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Western Conference Power Rankings (Jan. 28)

Every other week, starting today, Ryan Porth and Robby Stanley bring you the latest power rankings in the Western Conference.

How it works: Ryan, Robby and one guest blogger rank the Western Conference teams 1 through 15. First-place teams get 15 points; 15th-place teams get one point, etc. This week’s guest is Jeremy Gover of Section 303.

This week’s rankings:

Western Conference Power Rankings: January 28
Ryan Porth Robby Stanley Jeremy Gover
1 Chicago Chicago St. Louis
2 St. Louis St. Louis San Jose
3 San Jose San Jose Chicago
4 Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver
5 Anaheim Anaheim Dallas
6 Los Angeles Dallas Nashville
7 Colorado Nashville Anaheim
8 Nashville Colorado Colorado
9 Detroit Detroit Detroit
10 Minnesota Edmonton Edmonton
11 Dallas Minnesota Minnesota
12 Phoenix Los Angeles Los Angeles
13 Edmonton Columbus Calgary
14 Calgary Phoenix Columbus
15 Columbus Calgary Phoenix

1. Chicago Blackhawks (6-0-0)
The Blackhawks have been arguably the best and most complete team in the NHL to start this season. They have a downright scary offense and they’re hard to beat when they’re defending well. They have started the season a franchise-best 6-0-0. – Robby Stanley
2. St. Louis Blues (5-1-0)
Their one loss came in Chicago, a day after they came back to beat Nashville in a shootout. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko has taken the league by storm with eight points in his first six NHL games. He’d be the unanimous Calder Trophy winner if the season ended today (yes, it’s early). – Ryan Porth
3. San Jose Sharks (5-0-0)
Patrick Marleau has nine (9!) goals through five games. As ESPN Stats & Info tweeted Sunday, the Sharks have allowed eight goals, while the Kings and Panthers have only scored eight. And Marleau has nine goals already. Not to go unnoticed, Joe Thornton has 13 points. Impressive start from Team Teal. – RP
4. Vancouver Canucks (2-2-1)
The high-powered Canucks haven’t started the season on a great note. A goaltending controversy between Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo seems to be brewing, as Schneider has looked mediocre in the early going. – RS
5. Anaheim Ducks (3-1-0)
The Ducks’ penalty kill was a perfect 3-for-3 Saturday night against Nashville to push their percentage up to 63.2 percent. If they do get the penalty kill figured out, this is a playoff team. The offense is dangerous and Jonas Hiller has proven in the past he can catch fire. – RP
6. Nashville Predators (1-1-3)
The Predators could easily be 4-1-0 right now, as they have blown leads in three shootout losses. Though they are also fortunate to have five points with only one win, things won’t get easier after losing Patric Hornqvist indefinitely in the midst of a difficult seven-game road trip. – RP
7. Dallas Stars (2-2-1)
Jamie Benn will make his season debut this week after getting his contract situation settled (5-year, $26.25 million deal signed on Friday). His presence will only help a Stars club looking to snap its four-year playoff drought. – RP
8. Colorado Avalanche (2-2-0)
The Avalanche got their two wins over teams that have combined for two wins, but they are a young team that is improving. – RS
9. Detroit Red Wings (2-2-1)
It’s been an up-and-down start for the Red Wings. They looked good Friday against Minnesota, but were horrible in a season-opening 6-0 loss to St. Louis. Seven of their next nine come at home. – RS
10. Los Angeles Kings (1-2-1)
Darryl Sutter’s gang is obviously better than their record shows. However, the goal-scoring struggles have returned from last regular season. With only eight goals through four games, the Kings must find the back of the net with more regularity. – RP
11. Minnesota Wild (2-2-1)
The Wild started the season with two wins but have followed up with consecutive losses to Nashville, Detroit and St. Louis. They haven’t quite figured out their identity yet, but their talent is evident. – RS
12. Edmonton Oilers (2-2-0)
The Oilers have been an exciting team to watch so far this season and they’re going to be a very good team eventually. They’ve still got holes defensively this season, but three of their four games have been decided by one goal. – RS
13. Phoenix Coyotes (1-4-0)
It’s been an uncharacteristic start for Dave Tippett’s Coyotes. Through five games they’ve given up a league-high 20 goals, and it hasn’t mattered whether Mike Smith (currently injured) or Jason LaBarbera is in goal. – RP
t-14. Calgary Flames (1-2-1)
The Flames got their first win of the season on Saturday night against the Oilers. It looks like it may be a long season up in Calgary. – RS
t-14. Columbus Blue Jackets (1-3-1)
The good news: Sergei Bobrovsky has shown some flashes of brilliance in his first three games with Columbus. The bad news: with a 4.06 GAA and .879 save percentage, Steve Mason is still Steve Mason. – RP

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