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NHL power rankings, first edition

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skates during an

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skates during an informal workout with teammates at the Iceoplex in Canonsburg, Pa. (Oct. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

As the NHL season opens, a snapshot, based on goaltending, offense, team defense, special teams, depth, speed, grit, coaching, schedule.

Guarantee: Volatility.

With injuries, this won't be the same in a month or in April, when the playoff spots are on the line in the unchartered, choppy waters of a 48-game campaign.

1. Penguins

2. Rangers

3. Blues

4. Bruins

5. Canucks

6. Capitals

7. Blackhawks

8. Wild

9. Flyers

10. Kings


11. Senators

12. Ducks

13. Coyotes

14. Red Wings

15. Sabres

16. Hurricanes

17. Oilers

18. Devils

19. Lightning

20. Predators


21. Sharks

22. Panthers

23. Avalanche

24. Canadiens

25. Stars

26. Islanders

27. Blue Jackets

28. Flames

29. Maple Leafs

30. Jets


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