NHL Power Rankings, ver 1.0
With it being so early in the season, it's awfully tough to tell from just looking at the standings who some of the best teams have been so far. Detroit, for instance, is 2-1-1 in four games, but how does that stack up against Atlanta, who are 4-1-1?
Time and again, it's been proven that goal differential is as useful a measuring stick for team's performance as there is available. So, simply using that as our barometer, and factoring in the number of games played between teams, here's a look at how teams rank so far:
The one thing this does not factor in, however, is the strength of schedule for these teams to date, so teams like Minnesota who have played solely at home — including games against Washington and Columbus — are given more of an advantage than they perhaps should be.