NHL Power Rankings - Best and Worst of Week 6
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All statistics go into compiling these rankings as well as updates to team rosters such as trades and injuries, and the teams’ weekly schedules.
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|7||St. Louis Blues||+1800|
|10||Vegas Golden Knights||+1000|
|16||Toronto Maple Leafs||+1400|
|25||CBJ Blue Jackets||+7500|
|28||San Jose Sharks||+4000|
|30||Detroit Red Wings||+32500|
1. Boston Bruins (11-2-2)
Last week: 1
The Bruins finally lost a game this week.
No need to stress though.
The big bad Bruins have gone 7-1-2 in their last ten games and still hold on to the first-place spot in the Atlantic division.
They sit third-overall, one point behind the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues despite playing less games than both of those teams.
David Pastrnak leads the entire NHL in goals scored and points and Tuukka Rask leads all goaltenders in save percentage and goals-against average.
2. Washington Capitals (11-2-3)
Last week: 3, +1
The Washington Capitals sit atop the league with 25 points (well, tied for the lead).
Captain Alexander Ovechkin leads the team in goals with 11 but not in points.
That honor goes to defenseman John Carlson who has been lighting it up for the Capitals, already registering 23 points on the season and sitting at fifth in the NHL scoring race.
The team has gone 8-1-1 in their last ten games and are currently riding a four-game winning streak at the time of writing.
3. Edmonton Oilers (10-5-2)
Last week: 5, +2
Leon Draisaitl. Connor McDavid. James Neal.
The top line in the NHL has a combined 64 points so far this season (51 of which are just McDavid and Draisaitl).
This also explains why the Edmonton Oilers have the third-best power play in the league with a 26.67 percentage and a combined 12 power-play goals.
They are only 4-4-2 in their last ten but the reason for the jump in the rankings is mostly based on schedule. Edmonton’s next couple of games come against the New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks.
4. New York Islanders (11-3-0)
Last week: 6, +2
At the time of writing, the New York Islanders have won ten games in a row.
Ten! They are second in the Metropolitan Division behind only the Washington Capitals, and that could change soon.
The Islanders schedule is primed for them to extend their point streak and move up the NHL rankings this week.
Their defense and shutdown strategies have been crucial, not allowing many shots against and allowing even fewer goals.
5. Carolina Hurricanes (9-5-1)
Last week: 7, +2
Carolina Hurricanes sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division and they will play the New York York Rangers once and the disappointing Tampa Bay Lightning twice this week.
They’ve lost their last two games in a row but expect this team to bounce back as their key players are starting to find their groove and the back of the net.
6. Nashville Predators (9-4-2)
Last week: 8, +2
Defensemen (yes, defensemen) Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis lead the team in scoring.
The two d-men have combined for seven goals and 31 points. The team itself has gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games and destroyed the Detroit Red Wings in their last game.
They sit second in the Central division and have a softer schedule coming up that includes the Colorado Avalanche, the Detroit Red Wings, and the San Jose Sharks.
They have picked up points in nearly every game this season.
7. St. Louis Blues (11-3-3)
Last week: 12, +5
The St. Louis Blues are first in the Central Division and tied for first in the league with the Washington Capitals at 25 points.
The Blues are 8-2-0 in their last ten, most recently defeating the Edmonton Oilers.
St. Louis is now on a six-game winning streak. Not bad for a team that lost its most crucial forward, Vladimir Tarasenko, to injury late last month.
8. Vancouver Canucks (9-3-3)
Last week: 10, +2
The Vancouver Canucks sit at sixth-overall in the league with 21 points.
They have gone 6-1-3 in their last ten games.
Like the Oilers, the Canucks have been gifted quite the schedule for this week as they face the struggling Chicago Blackhawks, the Winnipeg Jets, and the New Jersey Devils.
It was also announced that rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes has returned to the lineup, which is a big boost for the Canucks’ blue line.
9. Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2)
Last week: 4, -5
One of the hottest stars in the league is starting to cool off but that doesn’t mean this Sabres team is headed in the direction of their predecessors.
They are riding a three-game losing streak but they lost to three very good teams.
They are 5-4-1 in their last ten and have an upcoming schedule that includes the Tampa Bay Lightning twice. This should be a bounce-back week for the Sabres, who are still sitting in second in the Atlantic division.
10. Colorado Avalanche (8-5-2)
Last week: 2, -8
The Colorado Avalanche have not won a game since the posting of last week’s power rankings.
It is safe to say that the injuries to Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are having their effect on the team. They have gone 3-5-2 in their last ten, losing five games straight. Luckily the strength of their competition dips heading into this weekend.
11. Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-2)
Last week: 11
For as good as this team is on paper, they sure like to blow leads.
Currently sitting at tenth in the league with 20 points, the Golden Knights have gone 5-3-2 in their last ten. They have a relatively cushioned schedule coming up as well against teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (with Washington in between but shhh).
12. Arizona Coyotes (9-4-2)
Last week: 9, -3
This is the best start to an NHL season the Arizona (or Phoenix) Coyotes have ever had.
Currently with 20 points on the season, the Coyotes find themselves sitting seventh in the league.
Their goaltending is on fire and their defense is playing superbly and it’s making up for the somewhat lack of offense.
They lost their last game but have gone 7-2-1 in their last ten. They also play Columbus and Minnesota this weekend.
13. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-1)
Last week: 15, +2
Just as this team got Evgeni Malkin back in the lineup, Patric Hornqvist was placed on the IR.
The Penguins have lost their last two games in a row and sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division.
However, once they get past the Islanders, the Penguins schedule opens up again against teams that they should be able to overcome such as the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks.
14. Florida Panthers (7-3-4)
Last week: 19, +5
Fourth in the Atlantic division, and going 6-1-3 in their last ten games, the Florida Panthers find themselves currently riding a two-game winning streak.
Their record of 7-3-4 is the third-best start in franchise history. However, their upcoming schedule is something no team wants as they will face the Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, and Boston Bruins.
15. Anaheim Ducks (9-7-1)
Last week: 18, +3
Goaltender John Gibson can’t carry this team forever.
Severely lacking in the offense, the Anaheim Ducks have gone just 4-5-1 in their last ten and have lost two in a row. They have a mixed bag of a schedule coming up as well as the play Detroit and San Jose between Edmonton and St. Louis.
16. Montreal Canadiens (8-5-2)
Last week: 20, +4
6-4-0 in their last ten games, the Montreal Canadiens pulled off a big win in their last game, defeating the Boston Bruins 5-4.
The curious case of this team is that although they can defeat teams like the Bruins, they have lost games this season to Minnesota, Detroit, and San Jose.
Sitting fifth in the Atlantic division, Montreal has a favourable schedule coming up including games against Columbus, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
17. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-3)
Last week: 14, -3
The Toronto curse of starting October strong and finishing weak continues but they seem to be pulling it back together.
The Leafs have won their last two games in a row and have gone 5-3-2 in their last ten. They are lucky they are a young team though because they sure like to go into overtime a lot.
18. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5-2)
Last week: 13, -5
Simply put, this team is underperforming and should not be in the bottom 10 of the league which is where they currently find themselves.
They are 5-4-1 in their last ten and they play the Buffalo Sabres twice in a row this weekend. They have allowed the 11th-most goals against and have the fifth-worst penalty kill in the league.
19. Calgary Flames (9-7-2)
Last week: 17, -2
The Flames can hopefully pick up some points this week as they face the New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars this week.
However, the also play the St. Louis Blues. Milan Lucic will be back from suspension but that may not necessarily prove to be a good thing for this team that sits fifth in the Pacific division.
20. Winnipeg Jets (8-7-1)
Last week: 21, +1
The Winnipeg Jets are barely hanging on to being plus-500 this season.
Their road play over the past few weeks has been strong but they have only gone 4-5-1 in their last ten games. Forward Bryan Little also suffered injuries after taking a slap shot to the head and his status is uncertain moving forward.
21. Philadelphia Flyers (7-5-2)
Last week: 16, -5
The Philadelphia Flyers’ upcoming schedule includes the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, and Boston Bruins. No thank you.
For more on the Flyers check out this week’s game: Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers
22. Dallas Stars (8-8-1)
Last week: 24, +2
Don’t let the 8-8-1 record fool you, this team seems to finally be living up to their potential.
Riding a four-game win streak, the Stars have gone 7-3-1 in their last ten games.
Their first line still isn’t producing as much as they should be but second-line scoring is helping and their goaltending seems to have found their footing. They have also improved on the power play.
23. Chicago Blackhawks (4-7-3)
Last week: 28, +5
The Chicago Blackhawks are struggling.
Sitting sixth in the Central division, they are just 3-5-2 in their last ten games.
They’ve had a lot of call-ups so far this season so team chemistry is still very much a factor.
They don’t have the easiest of schedules coming either, but it’s not as bad as some teams.
24. New Jersey Devils (4-5-4)
Last week: 29, +5
Sitting eighth in the Metropolitan division and going 4-3-3 in their last ten games, the New Jersey Devils are still struggling but have been showing some signs of life this past week.
The team has won two games in a row. However, their goaltending is still very weak and their upcoming schedule has them facing Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver on the road.
25. New York Rangers (6-6-1)
Last week: 26, +1
The New York Rangers were picking up some steam last week and things were looking good.
Then they got destroyed by the Ottawa Senators.
How? The Rangers are 4-5-1 in their last ten games and sit sixth in the Metropolitan division but luckily they don’t have too harsh of a schedule coming up.
26. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-7-3)
Last week: 22, -4
The Columbus Blue Jackets have now lost five games in a row.
Their record over their last ten sits at 3-4-3. Head coach John Tortorella said earlier this season that the team “was supposed to suck this year”. Although he said it sarcastically, it’s now ringing true.
27. Minnesota Wild (5-9-1)
Last week: 27
We have come to a point where it’s tough to remember that the Minnesota Wild even exists in the NHL.
They are 4-5-1 in their last ten games and sit 27th in the league.
If that is to change, this is the week to do it as they take on lighter competition against the likes of Anaheim, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
28. Los Angeles Kings (5-10-0)
Last week: 29
The Los Angeles Kings have the league’s worst goaltending and allowed more goals last week than any other team in the league.
They are 3-7-0 in their last ten and 5-10-0 on the season. They need to take advantage of their schedule ahead that includes Ottawa, Montreal, Minnesota, and Detroit.
29. San Jose Sharks (5-10-1)
Last week: 23, -6
What happened to this team?
Like the Tampa Bay Lightning, no one expected the Sharks to be this low in the standings.
They have two of the league’s best defensemen and yet the team has allowed the third-most goals against in the league.
They also have the sixth-fewest goals scored, so it’s not just the defense that’s struggling.
30. Ottawa Senators (4-9-1)
Last week: 30
This is essentially the only team that is exactly where we expected them to be at this point in the season. Sitting in second-to-last place in the league, the Ottawa Senators have gone 3-6-1 in their last ten and 4-9-1 on the season.
There are bright spots when looking to the future though and they do have an opportunity to pick up a win or two this week.
31. Detroit Red Wings (4-12-1)
Last week: 31
Since the opening week of the season, the Detroit Red Wings have won one game.
They are worse than the Ottawa Senators who were pegged to be dead-last all season long.
They are 1-8-1 in their last ten games and are currently riding a four-game losing streak. Their upcoming schedule doesn’t much matter as they can’t seem to beat anyone.
The injuries don’t help either.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are power rankings calculated?
Power rankings are calculated by compiling all information and statistics about each team on a week-to-week basis.
Key factors include injuries, schedule, roster changes, road games vs home games, and previous matchups.
Do injuries play a role in a team’s ranking?
Depending on the skillset of the player, losing someone to an injury can greatly affect that team’s ranking for the week.
An injury to a star player can change the way the team plays and how that team is viewed by the NHL pundits and fan base.
Do trades and free-agent signing play a role in a team’s ranking?
Like with injuries, a trade or signing will definitely affect the ranking of a team. It will depend on the scale of the trade or signing. Certain positions will mean more as well, such as adding or losing a goaltender or key centerman.
Does a team’s schedule play a role in the weekly rankings?
Absolutely. It is one of the biggest factors taken into account when compiling a power rankings list.
The caliber of teams that one team faces in a week, as well as if they are playing at home or on the road, will greatly affect their ranking for that week.