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 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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