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NHL Power Rankings 2011, Week 2: Bruins Continue To Slide

The Boston Bruins continue to stumble in the early-going and were ranked No. 15 in Week 2 of Real Clear Sports' aggregated NHL power rankings.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 18:  Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins reacts to a call against his team in the second perod against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 18, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins reacts to a call against his team in the second perod against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 18, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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We're two weeks into the NHL season, and the defending champion Boston Bruins still don't seem to have gotten it together. After picking up a shootout win at Chicago and losing on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins fell to 15th in Week 2 of Real Clear Sports' aggregated NHL power rankings, which came out Tuesday. The Bruins, ranked No. 9 in the Week 1 poll, figure to slide even further after their 17-penalty performance in a 4-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday night.

There was a wide margin between how the 2-4-0 Bruins were viewed by the different power rankings, with Fox Sports placing the team at No. 8 and ESPN ranking the Bruins 22nd.

The Detroit Red Wings supplanted the Buffalo Sabres at the top of the rankings, a testament to their status as the Western Conference's only unbeaten team.The Sabres checked in this week at No. 4, with fellow Northeast Division rival Toronto, whom the Bruins play tonight, coming eighth. The Montreal Canadiens brought up the division's rear at No. 24.

If there's good news for the Bruins, it's that their 6-2 domination of the Maple Leafs on Thursday may signal a turn-around in their season. Hopefully next week will have resulted in more wins and a better ranking.

For complete coverage of the Boston Bruins as they look to regain their 2010-11 form, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder.