Where every team stands on Opening Night

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NHL Power Rankings 2021-22: Where each team stands on Opening Night originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Hockey is finally back.

The puck drops on the 2021-22 NHL season Tuesday night when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning hang another banner before hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The second matchup of the night features the league’s newest expansion team — the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken will play their first ever game against the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

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After a busy offseason that saw several star players change teams, we’re poised to have a very exciting campaign with many different teams capable of taking the next step and becoming contenders.

Here are our first NHL Power Rankings of the new season!

32. Buffalo Sabres

The Jack Eichel situation has gone terribly for everyone involved, and we still don’t know how it will turn out. The Sabres stripped him of their captaincy last month and it’s unknown how many games he’ll play this season (if any).

It’s going to be another long season for a Sabres fanbase that hasn’t experienced playoff hockey since 2011.

At least they have the Bills.

31. Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes made several trades this offseason and got a boatload of draft picks in return. Arizona has three first-round picks and five second-round picks in the 2022 NHL Draft. That’s a great sign for the Coyotes’ future, but the present is very much a mess because of the lack of talent on their roster.

30. Anaheim Ducks

Longtime captain and center Ryan Getzlaf returned to the Ducks. Not much else of significance happened with the Ducks, who were rumored to be a potential landing spot for Jack Eichel but nothing has materialized so far.

29. Detroit Red Wings

The addition of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic was a nice boost for this rebuilding Red Wings team. 

28. San Jose Sharks

The Sharks had a difficult 2020-21 season and because of local COVID-19 restrictions they weren’t…



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