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Power Rankings - Oct. 27

Brian Boucher makes a pad save on a point blank shot by Enver Lisin. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Brian Boucher makes a pad save on a point blank shot by Enver Lisin. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s probably never been a backup goalie more synonymous with shutouts than Brian Boucher.

The Sharks stopper has two starts this year and has yet to feel the red light burn behind him. Boucher, who signed with San Jose this summer, established the modern-day NHL record of five straight shutouts while he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 season.

Coach Todd McLellan might consider promoting Boucher, since Evgeni Nabokov, the Vezina Trophy runner-up last season, has yet to round into form. Despite holding a 5-2 record, Nabokov sports a 3.11 goals-against average and .875 save percentage.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1 Detroit Red Wings
1
6-1-1
Franzen's injury means Ville Leino gets a chance to prove himself in the NHL
2 New York Rangers
3
8-2-1
Kept the early-season magic going with comeback win over Pens
3 San Jose Sharks
2
7-2-0
Devin Setoguchi starting to fulfill his promise
4 Buffalo Sabres
6
6-0-2
Feels like this is really becoming Ryan Miller's team
5 Montreal Canadiens
4
5-1-1
Need to cut down on the 31 shots they're giving up per game
6 Minnesota Wild
9
5-0-1
Mikko Koivu becoming a true front-line center
7 Pittsburgh Penguins
10
5-2-2
Can Jordan Staal find his true niche on this team?
8 New Jersey Devils
8
5-2-1
Zach Parise looks ready to become a full-blown NHL star
9 Anaheim Ducks
17
4-5-0
Big 3 of Selanne, Perry and Getzlaf finally get rolling
10 Washington Capitals
5
4-3-1
After eight games, No. 8 is on pace for… 21 goals
11 Colorado Avalanche
23
5-3-0
Five-game winning streak vaults Avs up the charts
12 St. Louis Blues
12
5-3-0
Two more goalies injured while this sentence was written
13 Carolina Hurricanes
13
4-2-1
Here's hoping Brandon Sutter won't miss too much time
14 Chicago Blackhawks
16
3-2-3
Eight games into the season, zero goals for sophomore Jonathan Toews
15 Philadelphia Flyers
20
2-3-3
Finally picked up some wins, but lost Briere for a month
16 Nashville Predators
15
4-4-0
Blowing 3-0 lead versus Calgary not typical of a Barry Trotz-coached team
17 Dallas Stars
18
3-4-2
38-year-old Mike Modano looks good out of the gate
18 Boston Bruins
11
3-2-3
Lucic just becoming more and more of a force out there
19 Calgary Flames
21
4-3-1
As Jarome goes, so go the Flames. A time will come when he'll need help, though.
20 Vancouver Canucks
19
4-4-0
Maybe, just maybe, there is still some life in Kyle Wellwood
21 Edmonton Oilers
7
4-3-0
Inconsistency goes with the territory when you're a young club
22 Ottawa Senators
14
2-5-1
GM Bryan Murray needs to make some hard evaluations very soon
23 Florida Panthers
24
4-4-0
Keith Ballard making a nice first impression with eight points through eight games
24 Toronto Maple Leafs
28
3-2-3
Young legs doing some churning for coach Ron Wilson
25 Los Angeles Kings
27
3-4-0
Need to make hay during a seven-game homestand
26 Phoenix Coyotes
22
3-4-0
Only one goal through seven games for newcomer Olli Jokinen
27 Columbus Blue Jackets
26
3-5-0
Voracek, Brassard offering some hope for the future
28 Atlanta Thrashers
25
2-4-2
Two goals and seven points a real nice start for blueliner Ron Hainsey
29 Tampa Bay Lightning
30
1-3-3
Averaging an absolutely anemic 1.57 goals per game, far and away the fewest in the league
30 New York Islanders
29
2-5-0
Injuries starting to define DiPietro's career

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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