NHL Power Rankings Week 15: Nashville Leaps Up While Boston Survives Gauntlet

This week, Nashville shot up four spots to number eight while both Ottawa and Anaheim moved up two positions.

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 got through a tough weekend with back-to-back games against the Rangers and Flyers, but lost Nathan Horton to a concussion.
1.305
Rangers_medium 2 2
New York is still suffering in possession metrics due to a bad start to the year, but they are improving quickly.
1.093
Flyers_medium 3 3
The Flyers added Danny Briere to their list of concussed players, but they still keep winning.
1.011
Penguins_medium 4
4
Pittsburgh is all about Evgeni Malkin right now. The NHL's first star of the week had 5 goals and 2 assists (plus two shootout goals) in four games.
0.994
Senators_medium 5
7
The Senators are already looking towards an easier schedule after the break and the sixth seed in the East.
0.963
Capitals_medium 6
6
Washington is barely hanging onto the final playoff spot in the East and part of the problem is their road record.
0.955
Maple_leafs_medium 7
5
The Maple Leafs got a hat trick out of Lee Stempniak, and the internet got to laugh at his crazy, angry brother.
0.922
Jets_medium 8
8
Winnipeg went 2-1-1 against some mediocre teams, but a 5-1 loss to New Jersey looks bad.
0.902
Panthers_medium 9
9
The Panthers went 0-1-3, taking Boston to a shootout and winning one against Winnipeg.
0.899
Canadiens_medium 10
10
Montreal got three points over the weekend, beating Toronto and losing to Pittsburgh in a shootout, salvaging their dim playoff hopes.
0.894
Devils_medium 11
12
The Devils acquired oft-traveled Alexei Ponikarovsky and saw him score in his first game for New Jersey.
0.876
Lightning_medium 12
13
Tampa Bay went 3-0-0 last week, beating Boston, Dallas, and Phoenix. That's a very good week for a struggling Tampa Bay team.
0.866
Sabres_medium 13
11
The Sabres need to win 60% of their remaining games just to have a 35% chance of making the playoffs. Math sucks sometimes.
0.817
Islanders_medium 14 15 New York believes John Tavares is one of the NHL's 25 best players under 25, and here's a good rebuttal for why he should be included.
0.814
Hurricanes_medium 15 14 The Hurricanes had a good week, going 2-0-2 despite only scoring seven goals all week.
0.802

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Red_wings_medium 1 1
The Red Wings beat the Blues 3-1 last night, but it was their fans who got to laugh at crazy things said by Blues fans all week.
1.240
Blues_medium 2 2 St. Louis went 3-1-0 last week, only losing to Detroit last night. Still the second best team in the West.
1.224
Sharks_medium 3
3
The Sharks are getting points against playoff teams at a better rate than any Western Conference team not in Minnesota.
1.074
Canucks_medium 4
4
Vancouver doesn't like to admit that Roberto Luongo is a very good goaltender, but it's still true.
1.052
Blackhawks_medium 5
5
The Blackhawks went 2-1-0 last week, beating up on Buffalo and Florida, but losing big to Nashville.
1.027
Stars_medium 6
6
Dallas just signed Alex Goligoski to a four year contract worth $4.6 million per season.
0.918
Coyotes_medium 7
7
The Coyotes went 1-2-1 last week and now sit in 12th place in the West. They're better than that.
0.912
Predators_medium 8
12
Nashville went 4-1-0 last week, outscoring their opposition 15-4 in their wins (they lost to the Rangers 3-0), and saw Kevin Klein score on a knuckler from the blueline.
0.912
Kings_medium 9
8
The Kings are currently in 7th in the West, and they also happen to be on the necessary pace to make the playoffs.
0.910
Flames_medium 10
9
Calgary still thinks they could make the playoffs, but at least that's better than thinking they could compete in the playoffs.
0.885
Wild_medium 11
10
The Wild are finally talking about who to dump at the trade deadline.
0.866
Avalanche_medium 12
12
Colorado went 1-2-1 last week, beating the Kings in regulation and Florida in overtime.
0.845
Ducks_medium 13
15
The Ducks have not lost in regulation in 8 games, but they're so far back, they still have no shot of making the playoffs.
0.837
Oilers_medium 14
13
Edmonton thinks they've got all of the pieces to make a run at the playoffs. Yes, that's almost a direct quote.
0.799
Blue_jackets_medium 15 14 The Blue Jackets are sticking with the two men at the top of their organization, even if most don't understand why.
0.767

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