Updated Oct. 29
No matter what happens in the NHL, be it a new economic model, a new wide-open style of play or a new emphasis on youth, the Detroit Red Wings always seem to find a way to remain among the elite.
|Henrik Zetterberg already has 21 points for the season. (AP)|
And Detroit is on a five-game winning streak that has lifted the team past Ottawa for first place overall in the league, although they've played two more games.
The Red Wings have also moved up in our power rankings this week, but they're not the only ones. The Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets have both shown dramatic improvement in their games, particularly on defense, since the season began and have jumped significantly. Back East, the Montreal Canadiens have been riding an amazing power play to help them climb the ladder as well, while the Buffalo Sabres finally found a way to win on the road and maybe get their game in gear.
It hasn't been all good though, especially for teams headed in the other direction like the Rangers and Penguins in the East and the Sharks and defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks in the West. There is a lot of talent on all those teams, but so far it has not done much for them on the ice.
Of course, there's still a long way to go. Here are the rankings for this week.