Even without injured Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens have been strong enough to hold off the surging Dallas Stars atop SI.com’s NHL Power Rankings.
I'll be honest: I thought long and hard about bumping the Dallas Stars into the top spot this week. It wasn’t hard to make a convincing argument, either. They’re the most exciting team in the league. They’re deep up front, on the back end and, shockingly, in goal. And after watching them finish off the Red Wings on Sunday, it’s clear that this group is just different. Last season, a lack of confidence meant a late 2–1 lead was likely to turn into a 3–2 OT loss. This time around though, the Stars potted two empty-netters to bury a team that has toyed with them for years. Most impressive.
So yeah, Dallas probably deserved that bump ... but what Montreal is doing with the 2014-15 MVP on IR is impossible to overlook. A team that keeps on finding a way continues a run atop the Power Rankings that’s now at five weeks and counting.
Biggest jump: Anaheim Ducks (30 to 16)
Biggest drop: Florida Panthers (15 to 27)