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Power Rankings: Hab fans feeling the 'RaduLove'

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Power Rankings: Hab fans feeling the 'RaduLove'

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Power Rankings: Hab fans feeling the 'RaduLove'

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There's no surprise which team is at the top of our weekly Power Rankings, but you might be a little shocked to see the team pulling up the rear.

Apparently, the fandom in Montreal has added a new word to its lexicon - RaduLove. Never, ever a group to get too carried away, the Canadiens faithful is in the midst of a springtime love affair with Alexander Radulov and the team in the early days of the season.

And what’s not to love? Going into tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Canadiens are still the only team in the NHL without a loss in regulation time. Defenseman Shea Weber is lighting it up, the Habs have four lines clicking and their goaltending, as expected, is otherworldly. Little surprise they find themselves atop the thn.com Power Rankings for the second consecutive week. (Last week’s rankings are in parentheses.)

 

THE CREAM OF THE CROP

1. Montreal Canadiens (1)

2. Chicago Blackhawks (17)

3. Washington Capitals (9)

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (7)

5. New York Rangers (4)

6. Edmonton Oilers (2)

7. Minnesota Wild (8)

8. Ottawa Senators (19)

9. Buffalo Sabres (26)

10. Columbus Blue Jackets (18)

The Habs are taking advantage of an easy early schedule. Seven of their first 11 opponents didn’t make playoffs last season…The Blackhawks are the league’s worst penalty-killing team, but they’re still getting it done, winning four of their past five…Led by Marcus Johansson’s seven points, the Caps won three of four games on a western Canada road swing…Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel are finding good chemistry in Pittsburgh, which could be disastrous news for opponents…The Rangers’ 5-0 win over St. Louis Tuesday night was the 60th career shutout for Henrik Lundqvist…The Oilers suffered their first road loss of the season in a 3-2 overtime defeat to Toronto Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see how they respond…Goalie Devan Dubnyk had a shutout streak of 183:16 stopped in a 2-1 loss to Buffalo Tuesday night…The Senators have not sold out a single one of their five home games this season. Two of their past three home crowds have been below 14,000…The Sabres have given up just two goals in their past three games, all victories…A win over Dallas Tuesday night gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3-1 record, first time they’ve been over .500 since the last day of the 2014-15 season. Yes, you read that right.

THE MUSHY MIDDLE

11. Boston Bruins (15)

12. Tampa Bay Lightning (6)

13. Anaheim Ducks (11)

14. San Jose Sharks (21)

15. Detroit Red Wings (3)

16. St. Louis Blues (5)

17. New Jersey Devils (24)

18. Toronto Maple Leafs (25)

19. Philadelphia Flyers (22)

20. Florida Panthers (7)

Brad Marchand’s penalty-shot goal Tuesday night was the fourth of his career, passing Woody Dumart for the all-time franchise lead in that category…Jonathan Drouin didn’t return for the Lightning Tuesday night after taking a headshot from Calvin De Haan of the Islanders, but coach Jon Cooper said Drouin “was in good spirits” after the game…Rickard Rakell had a goal and two assists in his first game of the season after missing the first nine games of the season with an injury…The Sharks are a perfect 4-0-0 at the SAP Center, but are just 2-4-0 on the road…The flagging Red Wings are in Philadelphia tonight, where they are 0-11-1 in their last 12 games dating back to January, 1997…After scoring 18 goals in a surprising rookie season in 2015-16, Robby Fabbri is still looking for his first goal of the season for the Blues…The Devils embark on their second Florida road trip of the season starting Wednesday night. The first time they went through the state, they were 0-1-1…With seven power-play points and 11 points in nine games overall, a Leaf player not named Auston Matthews was named rookie of the month. It was William Nylander…Flyers center Claude Giroux is on a nine-game points streak and Wayne Simmonds is tied for the league lead in power-play goals with four…The Panthers went a mind-boggling 0-for-7 on the power play in a 2-1 loss to Boston Tuesday night. After winning their first two games of the season, they’ve lost six of their past eight.

 

VYING FOR THE PARTICIPATION BADGE

21. Dallas Stars (23)

22. Nashville Predators (20)

23. New York Islanders (8)

24. Arizona Coyotes (30)

25. Colorado Avalanche (16)

26. Carolina Hurricanes (28)

27. Winnipeg Jets (27)

28. Calgary Flames (29)

29. Vancouver Canucks (13)

30. Los Angeles Kings (12)

With Ales Hemsky out of the lineup for five-to-six months with hip surgery, Jason Spezza may see an extended run at right wing on the first line…Filip Forsberg, who led all Predators with 33 goals last season, is still looking for his first one of this season…Terrible ice, bad team, three unhappy goaltenders and small crowds chanting to fire the coach. Things are ugly in Brooklyn…Dylan Strome, who has scored 240 points in the past two seasons of junior hockey, has played in only four NHL games this season…Rookie Avs coach Jared Bednar had this to say about his team’s play in a 5-1 loss to Nashville Tuesday night: “It’s not at all how we want to play. It’s pretty bad.”…Of the Hurricanes’ seven losses this season, five have come by one goal and three have been in overtime…Dating back to the Heritage Classic outdoor game, the injury-riddled Jets have scored just 10 goals in their past six games…How bad is it in Calgary? Well, Johnny Gaudreau is having a terrible season so far, yet is tied for the team lead in points with seven…The Canucks embark on a six-game, nine-day eastern road trip having lost five straight…Forget about the goaltending. The Kings haven’t scored a goal since dabbing was still a thing. They’ve gone three straight games without finding the back of the net.

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Power Rankings: Hab fans feeling the 'RaduLove'