Boston Bruins: Power Ranking the Atlantic after week one

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 05: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Charlie Coyle #13 following a 1-0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 05, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 05: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Charlie Coyle #13 following a 1-0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 05, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Buffalo Sabres defenseman
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Buffalo Sabres defenseman /

12. . 3-0-1. Previous: . Buffalo Sabres. 3. team

I bet we didn’t expect the Sabres to be this high after the first week of hockey action. Nonetheless, Jack Eichel and the rest of his team deserve the #3 rank after a rather impressive start to their season.

Eichel and rookie Victor Olofsson look poised for a breakout and the Sabres have done a great job thus far of keeping the puck out of the net.

The upcoming schedule for Buffalo looks promising, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Buffalo hold down this position in the power rankings for the next couple of weeks.

The Bruins had Buffalo’s number last season going 3-1-0 while outscoring the Upstate New York team 11-7.

Buffalo has a shot of earning a postseason berth in 2019-2020, however I expect the Bruins to have similar outcomes against them as they did last season.

2-1-1. Previous: . Toronto Maple Leafs. 2. team. 116.

Do the Leafs really deserve to be here? Hard to say. Reviewing Toronto’s first week of hockey revealed two cake match-up wins against the Senators and Blue Jackets.

This was followed up by two more difficult match-ups against Montreal and the *sigh* *explicit* defending Stanley Cup Champions, St. Louis Blues.

After watching the Maple Leafs blow a 4-1 lead on home-ice during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, I was tempted to drop them further in the rankings. However, just like the Tampa Bay Lightning, I fully expect to see Toronto secure a playoff position this season.

The Maple Leafs may not have very much depth on their roster but its hard to argue the all-star talent that they have managed to hold onto after a summer of contract speculations.

The Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs match-up may be the biggest rivalry in hockey right now and I don’t see this changing any time soon.

Luckily, Bruins and Leafs fans alike are in for a treat as two of the next six games for the Bruins are against the Nazem Kadri-less Maple Leafs.