NHL Power Rankings Week 12: Steady at the Top, L.A. Makes a Move

This week, Los Angeles moved up four spots while Toronto, Buffalo, and Edmonton all dropped three.

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 stay atop the league despite going 0-1-1 last week, scoring only three goals in regulation.
1.314
Rangers_medium 2 2
New York stays in second going 3-1-0 last week.
1.140
Flyers_medium 3 3
The Flyers went 1-2-0 including a 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay after Christmas.
1.033
Penguins_medium 4
4
Pittsburgh hangs onto the fourth spot, barely, after going 1-2-0 last week.
0.993
Jets_medium 5
7
The Jets are a surprise entry into the East's top 5, after giving up three goals on the way to a 2-0-1 week.
0.966
Capitals_medium 6
6
Washington is right behind Winnipeg thanks to a 3-1-0 week.
0.961
Panthers_medium 7
8
The Panthers are still going strong, beating Toronto and Montreal at home.
0.930
Maple_leafs_medium 8
5
Toronto takes a fall as they go 0-2-1 against Florida, Carolina, and Winnipeg. That's not good.
0.924
Senators_medium 9
10
The Senators lost the only game they played that was decided in regulation, but they beat Buffalo in overtime in between two shootout wins.
0.909
Devils_medium 10
12
New Jersey went 2-1-1, enough to move up here, largely thanks to Buffalo's struggles
0.884
Lightning_medium 11
13
The Lightning hold a slight edge over Buffalo, and they can thank a 5-1 win over the Flyers for that.
0.877
Sabres_medium 12
9
Buffalo went 1-2-1, scoring more than two goals only once. Hard times in Buffalo.
0.875
Canadiens_medium 13
11
The Canadiens actually apologized to their fans for hiring a coach who only speaks English. Maybe worry more about losing to teams in Florida.
0.862
Islanders_medium 14 15 New York handled Western Canada well enough to move back out of the cellar, beating Calgary and Edmonton by a combined 7-2.
0.777
Hurricanes_medium 15 14 The Hurricanes return to the basement largely due to 21 regulation losses, but going 1-2-1 last week didn't help.
0.771

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Red_wings_medium 1 1
The Red Wings went 3-1-0 against Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, and St. Louis. They lead the league in Fenwick tied and are second in 5-on-5 ratio. Ho hum.
1.297
Sharks_medium 2 3 San Jose went 0-1-2 and still somehow managed to take over second place. That's because...
1.132
Blues_medium 3
2
The Blues lost two games in Detroit and couldn't score more than one goal against Nashville.
1.118
Canucks_medium 4
4
Vancouver went 3-1-1 and are back atop the Northwest Division.
1.082
Blackhawks_medium 5
5
The Blackhawks are atop the Western Conference still, but they could only go 2-2-0 on their four game homestand. Losing to Edmonton hurts.
1.029
Stars_medium 6
6
Dallas went 1-2 last week, losing to Columbus 4-1 but beating Boston 4-2. Weird week in Texas.
0.951
Coyotes_medium 7
7
The Coyotes went 1-2-1 last week, with their only regulation win coming against Minnesota.
0.918
Kings_medium 8
12
Los Angeles made a big jump, going 3-0-2 last week. In the two losses, they only scored one goal.
0.890
Flames_medium 9
9
The Flames went 0-2-2 last week, yet still managed to avoid falling.
0.890
Wild_medium 10
10
Minnesota went 1-2-1, staying in 10th.
0.889
Oilers_medium 11
8
The Oilers went 1-3-0, beating Chicago at the end if the week to salvage it.
0.887
Predators_medium 12
11
Nashville went 1-1-2 but the league-worst Fenwick tied is pulling them down.
0.865
Avalanche_medium 13
13
The Avalanche went 3-1-1 but couldn't move up. If they can improve their 5-on-5 scoring, they might be decent.
0.849
Blue_jackets_medium 14
14
Columbus beat Dallas 4-1. But they lost James Wisniewski to a broken ankle again.
0.754
Ducks_medium 15 15 The Ducks beat San Jose 3-2, ending December with 3 regulation wins.
0.707

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