Central Division Power Rankings – Week 2

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98. The Wild deserve their moment of glory after after thoroughly whipping the Colorado Avalanche in their first two games of the season. The Wild outscored the Avs 8-0 and won the shot battle 82-46. The performances were dominating, and the record remains unblemished. We all know Minnesota fans enjoy basking in minor achievements, so enjoy your place atop the distinguished power rankings of yours truly for this week.<p class=. (2-0-0). Previous: . Minnesota Wild. 1. team

team. 94. The Blackhawks started off the season, business as usual. The offense is clicking with 8 regulation goals through the first two games, leading to a pair of victories. Opening night required some shootout dramatics for the Hawks, a 3-2 victory over the Stars. Had Minnesota not kicked Colorado off the monkey bars and stolen their lunch money, Chicago would have held on to the number one spot.<p class=. (2-0-0). Previous: . Chicago Blackhawks. 2

The beauty of early season power rankings, is an opportunity for teams to make a drastic jump forward. The trends of the season have yet to emerge, and reactions tend to be knee jerk. Minnesota took advantage of this fact jumping from 5th to 1st in the rankings, and Nashville moves into a divisional playoff contending slot with their performance over the first week. The Preds picked up a pair of home wins against Ottawa and Dallas to start the season, before falling in a shootout last night against the Flames. A big test in Chicago this Saturday could validate the strong start.<p><strong>Upcoming Games: @Jets, @Blackhawks</strong></p>. (2-0-1). Previous: . Nashville Predators. 3. team. 151

119. The Stars took the Blackhawks to a shootout, before falling to the powerhouse from the Windy City. Dallas then lost a tough one in Nashville, before rebounding nicely with a win in Columbus. The Stars earn the three spot this week in part because of the firepower this roster possesses, and in part because the rest of the Central Division has been caught with their pants down to start the season.<p><strong>Upcoming Games: @Penguins, Flyers</strong></p>. (1-1-1). Previous: . Dallas Stars. 4. team

team. 99. Dropping the Blues this far in the rankings is very harsh, but hey… it’s the Blues. They lost their first real test of the season at home against the Rangers, before mopping up a lowly Calgary team in game two. Nashville is off to a hot start, and Dallas gets a slight edge over the Blues in my book so far. Plus hey, I just love taking a shot at Paul Stastny’s new team, and don’t know how many chances I will get to do it. Two games is hardly representative, and I expect the Blues to return to the top half of the power rankings in no time, especially if they show strongly on a tough upcoming Western road swing.<p><strong>Upcoming Games: @Kings, @Coyotes</strong></p>. (1-1-0). Previous: . St. Louis Blues. 5

team. 103. Much like the phenomena they are named after, the Avalanche came crashing down hard in the power rankings this week. The Avalanche were wrecked by Minnesota over the opening weekend of the season, required a last second moment of heroics from Danny Briere to win in Boston, and threw away a late lead before losing in OT in Toronto. The power play is a mess, the defense is shaky, and the goal differential is disgusting. Not a good start for the Avs. There have been positives and signs of improvement with each game, but they need to start producing some positive results to climb the mountain of my rankings once again.<p><strong>Upcoming Games: @Senators, @Canadiens</strong></p>. (1-2-1). Previous: . Colorado Avalanche. 6

team. 107. I really would be surprised if anyone is going to read about the Winnipeg Jets. I just finished giving the Avs some tough love, and I’m sure most people just moved along at that point. I can probably just type some random thoughts about Elton John here, and his iconic song “<a href=. (1-2-0). Previous: . Winnipeg Jets. 7