NHL Power Rankings Week 9: The Blues Need More Attention

This week, Montreal and Minnesota moved up two spots each while Florida, Phoenix, and Dallas each fell two spots.

The new formula still includes adjusted points per game (regulation wins count for two while games going to overtime count for one) and five-on-five goal ratio, but it now includes the fenwick tied percentages. All three are weighted to give more importance to Fenwick tied, then to five-on-five ratio, and lastly to adjusted points per game.

Here we go:

Eastern Conference

This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Bruins_medium 1 1 The Bruins sit atop the East again, continuing to have the best 5-on-5 ratio in the league.
1.239
Rangers_medium 2 2
New York is still in second despite the fifth worst Fenwick tied ratio. They can thank Henrik Lundqvist and his 0.932 save percentage.
1.095
Flyers_medium 3 3
The Flyers have the seventh worst Fenwick tied ratio, but are scoring on 10.1% of their shots. That will certainly help.
1.080
Penguins_medium 4
4
Pittsburgh rounds out the unchanged top of the East, being buoyed by the 6th highest Fenwick tied ratio.
1.007
Canadiens_medium 5
7
The Canadiens are outscoring their opponents at 5-on-5 and just barely losing the shot battle with the score tied. But they only have 11 regulation wins.
0.980
Sabres_medium 6
6
Buffalo was not much different from Philly last week, but that's no longer true as their 5-on-5 ratio has slipped.
0.960
Panthers_medium 7
5
The Panthers took a tumble despite going 2-1-1. They no longer are outscoring their opposition at 5-on-5.
0.956
Capitals_medium 8
8
Washington continues to sit on the bubble despite a solid Fenwick tied, thanks to being outscored at five-on-five.
0.945
Maple_leafs_medium 9
10
The Maple Leafs sit 23rd in Fenwick tied and 13th in 5-on-5 ratio.
0.940
Jets_medium 10
9
Winnipeg is 21st in Fenwick tied and 16th in 5-on-5 ratio. They're not all that different from Toronto, really.
0.896
Senators_medium 11
11
The Senators have a higher Fenwick tied than both Winnipeg and Toronto, but a lower 5-on-5 ratio.
0.852
Devils_medium 12
13
New Jersey has the 9th highest Fenwick tied, but are 25th in goal ratio.
0.817
Lightning_medium 13
12
The Lightning have a Fenwick tied ratio nearly identical to the Rangers. But they don't have Henrik Lundqvist.
0.799
Islanders_medium 14 14 New York continues to disappoint, with the league-worst five-on-five goal ratio.
0.785
Hurricanes_medium 15 15 The Hurricanes gave up 14 goals in three games last week, but still managed to win one.
0.742

 

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Red_wings_medium 1 1
The Red Wings continue their amazing play, with the 2nd best 5-on-5 ratio, 3rd highest Fenwick tied, and most regulation wins.
1.263
Blues_medium 2 2 St. Louis is not far behind Detroit, actually. They have the 3rd best 5-on-5 ratio, 4th highest Fenwick tied, and most regulation wins.
1.222
Sharks_medium 3
3
The Sharks are 10th in Fenwick tied but 4th in 5-on-5 ratio. Good team, but not as good as Detroit and St. Louis.
1.093
Canucks_medium 4
4
Vancouver went 2-0-1, continuing their run to the top of the standings.
1.058
Blackhawks_medium 5
5
The Blackhawks continue to struggle with goaltending, getting outscored at 5-on-5 despite the second best Fenwick tied ratio.
0.992
Oilers_medium 6
7
Edmonton sits 8th in both Fenwick tied and 5-on-5 ratio. Is it time to start believing in them?
0.986
Wild_medium 7
9
The Wild move up again this week, giving up four goals in three road wins.
0.976
Coyotes_medium 8
6
Phoenix falls after going 1-2-1 last week, but they still are positive in both 5-on-5 ratio and Fenwick tied.
0.968
Flames_medium 9
11
The Flames move up thanks to the Stars fall, but they're still rather mediocre.
0.927
Stars_medium 10
8
Dallas went 1-1 last week, falling two spots.
0.919
Kings_medium 11
10
The Kings might fire their coach, which would probably not be a bad idea. There's too much talent there.
0.868
Predators_medium 12
12
Nashville is 26th in 5-on-5 ratio and 28th in Fenwick tied. Trouble in the south still.
0.830
Avalanche_medium 13
13
The Avalanche are struggling to outscore their opposition despite near even Fenwick tied ratio.
0.781
Blue_jackets_medium 14
14
Columbus has the 24th best 5-on-5 ratio, but the 12th best Fenwick tied.
0.777
Ducks_medium 15 15 The Ducks beat the Kings last week. It was their only win as they continue to struggle.
0.708

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