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Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings sit two points off the Western Conference pace with a 5-1-1 record. (Photo by Dave Reginek/ NHLI via Getty Images)

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Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings sit two points off the Western Conference pace with a 5-1-1 record. (Photo by Dave Reginek/ NHLI via Getty Images)

It's Week 3 of this season's Power Rankings – and for the second time, the Detroit Red Wings are atop our list.

In seven games this season, the Wings have lost just once in regulation and just twice overall. The Nashville Predators, our No. 2 team this week, are the only team that hasn't lost over the course of three periods, but they have lost three games in overtime.

Elsewhere, the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers have made significant jumps in our rankings, while the Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Edmonton Oilers are plummeting down the list.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1

Detroit Red Wings

4

5-1-1

Wings have the NHL’s top penalty kill, fourth-best faceoff win percentage

2

Nashville Predators

7

5-0-3

Only the Bruins and Blues have allowed fewer goals per game

3

Los Angeles Kings

8

6-2-0

Willie Mitchell (23:36 of average ice time per game) and Jack Johnson (24:21) stepping up for injured Drew Doughty

4

Toronto Maple Leafs

1

5-2-1

Points aren’t coming, but Mikhail Grabovski leads all Leafs in plus/minus (plus-6)

5

Tampa Bay Lightning

2

5-2-1

Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis account for nearly one-third of Bolts’ combined goals and assists total (24 of 75)

6

Calgary Flames

20

6-3-0

Formerly dormant offense exploded for 15 goals in past three games

7

Montreal Canadiens

11

5-2-1

Winning despite league’s worst power play (6.9 percent efficiency)

8

St. Louis Blues

14

4-1-2

Light week coming up for Blues: games Thursday and Saturday, then four days off

9

Pittsburgh Penguins

13

5-3-1

Alex Goligoski leading all Pens skaters in ice time (25:09)

10

Washington Capitals

6

5-3-0

Three-games-in-four-nights road trip starts Wednesday in Carolina

11

New York Islanders

10

4-2-2

High scoring Isles haven’t won when trailing after one period

12

New York Rangers

27

4-2-1

Brandon Dubinsky doing it all for Blueshirts with seven points in seven games and 21:41 of ice time per game

13

Dallas Stars

5

5-3-0

Loui Eriksson has five goals on 14 shots – a whopping 35.7 shooting percentage

14

Columbus Blue Jackets

23

5-3-0

Rookie Nikita Filatov still hasn’t earned trust of coach Scott Arniel, only averaging 11:25 per game

15

Chicago Blackhawks

3

5-4-1

This is an all-points bulletin for the goal-scoring skills of Patrick Kane. If you find them, please contact Joel Quenneville immediately

16

Boston Bruins

9

4-2-0

Injury to Johnny Boychuk has Bruins brass intensifying their search for blueline help

17

Carolina Hurricanes

16

4-3-0

One-third of Jussi Jokinen’s 30 goals last season came on the power play; he’s already got two extra strength markers this year, but none at even strength

18

Vancouver Canucks

21

4-3-2

Christian Ehrhoff has been Canucks’ best D-man

19

San Jose Sharks

26

3-3-1

All three Sharks games this week are winnable: Wednesday vs. Devils; Saturday vs. Ducks; Tuesday at Wild

20

Minnesota Wild

22

3-3-2

Power play is lights out (a league-best 34.3 percent) and Mikko Koivu, Matt Cullen and Niklas Backstrom have been strong; everyone else, not so much

21

Philadelphia Flyers

18

4-4-1

Scott Hartnell already has 39 minutes in penalties; in addition to cutting his hair, can he also cut the undisciplined play?

22

Colorado Avalanche

12

4-4-1

Avs’ power play can’t get much better, but their penalty kill can’t get much worse

23

Phoenix Coyotes

25

2-3-3

Yotes face tough test in Wings, Lightning this week

24

Florida Panthers

19

3-4-0

Hard-luck Panthers jobbed by missed call in Toronto; if they keep effort up, they won’t be among league’s dregs for long

25

Anaheim Ducks

24

4-5-1

Ducks’ defense is weaker than Ilya Kovalchuk’s excuse for missing a Devils team meeting

26

Ottawa Senators

30

3-5-1

Puny offense, porous defense should spell change in Sensville soon

27

Edmonton Oilers

17

2-4-1

Good start to season fading fast in pained eyes of Oilers fans

28

Atlanta Thrashers

15

3-4-1

Fredrik Modin a minus-7 while averaging just 11:46 per game

29

Buffalo Sabres

28

3-6-1

Is it finally time for Darcy Regier/Lindy Ruff partnership to end?

30

New Jersey Devils

29

2-6-1

Tough times continue for proud organization

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

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