NHL Power Rankings: Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals surging to start December, Montreal Canadiens struggling

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NHL Power Rankings: Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals surging to start December, Montreal Canadiens struggling

It looks as if the NHL season simply began yesterday, however we’re already 1 / 4 of the way in which by way of the 2019-20 marketing campaign. Whereas among the prime contenders up to now this season are not any shock — i.e. the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals — different surprising groups have been taking the league by storm — enter the Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes.

With winter coming, groups are bracing themselves because the division races get tighter. A number of groups stay neck-and-neck within the standings and nothing is ready in stone but.

Listed below are the newest NHL energy rankings.

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1. Boston Bruins, 43 factors (19-Three-5)

Boston is at present driving a seven-game successful streak and boasts an Eight-Zero-2 file in its final 10 video games. David Pastrnak leads the way in which for the Bruins with 25 objectives in 27 video games, and at this level the Hart Trophy is the Czech star’s to lose. His firepower, mixed with prime linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, ought to assist the B’s proceed to surge transferring ahead. To not point out goaltender Tuukka Rask, who’s making all of the distinction between the pipes, whereas the protection is placing on a present, serving to them rank first in particular groups.

2. Washington Capitals, 43 factors (19-Four-5)

The Caps have seen some damage hassle that has sidelined the likes of Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin, however that hasn’t slowed them down as they sit atop the league standings. Alex Ovechkin’s at present on a tear, registering 5 objectives over his final three video games — together with a hat trick in opposition to the Detroit Crimson Wings on Saturday. Jakub Vrana (four-game level streak), Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie are additionally stepping as much as the plate on the top-six, whereas the staff can be getting assist from the underside two strains relating to secondary scoring.

Three. St. Louis Blues, 40 factors (17-5-6)

Final 12 months’s Stanley Cup champions are removed from the place they have been final 12 months. They’re the primary staff within the West to achieve the 40-point mark, reaching that feat in simply 28 video games. David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly are at present dominating in St. Louis, with Perron driving a seven-game level streak and O’Reilly registering some extent in 4 straight besides. Brayden Schenn can be impressing in his third 12 months with the Blues, posting a team-leading 13 objectives up to now. They did lose third-leading goal-scorer Oscar Sundqvist to the IR, however with their arsenal, they must be simply superb.

Four. New York Islanders, 36 factors (17-5-2)

Barry Trotz’s membership is having an under-the-radar but spectacular season. The Islanders most lately set a franchise file with a 17-game level streak and have solely suffered three regulation losses since Oct. 11. Matthew Barzal and Brock Nelson are main the way in which for New York. Their true stars lie of their goaltending: Thomas Greiss is without doubt one of the finest within the NHL with a 2.10 GAA and .931 save proportion, whereas Semyon Varlamov supplies extra stability with a .918 save proportion. Whereas they’re more likely to maintain surging, they’re going to want their finest skaters to be extra constant and keep away from lopsided performances.

5. Colorado Avalanche, 34 factors (16-Eight-2)

Colorado has come a great distance for the reason that begin of the season and moved as much as second within the Central Division with a 7-Three-Zero file in its final 10 video games. The Avs have additionally gotten excellent performances from a number of gamers, however nobody has stood out greater than Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the staff with 42 factors, together with 25 in 14 video games within the month of November. Calder frontrunner Cale Makar can be making an excellent impression on the backend with 26 factors in 26 video games. Mikko Rantanen’s return from damage ought to proceed to supply a lift, however the staff nonetheless has a number of gamers on the sidelines — together with Gabe Landeskog, Colin Wilson and extra.

6. Philadelphia Flyers, 35 factors (15-7-5)

It is not possible to do energy rankings and not put the Flyers within the top-10. They’ve gained 4 straight and have misplaced simply as soon as in regulation at Wells Fargo Heart and have climbed to 3rd within the Metropolitan Division. Of late, Sean Couturier has been excellent for the Flyers with six factors in his final 5 video games and factors in 5 of his final eight. Philly has additionally benefitted from robust blueline performances from Ivan Proverov and Matt Niskanen however has additionally seen Shayne Gostisbehere grow to be a wholesome scratch. in the event that they wish to keep within the race, although, they’re going to want stronger goaltending and extra consistency, from the ahead strains to the blue line.

7. San Jose Sharks, 31 factors (15-12-1)

The beginning of the season was lower than ideally suited for the San Jose Sharks, however for the reason that return of Patrick Marleau, issues have been wanting up in Southern California. San Jose is Eight-2-Zero in its final 10 video games and has gained three straight. Captain Logan Couture has factors in 4 of his final 5 however they nonetheless want extra from key gamers, together with lead goal-scorer Evander Kane (12), who hasn’t scored in eight video games. On the brilliant facet, they have been beginning to enhance on protection, with their 91 % penalty kill rating first within the league.

Eight. Edmonton Oilers, 37 factors (17-9-Three)

The Oilers have been nice this season, however earlier than Sunday’s victory over the Vancouver Canucks, they dropped two straight and misplaced a snug Pacific Division lead. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have been … nicely, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as they grew to become the primary ones to hit the 50-point mark this 12 months. Moreover, the staff’s been getting extra assistance on offense from the likes of Jujhar Khaira and firm. Edmonton can be thriving on particular groups, with its energy play (30.Eight %) and penalty kill (86.Eight %) rating second within the league. Mikko Koskinen’s additionally making the case to be the starter as Mike Smith is day-to-day.

9. Arizona Coyotes, 34 factors (15-9-Four)

Maybe one of many greatest surprises this season, the Yotes have seen an entire turnaround this season after lacking the playoffs for the final 5 seasons — and it isn’t all as a result of Phil Kessel. In actual fact, paving the way in which for Arizona is Nick Schmaltz (20 factors in 28 video games), Christian Dvorak (three-game level streak) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (4 factors in final 4 video games). Darcy Kuemper’s additionally been glorious in web and is a large cause for the staff’s success, rating first in save proportion (.935) by way of 18 video games. Arizona additionally permits simply 2.32 objectives per sport, the second-lowest within the league, and the staff now sits second within the Pacific Division.

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10. Dallas Stars, 33 factors (15-10-Three)

A prime contender within the Western Convention, the Stars have tied the Winnipeg Jets for third within the Central Division and have gone 7-2-1 of their final 10. Unquestionably, the protection has been Dallas’ greatest power this season, because the staff permits simply 2.36 objectives per sport (third within the NHL) due to robust performances from defenseman Miro Heiskanen, goaltender Ben Bishop and extra. Offensively, although, the staff has to do higher; they rank within the bottom-10 in objectives for per sport and want extra consistency from stars Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski, however gamers like Roope Hintz — who leads Dallas with 11 objectives — have been capable of step up.

11. Carolina Hurricanes, 33 factors (16-10-1)

Carolina has had a stable stretch of late, going 7-Three-Zero in its final 10 whereas successful 5 of its final six video games on the highway. For the Canes, the children are fairly alright; Andrei Svechnikov’s been dominant with factors in 4 of his final 5 and 29 complete over 27 video games, placing him on tempo for 88 factors after registering simply 37 factors final season. Particular groups have additionally been respectable (21.2 % on the ability play, 84.Eight % on the penalty kill), whereas the protection has been contributing factors besides. Moreover, the tandem of Petr Mrazek and James Reimer has been stable because the staff seems to stay in playoff place.

12. Winnipeg Jets, 33 factors (16-10-1)

Regardless of shedding key items of the blue line in Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien this season, the Jets are making do. They sit third within the Central, tied with the Stars, and have been capable of have one of many league’s top-10 defenses due to Neal Pionk and firm. Patrik Laine has a team-leading 25 factors in 25 video games however remains to be exhibiting inconsistency within the goal-scoring class with simply seven tallies up to now this season. In fact, the staff’s big-name stars like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor proceed to impress, however particular groups — particularly the ability play — should enhance if Winnipeg needs to remain within the playoff race.

13. Tampa Bay Lightning, 27 factors (12-9-Three)

Final season’s President’s Trophy winners misplaced simply seven video games in regulation final season; they’ve misplaced 9 on the 24-game mark already. Nonetheless, of late, they’re beginning to climb the standings after a gradual begin, now sitting simply 5 factors out of a wild-card spot. The return of Steven Stamkos ought to assist enhance the already-impressive offense, which produces a median of three.63 objectives per sport. Nonetheless, the protection might stand to higher maintain its floor, and Andrei Vasilevskiy’s not placing up the best efficiency for the Bolts. One shock has been Kevin Shattenkirk, who’s the staff’s main defensive scorer and top-pairing blueliner.

14. Florida Panthers, 31 factors (13-Eight-5)

It wasn’t a robust begin to 2019-20 for the Panthers, who had excessive expectations after various key acquisitions over the offseason. However head coach Joel Quenneville in addition to the likes of Brett Connolly, Sergei Bobrovsky and Aleksander Barkov have led the staff to second within the Atlantic Division and to fifth in objectives for per sport (Three.51). Their energy play and penalty kill each rank within the top-10, as nicely. The one drawback is the protection; they permit the fourth-most objectives per sport on common, and with Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes, they should enhance on this class in the event that they wish to be a playoff contender.

15. Pittsburgh Penguins, 32 factors (14-9-Four)

Contemplating Pittsburgh is taking part in with out their finest participant in Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have been capable of keep in playoff place even with accidents piling up. They’re Four-Three-Three of their final 10 video games and have misplaced their final two, and to make issues worse, their blue line — already lacking Justin Schultz —took an excellent greater hit hit when Brian Dumoulin was injured on Saturday and can now be out for eight weeks after getting surgical procedure to restore torn tendons in his ankle. Patric Hornqvist additionally fell prey to damage after falling at follow on Monday, and Bryan Rust is day-to-day. Nonetheless, they’re getting by and should maintain making do to remain within the race.

16. Vancouver Canucks, 30 factors (13-10-Four)

Hanging onto the second place wild-card spot, there are positives working in favor of the Canucks season up to now. One of many greatest storylines has been the success of Quinn Hughes, who has added loads of power and depth on the backend, rating second amongst rookies in scoring (two objectives, 20 assists) and common TOI (20:21). Vancouver has additionally seen loads from their stars in Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, as their 26.1 % success on the person benefit ranks fourth within the NHL. They’ve additionally misplaced simply twice in regulation at dwelling and ranks Three-1 within the shootout; nonetheless, they may stand to be stronger offensively at even power.

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17. Minnesota Wild, 26 factors (12-11-Four)

Bruce Boudreau’s membership had a lower than spectacular begin to the season, which positioned the long-time coach on the recent seat. Nonetheless, the staff is de facto beginning to flip the tide and now sits simply 4 factors out of a wild-card spot — and has efficiently pulled itself out of the league’s basement. They’re 6-Three-1 of their final 10 video games and have seen standout performances from captain Mikko Koivu, who performed his 1,000th sport for the franchise and hit the 700-point mark on Sunday. There’s nonetheless a protracted strategy to go — particularly relating to protection and the penalty kill — however Minnesota is unquestionably heading in the right direction.

18. New York Rangers, 29 factors (13-9-Three)

Given New York’s star-studded offseason through which Artemi Panarin, Trouba and extra joined the hockey membership, their season hasn’t mirrored that success. The Rangers began off gradual, however just like the Wild, they proceed to climb the standings and now sit three factors out of playoff place with a 6-Three-1 file over their final 10 video games. Kaapo Kakko has appeared to lastly discover his tempo, main the 2019 draft class with six objectives and 11 factors, because the offense will get higher throughout, from Panarin to Tony DeAngelo. Nonetheless, they permit the seventh-most objectives within the league on common (Three.28) and want to scrub up on the penalty kill.

19. Vegas Golden Knights, 30 factors (13-11-Four)

With out the companies of Marc-Andre Fleury for a while transferring ahead, Malcolm Subban has been doing what he can for the Golden Knights. They’ve gained their final two video games and have been thriving relating to particular groups. Their prime gamers in Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and William Karlsson are assembly expectations relating to offense, and Nate Schmidt and firm are main the cost on the backend. Nonetheless, they’re going to must make do with out their starter, and if they will, they’re going to be in place going ahead when he returns.

20. Toronto Maple Leafs, 30 factors (13-11-Four)

After successful simply two occasions in regulation over the course of 16 video games below Mike Babcock, the Leafs moved on and named Sheldon Keefe head coach. Since then, he is turned across the staff, seeing them go Four-1-Zero in 5 video games up to now. John Tavares appears to be heating up with factors in three straight, whereas William Nylander is lastly assembly expectations with factors in 4 of his final 5. Nonetheless, they should do a greater job of sustaining leads (as seen within the 6-Four loss to Buffalo Sabres on Friday), play a full-60 and get a greater efficiency in web from Frederik Andersen.

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21. Calgary Flames, 30 factors (13-12-Four)

The Flames could not discover their footing over the course of November, however now lastly appear to be regaining the rhythm that was seen final season after they completed atop the Western Convention. Calgary now sees Geoff Ward take over behind the bench following Invoice Peters’ resignation after allegations of bodily abuse and racial slurs, and he’ll look to assist the staff proceed to search out its tempo. Younger netminder David Rittich is at present carrying the staff with a .915 save proportion over a league-leading 23 video games. Nonetheless, to win, they’re going to want extra from the offense, which has the second-worst manufacturing output within the league (2.41 objectives per sport).

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22. Buffalo Sabres, 29 factors (12-10-5)

Jack Eichel is the principle story for Buffalo proper now. After posting simply eight objectives by way of Nov. 14, Eichel broke out with a four-goal outburst on Nov. 16 and has since ridden a nine-game level streak with eight objectives and 16 factors over that span. He can not cease scoring and now has 16 objectives and 35 factors by way of 27 video games. Rookie Victor Olofsson has additionally been serving to the Sabres offense with 27 factors, which ranks second amongst all first-year gamers. Nonetheless, they’re going to have to tighten up, particularly with the damage checklist — which now contains Rasmus Dahlin — piling up in the event that they wish to keep within the race. Which means a greater PK and serving to out Carter Hutton.

23. Chicago Blackhawks, 25 factors (10-11-5)

Issues have not been wanting up for Chicago this season. The staff has gained simply three video games on the highway this season whereas dropping 4 of its final 5 matchups. Regardless of a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks have the sixth-worst energy play within the league (13.Eight %) and can not seem to muster up loads of offense. One optimistic? Third-overall choose Kirby Dach is silencing his critics and has impressed after making the staff out of camp. Whereas they don’t seem to be out of the race but, issues appear to be headed in that course except they’ve an entire turnaround transferring ahead.

24. Nashville Predators, 28 factors (12-10-Four)

The Preds have gained simply three of their final 10 video games, and whereas Roman Josi and Matt Duchene lead the cost as Nashville averages Three.31 objectives per sport, they wrestle in a number of totally different classes. Each their energy play and penalty kill rank within the bottom-10, whereas additionally they give up a median of three.19 objectives per sport. The mixture of Pekka Rinne (.898 save proportion) and Juuse Saros (.891) is not performing as much as par in web. General, issues aren’t going nicely for a staff that has been a robust contender over the previous couple of seasons.

25. Columbus Blue Jackets, 26 factors (11-11-Four)

Contemplating they misplaced key items in Panarin and Bobrovsky over the offseason, the Blue Jackets lineup was going to take successful. Nonetheless, the staff has not been capable of bode nicely with out them; the offense averages simply 2.54 objectives per sport, the third-lowest within the league, and is so-so relating to particular groups. John Tortorella’s group must tighten up and in addition get higher goaltending from tandem Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins.

26. Anaheim Geese, 26 factors (11-12-Four)

Issues have not been nice for Anaheim this season. They have been capable of present some battle however have dropped eight of their final 10 video games, 5 of these coming in regulation time. Beneath Dallas Eakins, although, the staff remains to be rebuilding and arguably, making the postseason is not the highest precedence for this group as they appear to bounce again and proceed to work on bettering in key areas. Their power-play is the second-worst within the league, scoring on one among each 10 alternatives, and the offense — led by Ryan Getzlaf (20 factors) — is not clicking. Additionally they have to do extra to assist John Gibson, whose .910 save proportion is respectable by way of 21 video games.

27. Montreal Canadiens, 28 factors (11-10-6)

The Habs are scuffling with eight straight losses, and there is various explanation why. Carey Worth is not wanting like Carey Worth, however regardless, the protection altogether is not clicking — which explains why Montreal permits on common the second-most objectives per sport within the league. On Monday, the Canadiens positioned backup Keith Kinkaid on waivers to provide him some AHL taking part in time and assist him regain his confidence in web, however ultimately, the accountability doesn’t fall on the goaltenders. Victor Mete can even be out for 2 weeks with damage, which might be a blow to the staff’s scoring depth.

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28. Los Angeles Kings, 11-14-2 (24 factors)

Sitting within the basement of the Western Convention, issues have not been nice for the Kings. Nonetheless, of late, issues are wanting up; they’re 6-Three-1 of their final 10 and appear to be taking a step in the precise course. Anze Kopitar is once more on tempo for an 80-plus level marketing campaign, however the remainder of the offense hasn’t been capable of put up a lot, whereas the protection has additionally been struggling. Like Worth, Jonathan Fast additionally doesn’t appear like himself between the pipes, going 7-10-1 by way of 18 video games with a Three.36 GAA and .882 save proportion.

29. Ottawa Senators, 11-15-1 (23 factors)

The Senators seemed as in the event that they have been going to have a turnaround in mid-November as they began to construct momentum and win hockey video games due to standout performances from the likes of Jean-Gabriel Pageau and firm. Nonetheless, D.J. Smith’s hockey membership took a little bit of successful, shedding 4 straight and going 5-5-Zero in its final 10. Ottawa’s primary drawback is the offense, which is missing past Pageau; defenseman Thomas Chabot is the subsequent main scorer with 16 factors, and the ability play operates at simply 9.Three %. Not solely that, the staff averages a fourth-worst 2.5 objectives per sport. Whereas Smith has led the staff to enhance, there’s nonetheless loads of work to be completed on the forecheck.

30. New Jersey Devils, 9-12-Four (22 factors)

New Jersey at present sits final within the Metropolitan Division, and simply can not discover its footing. Regardless of Taylor Corridor, Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri, Jack Hughes and P.Okay. Subban within the combine, the staff cannot appear to determine get issues going — at even power and on the ability play — and have the fifth-lowest manufacturing within the league (2.56 objectives for per sport). The Devils gained simply 4 video games on dwelling ice and do not seem to have a lot chemistry, particularly on protection. MacKenzie Blackwood can be doing the whole lot he can, however there must be all-around enchancment. And with Jack Hughes day-to-day, the staff must fill that void on offense.

31. Detroit Crimson Wings, 7-19-Three (17 factors)

It isn’t too late, but it surely seems like issues are slipping away from Detroit. The staff has gained simply as soon as in its final 10 video games and is driving a seven-game shedding streak, whereas additionally successful simply thrice away from Little Caesars Enviornment. Jimmy Howard is not capable of carry the staff because the protection struggles, seeing the staff permit practically 4 objectives a sport (essentially the most within the NHL). Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are doing their components with 23 factors apiece, however they don’t seem to be getting a lot offense from many others. On the brilliant facet, one among their two ahead commerce acquisitions — Robby Fabbri — is surging together with his new membership. He has scored 10 factors in 12 video games with the Wings.

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