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 (11/8)

NHL Power Rankings (11/8)

We know it’s way too early to create an accurate NHL Power Rankings, but we tried anyway. Only five weeks into the season, we know there is still plenty to shake out over the coming months. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their division. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com. Your input is always welcome.

Top 5 Teams

1. St. Louis Blues (12-3-1)

  • The Blues caught fire out of the gates and now hold the best record in the NHL. Their defense has been spectacular so far and their top line of Tarasenko, Schenn, and Schwartz have carried the offense. The trio has accounted for 37% of St. Louis’ goals this season.

2. Los Angeles Kings (11-2-2)

  • LA may be the best defensive team in the league at the point in the early season. The Kings are giving up the fewest goals against in the league and are also ranked first in penalty kill percentage (92%). They’re not too shabby on offense either ranking eighth in the league in goals per game, led by Anze Kopitar (8).

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-2)

  • Steven Stamkos and the Lightning will have an opportunity to move up this list on Thursday Night when they face off with the Kings in LA. It will be a battle between the Kings stifling defense (2.3 GAPG) and Tampa Bay’s league-leading offense (3.9 GPG). Could this be a potential Stanley Cup Finals matchup? If both teams stay healthy, it’s a solid possibility.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-2)

  • We knew it wouldn’t take long for the defending champs to crack back into the top five. While they haven’t been blowing anyone’s doors off, they are finding a way to accumulate points in the standings. Even though they have one of the worst goal differentials in the league (-0.9 goals/game), they take care of business at home. The Pens are one of two teams remaining (LA) to have not lost a game at home in regulation.

5. Winnipeg Jets (8-3-3)

  • The Jets are quietly putting together a solid season led by forwards Blake Wheeler (21 points) and Mark Scheifele (9 goals). Over the past month, Winnipeg has only dropped one game in regulation and went 8-1-3 over that span. They’re in one of the toughest divisions in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep up their early season success.

Bottom 5 Teams

27. Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1)

  • You have to figure Connor McDavid & Co. are going to figure it out sooner than later. McDavid’s played fine, the company not so much. They need to get it together or wholesale changes will be made. You only get a player like Connor McDavid ever so often, you have to make it count when you do.

28. Buffalo Sabres (5-8-2)

  • This team has too much “name” power on offense to be this bad. You’re telling me a team that has Evander Kane, Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville, and Kyle Okposo is third to last in the league in scoring? Get real. Is playing in Buffalo that bad? Looks like it. Wow.

29. Minnesota Wild (5-6-2)

  • The Wild are really just the odd man out in a super division. Their team stats aren’t horrible, they rank 15th in goals scored and 16th in goals allowed. Minnesota’s 10th in the league in penalty kill but struggle to score on the power play. In the end, it looks like they’re ultimately going to get pushed around by the Blues, Preds, Blackhawks, and the Jets. It’ll be a tight race with Dallas and Colorado for fifth through seventh in the Central Division.

30. Florida Panthers (4-8-2)

  • Florida can score with anybody, but anybody can also score on Florida. They have legendary goaltender Roberto Luongo, but he just recently returned from injury and hasn’t quite been himself all season. While Luongo was injured the Panthers signed Antti Niemi to sure up the position. We’ll see how that goes.

31. Arizona Coyotes (2-13-2)

  • Not much to say here. These guys are simply that bad.

NHL Divisional Rankings

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-2) +2
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-6-1) -1
3. New Jersey Devils (9-4-1) -1
4. Washington Capitals (8-7-1)
5. New York Islanders (8-5-2) +1
6. Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2) -1
7. New York Rangers (7-7-2) +1
8. Carolina Hurricanes (5-5-3) -1

 

Atlantic
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-2)
2. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0)
3. Detroit Red Wings (8-7-1) +1
4. Ottawa Senator (6-3-5) -1
5. Montreal Canadiens (7-8-1) +1
6. Boston Bruins (6-4-3) -1
7. Buffalo Sabres (5-8-2) +1
8. Florida Panthers (4-8-2) -1

Western Conference

Central
1. St. Louis Blues (12-3-1)
2. Winipeg Jets (8-3-3)
3. Nashville Predators (8-5-2) +1
4. Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-2) -1
5. Colorado Avalanche (8-6-0)
6. Dallas Stars (8-7-0)
7. Minnesota Wild (5-6-2)

 

Pacific
1. Los Angeles Kings (11-2-2)
2. Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-1) +1
3. Vancouver Canucks (8-5-2) +1
4. San Jose Sharks (8-5-0) +2
5. Anaheim Ducks (6-6-3) -3
6. Calgary Flames (8-7-0) -1
7. Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1)
8. Arizona Coyotes (2-13-2)

 

Last Week’s Rankings

NHL Divisional Power Rankings

NHL Divisional Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings (11/1)

It’s tough to put together an NHL Power Rankings this early in the season, but we tried. Hockey isn’t exactly our strong suit at QuarterMaster Sports. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their division. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5 Teams

  • Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-0)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-1)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0)
  • St. Louis Blues (10-2-1)
  • Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1)

NHL Bottom 5 Teams

  • New York Rangers (4-7-2)
  • Buffalo Sabres (3-7-2)
  • Minnesota Wild (4-4-2)
  • Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1)
  • Arizona Coyotes (1-11-1)

NHL Divisional Power Rankings

 

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan

1 Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-0)
2 New Jersey Devils (8-2-0) +2
3 Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-1)
4 Washington Capitals (5-6-1) -2
5 Philadelphia Flyers (6-5-1) +1
6 New York Islanders (7-4-1) +1
7 Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-2) -2
8 New York Rangers (4-7-2)

 

Atlantic

1 Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-1)
2 Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0)
3 Ottawa Senators (5-2-5)
4 Detroit Red Wings (6-6-1)
5 Boston Bruins (4-3-3) +1
6 Montreal Canadiens (4-7-1) +1
7 Florida Panthers (4-6-1) -2
8 Buffalo Sabres (3-7-2)

 


Western Conference

Central

1 St. Louis Blues (10-2-1) +1
2 Winipeg Jets (6-3-2) +3
3 Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-2) -2
4 Nashville Predators (5-4-2) -1
5 Colorado Avalanche (6-5-0) -1
6 Dallas Stars (7-5-0)
7 Minnesota Wild (4-4-2)

 

Pacific

1 Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1)
2 Anaheim Ducks (6-4-1)
3 Vegas Golden Knights (8-3-0) +1
4 Vancouver Canucks (6-3-2) +3
5 Calgary Flames (6-6-0) -2
6 San Jose Sharks (6-5-0)
7 Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1) -2
8 Arizona Coyotes (1-11-1)
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