1

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22. Toronto Maple Leafs -2

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23. Detroit Red Wings -3

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24. Tampa Bay Lightning -3

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25. L.A Kings -3

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26. Ottawa Senators -3

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27. N.J Devils -3

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28. Anaheim Ducks -3

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29. Vancouver Canucks -5

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30. Carolina Hurricanes -7

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John Tavares was pretty dominant in his NHL debut tonight. He had a goal and an assist, as well as a breakway in which he couldn’t capitalize on. He also had his chance in the shootout but couldn’t bury the puck.

NEW YORK – VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL, dropped the puck on its fifth year of coverage with the most-watched NHL opening night in network history with a total of 832,781 viewers tuning in for the Bruins/Capitals and Avalanche/Sharks games.

Locally, VERSUS was one of the top-rated cable networks in all four markets (Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver and San Jose).

“Despite DirecTV shutting out millions of hockey fans from seeing last night’s games, VERSUS still garnered its best NHL regular season opening night ever,” said Jamie Davis, President of VERSUS. “The momentum of this network has not slowed down at all and we’re doing everything we can to reach an agreement with DirecTV to ensure that hockey fans won’t continue to miss the terrific match-ups we have on our schedule all season long.”

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That is pretty impressive for opening night numbers in the NHL. Versus probably would have broke or at least came real close to a million viewers had the eight or so million DirecTV owners who were shut out able to watch the games.

New NHL Commercials

When I find the full video I’ll post here..This is just a preview.

David Letterman who is of course a NY Rangers fan had 10 of the Rangers players present his top 10 list last night. The headline was – “Top 10 things never spoken by a hockey player”.

These same Rangers players also carried Madonna out on a wooden board above their heads like she was some sort of goddess. And then Dave follows up with a classic line..”Have you ever ridden any hockey players”?

I must admit I did not expect this whole Versus and DirecTV dispute to go on for this long. I thought it would have been resolved well before the NHL season opener on Versus, but it’s looking like that won’t be the case.

I’m not subscribed to DirecTV, so I pretty much dodged all articles on this situation throughout the summer. It wasn’t until today I started to learn more about the whole dilemma after the laughable open letter the NHL posted on it’s website to the fans who have DirecTV.

First off, here is an article on this whole DirecTV-Versus dispute for those that don’t know.

Versus president Jamie Davis said the network’s distribution fallout with DirecTV is about positioning, not price.
Davis said network talks with the nation’s No. 1 DBS operator broke down over DirecTV wanting to remove it from some 6 million subscribers. Before the plug was pulled on Sept. 1, Versus, which had resided on the Total Choice Xtra package, counted 14 million DirecTV subs among its 75.5 million base.
“DirecTV wanted to take Versus away from 6 million subscribers who were receiving it for no additional cost,” said Davis in a Sept. 2 interview.  “That was simply not acceptable for us. We hope to resolve things amicably, but that’s a non-starter.” 9-2-09

For more info read here

Now check this out. NHL.com is asking fans who are subscribed to DirecTV to complain to them in order to get NHL hockey back on Versus. Talk about not having any leverage on the situation, or basically saying, you guys deal with it, we don’t care.. This is not good at all for the NHL right now.

Click here for open letter

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.

Click here for Top 10 slideshow