NHL Power Rankings: Red Wings all over the board; Blackhawks No. 1

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The NHL Power Rankings don’t provide much insight as to where the Detroit Red Wings stack up alongside the rest of the league so far this season.

The Red Wings (2-1) are all over the place in the various power rankings from around the NHL.

They’re ranked in the top 10 by three media outlets – No. 7 is their best showing – but they’re also in the bottom third according to two others with a low of No. 29.

Maybe we should wait more than three games before judging where the Red Wings really fit in, eh?

Based on the eight sets of power rankings we consulted, the Red Wings get an initial 2017-18 ranking of 15th by MLive. That seems about right given their record, which had them right in the middle of the NHL pack entering Wednesday’s games.

The Blackhawks are the No. 1 team in MLive’s power rankings this week (and it has nothing to do with their logo being the best in all of sports). Chicago is followed by Toronto, Washington, St. Louis and Anaheim.

Here’s how the Red Wings fared this week:

CBSports.com: 29th, same as last week. What they’re saying: “Like the Devils, they warrant more respect than their ranking because of the momentum. It’s going to take some time to buy into their comeback, though.”

* Sportsnet.ca: 11th, up from 30th. What they’re saying: “(Martin) Frk leads all Red Wings forwards in scoring. Ken Holland creates a new policy: No more signing dudes with vowels.”

* Orange County Register: 17th, up from 28th. What they’re saying: “Jimmy Howard has saved 61 of 64 shots in his first two starts. Mike Green likes home openers. He had four assists against Minnesota after last season’s hat trick against Ottawa.”

* NHL.com: Seventh, up from 27th. What they’re saying: “The Wings opened their new arena – Little Caesars Arena – to rave reviews, and a team many thought too old and not well-constructed, is off to a 2-0 start. Jimmy Howard solid to start in goal with both wins and just three goals allowed.”

* NBCSports.com: 17th, up from 26th. What they’re saying: “The Joe is no more, but the Red Wings opened Little Caesars Arena up right with a win over Minnesota.”

* Sporting News: 22nd, up from 28th. What they’re saying: “Not expecting this to continue, but Red Wings started with two well-played wins in which Jimmy Howard stopped 74 of 77 shots.”

* TheScore.com: Seventh. What they’re saying: “Raise your hand if you had Detroit winning two games to start the season. To their credit, the Red Wings have exceeded expectations by beating Minnesota and Ottawa, two playoff teams from last season.”

* NBC Boston: Eighth, up from 28th. What they’re saying: “It may not be a long stay for the Red Wings in the top-10 of the power rankings, but credit them for taking care of business in the first couple of games. Something tells me Jimmy Howard won’t keep the .961 save percentage all season, but let the Wings have their fun in their new building while it lasts.”


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