NHL Power Rankings Week 9
It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL 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 9. Your input is always welcome.
NHL Top 5
1. Nashville Predators (15-6-3) [LW: 3]
- Last Week (3-0-1): W 3-2 (SO) vs MON, W 2-0 at STL, L 3-4 (SO) at CAR, W 3-2 vs CHI
- This Week: vs VAN (11/30), vs ANA (12/2), vs BOS (12/4), at DAL (12/5)
- Rongy’s Star: Flip Forsberg – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
2. St. Louis Blues (17-6-1) [LW:1]
- Last Week (1-1-0): L 0-2 vs NSH, W 6-3 vs MIN
- This Week: vs ANA (11/29), vs LA (12/1), @ MIN (12/2), @ MON (12/5)
- Rongy’s Star: Jaden Schwartz – 2 Goals vs MIN
- Quote: “That’s what we’re going to face all year. We have to be expecting that. Again, if we just stay in the moment and make sure that we are prepared to play and ready to play our game for 60 minutes then we’ll be fine. I think that our intentions were right coming into the game. I think maybe we were a little nervous because we built it up as a big game. We were on our heels. I think we’ve got to be ready to attack the game a little bit more. But again, we gave up one goal. We’ve got to make sure we keep defending and we know that we can be sharper offensively and obviously that will turn things around.” – Blues coach Mike Yeo after the loss to Nashville.
3. Winnipeg Jets (15-6-3) [LW: 4]
- Last Week (3-1-0): W 2-1 @ LA, W 4-1 @ ANA, L 0-4 @ SJ, W 7-2 vs MIN
- This Week: @ COL (11/29), vs VGS (12/1), vs OTT (12/3)
- Rongy’s Star: Nikolaj Ehlers – 2 Goals, 3 Assists
- Quote: “On the board, we’re the fourth line, but on the ice, we don’t feel like it a fourth line. We feel like we can produce every night and outplay every match we have. It’s a great matchup for us every night.” – Jets Mathieu Perreault on the fourth line’s recent success. The Jets are 5-2 since that line joined forces.
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (17-5-2) [LW: 2]
- Last Week (2-2-0): W 3-2 vs CHI (OT), L 1-3 @ WAS, L 2-5, L 2-5 @ PIT, W 2-0 @ BUF
- This Week: @ BOS (11/29), vs SJ (12/2), vs NYI (12/5)
- Rongy’s Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy – 2 Wins, 98 Saves on 102 Shots (96%)
- Quote: “Sometimes, in the game it’s hard not to get frustrated. But then you go watch, and say, ‘You know, we actually had some decent chances.’ The play that made me laugh a little bit was when (Namestnikov) fanned on that chance in the slot (Saturday). It was the exact same play we had in San Jose, and if it goes in, everyone is talking about what a great play that was.” – Steven Stamkos on the 1st lines small cold-streak.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs (16-9-1) [LW: 5]
- Last Week (2-1-1): L 1-2 (SO) @ FLA, W 5-4 @ CAR, L 2-4 vs WAS, W 4-1 @ CAL
- This Week: @ EDM (11/30), @ VAN (12/2)
- Rongy’s Star: Frederik Andersen – 2 Wins, Shootout Loss, 104 Saves on 110 Shots (94.5%)
NHL Bottom 5
27. Florida Panthers (10-12-2) [LW: 29]
- The Panthers won three games this week and still couldn’t escape the bottom five. Do it again, maybe they get it.
28. Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-7) [LW: NR]
- Three straight overtime losses this week, sheesh. The Flyers can’t catch a break nor stop their free fall in the standings. Overall, they’ve lost nine straight (0-4-5).
29. Edmonton Oilers (10-13-2) [LW: 28]
- Connor McDavid and the Oilers won three out of four this week, but it’ll take another week of such production to lift them from the bottom of the barrel. If they can sustain this success against the Leafs and Flames in coming games, I’ll be willing to elevate the Oilers from the Bottom 5.
30. Arizona Coyotes (6-17-4) [LW: 30]
- Arizona found a way to squeak out a victory against the Kings in overtime but lost their other three games this week. After reeling off three straight on a Canadian road swing, the Coyotes have come back down to Earth.
31. Buffalo Sabres (6-15-4) [LW: 31]
- Their win against Edmonton was their first win in over two and a half weeks. Other than that, they’ve been shutout by Montreal and Tampa Bay their last two skates.
NHL Power Rankings Week 9 by Conference
|1||Tampa Bay Lightning||17-5-2||36||–|
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||16-9-1||33||–|
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||16-8-1||33||–|
|4||New Jersey Devils||14-6-4||32||–|
|5||New York Islanders||15-7-2||32||+4|
|8||New York Rangers||13-10-2||28||+3|
|9||Detroit Red Wings||10-10-5||25||-2|
|2||St. Louis Blues||17-6-1||35||-1|
|4||Vegas Golden Knights||15-7-1||31||–|
|5||Los Angeles Kings||14-8-3||31||–|
|7||San Jose Sharks||13-8-2||28||+3|
Last Week’s Rankings: