1) Welcome to the highly anticipated inaugural installment of FAUXRUMORS Power rankings.We will rank each team from 1-30 with a brief sentence/paragraph as to why they are where they are using record, strength of schedule, and other 'intangibles':
1 BUFFALO SABRES - Tied for best start of all time. Best skating team in NHL. Dumont-who?
2 ANAHEIM DUCKS - The 'Norris Twins' doing the job. Another great skating team
3 ATLANTA THRASHERS - Finally has goaltending to go along with offense
4 MINNESOTA WILD - Finally has offense to go along with their defense
5 DALLAS STARS - Early season surprise. Can Lindros stay healthy?
6 SAN JOSE SHARKS - Thorton-Cheechoo duo keeping sharks biting
7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS - If their defense holds, can compete for playoff spot
8 EDMONTON OILERS - If they could play as well on road as home, they'd be unbeatable
9 VANCOUVER CANUCKS - Luongo carrying team as expected
10 NEW JERSEY DEVILS - Some nights look awful, others like Cup champs
11 NEW YORK RANGERS - Defense has to worry Blue Shirt management
12 DETROIT RED WINGS - Finally coming on after slow start
13 NASHVILLE PREDATORS - See above
14 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - Seems to be better team away from pressure of ACC
15 MONTREAL CANADIENS - Despite Samsonov, team still looks like a playoff calibre team
16 OTTAWA SENATORS - Another team inexplicably playing poorly at home
17 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS - Some nights look like finally improving, but too seldom
18 FLORIDA PANTHERS - Away from south Florida these cats loose their claws
19 LOS ANGELES KINGS - Off to shaky start as expected.
20 CAROLINA HURRICANES - Seem to be improving after slow, Cup hangover start.
21 COLORADO AVALANCHE - Slovaks: Budaj, Statsney and Svatos have Av's improving
22 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -After good start are slipping. One of the big 3 available?
23 CALGARY FLAMES - Still can't score goals!
24 WASHINGTON CAPITALS - New Alex in town carrying team
25 NEW YORK ISLANDERS - Old Alex in town carrying team
26 BOSTON BRUINS - Another year, more changes, same result
27 ST. LOUIS BLUES - Treading water not bad for this squad
28 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS - Any fans left in Chicago?
29 PHOENIX COYOTES - The Great One must have a Great head ache watching this team
30 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS- Underachieving would be an understatement. Dreadful start!