Here’s a rundown of the Week 9 Power Rankings, as voted on by our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — with a look at the most worrisome stats and trends for all 32 teams.
Methodology: These rankings are based on which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn’t guarantee a jump, and a loss doesn’t guarantee a fall.
Arnovitz: Fact. Steve Kerr said it best prior to the Warriors’ game on Monday night when insisting that the Warriors would be fine. He quoted assistant Ron Adams quoting the late Chuck Daly: “Sometimes you have to wait on a champion.”
“When you find ways to win, it does build a belief that you can do it,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said after a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the winless Arizona Coyotes, who became the second NHL team to start a season with 11 consecutive losses.
Jesper Bratt’s tiebreaking goal on a power play with 4:13 left was the winner and capped a game in which the Devils rallied from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits.
“Credit to the guys,” Hynes said. “They found ways to stay with it and have executed at key times to come back in games. That’s something we haven’t been able to do the past couple years, so it’s certainly an improvement.”
He ordered a combination rice, loaded with egg and all kinds of meat, and then he swung by his old neighborhood. An old friend saw him and stepped out into the street. We stopped to talk, and Cal Wayne invited him to the club later.