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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