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Power Rankings - Oct. 20

Marc Savard has scored five goals and nine points in four games so far this season. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Marc Savard has scored five goals and nine points in four games so far this season. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Meet Marc Savard, NHL sniper.
 
No player gets less credit for the points he puts up than Savard, now in his third season with the Bruins. But while we’re used to seeing the slick passer rack up assists, Savard has suddenly become a shooter, bagging five goals through four games to go along with four helpers.

Chances are his dishing ways will take full control again soon and that’s just fine by the Bruins, who figure to be a tough draw for anybody this year.

With Patrice Bergeron back in the fold, a team that made the playoffs on the strength of hard work and dedication to a system last year should get just enough extra offense to be even more of a pain in the butt this season.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1
Detroit Red Wings
1
3-1-1
Hossa's first goal as a Wing is OT winner in early showdown with the Rangers.
2
San Jose Sharks
3
5-1-0
Nice start, but haven't beaten a team that's over .500 yet.
3
New York Rangers
2
6-1-1
Voros can't keep up his current pace, but Dubinsky just might.
4
Montreal Canadiens
4
4-0-1
Koivu and Tanguay finding some serious chemistry together.
5
Washington Capitals
5
3-1-1
Huge comeback win versus Pens featured Ovie and Sid jawing at each other after the game.
6
Buffalo Sabres
12
4-0-1
Already beaten the Habs and Rangers; Kotalik looking good.
7
Edmonton Oilers
15
4-0-0
Visnovsky, Souray, Grebeshkov all generating points from the back end.
8
New Jersey Devils
9
4-1-0
Have earned eight of a possible 10 points while only scoring one more goal than they've allowed.
9
Minnesota Wild
18
4-0-0
Giving up less than two goals a game through four contests; all wins over foreign foes from the East.
10
Pittsburgh Penguins
8
3-2-1
Satan holding up his end of the bargain so far, leading the team in goals.
11
Boston Bruins
19
2-1-1
Year 3 looks like it could be the one where Phil Kessel gets 30 goals.
12
St. Louis Blues
22
4-1-0
This must be the first Andy Murray-coached team to score 4.4 goals per contest over a five-game stretch.
13
Calgary Flames
14
3-1-1
Michael Leighton looks like the quality backup John Grahame wasn't.
14
Ottawa Senators
16
2-2-1
Alfredsson shows why he's the captain, returns to lineup quickly after minor knee surgery.
15
Nashville Predators
11
3-3-0
Those people who said Shea Weber was the Dion Phaneuf nobody knows about are starting to look pretty smart.
16
Chicago Blackhawks
20
2-2-2
Really touching to see Patrick Kane realize how much old coach Denis Savard did for him as a rookie.
17
Anaheim Ducks
7
1-5-0
Where are Perry, Selanne and Getzlaf? Not on the scoresheet.
18
Dallas Stars
6
1-3-1
Now that Turco can play in spring, does that mean he can't in October?
19
Vancouver Canucks
17
3-3-0
Kesler's strong play only grows the legend of the marvellous 2003 draft.
20
Philadelphia Flyers
10
0-3-2
If you want to see a W in Philly, you've got to visit a movie theatre.
21
Carolina Hurricanes
21
1-3-1
Suffering sweep in home-and-home Battle of Alberta won't improve anybody's mood in Calgary.
22
Phoenix Coyotes
13
2-3-0
1-3 road trip a sign of a young team still very much trying to find its way.
23
Columbus Blue Jackets
23
2-3-0
Scored 10 goals for Andrew Raycroft in his first two starts; that'll make any goalie look good
24
Florida Panthers
25
2-2-0
Vokoun bounced back nicely after a bad game versus Minny to blank the Isles.
25
Atlanta Thrashers
26
2-2-1
Sophomore Bryan Little doing his best to prove Thrashers have a No. 1 center in their midst.
26
Colorado Avalanche
24
2-3-0
Rookie Nikita Filatov hit the mark on the first shot of his first NHL game.
27
Los Angeles Kings
30
2-2-0
No points for rookie D-man Drew Doughty yet, but he's plus-2 and averaging almost 20 minutes of ice time per game.
28
Toronto Maple Leafs
27
1-2-2
What could you get for Toskala and Kaberle? I bet an awful lot.
29
New York Islanders
28
2-3-0
Getting DP back in goal will make life a bit better.
30
Tampa Bay Lightning
29
0-2-3
Might as well lose as much as possible now while town is paying attention to the Rays

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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