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Sport NHL Power Rankings: Hurricanes, Golden Knights and Bruins open season as the league's elite teams

00:40  10 october  2019
00:40  10 october  2019 Source:   cbssports.com

Bruins come from behind, hold on to beat Golden Knights

  Bruins come from behind, hold on to beat Golden Knights The Bruins scored more by the second period Tuesday than they had in their first two contests, coming from behind to topple the previously-undefeated Vegas Golden Knights on the road, 4-3. “The game got heavier than the first two, and we responded,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “We were down, didn’t panic. I actually thought we started on time, we just got behind a couple there quickly and fought back.”It appeared Tuukka Rask may have been injured as the clock ran out on the game, but afterwards there was little concern, and Rask said he was cramping from the heat.

Las Vegas is where the league ' s 31st franchise has burst onto the scene not only with historic marks for an expansion team but admirable results for a first-month contender And all of it, plus plenty of other ups and downs from around the league , is reflected in our latest edition of NHL Power Rankings

slug: nhl - power - rankings - golden - knights -jump-into-top-five-as-flyers-approach- leagues -cellar A handful of anticipated contenders are on the mend thanks to the Boston Bruins and Nashville and the Winnipeg Jets, who haven't exactly had a major slip but remain a step behind the league ' s elite

We're officially one week into a new NHL season and you know what that means... it's time for overreactions! Your favorite team is undefeated out of the gate? Oh boy, better block off your first half of June because Stanley Cup Final here we come. Your team has gotten off to a slow start and lost a couple of games? BLOW. IT. UP.

a baseball player wearing a red shirt: Oct 6, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA;  Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) is congratulated by  right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) after his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in the overtime.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

Oct 6, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) is congratulated by right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) after his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in the overtime.

Chara passes Gretzky on career games played list

  Chara passes Gretzky on career games played list Zdeno Chara has eclipsed The Great One in the longevity department. The Boston Bruins defenseman suited up for the 1,488th game of his NHL career on Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights, breaking a tie with Wayne Gretzky for 23rd on the league's all-time games played list. Chara is in his 22nd season, and his 14th with the Bruins. The 42-year-old signed a one-year extension with Boston in March before helping the club return to the Stanley Cup Final.Gretzky played 1,487 career contests over 20 campaigns.Phil Housley ranks 22nd with 1,495 games played, while Gordie Howe is the NHL's all-time leader at 1,767.Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc.

Check out this week’ s power rankings to see how your team did. GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 17: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) looks to pass during the NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes on March 17, 2018 at Gila River Arena in

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In all seriousness, hockey is a very dumb and unpredictable sport sometimes. I mean, the St. Louis Blues were in dead-last place at the turn of the calendar year last season and they raised a Stanley Cup banner to kick off this one. The pure unreliability of the sport is part of what makes it so beautiful.

But it's also part of what makes early season takeaways so tough. Every year there seems to be a few teams that sputter out of the gate, leaving everyone worried before they finally start putting it together. Conversely, there are some teams that catch us by surprise with strong play before we find out it wasn't quite sustainable.

There's plenty of hockey left for things to go right, or go wrong. Your favorite team will be okay... unless of course they won't be. After one week, we can only assess based on our own pre-existing expectations and an insanely small sample size. It's difficult!

10 NHL teams that can unseat the St. Louis Blues

  10 NHL teams that can unseat the St. Louis Blues Winning the Stanley Cup is a marathon of a task that requires the perfect storm of things all working in a team's favor, with the ability to make the playoffs after an 82-game grind of a regular season. That team needs to be healthy come playoff time and must be playing at the top of its game.© David Becker/NHLI via Getty ImagesThere also needs to be the occasional bounce and some good luck in its favor. Having all of that happen once is difficult enough.

Being one week closer to the NHL playoffs means every game is more important than the last. Check out this week' s power rankings to see how your team It starts in net — by now it is no secret Sergei Bobrovsky is one of the top goalies in the league . Seth Jones has had an amazing breakout season

Check out this week' s power rankings to see how your team did. MacKinnon is lighting up the league with 89 points in 64 games and dragging the Avalanche to the playoffs. They open against a bad Chicago Blackhawks team , then play the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights to end

So, basically, what I'm saying is this: Thank you for visiting the first CBS Sports NHL Power Rankings post of the season, but this is all so very meaningless right now. Enjoy!

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1 Hurricanes If anyone expected Carolina to be one-and-one after last year, this hot start should plant serious doubts. Not only are the Hurricanes 4-0-0, but they've completed dominated play for long stretches. I mean, they held the Lightning (the Lightning!) to two shots in 40+ minutes of play. 114-0
2 Golden Knights Vegas came out of the gate and punched the Sharks in the mouth mercilessly in back-to-back games. Their lone loss came against a very strong effort from the Bruins, but the Knights have looked good across the board. Mark Stone might be a Hart candidate if he keeps this up. 32-1
3 Bruins They only scored three goals in the first two games but their defensive efforts and goaltending were enough to make it enough. They've looked stronger with each passing game, including a tremendous showing against Vegas. Any time you can start the year 3-0-0 on the road, that's impressive. 13-0
4 Avalanche Colorado came into the year with a ton of acquired hype and you wondered if that might get to their heads a little bit. Nope! Everything has looked about as good as expected, including their awesome top line. 122-0
5 Maple Leafs The Leafs have been an incredibly entertaining team to start the year, for better or for worse. Their offensive attack is frighteningly good and Auston Matthews is going to score 100 goals. They should probably stop throwing their sticks at opponents though. 32-1
6 Blues The defending champs once again look very solid throughout. Most importantly, Jordan Binnington has picked up right where he left off. 42-0
7 Lightning A 1-1-1 start is certainly one way to approach changing the "just a great regular season team" narrative. 61-1
8 Capitals They survived Evgeny Kuznetsov's three-game suspension and have secured points in each of their first four games. 52-0
9 Predators Matt Duchene has six assists through their first three games, so he seems to be fitting in pretty well. They've gotten some early returns on the power play too, which is a nice change of pace. 22-1
10 Sabres They've snagged points in each of their first three games and have looked really good in the process. Rasmus Dahlin is coming on strong. Jeff Skinner isn't sitting back on that new deal. Victor Olofsson is rewarding patience. Maybe we underestimated the Sabres? 202-0
11 Flames They've had some trouble here in the early going but they looked good against Vancouver and they've still got a bunch of talent up front and on the blue line. They should be okay. 91-1
12 Oilers I mean, if Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl stay healthy and James Neal stays on pace to score 200 goals, these guys might actually make some noise. 143-0
13 Canadiens They're beating the Leafs and scoring on the power play, so what is there to complain about really? 21-0
14 Rangers They're 2-0-0 and have been quite fun to watch, and that's kind of all you can hope for from a rebuilder. Mika Zibanejad for President. 132-0
15 Panthers We all knew the Sergei Bobrovsky deal wouldn't age well but YIKES! 31-2
16 Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad are on the Penguins' lengthy injured list already. They've looked shaky on the back end and in net. And if you thought Sidney Crosby had to do too much last year, well... hold onto your butts. 101-2
17 Red Wings Anthony Mantha might score 50 goals, but they're probably going to want some other guys to score too. 72-1
18 Islanders Life is a bit tougher when you don't get lights out goaltending. There should still be major concerns about their goal scoring... hanging four on the Jets isn't impressing anyone. 111-2
19 Flyers Undefeated, baby! 21-0
20 Ducks They're 3-0-0 under Dallas Eakins and John Gibson has a .970 save percentage. Surely that's sustainable. 53-0
21 Stars Roope Hintz has looked great but he's going to need a little bit of help around him. 41-3
22 Jets Turns out losing almost every important member of your defense and not replacing them is bad. Throw in some bad luck with injuries and it's UGLY. If Dustin Byfuglien was on the fence about returning, watching this defense sputter around like a car with mayonnaise in its gas tank might just convince him he's better off without hockey. 92-2
23 Canucks Their season-opening trip to Alberta didn't go so well. Two goals in two games isn't usually going to get the job done. 30-2
24 Coyotes They still can't score goals. I know we all love Phil Kessel for being one-of-a-kind, but the Coyotes could use about six more of him. 50-2
25 Blackhawks Lost in Europe and haven't been heard from since. Better call Liam Neeson. 30-1
26 Sharks You could say it's been a rough start to the season for the Sharks. They've lost each of their first four games, including getting run over by Vegas twice to kick off the year. They've gone 1-for-17 on the power play and gave up three shorthanded goals in their first two games. For reference, four teams gave up three shorties or fewer through ALL OF LAST SEASON. 170-4
27 Devils The Devils blew a four-goal lead to the Jets in the opener, then let up seven to the Sabres the next day. Cory Schneider is dealing with health issues already. Too early to talk about their chances of winning the 2020 offseason? 10-1
28 Kings They had an exciting win over the Flames, but only because they blew three-goal lead to make it exciting. The defense and goaltending looks, shall we say, not great. 11-1
29 Wild Not to be mean, but does anyone really care about the Wild? 60-2
30 Blue Jackets Loyalty is at an all-time high but goal scoring and penalty killing could use a bit of work. Turns out their goaltending might not be great either. Shocking stuff. 161-2
31 Senators Their season peaked 25 seconds into the first game when they scored on the Leafs and made Toronto pee itself for a second. --0-2

It's three games into the season, but here's what the Hurricanes are all about so far .
RALEIGH, N.C. - The question was posed to Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour a few days before the season opener: would he have a good gauge on his team after the first three games? It would be the Montreal Canadiens in the opener, with goalie Carey Price in net. Then a trip to Washington to face the Caps in their home opener, with all the emotion and baggage from last year's playoff It would be the Montreal Canadiens in the opener, with goalie Carey Price in net. Then a trip to Washington to face the Caps in their home opener, with all the emotion and baggage from last year’s playoff series. Finally, back home against Tampa Bay, the Presidents’ Trophy winner last season.

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