NHL Power Rankings 2011, Week 2: Flyers On The Rise

OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Daniel Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers carries the puck along the end boards while being pursued by Mika Zibanejad #93 of the Ottawa Senators during a game at Scotiabank Place on October 18, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers moved up a slot to No. 3 in Week 2 of Real Clear Sports' aggregated NHL power rankings.

Despite losing its perfect record with an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Philadelphia Flyers moved up one spot to No. 3 in Week 2 of Real Clear Sports' aggregated NHL power rankings.  Released on Tuesday, the rankings did not include the Flyers' 7-2 thrashing of the Ottawa Senators that night. Philadelphia will have a chance to improve its status tonight in a clash with the unbeaten Washington Capitals, who were ranked No. 2 in Week 2.

The Flyers earned one first-place vote, from Canada's TSN and were ranked as low as fourth (CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated). They finished only behind the top-ranked Detroit Red Wings and the aforementioned Capitals.  Philadelphia's Atlantic Division rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, came in fifth. After spending Week 1 in the cellar, two of the division's NYC-metro teams made strides in the right direction, with the New York Islanders a respectable 10th and the New Jersey Devils right behind at No. 11. The New York Rangers, on the other hand, slipped to No. 26.

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