Fast, exciting and dangerous, the Dallas Stars have risen to No. 1 in SI.com's weekly NHL Power Rankings.
After 24 games, it's time to give the Stars their due. This is a team that has put away its toys and buckled down to play the game the right way. Sure, they’re fast and exciting and dangerous, but they’ve also settled down and made a commitment to doing the little things that set the stage for long-term success. They know they can’t afford to take shortcuts—something they were reminded of by the Senators last week—and that’s brought a consistency to their game that hasn’t been seen in Dallas since the Ken Hitchcock days. You see that in their ability to protect leads—their bête noire last season—and their ability to maintain their focus when they fall behind. And the results are undeniable: a league-high 19 wins, a remarkable 10-2 record on the road, and a perfect 3-0 mark in OT.
No doubt about it: Dallas is the best team in hockey right now.
Biggest jump: New York Islanders (18 to 12)
Biggest drop: Minnesota Wild (11 to 21)