Here are this weeks Power Rankings. I think a lot of people before the seasons figured that Ottawa would have a good chance to be the top ranked team but I doubt anyone would have bet that teams 2, 3 and 4 would have been Carolina, Montreal and Columbus.
When one looks at Philadelphia’s record you see 16 points in 13 games which isn’t too bad especially when compared to last year but in reality things aren’t looking so good. Last night they were shut out by the offensively challenged NY Rangers who managed to get 45 shots on goalie Biron. That was the fourth time the Flyers have given up 40 or more shots in their last 8 games and during that span they have averaged 37.6 shots against per game having only twice allowed fewer than 38 shots in those games. Good goaltending has given them a 4-4 record in that span but I think we can clearly see that the Flyers defence is still a huge question mark. Plus they haven’t played many top ranked teams all of which means they get ranked 23rd.
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AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams