NHL Power Rankings November 22
Looking for our updated NHL Power Rankings? Six weeks of the NHL season is in the books – it’s time that the cream really starts to rise to the top in the Standings. There are some great surprises over the first 18 or so games of the season and there have been some colossal disappointments. This week we see some familiar names in the dirty dozen – the youth of the Oilers and the Leafs have predictably slipped down the Rankings.
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There is a new #1 this week – no shock if you have been watching the Chicago Blackhawks as of late and there are a couple of new teams that have made their way into the top 12 – Columbus and Boston have been terrific and deserve some recognition.
So where does your favorite team sit as we roll into the dog days of NHL Regular Season?
Let’s take a look in Dave B’s bi-weekly NHL Power Rankings.
1. Chicago (13-4-2)
Two Weeks Ago: 3
Chicago takes over top spot in the Rankings thanks to an 8-1-1 stretch in their last 10 games – and they haven’t even put it all together just yet!
Jonathan Toews has just 12 points (four goals) in 19 games but Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane have picked up the slack.
Corey Crawford has been remarkable as well – 9-4-2 with a 2.17 GAA and .928 save percentage.
When all of Chicago’s guns are firing at the same time this team is scary – and they are not too far off.
2. Montreal (14-3-2)
Two Weeks Ago: 1
The Habs are human! They dropped two straight games last week and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall. They have played 12 of 19 at home so far where they are 11-0-1 and head out on the road a bit more the next few weeks.
Still, with Carey Price in goal and with a balanced, speedy lineup going at the opposition in waves there is no reason to think a sharp drop-off is imminent.
3. New York Rangers (13-5-0)
Two Weeks Ago: 2
The Rangers keep plugging along – they have an astounding 76 goals for this year and 45 goals against in 19 games – that’s a plus 31 goal differential – incredible!
14 players on this team have at least 10 points and Henrik Lundqvist has woken up and has been looking like an All-World keeper again. Everyone is playing well for this team right now – they are an easy top 3 squad!
4. Washington (11-5-2)
Two Weeks Ago: 4
The Capitals just keep contending. They have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall and proved their class last week in a 7-1 win over the Penguins.
The team has allowed just 40 goals in their 18 games so far and Braden Holtby has posted a 1.99 GAA so far. With defense like that Washington looks like a serious contender – AGAIN.
5. Pittsburgh (11-4-3)
Two Weeks Ago: 5
The Penguins have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games – one of their losses was a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals last week.
Still, we know who this Penguins team is – a stacked offensive juggernaut with the best player in the world.
Surprisingly the team has just a plus 2 goal differential on the year – they have allowed 50 goals so far.
6. Tampa Bay (12-6-1)
Two Weeks Ago: 6
The Lightning lost Steven Stamkos last week for an extended period which is a huge blow.
But as all good teams do they have found a way to keep going – the Lightning have won four straight heading into the week and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games overall.
As long as players like Nikita Kucherov continues to produce (22 points in 18 games) the Lightning will be fine.
7. Columbus (10-4-2)
Two Weeks Ago: 13
How about those Blue Jackets? They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and enter the week on a four game winning streak.
This team has allowed just 37 goals so far and has scored 54 – Sergei Bobrovsky has been terrific and the balance on this team has been evident – seven players have at least 10 points so far.
I don’t know if it lasts but for now Columbus is an easy #7.
8. St. Louis (10-6-3)
Two Weeks Ago: 8
The Blues are just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games but they have won three straight entering the week.
The currently have a minus 4 goal differential and they are 2-5-1 away from home this year – things that are going to have to change in order to stay top 10.
But for now they are 7th in the Overall standings and have the overall talent to land at #8.
9. Boston (11-7-0)
Two Weeks Ago: 18
The Bruins are back to playing Bruins hockey – their size and speed has shot them up the Rankings this week. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant with an 11-2-0 record and rookie Brandon Carlo has been a rock on defense so far.
Boston has scored just 45 times in their 18 games so far – reason for at least a little concern.
10. New Jersey (9-5-3)
Two Weeks Ago: 16
The Devils could be higher if not for the injury to Taylor Hall who will miss 3-4 weeks.
Although the team has lost two straight heading into the week they are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and sit 10th in the overall standings with games in hand over the teams around them.
New Jersey has allowed just 38 goals against this year – second lowest in the league.
11. Anaheim (9-7-3)
Two Weeks Ago: 9
The Ducks have been solid but unspectacular lately – they lost last night to the Kings at home and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
With seemingly everyone around them in the same boat – the average looking Ducks land at 11.
12. Ottawa (10-7-1)
Two Weeks Ago: 11
Ottawa still sits 11th in the Overall Standings but they enter the week on a two game losing streak.
They have a minus 6 goal differential so far – worst among the teams in the dirty dozen this week – something that will have to change for them to remain there.
13. Florida (9-8-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 20
14. Minnesota (9-7-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 10
15. Edmonton (10-8-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 7
16. Toronto (8-7-3) – Two Weeks Ago: 12
17. Winnipeg (9-10-2) – Two Weeks Ago: 23
18. Philadelphia (8-8-3) – Two Weeks Ago: 14
19. Dallas (7-7-5) – Two Weeks Ago: 22
20. San Jose (9-8-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 21
21. Los Angeles (10-9-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 17
22. Carolina (7-6-4) – Two Weeks Ago: 28
23. Nashville (7-7-3) – Two Weeks Ago: 27
24. Detroit (8-9-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 15
25. Colorado (8-9-0) – Two Weeks Ago: 24
26. Buffalo (6-8-4) – Two Weeks Ago: 19
27. Vancouver (7-10-2) – Two Weeks Ago: 29
28. Calgary (7-11-1) – Two Weeks Ago: 25
29. Arizona (6-9-2) – Two Weeks Ago: 30
30. New York Islanders (5-8-4) – Two Weeks Ago: 26
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