2018-19 NHL Power Rankings: Top 5 teams after Week 1

A look at which teams are dominating the ice early in the new NHL season.


Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0)

Tampa Bay was ranked No. 1 in the preseason, and after winning their first game, there's no reason to change that just yet. They escaped with a 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers in their season opener this past weekend. They'll get four more home games before a road trip which bodes well for their rank next week.


Nashville Predators (2-0)

Yet another team that is among the 2-0 squads in the Central Division, is Nashville. They've defeated the Islanders and Rangers, so far, but will get a test against the Winnipeg Jets this week.


Washington Capitals (1-0-1)

In just two games, the defending Stanley Cup Champions are scoring goals at a furious pace. They've recorded 13 of them en route to a 1-0-1 record. They've given up seven, but this could be a good sign early for the team to continue on a path back toward the finals.

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