Here are USA TODAY Sports NHL columnist Kevin Allen's power rankings through Oct. 31 games.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-1)

So much talk about Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov that no one is noticing that Braydon Point has 14 points in 13 games.

2. St. Louis Blues (10-2-1)

With 17 points in 13 games, Jaden Schwartz has been even more productive than Vladimir Tarasenko (14 points).

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3. Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1)

The return of Anze Kopitar’s and Dustin Brown’s scoring touch makes the Kings far more dangerous offensively.

4. Vegas Golden Knights (8-3-0)

The Golden Knights have lost the same amount of goalies (three) as they have games. Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban and Oscar Dansk are injured.

5. New Jersey Devils (8-2-0)

Most surprising performance by a team in the early going. The Devils rank third in the NHL in goals per game (3.80). Who saw that coming?

6. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-0)

If you are looking for a sleeper in the Eastern Conference, consider the Blue Jackets. They have the goaltending, defensive emphasis and the scoring.

7. New York Islanders (7-4-1)

With nine goals and 12 points in his last five games, John Tavares is the NHL’s hottest performer.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-1)

Everyone knows what the Penguins can do, but they just aren’t doing it yet.

9. Ottawa Senators (5-2-5)

Erik Karlsson had a plus-minus of -6 against the Canadiens on Monday. Believe it or not, several noteworthy defenseman have replicated that or done worse including Paul Coffey and Scott Stevens.

10. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0)

A three-game losing streak simply reminds us that this team is still a work in progress, even though we now see them as a contender.

11. Vancouver Canucks (6-3-2)

These Canucks are on a 104-point pace. Nobody forecasted this strong start.

12. Anaheim Ducks (6-4-1)

Decent start for a team that had to deal with a handful of key injuries this month.

13. Dallas Stars (7-5-0)

With the scorers they have, the Stars’ offense should be better than 2.83 goals per game.

14. Philadelphia Flyers (6-5-1)

At 20, Ivan Provorov is showing signs that he could someday be a Norris Trophy winner.

15. Winnipeg Jets (6-3-2)

While you are marveling at the impressive collection of skilled forwards, notice that Connor Hellebuyck has a 1.91 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

16. Colorado Avalanche (6-5-0)

The Avalanche look sharper, but let’s not forget they were 9-9 after 18 games last season.

17. San Jose Sharks (6-5-0)

Sharks rank third in Corsi percentage, according to, which is considered an indicator of puck possession.

18. Nashville Predators (5-4-2)

With several players adapting to new responsibilities, the Predators are still trying to find their new identity.

19. Calgary Flames (6-6-0)

They are 30th in goal scoring. Their improved goaltending won’t matter if they don't score more regularly.

20. Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-2)

The ‘Hawks must improve on a 12.7% power play efficiency (28th) if they want be a factor in the Central Division.

21. Minnesota Wild (4-4-2)

Chris Stewart’s six goals in nine games has helped an offense hurt by Zach Parise’s long-term loss to injury.

22. Boston Bruins (4-3-3)

The Bruins rank third (28.9%) on the power play and fifth (85.4%) in penalty killing.

23. Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-2)

Defenseman Justin Faulk leads the team with 36 shots on goal, but has only scored one goal.

24. Washington Capitals (5-6-1)

Alex Ovechkin netted nine goals in the first five games and then one in the last seven games.

25. Detroit Red Wings (6-6-1)

Jimmy Howard’s .927 save percentage has helped the Red Wings get off to a better-than-expected start.

26. Florida Panthers (4-6-1)

Evgenii Dadonov’s return from Russia has been a plus for Florida’s offense.

27. Montreal Canadiens (4-7-1)

Even with Carey Price in the net, the Canadiens’ team save percentage ranks 30th at .879.

28. New York Rangers (4-7-2)

It feels as if a shake-up is imminent if the team doesn’t start surging. A major trade? A coaching change. Both are possible.

29. Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1)

This team isn’t going to continue to score 2.2 goals per game. Lots of chatter in the hockey world about the Oilers looking for another scorer.

30. Buffalo Sabres (3-7-2)

The Sabres are giving up more than a goal per game than they are scoring. That won’t work.

31. Arizona Coyotes (1-11-1)

Goaltender Antti Raanta’s return from injury, expected this week, could, or should, turn into better results.