Say, are you a Twitter user? Did you happen to experience a seismic shift this week, where something that was easily digestible (but a frequent cause of heartburn) was transformed into an unreadable mess, filled with users overcome with a sudden sense of supremacy because they could now express their inane thoughts in 280 characters?
Yeah, so did I.
For this week's Power Rankings -- voted, as always, by ESPN's panel of experts -- we honor the ethereal concept of brevity by offering pithy observations in 140 characters or fewer. Hashtag: blessed.
How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams are favored over lower-ranked teams. A run of wins doesn't guarantee a jump, and a couple of losses doesn't guarantee a fall.
Week 4 ranking: No. 2
Week 4 ranking: No. 1
The Blues drop from the top spot, as our voters are clearly bracing themselves for some sort of regression. We debated their realness here.
Week 4 ranking: No. 3
Two things are clear: Jonathan Quick is playing out of his gourd (.937 SV%), and Ducks vs. Kings is the NHL's best rivalry, full stop.
Week 4 ranking: No. 6
The Islanders are one of only 3 teams this season undefeated in regulation at home (5-0-2). But they're 30th in average attendance (11,700).
Week 4 ranking: No. 9
Week 4 ranking: No. 27
Our biggest mover of the week, the Rangers are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and have won five straight. Call off the Alain Vigneault watch!
Week 4 ranking: No. 19
The Preds have won 3 in a row. Not rolling? No. 1 center Ryan Johansen, who has 0 goals and just 19 shots on goal despite 209 shot attempts.
Week 4 ranking: No. 7
The Leafs are 2nd in goals per game with 3.76 in 17 games after averaging 3.05 last season. The bad news? They average 3.53 goals against.
Week 4 ranking: No. 5
Week 4 ranking: No. 10
While plus/minus is a flawed stat and all of that, please note that after 17 games, the Penguins don't have any players with a positive one.
Week 4 ranking: No. 4
The Devils are on a 0-2-1 skid but remain fifth in the NHL in points percentage at .678. Fabulous start, even with the recent stumble.
12. Ottawa Senators
Week 4 ranking: No. 12
Matt Duchene, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Colorado, was second on the Avs in even-strength points over the past two seasons (40).
13. San Jose Sharks
Week 4 ranking: No. 14
After their 5-1 waxing via the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sharks' team goals-against average jumped from 2.31 to 2.50. Thanks, Kucherov.
14. Boston Bruins
Week 4 ranking: No. 22
Week 4 ranking: No. 20
Alex Ovechkin has goals in three straight games and 13 goals in 16 games. Four of them have come on the power play.
Week 4 ranking: No. 17
Derek Dorsett leads the Canucks with seven goals -- after scoring six goals in his previous 85 NHL games. We live in interesting times.
Week 4 ranking: No. 24
Dylan Larkin has 14 points to lead the Wings and is heating up with five points in his past five games. Yet he has only two goals.
Week 4 ranking: No. 29
The Canadiens have won three in a row, including a 2-0 shutout of the Blackhawks by Charlie Lindgren, who is now 5-0-0 in his NHL career.
Week 4 ranking: No. 11
Look, we just follow the votes. The Knights are 5-4-1 in their past 10 and are still second in the Pacific. Yet the voters are unimpressed.
20. Dallas Stars
Week 4 ranking: No. 8
The Stars have the NHL's best power play, with a conversation rate of 31.8 percent, despite having the second-fewest opportunities (44).
Week 4 ranking: No. 13
Brandon Saad has cooled off considerably: no goals in his past nine games and just one assist in that span. He's scoreless in five straight.
22. Calgary Flames
Week 4 ranking: No. 16
Mike Smith has a spiffy .936 save percentage at even strength, having faced the third-most shots at EV (358) in the NHL.
Week 4 ranking: No. 23
Week 4 ranking: No. 18
Shayne Gostisbehere leads all defensemen with nine power-play points. He finished seventh in that category last season with 23 points.
25. Anaheim Ducks
Week 4 ranking: No. 15
Our voters obviously think the Ryan Getzlaf injury is finally one too many for the Ducks, who drop 10 spots in the rankings.
26. Edmonton Oilers
Week 4 ranking: No. 28
27. Minnesota Wild
Week 4 ranking: No. 25
The Wild have lost three straight and have a .428 points percentage, which is -- wait for it -- 27th in the NHL.
Week 4 ranking: No. 21
The Canes' offense continues to sputter along at a 2.62 goals-per-game clip despite being second in shots on goal per game (37).
29. Buffalo Sabres
Week 4 ranking: No. 30
30. Florida Panthers
Week 4 ranking: No. 26
The Panthers are on a 2-6-2 skid and have the NHL's worst defense in averaging 4.14 goals against per game.
31. Arizona Coyotes
Week 4 ranking: No. 31
We'd recap all the ways Arizona is terrible, from a ghastly regulation record to a minus-26 goal differential; alas, we have only 140 charac