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Nov 16, 2015

Rangers climb to top of NHL Power Rankings

The New York Rangers have taken over top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, passing the Montreal Canadiens, who drop to second spot.

Henrik Lundqvist

The New York Rangers have taken over top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, passing the Montreal Canadiens, who drop to second spot.

The Rangers have gone a month without a regulation loss and while they've been leaning on great goaltending, that great goaltending has been a cornerstone of their success for quite a while.

Among teams climbing this week, the Nashville Predators move from seven to three, after two seven-goal games last week, and the Chicago Blackhawks move from 13 to eight with star defenceman Duncan Keith returning to the lineup.

Also moving up, the Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche.

Heading down, Winnipeg Jets crash from 12 to 21, Ottawa Senators slide from 17 to 22 and Edmonton Oilers fall from 22 to 26.

As for the other Canadian teams, the Vancouver Canucks hang at 16, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making a bit of progress, and climb from 29 to 25, and the Calgary Flames fall to 30th due to their goaltending woes.

 

 

New York Rangers

14-2-2 This Week: 1 Last Week: 4

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.11
  • GAPG
    1.72
  • S.A. CORSI%
    49.2%
  • PP%
    18.6%
  • PK%
    86.4%

11-0-2 in the past 13 games, the Rangers have climbed to top spot in the rankings despite mediocre possession numbers. Sure, it's unlikely that -- as great as he is -- G Henrik Lundqvist is not likely to stop 95% of the shots he faces for the rest of the season but, until his performance slips, the Blueshirts are proving really tough to beat.

Key Injuries: None.

Montreal Canadiens

13-3-2 This Week: 2 Last Week: 1

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.50
  • GAPG
    2.11
  • S.A. CORSI%
    54.0%
  • PP%
    25.4%
  • PK%
    88.3%

A winless week, with a drubbing at home against Colorado Saturday night, knocks the Habs from top spot and has fans more anxiously checking the prognosis for Carey Price, who has returned to the ice, but does not appear to be imminently ready to return.

Key Injuries: G Carey Price (lower body).

Nashville Predators

10-3-3 This Week: 3 Last Week: 7

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.00
  • GAPG
    2.31
  • S.A. CORSI%
    53.7%
  • PP%
    21.8%
  • PK%
    80.0%

It hasn't all been graceful, but the Predators had two seven-goal outbursts last week, including a 7-0 win against Winnipeg Saturday. Of the seven Predators to record at least nine points, four of them patrol the Nashville blueline.

Key Injuries: None.

Dallas Stars

14-4-0 This Week: 4 Last Week: 2

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.61
  • GAPG
    2.61
  • S.A. CORSI%
    52.8%
  • PP%
    29.8%
  • PK%
    80.0%

So long as the Stars can avoid running into the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have somehow knocked off the Stars twice, they should be fine. G Kari Lehtonen (8-1, .921 SV%, 9 GP) is rebounding nicely from his career-worst 2014-2015 season.

Key Injuries: None.

Washington Capitals

11-4-1 This Week: 5 Last Week: 3

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.06
  • GAPG
    2.31
  • S.A. CORSI%
    54.4%
  • PP%
    22.4%
  • PK%
    84.8%

Mild stumbling, with one regulation win in the past four games, but nothing to seriously worry about. The Capitals also have some players, like C Evgeny Kuznetsov and D John Carlson, that appear to be taking a step forward in their development which bodes well for the long term.

Key Injuries: D Brooks Orpik (lower body).

Los Angeles Kings

11-6-0 This Week: 6 Last Week: 4

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.53
  • GAPG
    2.12
  • S.A. CORSI%
    56.5%
  • PP%
    20.4%
  • PK%
    87.1%

The league's best possession team is managing to remain competitive even while left waiting for offensive production from C Anze Kopitar (5 G, 2 A) and LW Marian Gaborik (2 G, 2 A).

Key Injuries: LW Dwight King (foot), D Matt Greene (upper body).

St. Louis Blues

11-5-1 This Week: 7 Last Week: 5

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.76
  • GAPG
    2.41
  • S.A. CORSI%
    52.3%
  • PP%
    15.5%
  • PK%
    83.1%

G Jake Allen is responding favourably to the starting job, posting a .936 save percentage in a dozen games, but he's taken back-to-back losses, allowing six goals on 31 shots against the Rangers and Blackhawks. 

Key Injuries: LW Patrik Berglund (shoulder), C Paul Stastny (foot), LW Jaden Schwartz (ankle).

Chicago Blackhawks

10-7-1 This Week: 8 Last Week: 13

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.72
  • GAPG
    2.44
  • S.A. CORSI
    53.2%
  • PP%
    18.8%
  • PK%
    81.3%

D Duncan Keith has returned from knee surgery and RW Patrick Kane has been unstoppable, putting up 22 points (10 G, 12 A) during a 13-game point streak, so things are going pretty well for the Blackhawks, while they wait for their first line to start producing at typical levels.

Key Injuries: None.

Minnesota Wild

10-3-3 This Week: 9 Last Week: 8

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.00
  • GAPG
    2.69
  • S.A. CORSI%
    49.2%
  • PP%
    17.9%
  • PK%
    75.7%

Wild C Mikael Granlund is still getting big ice time (19:37 per game), but has no goals and three assists in the past 13 games.

Key Injuries: LW Zach Parise (knee).

New York Islanders

9-6-3 This Week: 10 Last Week: 10

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.72
  • GAPG
    2.28
  • S.A. CORSI%
    50.0%
  • PP%
    18.4%
  • PK%
    86.0%

While the Islanders may not be scoring as much as last season, they are getting better goaltending. Goalies Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss have combined for a .928 save percentage.

Key Injuries: D Thomas Hickey (lower body).

New Jersey Devils

10-6-1 This Week: 11 Last Week: 14

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.47
  • GAPG
    2.29
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.7%
  • PP%
    22.0%
  • PK%
    82.1%

Look at the Devils with some offence, at least from the top half of the forward depth chart. Given how the season has started in both places, wonder how much regret exists in Pittsburgh over coach Jon Hynes going to New Jersey. 

Key Injuries: LW Ryane Clowe (concussion), LW Patrik Elias (knee).

Pittsburgh Penguins

10-7-0 This Week: 12 Last Week: 9

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.06
  • GAPG
    2.18
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.7%
  • PP%
    12.3%
  • PK%
    85.7%

The Penguins have been bailed out by G Marc-Andre Fleury, overcoming their subpar possession numbers and shockingly, absurdly awful power play.

Key Injuries: None.

Boston Bruins

8-7-1 This Week: 13 Last Week: 11

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    3.25
  • GAPG
    3.06
  • S.A. CORSI%
    50.3%
  • PP%
    33.3%
  • PK%
    71.7%

Still waiting on G Tuukka Rask to get back in form, but the Bruins have been able to rely on a killer power play to keep them afloat early in the season.

Key Injuries: RW David Pastrnak (foot).

Florida Panthers

8-8-3 This Week: 14 Last Week: 20

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.76
  • GAPG
    2.59
  • S.A. CORSI%
    49.6%
  • PP%
    23.3%
  • PK%
    75.0%

The Panthers have been competitive, even with LW Jonathan Huberdeau stuck on one goal, and they are getting first-line C Aleksander Barkov back from injury.

Key Injuries: D Dmitry Kulikov (knee).

Tampa Bay Lightning

8-8-3 This Week: 15 Last Week: 15

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.42
  • GAPG
    2.42
  • S.A. CORSI%
    51.1%
  • PP%
    18.6%
  • PK%
    79.3%

Surprisingly, the Lightning have had real problems finding the net, and are starting the week with two-thirds of The Triplets out of the lineup, making it all the more difficult.

Key Injuries: LW Ondrej Palat (lower body), C Tyler Johnson (undisclosed).

Vancouver Canucks

7-6-5 This Week: 16 Last Week: 16

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.83
  • GAPG
    2.56
  • S. A. CORSI%
    51.3%
  • PP%
    15.8%
  • PK%
    79.2%

One win in the past six games has this season in danger of slipping away from the Canucks. A young lineup figures to get better as the season progresses, but they need some wins along the way.

Key Injuries: None.

Detroit Red Wings

8-8-1 This Week: 17 Last Week: 18

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.18
  • GAPG
    2.47
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.9%
  • PP%
    17.9%
  • PK%
    83.9%

C Pavel Datsyuk returns to the lineup and the Red Wings promptly lose two in a row, but they need that infusion of offence, because sitting 26th in scoring and 21st in score-adjusted possession puts a lot of pressure on the goaltending duo of Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard.

Key Injuries: LW Johan Franzen (concussion), C Brad Richards (back), D Kyle Quincey (ankle).

San Jose Sharks

9-8-0 This Week: 18 Last Week: 19

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.59
  • GAPG
    2.53
  • S.A. CORSI%
    49.2%
  • PP%
    12.5%
  • PK%
    79.2%

A little surprising to see D Paul Martin struggling to this extent, but he's still averaging 21:27 of ice time per game.

Key Injuries: LW Raffi Torres (suspension), C Logan Couture (fibula).

Arizona Coyotes

9-7-1 This Week: 19 Last Week: 23

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.82
  • GAPG
    2.88
  • S.A. CORSI%
    48.4%
  • PP%
    11.6%
  • PK%
    81.3%

The Coyotes are surprisingly offensive, with rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair joining veterans Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker to give Arizona some depth. Now, if only they could get the goaltending sorted out.

Key Injuries: None.

Buffalo Sabres

8-8-1 This Week: 20 Last Week: 21

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.29
  • GAPG
    2.71
  • S.A. CORSI%
    48.4%
  • PP%
    23.6%
  • PK%
    75.0%

3-0-1 in the past four games, the Sabres are starting to see some results and are due to get D Zach Bogosian back from injury soon. If rookie G Linus Ullmark can continue to play well (he has a .924 SV% in six starts), then Buffalo could be ready to climb.

Key Injuries: D Zach Bogosian (lower body), G Robin Lehner (ankle), LW Evander Kane (knee).

Winnipeg Jets

8-8-2 This Week: 21 Last Week: 12

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.67
  • GAPG
    3.22
  • S.A. CORSI%
    50.9%
  • PP%
    16.7%
  • PK%
    80.5%

A five-game winless slide was capped by Saturday night's 7-0 debacle at Nashville. The challenge of the Central Division being what it is, the Jets get a trip to St. Louis as their first chance to get out of this trouble.

Key Injuries: None.

Ottawa Senators

8-5-4 This Week: 22 Last Week: 17

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.82
  • GAPG
    2.94
  • S.A. CORSI%
    46.2%
  • PP%
    20.8%
  • PK%
    73.8%

Two regulation wins in the past 13 games and the Sens lose G Andrew Hammond to injury. Backup goaltender injuries aren't a huge deal, but Hammond's been good (.930 SV%) in his four starts.

Key Injuries: LW Clarke MacArthur (concussion).

Colorado Avalanche

7-9-1 This Week: 23 Last Week: 28

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.88
  • GAPG
    2.65
  • S.A. CORSI%
    45.3%
  • PP%
    19.7%
  • PK%
    82.1%

The Avs have won three straight and, more promising for sustained success, they've started to make possession progress (54.5% score-adjusted shot attempts in seven games) this month.

Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (lower body).

Carolina Hurricanes

6-9-2 This Week: 24 Last Week: 25

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.00
  • GAPG
    2.88
  • S.A. CORSI%
    54.2%
  • PP%
    13.8%
  • PK%
    80.0%

It's been six games since the Hurricanes' last regulation win, but they also have points in three of four and are just desperate for goaltending and a bit of finishing touch on offence to get better results.

Key Injuries: D James Wisniewski (knee).

Toronto Maple Leafs

5-9-4 This Week: 25 Last Week: 29

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.22
  • GAPG
    2.83
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.9%
  • PP%
    15.1%
  • PK%
    78.7%

Strong play from G James Reimer (.944 SV% in past five starts) helped the Leafs to points in five straight games before Jonathan Bernier returned and had some regrettable moments in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Key Injuries: None.

Edmonton Oilers

6-12-0 This Week: 26 Last Week: 22

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.61
  • GAPG
    3.22
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.3%
  • PP%
    21.1%
  • PK%
    78.9%

One regulation win in the past seven games is a rough stretch for the Oilers, and it puts them in familiar territory, but it's been amazing to see C Leon Draisaitl (13 points in eight games) making a quick adjustment in his second pro season.

Key Injuries: D Justin Schultz (undisclosed), C Connor McDavid (clavicle).

Anaheim Ducks

5-8-4 This Week: 27 Last Week: 24

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    1.65
  • GAPG
    2.59
  • S.A. CORSI%
    49.7%
  • PP%
    15.7%
  • PK%
    90.0%

A four-game winning streak turned into a three-game winless streak and suddenly the Ducks aren't fixed quite yet. They've called up power forward Nick Ritchie, who had nine goals in 12 AHL games, in an effort to boost the league's worst offence.

Key Injuries: D Simon Despres (upper body).

Philadelphia Flyers

6-8-3 This Week: 28 Last Week: 26

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    1.88
  • GAPG
    2.94
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.1%
  • PP%
    14.3%
  • PK%
    76.2%

The Flyers have one regulation win in a month, and are making C Brayden Schenn -- tied for the team lead with five goals -- a healthy scratch.

Key Injuries: D Evgeny Medvedev (upper body), D Mark Streit (pubic bone).

Columbus Blue Jackets

6-12-0 This Week: 29 Last Week: 30

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.50
  • GAPG
    3.44
  • S.A. CORSI%
    47.2%
  • PP%
    14.3%
  • PK%
    76.2%

Four wins in six games counts as progress, but the Blue Jackets need a lot more from C Ryan Johansen and RW Nick Foligno, who have combined for three goals.

Key Injuries: None.

Calgary Flames

6-12-1 This Week: 30 Last Week: 27

TEAM STATS

  • GPG
    2.37
  • GAPG
    3.74
  • S.A. CORSI%
    46.4%
  • PP%
    16.0%
  • PK%
    75.5%

The Flames may not be a good team, but they have some fun players to watch like Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett. If they could find someone to stop the puck, that would be the first step to climbing out of the basement.

Key Injuries: LW Lance Bouma (fibula), G Jonas Hiller (lower body).

Notes: While all injuries are taken into account, those listed as key injuries include top nine forwards, top four defencemen and starting goaltenders.

GPG - Goals Per Game, GAPG - Goals Against Per Game

S.A. CORSI% - Score-Adjusted Corsi Percentage. The percentage of shot attempts, during 5-on-5 play, relative to the opposition, adjusted for game-score. 

PP% - Power Play%

PK% - Penalty Kill%

Much of the data included comes from great modern stats sites www.war-on-ice.com, www.puckalytics.com, and www.naturalstattrick.com

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