The second edition of NHL.com’s Power Rankings went live today and, though the Boston Bruins dropped two spots from the previous week’s rankings, there are two really good and inarguable reasons for their drop. Namely, the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Both teams are still undefeated after a full week of NHL action–San Jose has a 5-0-0 record, putting them in second place on the power rankings, and Chicago’s 6-0-0 record is the best start they’ve had in their team’s nearly 90-year history, so of course they’re in first–and are the only two teams in the entire league without a single loss, regulation or otherwise, on their records.
All things considered, the fact that the Bruins are still in the figurative medal-winning places on the power rankings is a pretty good thing. Dave Lozo spotlighted the return of Nathan Horton, which gives the team yet another scoring asset (on a team where scoring can be found all over the forward lines–and even from defensemen, too), as well as the way coach Claude Julien fits guys into the right spots on the lineup.
The team’s opening week was pretty good too: a 3-0-1 record and seven points to their name, which led the Eastern Conference up until the Tampa Bay Lightning (seventh place, up from being unranked last week) beat the Philadelphia Flyers (unranked this week) last night and took first place. Even in the Bruins’ sole loss this week, they took a point away from the game after fighting hard to even the score and go to overtime. By the way, the guy who tied that game late in the third period was none other than Horton.
The only other Northeast Division teams in the power rankings’ Sweet 16 is the Ottawa Senators (sixth place, 3-1-1 record). The Bruins are the highest-ranked Eastern Conference team.