NHL Power Rankings Week 13

NHL Power Rankings Week 13

Okay. We’ve finally reached a point in the season where we kind of know what everyone has. There are some really good teams at the top and some really good teams middle of the pack with their work cut out for them. As always enjoy last weeks plays of the week and feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and/or rankings to contact@quartermastersports.com. Subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 13.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week
    • vs Ottawa – W 4-3 (SO)
    • vs Minnesota – W 3-0
  • This Week
    • vs Montreal (Thu)
    • vs Philadelphia (Fri)
    • @ Columbus (Sun)
    • @ Toronto (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – Tyler Johnson: 1 Goal, 1 Assist, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I rely heavily on our scouting staff on all the decisions we make. We were looking for an offensive defenseman, a puck-moving defenseman. Those players are hard to find.” – Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on his success as GM 

2. Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-2) [LW: WC 3]

  • Last Week 
    • vs Washington – W 3-0
    • @ Anaheim – W 4-1
  • This Week
    • @ Los Angeles (Thur)
    • vs Toronto (Sun)
    • vs Nashville (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – William Karlsson: 2 Goals, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I think the coolest part, without a doubt, has been the way the city has taken to the team. Our open practices are packed. People are wearing Golden Knights T-shirts on the Strip and recognizing us at restaurants — which still blows my mind. And we really do have some of the best fans in hockey right now, for real.” – Knights LW David Perron in the Players Tribune

3. Los Angeles Kings (22-11-4) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week
    • vs Colorado – W 2-1 (OT)
    • @ San Jose – L 0-2
  • This Week
    • vs Vegas (Thu)
    • @ Vancouver (Sat)
    • @ Edmonton (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • G – Jonathan Quick: 60/63 SA (95%)
  • Video
    • Dustin Brown’s OT winner in his 1,000 game

4. Nashville Predators (22-9-5) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week
    • vs Carolina – L 1-4
    • @ Dallas – L 3-4 (SO)
    • @ St. Louis – W 2-1
  • This Week
    • @ Minnesota (Fri)
    • vs Minnesota (Sat)
    • @ Vegas (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – Calle Jarnkrok: 2 Goals, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I’m frustrated, and not because I don’t think that we can score goals. I just think that we’re better than that.” – Preds HC Mike Yeo after losing to the Blues

5. New Jersey Devils (22-9-5) [LW: EC #4]

  • Last Week
    • vs NY Rangers – W 4-3 (SO)
    • v Chicago – W 4-1
    • vs Detroit – W 3-1
  • This Week
    • vs Buffalo (Fri)
    • @ Washington (Sat)
    • @ St. Louis (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • LW – Taylor Hall: 1 Goal, 3 Assists
  • Tweet

NHL Bottom 5

27. Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5) [LW: NR]

  • The Canucks check in at 27 but more importantly let’s recognize the Florida Panthers for fighting their way out of the Bottom 5. Well done.

28. Detroit Red Wings (13-16-7) [LW: 27]

  •  Detroit lost both their games this week and the struggle continues in Motor City. They’ll be happy to get back home this week after losing three of four on the road.

29. Ottawa Senators (11-16-8) [LW: 29]

  • Ottawa is feeling the road blues right now. They’ve played ten out of their last thirteen away from the Canadian Tire Centre. Over that span, they are 1-7-2 on the road and 2-1 at home.

30. Arizona Coyotes (9-25-5) [LW: 30]

  • This week the Coyotes stole one at home against Washington in overtime. Then they played a home-and-home with the Avalanche. Each team won on the road.

31. Buffalo Sabres (9-20-8) [LW: 31]

  • Things are going to get worse in Buffalo before they get better.

 


NHL Power Rankings

Week 13 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

26-7-2 54
2 New Jersey

Devils

22-9-5 49 +2
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

22-13-3 47
4 Washington

Capitals

22-13-3 47 -2
5 Toronto

Maple Leafs

22-14-1 45
6 Boston

Bruins

20-10-5 45 +2
7 New York

Islanders

20-13-4 44 +2
8 Pittsburgh

Penguins

19-16-3 41 -1
9 New York

Rangers

20-13-4 44 -3
10 Carolina

Hurricanes

17-12-7 41 +1
11 Montreal

Canadiens

16-17-4 36 -1
12 Florida

Panthers

15-16-5 35 +2
13 Philadelphia

Flyers

15-13-8 38 -1
14 Detroit

Red Wings

13-16-7 33 -1
15 Ottawa

Senators

11-16-8 30
16 Buffalo

Sabres

9-20-8 26

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Vegas

Golden Knights

24-9-2 50 +1
2 Los Angeles

Kings

22-11-4 48 +1
3 Nashville

Predators

22-9-5 49 -2
4 St. Louis

Blues

23-14-2 48
5 Winnipeg

Jets

21-11-6 48
6 San Jose

Sharks

19-11-4 42
7 Dallas

Stars

20-15-3 43 +1
8 Chicago

Blackhawks

17-13-5 40 -1
9 Minnesota

Wild

19-15-3 42 +1
10 Calgary

Flames

18-15-3 39 -1
11 Anaheim

Ducks

16-14-8 40
12 Edmonton

Oilers

17-18-2 36 +1
13 Colorado

Avalanche

17-16-3 37 -1
14 Vancouver

Canucks

15-17-5 35
15 Arizona

Coyotes

9-25-5 23

 


NHL Power Rankings Week 12

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

Okay. We’ve finally reached a point in the season where we kind of know what everyone has. There are some really good teams at the top and some really good teams middle of the pack with their work cut out for them. As always enjoy last weeks plays of the week and feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and/or rankings to contact@quartermastersports.com. Subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 12.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-7-2) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week
    • @ Arizona – W 4-1
    • @ Colorado – W 6-5
    • @ Vegas – L 3-4
  • This Week
    • vs Ottawa (Thur)
    • vs Minnesota (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Victor Hedman (D) –  2 Goals, 4 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Quote
    • “The wrong call at the wrong time. A crappy way to lose.” – Steven Stamkos on the loss to the Knights

2. Nashville Predators (21-8-4) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week
    • @ Edmonton – W 4-0
    • @ Calgary – W 2-0
    • vs Winnipeg – L 4-6
  • This Week
    • vs Carolina (Thur)
    • @ Dallas (Sat)
    • @ St. Louis (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Kevin Fiala (LW) – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Video

3. Vegas Golden Knights (22-9-2) [LW: WC 5]

  • Last Week 
    • vs Pittsburgh – W 2-1
    • vs Florida – W 5-2
    • v Tampa Bay- W 4-3
  • This Week
    • vs Washington (Sat)
    • @ Anaheim (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Erik Haula (LW)- 2 Goals, 2 Assist
  • Tweet

4. Los Angeles Kings (21-10-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week
    • @ New York Rangers – L 2-4
    • @ New York Islanders – L 3-4 (OT)
    • @ Philadelphia – W 4-1
  • This Week
    • vs Colorado (Thur)
    • @ San Jose (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Tyler Toffoli (C) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote
    • “It’s one of those things you don’t really think about when you’re playing. But now that it’s kind of here, you definitely think about what it means to myself and everyone I’ve played with, and the organization.” – Dustin Brown on playing his 1,000 NHL game

5. Washington Capitals (22-12-1) [LW: EC5]

  • Last Week
    • @ Boston- W 5-3
    • vs Anaheim – W 3-2 (OT)
    • @ Dallas – W 4-3 (OT)
  • This Week
    • @ Arizona (Fri)
    • @ Vegas (Sat)
    • @ New York Rangers (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Alex Ovechkin (LW) – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Quote
    • “I don’t know what was going on, but it was spur-of-the-moment. I think the boys had a good laugh over it.” – Brett Connolly after his GW OT Goal against Dallas

NHL Bottom 5

27. Detroit Red Wings (13-14-7) [LW: 28]

  • I feel bad including the Wings on this list. The 27th spot is tough because there are clearly four bad teams in the league and then a bunch of mediocrity right above it. The top spot in the bottom five is a revolving door. 

28. Florida Panthers (13-16-5) [LW: 30]

  • The Panthers went on a brutal five-game roadie and finished 2-2-1 over the span. However, their two wins were over the Red Wings (OT) and Coyotes. 

29. Ottawa Senators (11-14-7) [LW: 29]

  • Ottawa only played two games this past week and split. Craig Anderson shut out the Habs at home, but then fell 4-6 to the Wild. 

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-24-5) [LW: 31]

  • Arizona moves up just because I forgot Buffalo last week. They are still really, really bad.

31. Buffalo Sabres (8-19-7) [LW: Forgotten]

  • The Sabres are so bad. I completely forgot about their existence as a franchise last week and left them out of the bottom 5. Wow. My apologies to the Edmonton Oilers who were unjustly ranked in the B5 last week.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 12 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

24-7-2 50
2 Washington

Capitals

22-12-1 45 +3
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

21-13-1 43
4 New Jersey

Devils

19-9-5 43
5 Toronto

Maple Leafs

21-14-1 43 -3
6 New York

Rangers

19-12-3 41 +3
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

17-15-3 37
8 Boston

Bruins

17-10-5 39
9 New York

Islanders

18-13-3 39 -3
10 Montreal

Canadiens

15-15-4 34
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

14-12-7 35
12 Philadelphia

Flyers

15-12-7 37 +1
13 Detroit

Red Wings

13-14-7 33 +1
14 Florida

Panthers

13-16-5 31 -2
15 Ottawa

Senators

11-14-7 29
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-19-7 23

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

21-8-4 46
2 Vegas

Golden Knights

22-9-2 46 +3
3 Los Angeles

Kings

21-10-4 46 -1
4 St. Louis

Blues

22-12-2 46 -1
5 Winnipeg

Jets

20-10-5 45 -1
6 San Jose

Sharks

17-11-4 38
7 Chicago

Blackhawks

17-11-5 39 +4
8 Dallas

Stars

18-14-3 39 -1
9 Calgary

Flames

18-14-3 39 -1
10 Minnesota

Wild

18-13-3 39 -1
11 Anaheim

Ducks

14-13-8 36 -1
12 Colorado

Avalanche

16-15-2 34 +1
13 Edmonton

Oilers

15-17-2 32 +1
14 Vancouver

Canucks

15-16-4 34 -2
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-24-5 19

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

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 contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 11. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-6-2) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 vs COL, W 4-3 (OT) vs WIN, W 3-0 at STL
  • This Week: @ ARI (THU), @ COL (SAT), @ VGS (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Brayden Point – 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Game-Winning Goals
  • Quote: “The guys call him ‘Big Cat’ for a reason. Good reflexes like a cat right there.” – Lightning Coach Jon Cooper on Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

2. Nashville Predators (19-7-4) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-4 (SO) vs VGS, W 7-1 at VAN
  • This Week: @ EDM (THU), @ CAL (SAT), vs WIN (TUE)
  • Rongy’s StarViktor Arvidsson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote:

3. Los Angeles Kings (20-9-3) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: W 4-3 (OT) vs OTT, W 3-2 (OT) vs CAR, L 1-5 @ NJ
  • This Week: @ NYR (FRI), @ NYI (SAT), @ PHI (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tanner Pearson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Game-Winning OT Goal
  • Quote: “I think we missed him in the room, his leadership, his voice, his demeanor between periods, all the stuff that fans never see. This team missed that direly last year. We understand what he does on the ice. We see it every night, but I think the whole package of what he brings to this team, we missed that last year. The team missed it for sure.” – Kings GM Rob Blake on Goalie Jonathan Quick’s leadership

4. St. Louis Blues (21-9-2) [LW: 4th WC]

  • Last Week: W 3-0 vs DAL, W 6-1 @ DET, W 3-2 (OT) vs BUF, L 0-3 vs TB
  • This Week: vs ANA (THU), vs WIN (SAT), @ WIN (SUN), @ CAL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Jake Allen – 3 Wins, 101/106 Save Attempts (95.2%), 1 Shutout
  • Quote: “I just didn’t think we made it hard enough on Vasilevskiy. He’s the best goalie in the league this year. It’s not even close. We put pucks on net, but pretty easy for him.” – Blues Goalie Jake Allen after losing to Tampa Bay

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-10-1) [LW: 3rd EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 (SO) vs CAL, W 4-3 @ PIT, W 1-0 vs EDM, L 2-4 @ PHI
  • This Week: @ MIN (THU), @ DET (FRI), vs CAR (TUE), @ COL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tyler Bozak – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: “We’re a good team, and even when not playing our best we’ve been finding ways to win. We have to nip this in the bud before it becomes a problem. It’s back to basics, we’re sitting back too much, we’re one-and-done in the offensive zone.” – Leafs HC Mike Babcock

NHL Bottom 5

27. Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2) [LW: 28]

  • Edmonton continues to play better every week. This week they were able to pull off road wins in Montreal and Columbus. If McDavid & Co. can get a streak started, they may be able to overcome their miserable start.

28. Detroit Red Wings (11-13-7) [LW: NR]

  • Jimmy Howard and the Wings are in free-fall mode right now. Over their past 10 games, Detroit has only notched one victory (1-5-4). Over that span, they have been outscored 45-16.

29. Ottawa Senators (10-13-7) [LW: 29]

  • Like Detroit, the Sens are mired in a funk. Ottawa has only won one game in the past month (1-9-2). Maybe they can get back on track with their upcoming homestand.

30. Florida Panthers (12-14-5) [LW: 30]

  • It seems like the Panthers are content treading water at the bottom of the league. They look like they’ll be a mainstay in the Bottom 5.

31. Arizona Coyotes (7-21-5) [LW: 31]

  • The great debate begins. Who is worse, Florida or Arizona? Should there even be hockey teams in those locations?

NHL Power Rankings

Week 11 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

22-6-2 46
2 Toronto

Maple Leafs

20-11-1 41 +1
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

19-11-1 39 +1
4 New Jersey

Devils

17-9-4 38 -2
5 Washington

Capitals

19-12-1 39
6 New York

Islanders

17-11-3 37 +1
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

16-13-3 35 -1
8 Boston

Bruins

15-9-4 34 +2
9 New York

Rangers

16-12-3 35 -1
10 Montreal

Canadiens

13-14-4 30 -1
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

12-11-7 31 +1
12 Florida

Panthers

12-14-5 29 +1
13 Philadelphia

Flyers

12-11-7 31 +1
14 Detroit

Red Wings

11-13-7 28 -3
15 Ottawa

Senators

10-13-7 25
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-17-6 22

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

19-7-4 42
2 Los Angeles

Kings

20-9-3 43
3 St. Louis

Blues

21-9-2 44 +1
4 Winnipeg

Jets

18-8-5 41 -1
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

19-9-2 40
6 San Jose

Sharks

16-10-3 35 +1
7 Dallas

Stars

18-13-1 35 -1
8 Calgary

Flames

16-12-3 35 +2
9 Minnesota

Wild

16-11-3 35 +3
10 Anaheim

Ducks

13-11-7 33 +1
11 Chicago

Blackhawks

15-11-5 35 -2
12 Vancouver

Canucks

14-14-4 32 -4
13 Colorado

Avalanche

14-14-2 30
14 Edmonton

Oilers

13-16-2 28
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-21-5 19

NHL Top 5 Goal Scorers

1. Nikita Kucherov [TB] -21

2. Alex Ovechkin [WAS] – 21

3. John Tavares [NYI] – 18

T4. Anders Lee [NYI] – 17

T4. Sean Monahan [CGY] – 17

NHL Top 5 Assists

1. Steven Stamkos [TB] – 30

1. Blake Wheeler [WPG] – 30

1. Jakub Voracek [PHI] – 30

1. Josh Bailey [NYI] – 30

5. Connor McDavid [EDM] – 27

NHL Top 5 Goalies

1. Andrei Vasilevkiy [TB] – 20-4-1

2. Pekka Rinne [NSH] – 17-4-3

3. Braden Holtby [WSH] – 17-7-0

4. Jake Allen [STL] – 17-7-2

5. Frederik Andersen [TOR] – 17-9-1


NHL Power Rankings Week 10

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

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 contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 10. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Nashville Predators (18-7-3) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-5 vs VAN, W 3-2 (SO) @ ANA, W 5-3 vs BOS, W 5-2 @ DAL
  • This Week: vs VGS (FRI), at VAN (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Craig Smith- 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: L 2-3 at BOS, W 5-2 vs SJ, W 6-2 vs NYI
  • This Week: vs COL (THUR), vs WIN (SAT), at STL (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Yanni Gourde- 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: 

3. Winnipeg Jets (17-7-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week: W 7-4 vs VGS, W 5-0 vs OTT, L 1-5 @ DET
  • This Week: @ FLA (THURS), @ TB (SAT), vs VAN (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Patrick Lanie – 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video:  

4. Los Angeles Kings (18-8-3) [LW: 5th WC]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 @ WAS, W 4-1 @ STL, W 3-1 @ CHI, W 5-2 vs MIN
  • This Week: vs OTT (THUR), vs CAR (SAT), @ NJ (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Anze Kopitar- 3 Goals, 3 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Video: 

5. New Jersey Devils (16-7-4) [LW: 4th EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 @ COL, L 0-5 @ ARI, W 4-1 at CBJ
  • This Week: vs CBJ (FRI), at NYR (SAT), vs LA (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Cory Schneider- 2-0, 63/65 Save Attempts (97%)
  • Video: 

NHL Bottom 5 

27. Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-7) [LW: 28]

  • Though the Flyers ended their 10-game losing streak, they could not escape the Bottom Five. If they can build on their now two-game win-streak, Philly could find it’s way out of the B5.

28. Edmonton Oilers (11-15-2) [LW: 29]

  • It was another bleh week for the Oilers. Connor McDavid leads in All-Star voting, unfortunately, that doesn’t add tallies to the win column.

29. Ottawa Senators (9-11-6) [LW: NR]

  • The Sens have lost 9 of their last 10 contest and look to be in complete free-fall mode.

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-18-5) [LW: 30]

  • After a small hot-streak, the Coyotes have gone back to looking like one of the worst teams in the league. 

31. Buffalo Sabres (7-17-4) [LW; 31]

  • They’re going to trade everyone, right? They have to.

NHL Power Rankings Week 10 by Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

19-6-2 40
2 New Jersey

Devils

16-7-4 36 +2
3 Toronto

Maple Leafs

18-10-1 37 -1
4 Columbus

Blue Jackets

17-10-1 35 -1
5 Washington

Capitals

17-11-1 35 +2
6 Pittsburgh

Penguins

15-11-3 33
7 New York

Islanders

16-9-2 34 -2
8 New York

Rangers

15-10-2 32
9 Montreal

Canadiens

13-13-3 29 +3
10 Boston

Bruins 

12-9-4 28
11 Detroit

Red Wings

11-12-5 27 -2
12 Carolina

Hurricanes

11-10-5 27 -1
13 Florida

Panthers

10-13-4 24 +1
14 Philadelphia

Flyers

10-11-7 27 +1
15 Ottawa

Senators

9-11-6 24 -2
16 Buffalo

Sabres

7-17-4 18

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

18-7-3 39
2 Winnipeg

Jets

17-7-4 38 +1
3 Los Angeles

Kings

18-8-3 39 +2
4 St. Louis

Blues

18-8-2 38 -2
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

17-9-1 35 -1
6 Dallas

Stars

16-11-1 33 +3
7 San Jose

Sharks

14-10-2 30
8 Vancouver

Canucks

14-10-4 32 +3
9 Chicago

Blackhawks

12-11-5 29 -3
10 Calgary

Flames

14-12-2 30 -2
11 Anaheim

Ducks

12-11-6 30 -1
12 Minnesota

Wild

13-11-3 29 +1
13 Colorado

Avalanche

12-12-2 26 -1
14 Edmonton

Oilers

11-15-2 24
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-18-5 19

 


NHL Power Rankings Week 9

NHL Power Rankings Week 9

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 contact@quartermastersports.com; 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
  • Video:

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%)
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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

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
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
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 13-10-3 29 -1
7 Washington Capitals 14-10-1 29 +1
8 New York Rangers 13-10-2 28 +3
9 Detroit Red Wings 10-10-5 25 -2
10 Boston Bruins  10-8-4 24 +2
11 Carolina Hurricanes 10-8-5 25 -1
12 Montreal Canadiens 10-12-3 23 +2
13 Ottawa Senators 8-8-6 22 -7
14 Florida Panthers 10-12-2 22 +1
15 Philadelphia Flyers 8-10-7 23 -2
16 Buffalo Sabres 6-15-4 16

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville Predators 15-6-3 33 +1
2 St. Louis Blues 17-6-1 35 -1
3 Winnipeg Jets 15-6-3 33
4 Vegas Golden Knights 15-7-1 31
5 Los Angeles Kings 14-8-3 31
6 Chicago Blackhawks 12-9-3 27 +2
7 San Jose Sharks 13-8-2 28 +3
8 Calgary Flames 13-10-1 27 -1
9 Dallas Stars 13-10-1 27 +2
10 Anaheim Ducks 10-10-4 24 -4
11 Vancouver Canucks 11-10-4 26 -2
12 Colorado Avalanche 11-9-2 24
13 Minnesota Wild 11-10-3 25
14 Edmonton Oilers 10-13-2 22
15 Arizona Coyotes 6-17-4 16

Last Week’s Rankings:

NHL Power Rankings Week 8

NHL Power Rankings Week 8

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 contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 8. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. St. Louis Blues (16-5-1)

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

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
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
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 11-8-3 25 +1
6 Ottawa Senators 8-5-6 22 -2
7 Detroit Red Wings 10-8-3 23 +2
8 Washington Capitals 11-10-1 23 -1
9 New York Islanders 11-7-2 24 +1
10 Carolina Hurricanes 9-6-4 22 +1
11 New York Rangers 10-9-2 22 -3
12 Boston Bruins 8-7-4 20 +1
13 Philadelphia Flyers 8-9-4 20 +1
14 Montreal Canadiens 8-12-2 18 -2
15 Florida Panthers 7-11-2 16 +1
16 Buffalo Sabres 5-12-4 14 -1

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 St. Louis Blues 16-5-1 33
2 Nashville Predators 12-6-2 26 +1
3 Winnipeg Jets 12-5-3 27 -1
4 Vegas Golden Knights 12-6-1 25 +1
5 Los Angeles Kings 12-7-2 26 -1
6 Anaheim Ducks 10-7-3 23 +2
7 Calgary Flames 12-8-0 24
8 Chicago Blackhawks 10-8-2 22 +2
9 Vancouver Canucks 10-8-3 23
10 San Jose Sharks 10-8-1 21 -4
11 Dallas Stars 11-9-1 23
12 Colorado Avalanche 10-8-1 21 +1
13 Minnesota Wild 9-8-3 21 -1
14 Edmonton Oilers 7-12-2 16
15 Arizona Coyotes 5-15-3 13

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