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Pacific Division Power Rankings: Week 2

  1. Dallas Stars (5-2-0, 10 pts, 1st in Division): A tough loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday capped the week for the division-leading Stars, but Kari Lehtonen continued his solid play. They lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning last Monday as well, but with the rest of the division struggling to find their games early, the Stars remain the team to beat so far in the Pacific.

  2. Los Angeles Kings (5-2-0, 10 pts, 2nd in Division): Even without defending Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty in the lineup, the Kings have continued to win games. A loss to Phoenix in the middle of the week ended the Kings’ three-game winning streak, but a hat trick from Brad Richardson helped the club bounce back on Saturday with a 6-4 win over Colorado. Doughty’s set to return this week, and with games against Chicago, Dallas and New Jersey slated for the last four days of the week, it couldn’t come at a better time.

  3. San Jose Sharks (3-3-1, 7 pts, 3rd in Division): Despite the reunion of the Sharks’ top two lines late in the week, the Sharks fell apart on Sunday, giving up four goals in the first period to the Flames. Early week wins over Edmonton and Colorado snapped the Sharks’ three game losing streak, but this is still a far cry from the Sharks team we all expected to see this season.

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  1. Phoenix Coyotes (2-2-0, 6 pts, 5th in Division): A win over Los Angeles saved the Coyotes’ week, as it was sandwiched between losses to lowly Anaheim and Carolina. Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t among the NHL leaders in any goaltending statistic except OT/shootout losses, and if he’s not at the top of his game, this team will continue to struggle.

  2. Anaheim Ducks (3-5-1, 7 pts, 4th in Division): After dropping their first three games of the year, Anaheim played better this week, topping Philadelphia and hanging tough with the league-leading Red Wings, despite giving both starts to backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. A loss to Columbus on Wednesday with starter Jonas Hiller between the pipes was a rough start to the week, and with games against Dallas, New Jersey and San Jose on the board this week, things won’t get any easier for the Ducks.

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