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1. Carolina Hurricanes (12-2-0, goal difference +22, CF%: 2nd, xGF%: 10th. Last week: 1)
2. Edmonton Oilers (11-4-0, +14, CF%: 16, xGF%: 19. Last week: 3)
3. Florida Panthers (11-2-3, +20, CF%: 1, xGF%: 6. Last week: 2)
To say the Panthers lost their position is more accurate than to say the Oilers have won. Connor McDavid and his crew played impressively, but the losses to Detroit and Buffalo dented the power. The Panthers also struggled, losing all of their games over the course of four games, including an uncharacteristic 7-3 loss to the Devils and then two consecutive losses in extra time to potential foes. performance in the playoffs in Lightning and Pen before defeating the weary Isles team. Perhaps things could have been different for the Oilers if Mike Smith had been involved, and the same for the Panthers if they hadn’t been forced to launch Spencer Knight on head-to-head nights, but an unlucky loss is still a loss. loss, and the Strength Rankings do not discriminate. The Panthers could fall further down the rankings if Aleksander Barkov, who left Tuesday’s game with an obvious knee injury, misses significant time.
4. Washington D.C. (9-2-5, +17, CF%: 12th, xGF%: Saturday. Last week: 4)
5. Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-1, +4, CF%: Friday, xGF%: Monday. Last week: 7)
6. Tampa Bay Lightning (8-3-3, +3, CF%: 17, xGF%: 12. Last week: 8)
Lightning has not lost its regulation since October 25 of 6-0-2 since then. They did that by restricting their opponents to two or less goals in those seven games, with Brian Elliott’s only courtesy in a 5-3 win over Ottawa. Andrei Vasilevskiy looks the same as before, and Lightning, who had seventh-worst GA/GP (3.38) in October, now has fifth-best GA/GP (2.00) in November and is slowly becoming Top 10 again for the season. The Leafs have followed a similar path thanks to Jack Campbell’s strong play, and have only lost once in regulation since October 25.
7. Winnipeg Jets (9-3-3, +11, CF%: 8, xGF%: 9. Last week: 9)
8. Minnesota Wild (10-5-0, +2, CF%: Tuesday, xGF%: 1. Last week: 13)
The Wild is a confusing team. It’s hard to argue against the raw results; they have the top 10 percentage points and the highest 5 ball possession stats, but none of their wins look convincing. They’ve won 5-1-0 in their last six games before losing unexpectedly to San Jose, and two of those wins required extra time and the other two by rule wins were against Arizona and Seattle. To their credit, they took advantage of a fairly easy schedule in November. Interesting Stats: Wild’s PDO 0.985 shows they did unlucky so far this season.
9. Anaheim Ducks (10-4-3, +14, CF%: 24, xGF%: 24. Last week: 18)
What a run of Ducks. Now the question is whether they can stay at the top flight. Outstanding goalscoring ability and a group of veterans and young players who seem to be in good form has been the formula for success for the Ducks, and if they are still in this position in January, we need to start watching. Take them very seriously. Teams can be very good even with poor analysis (see: Islanders), but everything about their run seems unsustainable and unlike the Wild, the Ducks don’t have the fundamental numbers to back it up. .
10. Calgary Flames (8-3-5, +15, CF%: Thursday, xGF%: Wednesday. Last week: 5)
11. New York Rangers (10-3-3, even, CF%: 32, xGF%: 30. Last week: 15)
12. Boston Bruins (8-5-0, +4, CF%: 4, xGF%: 3. Last week: 12)
13. Philadelphia Flyers (8-4-2, +3, CF%: 18, xGF%: 26. Last week: 11)
14. Los Angeles Kings (8-5-2, +5, CF%: 11th, xGF%: 23rd. Last week: 19th)
15. Vegas Golden Knights (9-7-0, -1, CF%: 25, xGF%: 28. Last week: 17)
16. Colorado Avalanche (6-5-1, +4, CF%: 13, xGF%: 5. Last week: 14)
The Avs face an uphill battle without Nathan MacKinnon but at least they look like an opponent with the Canucks and Sharks’ 13-3 win. Now they’re 5-2-1 in the last eight, and it’s a pretty favorable schedule ahead with the Canucks and Kraken on the road and then home day with the Sens, Ducks and Preds. It’s interesting to note that most sportsbooks still have Avs as Cup favorites, which means most people expect them to keep winning and then move on to higher gear when MacKinnon returns. again.
17. Nashville Predators (9-6-1, +2, CF%: 23, xGF%: 20. Last week: 22)
18. St. Louis Blues (8-5-2, +9, CF%: 20, xGF%: 22. Last week: 6)
The Blues fell short with four consecutive losses and have now lost seven of their past 10 games after starting 5-0-0. Losing to the league’s worst team on Tuesday will automatically push them from the top of the list to the bottom of the list, but all four losses are by one goal away and they haven’t lost all their confidence yet. The ups and downs of Jordan Binnington’s play are still very interesting and have partly negated the very positive contributions from Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas.
19. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-5-0, +3, CF%: 19, xGF%: 17. Last week: 20)
20. Detroit Red Wings (8-8-2, -9, CF%: 26, xGF%: 18. Last week: 16)
21. New Jersey Devils (7-4-3, even, CF%: 14, xGF%: 16. Last week: 21)
22. San Jose Sharks (8-6-1, +1, CF%: 28, xGF%: 31. Last week: 24)
23. Buffalo Sabers (7-6-2, +1, CF%: 21, xGF%: 21. Last week: 27)
24. Dallas Stars (6-6-2, -6, CF%: 22, xGF%: 14. Last week: 29)
25. New York Islanders (5-6-2, -10, CF%: 29, xGF%: 15. Last week: 10)
The Isles are one of the two teams that have lost the most this week after going 19-4 and losing four in a row. One sympathizes with a season-opening 13-game road trip, and by the time the Florida return game is all around, it looks like they just want to go home. However, 60% of the Isles’ remaining matches will be played at home, giving them a chance to come back. The Isles are six points behind the wild card position but only the Avs have played fewer games.
26. Pittsburgh Penguins (5-6-4, -8, CF%: Saturday, xGF%: Wednesday. Last week: 23)
We haven’t panic yet, but a consolidated report from The Wall Street Journal about a potential team sale makes this seem like the final chapter of the Lemieux-Crosby era in Pittsburgh. The Pens have lost three games in a row by regulation and are 14-5 ahead since their captain returned to the squad, and Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Sabers seemed particularly crushing as Crosby and Pens had dominated that match in history. It’s still too early to make the call, but if the Pens miss out on the knockout stages, it will be the first time that has happened since Crosby’s 2005-06 rookie season.
27. Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-2, -18, CF%: 31, xGF%: 32. Last week: 31)
28. Ottawa Senators (4-10-1, -16, CF%: 30, xGF%: 25. Last week: 28)
29. Seattle Kraken (4-10-1, -13, CF%: 9, xGF%: 11. Last week: 26)
30. Vancouver Canucks (5-9-2, -14, CF%:15, xGF%: 29. Last week: 25)
An expansive franchise that could emulate Vegas’ winning plans and spark a new rivalry in the Pacific Northwest hasn’t gone according to plan. Both the Canucks and the Kraken have struggled so much so PNW is still a no-win area and the Canucks can’t even claim territory with their seniority because they’ve been so bad, losing 8 out of 10 games past and got knocked out 19 -6 on their three-game road trip. At least with Kraken, the problem is clear – their scoring ability is not good enough. With the Canucks, despite having talented young players, an excellent goalkeeper and a (presumably) enhanced blueline, they were completely out of sync and unlike the team that beat Minnesota and St. Louis and dropped Vegas to seventh place in the knockout round almost a year ago.
31. Arizona Coyotes (2-13-1, -36, CF%: 27, xGF%: 27. Last week: 32)
32. Montréal Canadianiens (4-12-2, -23, CF%: 10, xGF%: 13. Last week: 30)
No, I don’t hate routines, but putting them last breaks the monotony. I think that’s underwhelming considering the Coyotes have won two of their last five games, including Tuesday’s game against the Blues, and aside from the 4-2 win over Flames, the Habs have lost six of their past seven games. and Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau are yet to win a game this season.
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