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Nov 22, 2021

Leafs still lead Canadian pack in this week's NHL Power Ranking

Toronto started off the week with a bang, spoiling Nathan MacKinnon’s return with a big 8-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The rest of the week wasn’t as smooth.

Travis Dermott and William Nylander

By Sportlogiq Staff (@Sportlogiq)

Toronto started off the week with a bang, spoiling Nathan MacKinnon’s return with a big 8-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The rest of the week wasn’t as smooth, with back-to-back losses to the Wild and Jets over the weekend, and the Maple Leafs relinquished first place in this week’s Power Rankings.

Toronto continues to have the best expected goal differential in the NHL, but they lack finish, which is surprising for a team with so much offensive talent. They have a true shooting percentage (goals / shot attempts) of 4.6 per  cent, 22nd in the NHL. Toronto was sixth in the NHL in that category last season, so it’s safe to assume this number should go up over the rest of the year.

The Flames drop a couple of spots despite a 3-1-0 record over the past seven days, thanks to Minnesota and Florida passing them with flawless weeks. Calgary was also playing it close, with all four of their games decided by a single goal, including two wins in shootouts. They now sit atop the Pacific Division standings, three points ahead of the Oilers, although Edmonton has two games in hand.

A staple in the top 10 since the start of this year's rankings, Edmonton falls just short this time, coming in 11th after a 1-2-0 week. Their losses didn’t exactly come against powerhouses either, dropping games against the Kraken and Kings.

On the bright side, Evan Bouchard had four points this week, including a pair of goals, to continue his breakout year. He’s established himself as a key piece on the blueline. He leads the team’s defence in points with 15, 12 of which have come at even strength. He's also second to only Darnell Nurse with 21:34 of ice time per game.

Winnipeg’s week could not have started any slower, with a 1-0 loss to the 32nd-ranked Arizona Coyotes. They bounced back in a big way, winning their next two games and scoring a combined 14 goals, including a 6-3 win over Toronto. Mark Scheifele (four goals) and Nikolaj Ehlers (three goals) led the way, accounting for half of the team’s offence this week while no other Jet scored more than once.

A week that started with a win over the Canadiens in Montreal’s first game after firing multiple front office members, ended with the Canucks clearing house themselves.

Vancouver fired head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning after fans clearly showed their feelings, throwing a jersey on the ice in a loss against Pittsburgh. Bruce Boudreau has been hired to replace Green and will try to turn around a talented but underachieving group.

In Jeff Gorton’s first week as VP of Hockey operations for Montreal, the Canadiens showed why change was needed, going once again winless and failing to build on the momentum of last Sunday's win against the Penguins.  Already ravaged by injuries, the Habs added the names of Jeff Petry and Josh Anderson to the long list of injured players. On top of that, Sami Niku and Brendan Gallagher had to enter the COVID-19 protocol. A tough season continues in Montreal.

The Senators managed to avoid last place this week after beating Carolina and Colorado, a pair of top-10 teams. It’s not enough to rank them any higher than 31st, however.

They’re still next to last in goal and expected-goal differential. All three of their goalies own sub-.900 save percentages, which contributes to Ottawa’s league-worst 3.91 goals allowed per game.

Florida Panthers
1. Florida Panthers

Last Week: No. 4 | 17-4-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +1.12 (1)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.93 (2)
  • Point %
    .771 (1)
Minnesota Wild
2. Minnesota Wild

Last Week: No. 8 | 17-6-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.79 (5)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.45 (9)
  • Point %
    .729 (3)
Toronto Maple Leafs
3. Toronto Maple Leafs

Last Week: No. 1 | 17-7-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.73 (6)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +1.07 (1)
  • Point %
    .692 (9)
Washington Capitals
4. Washington Capitals

Last Week: No. 5 | 15-4-6

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +1.08 (3)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.39 (10)
  • Point %
    .720 (4)

 

 

Calgary Flames
5. Calgary Flames

Last Week: No. 2 | 15-5-5

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +1.12 (2)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.55 (6)
  • Point %
    .700 (7)
New York Rangers
6. New York Rangers

Last Week: No. 9 | 16-4-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.43 (11)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.26 (12)
  • Point %
    .761 (2)
Colorado Avalanche
7. Colorado Avalanche

Last Week: No. 3 | 12-7-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.62 (8)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.90 (3)
  • Point %
    .619 (10)
Carolina Hurricanes
8. Carolina Hurricanes

Last Week: No. 6 | 16-6-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +1.00 (4)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.45 (8)
  • Point %
    .717 (5)
Dallas Stars
9. Dallas Stars

Last Week: No. 15 | 12-7-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.10 (17)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.37 (11)
  • Point %
    .619 (10)
Tampa Bay Lightning
10. Tampa Bay Lightning

Last Week: No. 11 | 15-5-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.67 (7)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.11 (20)
  • Point %
    .708 (6)
Edmonton Oilers
11. Edmonton Oilers

Last Week: No. 7 | 16-7-0

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.61 (9)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.45 (7)
  • Point %
    .696 (8)
Boston Bruins
12. Boston Bruins

Last Week: No. 13 | 12-8-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.19 (16)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.58 (5)
  • Point %
    .595 (13)
Pittsburgh Penguins
13. Pittsburgh Penguins

Last Week: No. 10 | 11-8-5

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.21 (15)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.67 (4)
  • Point %
    .562 (19)
Vegas Golden Knights
14. Vegas Golden Knights

Last Week: No. 18 | 14-10-0

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.29 (13)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.04 (17)
  • Point %
    .583 (15)
Anaheim Ducks
15. Anaheim Ducks

Last Week: No. 16 | 13-8-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.44 (10)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.23 (13)
  • Point %
    .600 (12)
St. Louis Blues
16. St. Louis Blues

Last Week: No. 12 | 11-7-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.42 (12)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.23 (14)
  • Point %
    .583 (15)
Winnipeg Jets
17. Winnipeg Jets

Last Week: No. 20 | 12-8-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.29 (13)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.04 (17)
  • Point %
    .583 (15)
Nashville Predators
18. Nashville Predators

Last Week: No. 22 | 13-10-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.04 (20)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.05 (15)
  • Point %
    .562 (19)
Detroit Red Wings
19. Detroit Red Wings

Last Week: No. 23 | 13-9-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.32 (22)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.59 (26)
  • Point %
    .580 (17)
Los Angeles Kings
20. Los Angeles Kings

Last Week: No. 19 | 10-9-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    +.04 (18)
  • xGoal Dif.
    +.05 (16)
  • Point %
    .522 (22)
San Jose Sharks
21. San Jose Sharks

Last Week: No. 24 | 13-11-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.04 (19)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.20 (22)
  • Point %
    .540 (21)
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22. Seattle Kraken

Last Week: No. 24 | 9-13-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.04 (19)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.20 (22)
  • Point %
    .540 (21)
Columbus Blue Jackets
23. Columbus Blue Jackets

Last Week: No. 14 | 13-10-0

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.04 (21)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.36 (25)
  • Point %
    .565 (18)
New Jersey Devils
24. New Jersey Devils

Last Week: No. 17 | 9-9-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.41 (23)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.18 (21)
  • Point %
    .00 (23)
Chicago Blackhawks
25. Chicago Blackhawks

Last Week: No. 25 | 9-13-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -1.00 (28)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.28 (24)
  • Point %
    .41 7(25)
Vancouver Canucks
26. Vancouver Canucks

Last Week: No. 28 | 8-15-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.80 (25)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.28 (23)
  • Point %
    .360 (29)
Philadelphia Flyers
27. Philadelphia Flyers

Last Week: No. 26 | 8-10-4

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.86 (26)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.64 (27)
  • Point %
    .455 (24)
Buffalo Sabres
28. Buffalo Sabres

Last Week: No. 27 | 8-13-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -.88 (27)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.92 (30)
  • Point %
    .396 (27)
New York Islanders
29. New York Islanders

Last Week: No. 30 | 5-10-5

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -1.05 (29)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.78 (29)
  • Point %
    .375 (28)
Montreal Canadiens
30. Montreal Canadiens

Last Week: No. 29 | 6-17-3

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -1.31 (30)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -.68 (28)
  • Point %
    .288 (31)
Ottawa Senators logo
31. Ottawa Senators

Last Week: No. 32 | 6-15-1

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -1.32 (31)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -1.05 (31)
  • Point %
    .295 (30)
Arizona Coyotes logo
32. Arizona Coyotes

Last Week: No. 31 | 5-17-2

  • Avg. Goal Dif.
    -1.83 (32)
  • xGoal Dif.
    -1.52 (32)
  • Point %
    .250 (32)