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Philadelphia takes flight

The new-look Flyers are off to a fast start with two early wins. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The new-look Flyers are off to a fast start with two early wins. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After a summertime break, THN.com’s Power Rankings are back – and the drastically revamped Philadelphia Flyers are at the top of the first week's list.

The unbeaten Flyers, who take on the Canucks and Kings this week, traded cornerstone forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, but didn't miss a beat in season-opening wins over New Jersey and Boston, outscoring their opponents 5-1. Young star Claude Giroux is leading the team with two goals, while new starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has a 0.50 goals-against average and .977 save percentage.

Here is our ranking of the 30 NHL teams thus far. Be sure to check back here every Monday for the newest list!

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1
Philadelphia Flyers
2-0-0
 New additions Ilya Bryzgalov, Wayne Simmonds fitting in nicely
2
Detroit Red Wings
2-0-0
 Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler leading way for typically stellar Wings
3
Pittsburgh Penguins
 2-0-1
 Evgeni Malkin poised to have a monster season
4
Buffalo Sabres
 2-0-0
 Christian Ehrhoff leads scary Sabres in ice time (24:16)
5
Vancouver Canucks
 1-0-1
 Western Conference champs have Flyers, Wings on back-to-back nights
6
Washington Capitals
 2-0-0
 Jason Chimera leads unbeaten Caps with three goals; Ovechkin has just one assist
7
Chicago Blackhawks
 1-1-0
 Hawks home to Jets, Bruins this week
8
San Jose Sharks
 1-0-0
 Deep Sharks have played just once, but dominated Yotes
9
Los Angeles Kings
 1-1-0
 Ex-Flyers captain Mike Richards returns to Philadelphia Saturday
10
Tampa Bay Lightning
 1-1-1
 Bolts allowed 10 goals in their past two games (both losses), but that should change for the better with this week’s tilts against Isles, Panthers
11
Nashville Predators
 2-0-0
 Preds home to face Phoenix, New Jersey before Western Canadian road swing next week
12
Anaheim Ducks
 1-1-0
 Ducks do battle with division rival Sharks twice over next three games
13
Toronto Maple Leafs
 2-0-0
 Unbeaten Maple Leafs looked like two different teams against Sens, but defense seems much improved
14
Boston Bruins
 1-2-0
 Defending champs have one goal-for in their two losses; Thomas looking just as dangerous as he did last season
15
St. Louis Blues
 1-1-0
 Veteran Jason Arnott making notable impact in first week with new team, leading Blues scorers with two goals and three points
16
Montreal Canadiens
 1-1-0
 Carey Price looking phenomenal? Injuries to key players? A little bit of history repeating in la belle province
17
Dallas Stars
 2-1-0
 Surprising Stars split home-and-home with Hawks, then defeated Coyotes, but tough road trip is looming next week
18
New Jersey Devils
 1-1-0
 Smoked by Flyers in home opener, Devils rebounded strongly by beating Canes
19
Florida Panthers
 1-0-0
 Panthers shut out lowly Islanders on the road in sole game so far, but looked good in doing so
20
Edmonton Oilers
 1-0-0
 Still some tough times ahead, but win over Penguins will give confidence to a team in desperate need of it
21
Minnesota Wild
 1-1-0
 Pierre-Marc Bouchard two-game suspension not what offense-challenged Wild needed
22
New York Islanders
 1-1-0
 Al Montoya’s strong play cements him as Isles starter for time being
23
New York Rangers
 0-0-2
 Blueshirts’ blueline and left side a growing concern in Manhattan
24
Colorado Avalanche
 1-1-0
 Semyon Varlamov shutout (of Bruins) will have to be repeated often for this team to be successful
25
Carolina Hurricanes
 0-2-1
 Winless Canes have three tough games ahead – two against Bruins, one against Sabres
26
Columbus Blue Jackets
 0-3-0
 Still looking for their first victory after three games, Jackets have still had some decent stretches of play
27
Calgary Flames
 0-2-0
 Flames averaging league-worst 18.5 shots per game
28
Winnipeg Jets
 0-1-0
 Return of Jets overshadows how many holes relocated franchise has in the lineup
29
Phoenix Coyotes
 0-1-1
 Yotes allowing nearly 39 shots per game; only Tampa is worse in that department, but Bolts have Dwayne Roloson and lots of offensive firepower
30
Ottawa Senators
 0-2-0
 Only Sergei Gonchar (22:07) and Erik Karlsson (22:36) averaging more minutes than Jason Spezza (21:05) for sad-sack Sens

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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