Red Wings new No. 1 in NHL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen

10/25/2010 5:57:18 PM

There's a new number one in the NHL Power Rankings and it's the Detroit Red Wings.

Not surprisingly, there are still dramatic shifts in the rankings so early in the season and the Wings made a big jump from seventh in last week's update to the top spot this week on the strength of three straight wins and the return of winger Johan Franzen.

Detroit tops a Central Division sweep of the podium with the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators finishing in second and third spot this week.

Some of the other big movers this week include: Boston, going from 13 to four; Pittsburgh, from 15 to six; Minnesota from 20 to eight and Calgary, jumping from 27 to 15.

Heading in the other direction, Edmonton plummeted from 14 to 28, Colorado dipped from 17 to 25; Toronto sunk from three to 18 and Montreal's last-ranked power play dropped them from eight to 17.

At the bottom end of the rankings, the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils are both off to terrible starts and both can make a good case for deserving the 30th ranking.  On the, um, strength of Jason Spezza's injury, the Sens get the nod this week.

The good news for these teams is that it's early.  Dramatic changes happen in the standings and the rankings so early in the year until there are enough games to settle down the stats.

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