NHL Power Rankings Week 11: First Major Shakeup of the Year

This week, Toronto, Washington, and Dallas made big moves up the rankings while Montreal, Minnesota, and Florida took large falls.

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 strengthened their spot atop the NHL with an 8-0 win over Florida on Friday.
1.347
Rangers_medium 2 3
New York went 3-0-0 against the tri-state teams, winning by a combined 12-5. Solid week for them.
1.130
Flyers_medium 3 2
The Flyers went 1-1-1 on the road, slipping back to the #3 spot.
1.068
Penguins_medium 4
4
Pittsburgh went 2-0-0, staying in the fourth spot for the fourth straight week.
0.999
Maple_leafs_medium 5
9
The Maple Leafs made a big jump this week thanks to a 2-0-1 week.
0.949
Capitals_medium 6
10
Washington also made a big jump despite only going 1-0-1.
0.942
Jets_medium 7
8
The Jets went 1-1-1 and still moved up a spot, mostly because...
0.938
Panthers_medium 8
5
Florida went 0-2-1 including an 8-0 blowout loss to Boston.
0.931
Sabres_medium 9
7
The Sabres went 0-2-0, getting outscored 7-3 by Toronto and Ottawa.
0.898
Senators_medium 10
12
Ottawa went 1-0-2, missing a chance to move up even further by losing 2-1 in overtime to Carolina.
0.893
Canadiens_medium 11
6
The Canadiens plummeted after getting outscored 12-3 in three straight regulation losses.
0.866
Devils_medium 12
11
New Jersey managed to beat the Capitals in a shootout after blowing a 3-0 lead, while also losing to the Rangers 4-1.
0.858
Lightning_medium 13
13
The Lightning gave up 7 to San Jose before losing to Colorado in overtime.
0.813
Hurricanes_medium 14 15 Carolina didn't get a regulation win last week, but still got out of the cellar.
0.773
Islanders_medium 15 14 The Islanders went 0-3-1, falling back to last for the first time in a month.
0.763

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Red_wings_medium 1 1
The Red Wings went 1-2-0 last week, but still sit atop the West thanks to a superior goal ratio and Fenwick ratio.
1.240
Blues_medium 2 2 St. Louis played two straight 3-2 games, beating Phoenix but losing to Colorado.
1.206
Sharks_medium 3
3
The Sharks played two struggling teams, needing a shootout to get past L.A. but stomping Tampa Bay 7-2.
1.154
Canucks_medium 4
4
Vancouver is now just one point out of the division lead, about to return the NHL standings to normalcy.
1.083
Blackhawks_medium 5
5
The Blackhawks are atop the West in points and Fenwick tied percentage, but they are fifth here due to a mediocre five-on-five ratio and fewer regulation wins.
1.044
Stars_medium 6
9
Dallas made a big jump after going 2-1-0 last week.
0.958
Coyotes_medium 7
7
The Coyotes went 2-1-0 (all one-goal games) last week, playing St. Louis close, staying in 7th place.
0.933
Oilers_medium 8
8
Edmonton played as expected last week, beating Minnesota but losing to Detroit.
0.924
Flames_medium 9
11
The Flames won all three games last week, beating Vancouver, Detroit, and Minnesota. A very good week in Calgary.
0.921
Wild_medium 10
6
Minnesota tumbled after losing all four games in regulation, getting outscored 14-4. You could blame injuries or you could blame regression. Time will tell.
0.894
Predators_medium 11
10
The Predators lost to Washington and Dallas while needing a comeback from 4-1 to beat Columbus. Bad week in Nashville.
0.873
Kings_medium 12
12
Los Angeles played three shootouts last week. Playing Anaheim, Toronto, and San Jose, the Kings needed better.
0.835
Avalanche_medium 13
13
The Avalanche went 2-0-2 last week, beating St. Louis and Minnesota. It was a good week and they improved by 0.04 here, but they were really far behind.
0.822
Blue_jackets_medium 14
14
Columbus only played one game last week, they lead 4-1 after 25 minutes of play, and still managed to lose 6-5.
0.732
Ducks_medium 15 15 The Ducks went 0-1-1 last week, and only have two regulation wins in December. Rough.
0.710

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