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October 24, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NHL Power Ranking Averages combine seven other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased grade possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the NHL on a weekly basis.
The Montreal Canadiens grabbed the #1 spot in the latestRCS NHL Power Ranking Averages. This week marks the first complete edition of the NHL Power Ranking Averages, with this being the first week that all seven rankings used to compile the averages were released. It is early in the season, so there is still a lot of fluctuation from one ranking set to the next, with different rankers putting more or less emphasis on early season results compared to preseason expectations. Despite difference between the ranking systems, only three teams received first place votes (the Sabres and the Wild joining the Habs).
Two teams fell out of the top-ten this week, the Capitals, falling from 8th to 11th; and the Canucks, falling from 9th to 16th. Replacing them in the top-ten are the Oilers, rising from 11th to 7th, and the Blues, rising from 17th to 9th.
The team dropping the furthest this week is the Coyotes, who fell from 12th all the way down to 25th. The Flyers also slid from 18th to 28th, and remain winless. Shooting up the rankings are the Blackhawks, who under new coach Joel Quenneville, leapt from 26th to 14th. The Avalanche also took a big leap up, moving from 28th to 18th.