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 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%)
  • Video: 

 

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

Last Week’s Rankings:

NHL Power Rankings (11/15)

NHL Power Rankings (11/15)

NHL Power Rankings

So far this season we’ve tried to rank teams within their own division; however, that seemed like an extension of the overall record standings. In lieu of such realization, I’ve decided to take a broader look at the conference picture rather than the divisional picture. 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. Your input is always welcome.

Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (14-2-2)

  • After a three-game road swing out West, the Lightning return to Tampa riding a four-game win streak. A streak that includes a 5-2 victory over the Kings and a 2-1 win over the Ducks. Stamkos and the first line continue to set the work on fire with a combined 80 points.

2. St. Louis Blues (13-5-1)

  • St. Louis had a rough go of it last week. After squeaking out a shootout victory against the two-win Coyotes, the Blue then dropped games against the Islanders and the Flames. They’ll finish a mini Canadian road trip with matchups in Edmonton and Vancouver.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0)

  • Since dropping the last legs of a road trip to Los Angeles and St. Louis, the Maple Leafs have strung together four straight wins. In his three starts between the pipes over that span, Frederik Andersen has saved 93 shots out of 100 chances.

4. Winnipeg Jets (10-4-3)

  • Over the week, Blake Wheeler and the Jets dropped a game in Vegas (just like almost everyone else has) but then took care of business against Arizona in a home-and-home set. Up next for the Jets: Philly and Jersey at home. Then they head out on a four-game road trip that begins Monday in Nashville. 

5. Nashville Predators (10-5-2)

  • Pekka Rinne and the defending Western Conference Champions have been on a roll as of late, winning five straight. Third-shift winger Calle Jarnkrok has provided a jolt to the Nashville offense over the winning streak tallying five points and a plus/minus of +8. They have a big matchup with Winnipeg on Monday.

Bottom 5

27. Colorado Avalanche (8-7-1)

  • The Avs have no problem scoring the puck; they’re eighth in the league in goals scored (3.3). However, they allow more goals than they score (3.4). 

28. Edmonton Oilers (7-9-2)

  • Connor McDavid can do it all, but that isn’t translating to victories. They are the fifth worst team in the league in goals scored per game and second to worst at killing penalties. 

29. Buffalo Sabres (5-9-4)

  • Jack Eichel seems to think the Sabres can play with anyone. I’m not as optimistic. Yes, they theoretically have the talent but come on, its the Buffalo Sabers.

30. Florida Panthers (6-9-2)

  • Roberto Luongo has been setting longevity records all season, but that’s about the only thing the Panthers have to hold on to this season.

31. Arizona Coyotes (2-15-7)

  • Can they even get 15 wins this season?

NHL Power Rankings by Conference

Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning 14-2-2
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 12-7-0
3 Columbus Blue Jackets 11-7-1
4 Ottawa Senators  8-3-5
5 New Jersey Devils  11-4-2
6 Pittsburgh Penguins  10-7-3
7 Washington Capitals  10-8-1
8 New York Rangers 9-7-2
9 Detroit Red Wings 8-8-2
10 New York Islanders 9-6-2
11 Carolina Hurricanes 7-5-4
12 Montreal Canadiens 8-9-2
13 Boston Bruins 6-6-4
14 Philadelphia Flyers 8-8-2
15 Buffalo Sabres 5-9-4
16 Florida Panthers 6-9-2

 

Western Conference
1 St. Louis Blues 13-5-1
2 Winnipeg Jets 10-4-3
3 Nashville Predators 10-5-2
4 Los Angeles Kings 11-5-2
5 Vegas Golden Knights 10-6-1
6 San Jose Sharks 10-6-0
7 Calgary Flames 10-7-0
8 Anaheim Ducks 7-7-3
9 Vancouver Canucks 9-7-2
10 Chicago Blackhawks 8-8-2
11 Dallas Stars 9-8-1
12 Minnesota Wild 8-7-2
13 Colorado Avalanche 8-7-1
14 Edmonton Oilers 7-9-2
15 Arizona Coyotes 2-15-7


Last Week’s Rankings:

NHL Power Rankings (11/8)

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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