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Nov 5, 2018

The 7-Eleven Power Rankings: Canadian teams make some moves

Five of Canada’s seven NHL teams have landed in this week’s top 10 of TSN`s 7-Eleven Power Rankings, according to consensus rankings formulated by the TSN Power Ranking panel of Ray Ferraro, Jeff O’Neill, Jamie McLennan, Craig Button and Darren Dreger.

Five Canadian teams crack the top 10 in 7-Eleven Power Rankings

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Woe, Canada? Not this week – at least in TSN`s 7-Eleven Power Rankings.

Five of Canada’s seven NHL teams have landed in this week’s top 10 of TSN`s 7-Eleven Power Rankings, according to consensus rankings formulated by the TSN Power Ranking panel of Ray Ferraro, Jeff O’Neill, Jamie McLennan, Craig Button and Darren Dreger.

Canada’s best teams this week include: the No. 4 Toronto Maple Leafs, who have placed in the top five in our panel’s first six Power Rankings of the season; the sizzling Calgary Flames, who leap 18 spots to No. 5 this week after four consecutive victories; the No. 6 Edmonton Oilers, moving up from No. 10 last week for an 8-4-1 record after starting out last season 4-8-1; the Winnipeg Jets – perched in the top 10 in our first six rankings of 2018-19 – at No. 7 this week; and the No. 9 Vancouver Canucks, climbing 13 spots from No. 22 a week ago after the return of rookie sensation Elias Pettersson to the lineup with seven points in the team’s three straight wins. Last week’s No. 9 team, the Montreal Canadiens, fall four places to a respectable No. 13 after going 1-2 last week.

Moving up to No. 1 in our rankings this week are the Nashville Predators who have three consecutive wins led by the return of Pekka Rinne to the lineup to sit first overall in the NHL standings. The Tampa Bay Lightning, who slip out of top spot to No. 2 after going 3-1 last week, are followed by the Minnesota Wild, who move up three spots to No. 3 as they continue their season-long, seven-game road trip and are 2-1 so far.

Rounding out our panel’s top 10 this week are the No. 8 New York Islanders, who jump 10 spots from No. 18 a week ago on the strength of five straight wins, including back-to-back victories over the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 14 this week after being in the No. 4 position last week), and the Boston Bruins at No. 10, dropping three spots after being shut out twice in their last three games.

The Flames make the biggest leap of the week, soaring into the top five from No. 23 a week ago, while the Chicago Blackhawks are the biggest losers of the week, plunging 13 spots to No. 25 from No. 12 a week ago and No. 9 two weeks ago after five straight losses.

The league’s bottom-five teams this week, according to our panel, include the No. 27 Anaheim Ducks, who slip three places despite ending their seven-game losing streak with an overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday; the Detroit Red Wings, who rise to No. 28 this week after winning three of their last four following three straight weeks dead last; the No. 29 Florida Panthers, who split their two-game series in Finland with the Jets; the slumping Ottawa Senators at No. 30, dropping five spots from last week; and the No. 31 Los Angeles Kings, who have won two of their last three but still own the NHL’s worst record. The Kings are now being guided by interim head coach Willie Desjardins following the firing of John Stevens on Sunday.

 

Nashville Predators
1. Nashville Predators

  • RECORD
    11-3-0
  • LAST 10
    8-2-0
  • LAST WEEK
    2

Pekka Rinne returned to the lineup in style, facing 43 shots and defeating high scoring Tampa Bay 4-1 and then shutting out Boston 1-0 on Saturday. The Predators were 2-2-0 while he was injured.

Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • RECORD
    10-3-1
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST WEEK
    1

They have lost three times in regulation this season. In the game following each loss they are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 21-6. Steven Stamkos has three goals in his last four games.

Minnesota Wild
3. Minnesota Wild

  • RECORD
    8-3-2
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST WEEK
    6

A five-game winning streak ended with a 5-2 loss in Vancouver, but the Wild went right back to work with a 4-3 win in Edmonton and a 5-1 win in St. Louis, outshooting the Blues 45-16.

Toronto Maple Leafs
4. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • RECORD
    9-5-0
  • LAST 10
    6-4-0
  • LAST WEEK
    3

Toronto got off to a rough start after losing Auston Matthews, scoring just one goal in two home losses, but then went on the road and beat Pittsburgh 5-0 to improve their road record to 6-0.

Calgary Flames
5. Calgary Flames

  • RECORD
    9-5-1
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST WEEK
    23

Since being crushed 9-1 by Pittsburgh on Oct. 25, the Flames have been on fire; going 4-0-1 and riding a four-game winning streak. They’re the only team with at least five 15-point scorers.

Edmonton Oilers
6. Edmonton Oilers

  • RECORD
    8-4-1
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST WEEK
    10
Winger Drake Caggiula was the early weapon in consecutive victories. He scored 18 seconds into a 4-0 win over Chicago, and scored 12 seconds into Saturday’s 4-3 win over Detroit.
Winnipeg Jets
7. Winnipeg Jets

  • RECORD
    8-5-1
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST WEEK
    8
Patrik Laine scored four of Winnipeg’s six goals in a two-game split in Finland against Florida. Three of the four were on the power play and extended Winnipeg’s power play goal game streak to 10.
New York Islanders
8. New York Islanders

  • RECORD
    8-4-1
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST WEEK
    18
Highlights from the Islanders’ five-game winning streak include three of those wins on the road, two of the victories over Pittsburgh and a 35-save Thomas Greiss shutout over New Jersey.
Vancouver Canucks
9. Vancouver Canucks

  • RECORD
    9-6-0
  • LAST 10
    6-4-0
  • LAST WEEK
    22

It’s no coincidence that they've won three in a row just after rookie Elias Pettersson returned to the lineup. They’ve scored 16 goals in those three games and Pettersson has seven points in those games.

Boston Bruins
10. Boston Bruins

  • RECORD
    7-4-2
  • LAST 10
    5-3-2
  • LAST WEEK
    7

Goals are harder to come by for the Bruins lately. They’ve been shut out twice in their last three games. David Pastrnak leads the team with 11 goals but has just one in his last four games.

Colorado Avalanche
11. Colorado Avalanche

  • RECORD
    7-4-3
  • LAST 10
    4-3-3
  • LAST WEEK
    5

The Avs are going through a rough patch with three straight losses (one in overtime) but not for a lack of goal scoring. They lost 6-5 to Calgary, and scored six goals and still lost 7-6 (OT) to Vancouver.

Arizona Coyotes
12. Arizona Coyotes

  • RECORD
    7-5-0
  • LAST 10
    7-3-0
  • LAST WEEK
    19

It’s the scoring that’s so impressive during the Coyotes’ five-game winning streak. They’ve outscored opponents 24-7, with Alex Goligoski going 1-6-7. A year ago, they were 1-10-1 after 12 games.

Montreal Canadiens
13. Montreal Canadiens

  • RECORD
    7-4-2
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST WEEK
    9

Two 4-1 losses sandwiched a 6-4 win over Washington, but it’s Max Domi who has been the story lately. In Montreal’s last eight games he has seven goals, just two shy of his total for all of last season.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins
14. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • RECORD
    6-3-3
  • LAST 10
    5-2-3
  • LAST WEEK
    4

A three-game losing streak (one by shootout) included two at home where they are 2-3-1 compared to 4-0-2 on the road. Evgeni Malkin’s nine-game point streak came to an end in a 5-0 loss to Toronto.

Dallas Stars
15. Dallas Stars

  • RECORD
    8-5-0
  • LAST 10
    6-4-0
  • LAST WEEK
    21

After losing their first three games on the road, the Stars have reversed their fortunes with three straight road wins against some tough opponents in Montreal, Toronto and Washington.

San Jose Sharks
16. San Jose Sharks

  • RECORD
    7-4-3
  • LAST 10
    5-2-3
  • LAST WEEK
    11

Joe Thornton scored his first goal, a game-tying marker for the Sharks after returning from an injury, and Timo Meier finished it off in overtime for his 11th goal of the season to beat Philadelphia 4-3.

Washington Capitals
17. Washington Capitals

  • RECORD
    5-4-3
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST WEEK
    13

The Capitals rebounded from a 3-1 score against Montreal to go up 4-3 but still lost 6-4. They also rebounded from a 3-1 score against Dallas to tie it up, before going on to lose in overtime.

Columbus Blue Jackets
18. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • RECORD
    7-6-1
  • LAST 10
    4-5-1
  • LAST WEEK
    16

The Blue Jackets scored on the power play in just one of their last 10 games. They rank dead last in the league in power play percentage (10.7%) and Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-6 (.895 SV % and 3.33 GAA).

Buffalo Sabres
19. Buffalo Sabres

  • RECORD
    7-6-2
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST WEEK
    15

Buffalo recovered from a 4-2 loss in Ottawa to whip those same Sens at home 9-2. Jason Pominville, enjoying life on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel, has seven goals in his last eight games.

Vegas Golden Knights
20. Vegas Golden Knights

  • RECORD
    6-7-1
  • LAST 10
    5-4-1
  • LAST WEEK
    20
Marc-Andre Fleury’s shutout of Carolina was his second of the season to tie him for the league lead. It was also the 50th of his career, moving him into an exclusive club with 28 other goalies.
Carolina Hurricanes
21. Carolina Hurricanes

  • RECORD
    6-6-2
  • LAST 10
    3-6-1
  • LAST WEEK
    14

The 'Canes have lost four in a row including one in OT in which they fired 51 shots at Arizona. They’ve had at least 40 shots in nine of their 14 games and have outshot their opponents in every game.

New York Rangers
22. New York Rangers

  • RECORD
    6-7-1
  • LAST 10
    5-4-1
  • LAST WEEK
    30

The Rangers don’t mind playing some extra time. Three of their six wins have been by shootout and one other was in overtime. Kevin Shattenkirk leads with two shootout goals in two attempts.

Philadelphia Flyers
23. Philadelphia Flyers

  • RECORD
    6-7-1
  • LAST 10
    4-5-1
  • LAST WEEK
    28

The Flyers rebounded from a three-game skid - during which time they scored just two goals - to win twice and earn an OT point in California. Nolan Patrick has five of his seven points in those games.

New Jersey Devils
24. New Jersey Devils

  • RECORD
    5-5-1
  • LAST 10
    4-5-1
  • LAST WEEK
    17
A seven-game road trip did not start off well for the Devils with three losses in which they were outscored 20-8. They are now 0-4-0 on the road for the season, compared to 5-1-1 at home.
Chicago Blackhawks
25. Chicago Blackhawks

  • RECORD
    6-6-3
  • LAST 10
    3-6-1
  • LAST WEEK
    12

The Blackhawks managed just 15 shots against Calgary on Saturday and blew a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3, their fifth consecutive defeat. They’ve been outscored 22-9 in those five games.

St. Louis Blues
26. St. Louis Blues

  • RECORD
    4-5-3
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST WEEK
    26
After sitting out all of last season with an injury, Robby Fabbri returned to action and earned an assist in a 5-3 defeat of Vegas. Their two-game winning streak ended with a 5-1 loss to Minnesota.
Anaheim Ducks
27. Anaheim Ducks

  • RECORD
    6-6-3
  • LAST 10
    3-5-2
  • LAST WEEK
    24

Cam Fowler took it upon himself to end Anaheim’s seven-game losing streak (0-5-2). He scored all three goals – his first three of the year – including the overtime winner in 3-2 win over Columbus.

Detroit Red Wings
28. Detroit Red Wings

  • RECORD
    4-8-2
  • LAST 10
    4-6-0
  • LAST WEEK
    31

After earning just one win in their first 10 games, the Red Wings have won three of their last four. The top scorer during those four games is Dylan Larkin with eight points to lead the team in scoring.

Florida Panthers
29. Florida Panthers

  • RECORD
    3-5-3
  • LAST 10
    3-5-2
  • LAST WEEK
    27

The Panthers split two 4-2 games in Finland against the Jets. Aleksander Barkov was outduelled by Patrik Laine's four goals to his zero goals in the battle of returning Finnish stars.

 

Ottawa Senators
30. Ottawa Senators

  • RECORD
    5-6-3
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST WEEK
    25

The Senators, ranked No. 13 two weeks ago, got off to a good start in their first road game of the year with a win in Toronto. Since then they are 0-4-1 away from home and have been outscored 30-12.

Los Angeles Kings
31. Los Angeles Kings

  • RECORD
    4-8-1
  • LAST 10
    3-7-0
  • LAST WEEK
    29

The Kings have won two of their last three, significant for them because it represents half of their wins on the season. Will they turn it around after Sunday’s firing of head coach John Stevens?