NHL Power Rankings Week 8
It’s still way too early to legitimately rank these teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 8. Your input is always welcome.
NHL Top 5
1. St. Louis Blues (16-5-1)
- Last Week: W 4-1 at EDM, W 4-3 (OT) at VAN, W 8-3 vs EDM
- Rongy’s Star: Brayden Schenn – 5 Goals, 3 Assist, +5
- Tarasenko & Crew are clicking on all cylinders and completely deserving of #1 at this point. Vlady even had himself a Gordie Howe hat-trick on Tuesday.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (15-3-2)
- Last Week: W 6-1 vs DAL, L 3-5 vs NYI
- Rongy’s Star: Steven Stamkos – 2 Goals, 2 Assists, +2
- Stamkos’ Bolts dropped an ugly one to the Islanders on Saturday, but they still boast one of the league’s most dangerous offenses. Right now, the loss feels like a minor trip.
3. Nashville Predators (12-6-2)
- Last Week: L 4-6 at MIN, W 5-2 vs COL, W 5-3 vs WNP
- Rongy’s Star: Ryan Johansen – 2 Goals, 3 Assists, +6
- Peter Laviolette’s team earned a spot by beating the Jets at home. The Pred’s look poised to make a push for the President’s Trophy this season.
4. Winnipeg Jets (12-5-3)
- Last Week: W 3-2 (SO) vs PHI, W 5-2 vs NJ, L 3-5 at NAS
- Rongy’s Star: Joel Armia – 4 Assists, +2
- Winnipeg dropped a rough one in Nashville. No cause for concern though, the Preds are 7-1-1 and seemingly beat everyone at home.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-0)
- Last Week: W 1-0 (OT) vs NJ, W 6-0 at MON, L 1-4 vs ARI
- Rongy’s Star: Frederik Andersen – 102/104 (98%) Save Opportunities, 2 Shutouts
- The loss to the Coyotes had to cost them something. Otherwise, Andersen was standing on his head all week, posting two shutouts.
NHL Bottom 5
27. Montreal Canadiens (8-12-2)
- Last Week: L 4-5 vs ARI, L 0-6 vs TOR, L 1-3 at DAL
- Four straight losses land the Canadiens in the Bottom 5. Not having Carey Price in net over the past three weeks has really hurt Montreal who hasn’t won a game in regulation since November 7th.
28. Edmonton Oilers (7-12-2)
- Last Week: L 1-4 vs STL, L 3-6 at DAL, L 3-8 STL
- Another rough week for the Oilers. Connor McDavid has to be frustrated.
29. Florida Panthers (7-11-2)
- Last Week: W 2-0 at SJ, L 0-4 at LA, L 2-3 at ANA
- The trip out west was unkind to the Panthers. Luongo posted a shutout against the Sharks, but then the Panthers got outmatched by both the Kings and Ducks. Florida needs goal scorers desperately.
30. Arizona Coyotes (5-15-3)
- Last Week: W 5-4 at MON, W 3-2 (OT) at OTT, W 4-1 at TOR
- Arizona came into the week with only two wins the whole season. This week they won three; all in Canada. WTF?!?!? Least I can do is move them out of last.
31. Buffalo Sabres (5-12-4)
- Last Week: L 1-3 at DET, L 1-3 vs CAR, L 2-3 vs COL
- They’ve lost 7 of their last 8 and are absolute trash. Surefire answer: Let Nate Peterman come in and lead the first line.
NHL Power Rankings by Conference
|1||Tampa Bay Lightning||15-3-2||32||–|
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||14-8-0||28||–|
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||13-7-1||27||–|
|4||New Jersey Devils||12-5-3||27||+1|
|7||Detroit Red Wings||10-8-3||23||+2|
|9||New York Islanders||11-7-2||24||+1|
|11||New York Rangers||10-9-2||22||-3|
|1||St. Louis Blues||16-5-1||33||–|
|4||Vegas Golden Knights||12-6-1||25||+1|
|5||Los Angeles Kings||12-7-2||26||-1|
|10||San Jose Sharks||10-8-1||21||-4|
Last Week’s Rankings: