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Power Rankings: Price-less Canadiens keep rolling with Mike Condon

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Mike Condon (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Power Rankings: Price-less Canadiens keep rolling with Mike Condon

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With or without Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens continue to steamroll their way through the NHL. The Canadiens have lost only twice in regulation this season and have scored at least four goals in four of their past five games.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that goalie Carey Price, who has been out a week with a lower-body injury, went out of the country to seek treatment. It’s all very secretive, but this can’t be terribly good news for the Canadiens or Price.

Luckily for the Canadiens, Mike Condon has stepped in and not missed a beat, helping the Canadiens take seven of eight points and posting a .940 save percentage. Should Price be out for any significant amount of time, the Canadiens will not have to worry about their goaltending tandem of Condon and Dustin Tokarski. Oh yeah, and in case you haven’t noticed, they have a pretty good team playing in front of those guys.

And for that reason, they’re once again on top of thn.com’s Power Rankings. Last week’s rankings are in parentheses.

THE CREAM OF THE CROP
1. Montreal Canadiens (2)
2. New York Rangers (8)
3. Dallas Stars (3)
4. Washington Capitals (7)
5. St. Louis Blues (4)
6. Anaheim Ducks (24)
7. New Jersey Devils (11)
8. Minnesota Wild (10)
9. Nashville Predators (9)
10. Los Angeles Kings (1)

The Rangers are 10-2-2, which ties the best start after 14 games in NHL history. With 39 saves in a 4-1 win over Arizona Saturday, Antti Raanta maintained a perfect 3-0-0 record with a .976 save percentage. Raanta and Henrik Lundqvist have combined for a .951 save percentage this season…Alex Ovechkin: the highest scoring Russian-born player ever and 17 goals to go before he hits 500…When the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1998-99, they were 10-3-2 in their first 15 games. This season, they’re 12-3-0…By getting to stay in the NHL this season, Robby Fabbri avoided getting sent back to the Guelph Storm, the worst team in major junior hockey this season…Call off the APB’s for Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. They’re just fine. The Ducks averaged exactly one goal per game in the 10 games they played in October. They’ve average three per game in the four they’ve played so far in November…The Predators put together an impressive 2-1-1 record during their annual trip to accommodate the Country Music Awards, then were skunked 4-0 by St. Louis in their first game back…The Devils were notoriously bad in shootouts leading up to this season, but are have a 2-1 record in the skills contest and are a perfect 3-0 in 3-on-3 overtime.

THE MUSHY MIDDLE
11. Pittsburgh Penguins (5)
12. Winnipeg Jets (14)
13. Chicago Blackhawks (16)
14. Boston Bruins (6)
15. Ottawa Senators (25)
16. Vancouver Canucks (12)
17. Tampa Bay Lightning (13)
18. Detroit Red Wings (20)
19. San Jose Sharks (15)
20. Calgary Flames (22)

After sitting out games over the weekend and being hospitalized for symptoms that could be related to the blood clot that forced him to miss most of last season, Pascal Dupuis was back practicing with his teammates in Pittsburgh Monday…The Jets have had four back-to-back games in their first 14 games of the season…Say what you will about Patrick Kane, but the man does not get distracted easily. The same week he found out he would not be charged with sexual assault, he had four goals and nine points and was named the NHL’s first star of the week…After getting Dan Hamhuis back after missing three games, the Canucks were without the services of Chris Tanev, who missed Sunday’s overtime loss to New Jersey with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day…The curse of The Hockey News continues. We put Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov on the cover of our latest issue, then they get split up and Palat is now out three-to-five weeks with a lower-body injury.

VYING FOR THE PARTICIPATION BADGE
21. New York Islanders (19)
22. Philadelphia Flyers (27)
23. Carolina Hurricanes (21)
24. Buffalo Sabres (17)
25. Arizona Coyotes (26)
26. Florida Panthers (18)
27. Toronto Maple Leafs (30)
28. Columbus Blue Jackets (29)
29. Edmonton Oilers (23)
30. Colorado Avalanche (28)

The Islanders have scored two or fewer goals in six straight games, only one of them a win. Josh Bailey was a healthy scratch for their 2-1 loss to the Bruins on home ice Sunday afternoon…Jakub Voracek of the Flyers and Nazem Kadri of the Maple Leafs have an interesting little competition going. Voracek has zero goals on 54 shots this season and Kadri has one in 60 shots. Between them, they have a 0.88 shooting percentage…The Panthers opened a west coast road trip by giving up a goal with six seconds remaining in what became a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim, then were blown out by three goals by the Sharks and Kings. The Panthers play seven of their next 10 at home…The Blue Jackets are 4-4-0 under John Tortorella. That’s OK, but it’s just OK. First, they were expected to be far better than just a .500 team this season. Secondly, they’re going to have to pick it up substantially if they have any hope of emerging from the deep trench they dug for themselves this season…The trade this summer that sent Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo will take years to sort out, but it’s safe to say the Avs are getting fleeced in the short-term. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov was sent to the minors over the weekend and Mikhail Grigorenko has no goals and just five shots in 11 games.

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Power Rankings: Price-less Canadiens keep rolling with Mike Condon