Power Rankings - Oct. 27

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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.

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OVERALL

THE SCOOP

1

1

6-1-1

Franzen's injury means Ville Leino gets a chance to prove himself in the NHL

2

3

8-2-1

Kept the early-season magic going with comeback win over Pens

3

2

7-2-0

Devin Setoguchi starting to fulfill his promise

4

6

6-0-2

Feels like this is really becoming Ryan Miller's team

5

4

5-1-1

Need to cut down on the 31 shots they're giving up per game

6

9

5-0-1

Mikko Koivu becoming a true front-line center

7

10

5-2-2

Can Jordan Staal find his true niche on this team?

8

8

5-2-1

Zach Parise looks ready to become a full-blown NHL star

9

17

4-5-0

Big 3 of Selanne, Perry and Getzlaf finally get rolling

10

5

4-3-1

After eight games, No. 8 is on pace for… 21 goals

11

23

5-3-0

Five-game winning streak vaults Avs up the charts

12

12

5-3-0

Two more goalies injured while this sentence was written

13

13

4-2-1

Here's hoping Brandon Sutter won't miss too much time

14

16

3-2-3

Eight games into the season, zero goals for sophomore Jonathan Toews

15

20

2-3-3

Finally picked up some wins, but lost Briere for a month

16

15

4-4-0

Blowing 3-0 lead versus Calgary not typical of a Barry Trotz-coached team

17

18

3-4-2

38-year-old Mike Modano looks good out of the gate

18

11

3-2-3

Lucic just becoming more and more of a force out there

19

21

4-3-1

As Jarome goes, so go the Flames. A time will come when he'll need help, though.

20

19

4-4-0

Maybe, just maybe, there is still some life in Kyle Wellwood

21

7

4-3-0

Inconsistency goes with the territory when you're a young club

22

14

2-5-1

GM Bryan Murray needs to make some hard evaluations very soon

23

24

4-4-0

Keith Ballard making a nice first impression with eight points through eight games

24

28

3-2-3

Young legs doing some churning for coach Ron Wilson

25

27

3-4-0

Need to make hay during a seven-game homestand

26

22

3-4-0

Only one goal through seven games for newcomer Olli Jokinen

27

26

3-5-0

Voracek, Brassard offering some hope for the future

28

25

2-4-2

Two goals and seven points a real nice start for blueliner Ron Hainsey

29

30

1-3-3

Averaging an absolutely anemic 1.57 goals per game, far and away the fewest in the league

30

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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