NHL Power Top 10: Anaheim Ducks soar to hot start

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Welcome to the first installment of our 2014–15 NHL Weekly 10. Three scribes—Allan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Brian Cazeneuve—have submitted their choices for the league's Top 10 teams ... so far. The rankings reflect each club's play since Opening Night (Oct. 8) and are weighted according to how high each one came in on our writers' ballots. In some cases a purely intuitive, wholly unscientific and no doubt deplorable method was used to break ties, rank teams that were chosen by only two writers and antagonize the general public. Honorable mentions (teams that appeared on only one ballot) are included at the bottom of this monumental exercise along with the particular writer's trenchant commentary.

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1Anaheim Ducks
last week: NA
record: 5-1-0
CAZENEUVE (2):
2
2Chicago Blackhawks
last week: NA
record: 3-0-1
CAZENEUVE (1):
3
3New York Islanders
last week: NA
record: 4-1-0
CAZENEUVE (4): Jaroslav Halak
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4Los Angeles Kings
last week: NA
record: 4-1-1
CAZENEUVE (6):
5
5Montreal Canadiens
last week: NA
record: 5-1-0
CAZENEUVE (5): Carey Price
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6San Jose Sharks
last week: NA
record: 4-1-1
CAZENEUVE (7):
7
7Pittsburgh Penguins
last week: NA
record: 3-1-0
CAZENEUVE (3):
8
8Washington Capitals
last week: NA
record: 3-0-2
CAZENEUVE (8):
9
9Ottawa Senators
last week: NA
record: 4-1-0
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10Nashville Predators
last week: NA
record: 3-0-2
MUIR (8): Predators Pekka Rinne
 
CAZENEUVE (9): For 15 years, Nashville knew only one way to play, but new coach Peter Laviolette has opened them up and certainly made them more fun to watch. The Predators' defense can do the job as always, but the forwards have pucks on their sticks a lot more in the new system, and young players such as Filip Forsberg are going to have more chances to create and produce than they would have in past years.

Honorable mentions

CALGARY FLAMES (10th on one ballot): Maybe I'm being a little aggressive here (and maybe I'm just in the mood to punish the Lightning after they choked against the Oilers on Monday night), but why not give a little love to the Flames? They're miserable to play against—credit their commitment to coach Bob Hartley's system for that—and they're getting some terrific goaltending from Jonas Hiller, who stopped 83 of 85 shots to secure wins over the Blackhawks and the Jets. — Allan Muir

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (4th on one ballot): The news of defenseman Victor Hedman’s injury (out four to six weeks with a broken finger) puts a damper on Tampa Bay's early success. But the Lightning have some blue-line depth that should help keep them fighting for a top spot in the Atlantic. — Sarah Kwak

​ NHL was right to suspend Kings defenseman Voynov

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