Haggerty's Not-Your-Typical NHL Power Rankings
THE GOOD, BAD AND THE BEST COSTUMES
Who's excelling on the ice? Who's not? And who broke the internet this week in the NHL.
SOCIAL MEDIA BLAST-HALLOWEEN EDITION
Top 5 NHL players who broke the Internet via social media
1. Devils forward Blake Coleman and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Jordan Daigle went as each other. Awww, isn’t that sweet?
2. Who doesn’t love using a Halloween costume to also make a pregnancy announcement as Matt Duchene and his wife did with a spooky touch earlier this week?
3. Connor McDavid as Homer Simpson and his girlfriend as Marge. It’s a pretty strong Halloween costume game with not a “D’oh” in sight.
4. This isn’t technically an NHL player, but it is an NHL mascot as this dog crushed dressing up as infamous Flyers mascot Gritty.
5. Braden Holtby and his wife Brandi went topical as the characters from “A Star is Born” with the Caps goalie going as troubled rock star Jackson Maine and his wife as Lady Gaga from the hot movie.
TOP 5 TEAMS
1. Nashville Predators (10-3-0): The Preds have won eight of their past 10 and are crushing it 5-on-5 both offensively and defensively. They have young talent, they’re deep and their goaltending is top notch.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (10-3-1): Is Brayden Point the most underrated player in the NHL at this point given his seven goals and 14 points in 12 games and given he was put on shutdown duty vs. Patrice Bergeron’s line in the playoffs? I’d say so.
3. Vancouver Canucks (9-6-0): Who could have guessed the Canucks would be off to this kind of start? It may be a temporary thing, but Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat are something pretty special right now.
4. Winnipeg Jets (8-5-1): The Jets are off to a solid start, but they’re 22nd in the NHL in goals scored while ranking 2nd on the power play scoring at 33 percent of the time. How does that even make sense?
5. Calgary Flames (8-5-1): Let’s take a moment to salute three Canadian NHL teams in the top five and the majority of them in playoff position one month into the season. The Flames have five point-per-game players so far.
BOTTOM 5 TEAMS
31. Los Angeles Kings (3-8-1): The Kings look slow and old, and every player on their everyday roster is a minus right now. Even the brilliant Drew Doughty hasn’t been able to avoid the morass.
30. Florida Panthers (3-5-3): The Panthers were trotting out Aleksander Barkov as a Patrice Bergeron-type figure in the preseason. He’s got two goals in 11 games and is a minus player. Yeah, he’s not there yet.
29. St. Louis Blues (4-4-3): The Blues position players are off to an okay start, but Chad Johnson and Jake Allen have been dreadful between the pipes. Allen has really been an inconsistent player between the pipes for the Blues.
28. Winnipeg Jets (8-5-1): The Jets are off to a solid start, but they’re 22nd in the NHL in goals scored while ranking second in power-play scoring at 33 percent of the time. How does that even make sense?
27. Detroit Red Wings (4-7-2): A three-game winning streak almost has the Red Wings off this notorious list. Almost. Dylan Larkin is really picking things up for them.
VIDEO GAME NUMBERS
Top five performances for the week
1. Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson established career-highs with two goals and five points in an old-time 7-6 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. The kid now has 15 points in nine games.
2. Penguins star Evgeni Malkin had a pair of goals and three points in a 5-0 shutout of the Canucks last weekend proving that the 32-year-old can still get things done.
3. Leon Draisaitl dominated to the tune of two goals and seven shots on net as the Oilers took down the best team in hockey, the Nashville Predators, last weekend. Draisaitl is off to a hot start with seven goals and 14 points in 12 games.
4. Anders Lee had a goal and three helpers along with a plus-3 rating in the New York Islanders' win over the Flyers last weekend in a Metro Division showdown. Lee has been part of a surprising start for the Isles with no John Tavares.
5. Elias Lindholm has impressed and thrived with his fresh start in Calgary and posted a goal and two points along with six shots on net in the Flames' 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Lindholm is a point-per-game guy.
GOALIES THAT DON'T SUCK
1. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 44 of 45 shots in a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night where he clearly dressed as himself for Halloween in his Vezina Trophy-winning season. It ended up giving the Sharks nightmares.
2. Antti Raanta made 48 saves in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win for the Arizona Coyotes over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. In all, he stopped 74 of 78 shots he faced this week for a sterling .948 save percentage in a pair of wins.
3. Edmonton Oilers backup goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped all 40 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in only his second appearance of the season for the Oil. He looks like a pretty good pickup for Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers.
4. Pekka Rinne made an impressive return from injury while stopping 42 of 43 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Watch out for the Preds if they get a red-hot Rinne back. They may not lose for a while.
5. Old friend Anton Khudobin stopped 31 of 32 shots for the Stars in a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. You’ve got to love Dobie.