We’re back for our second week of the 2019-20 divisional power rankings. While the Oilers are still in first place ahead of the pack, it’s really tight all the way from 2-7, and you could make arguments that this order could be very different. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the various comment sections.
1. Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0, 2-1-0) Last Week: 1
Last Three Games - 10/10: 4-3 W at NJ, 10/12: 4-1 W at NYR, 10/14 at 1-3 L at CHI
Next Three Games - 10/16 vs PHI, 10/18 vs DET, 10/20 at WPG
The Oilers undefeated streak came to an end with a 3-1 loss in the windy city, but the team is looking really good early this year, albeit against not exactly premiere competition. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are tied for the league lead in points, while James Neal leads the way in goal scoring.
2. Vegas Golden Knights (4-3-0, 2-2-0) Last Week: 3
Last Three Games - 10/12: 6-2 W vs CGY, 10/13: 5-2 W at LA, 10/15: 2-5 L vs NSH
Next Three Games - 10/17 vs OTT, 10/19 at PIT, 10/21 at PHI
The Knights had a strong weekend with a pair of dominant wins over the Flames and Kings. However three goal losses on either side to Arizona and Nashville may raise a bit of a cause for concern. Another concern may be the play time being allotted to Marc-Andre Fleury as the veteran netmind has played in all seven games for Vegas this year, but has also looked very good. With four games in six days this week, it’ll be worth watching how they balance his time.
3. Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0, 3-0-0) Last Week: 6
Last Three Games - 10/09: 8-2 W vs LA, 10/12: 3-2 W vs PHI, 10/15: 5-1 W vs DET
Next Three Games - 10/17 at STL, 10/19 at NJ, 10/20 at NYR
After a pair of losses in Alberta to start the year, the Canucks turend things around by sweeping a three game homestand. They outscored their opponents by a total of 16 to 5, but will now look to find that same result on the road as they head out for four straight, including visiting the Blues.
4. Anaheim Ducks (4-2-0, 1-2-0) Last Week: 2
Last Three Games - 10/10: 1-2 L at PIT, 10/11: 2-1 W at CBJ, 10/13: 2-4 L at BOS
Next Three Games - 10/16 vs BUF, 10/18 vs CAR, 10/20 vs CGY
The Ducks came out of their first Eastern swing of the season with a respectable 2-2 record. John Gibson has been an absolute dynamo this season for the Ducks, as he sits with a .941 SV% after five starts. Moving forward the Ducks will have to properly balance his workload in the same way Vegas will have to watch Fleury’s. Can Anaheim build this good start into something, or will they fizzle out like last year?
5. Arizona Coyotes (2-2-1, 2-0-1) Last Week: 7
Last Three Games - 10/10: 4-1 W vs VGK, 10/12: 2-3 OTL at COL, 10/15 4-2 W at WPG
Next Three Games - 10/17: vs NSH, 10/19 vs OTT, 10/22 at NYR
After a poor start to the season with a pair of losses, the Coyotes have come back with five out of a possible six points against three solid opponents. The big thing for the Coyotes is that it looks like they’re starting to put things together on offense, and that’s a scary thing because they’ve only allowed nine goals against in their five games this year.
6. San Jose Sharks (2-4-0, 2-0-0) Last Week: 8
Last Three Games - 10/08: 2-5 L at NSH, 10/10: 5-4 W at CHI, 10/13: 3-1 W vs CGY
Next Three Games - 10/16 vs CAR, 10/19 vs BUF, 10/22 at BUF
I joked last week that Patrick Marleau would miraculously turn around the Sharks 0-4 start. So far it’s actually happened, or at least he’s helped by notching two goals and an assist in his first two games back in teal. San Jose has won both those games as they work to dig out of their early season hole. The Sharks will hope to win their next two at home in order to head out on a five game Eastern swing at .500
7. Calgary Flames (3-3-1, 2-2-0) Last Week: 5
Last Three Games - 10/12: 2-6 L at VGK, 10/13: 1-3 L at SJ, 10/15: 3-1 W vs PHI
Next Three Games - 10/17 vs DET, 10/19 at LA, 10/20 at ANA
Calgary’s road trip began well with a comeback win in Dallas, but a poor performance in Vegas and some bad luck in San Jose resulted in two losses. Things settled at home with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia and the Flames will now look to start stringing a few victories together this week. They received a scare with Mikael Backlund leaving the game after blocking a shot, but he returned later in the third period.
8. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0, 1-3-0) Last Week: 4
Last Three Games - 10/12: 7-4 W vs NSH, 10/13: 2-5 L vs VGK, 10/15: 0-2 L vs CAR
Next Three Games - 10/17 vs BUF, 10/19 vs CGY, 10/22 at WPG
After beating Calgary in the first week of the year, the Kings are starting to look exactly like the team we thought they were going to be. Also don’t even get me started on that whole Taylor Swift banner thing. Lots of entertainment coming out of Hollywood right now.