Haggerty's Not-Your-Typical Power Rankings: Leafs on the rise
Leafs move to top of Haggerty's list
The Maple Leafs are without Auston Matthews but have won three in a row and lead the NHL with 70 goals, propelling them to the top this week.
TOP 5 TEAMS
1. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-6-0) - The Leafs have won three games in a row and lead the NHL with 70 goals scored this season and they’ve managed to do it without Auston Matthews for a significant chunk of time. Methinks they’re pretty good.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (13-5-1) – Since when did Brayden Point become the best player on Tampa Bay? They’ll be tested with Andrei Vasilevskiy injured and on the shelf for the foreseeable future, however.
3. Nashville Predators (13-5-1) – The Predators have lost three in a row and they’re bringing Austin Watson back into the fold after serving his 18-game suspension for domestic abuse. Yeah, that’s enough about the Preds for this week.
4. Minnesota Wild (12-5-2) – The Wild are top 10 in the NHL in offense, defense and penalty kill while using their combination of good two-way players, scoring depth and very good goaltending from Devan Dubnyk.
5. Columbus Blue Jackets (11-6-2) – Perhaps in honor of Larry Brooks getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame, John Tortorella and the Blue Jackets have had a little more spring in their step while jumping to the top of the Metro Division. Nice work, Brooksie.
BOTTOM 5 TEAMS
1. Los Angeles Kings (6-11-1) – The Kings finally did something and they did add some speed with the trade for Carl Hagelin, but they are still a pretty old, slow bunch at the very bottom of the NHL barrel.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-7-3) – The Penguins are starting to shake things up as GM Jim Rutherford believes that the Penguins core group has become a little too comfortable after their back-to-back Cups. First world problems right there.
3. Florida Panthers (7-6-3) – The good news for the Panthers is that Roberto Luongo is back healthy and has stabilized the situation between the pipes. The bad news is that the Panthers have a hole to dig out of now.
4. Vegas Golden Knights (8-11-1) – So many of the Golden Knights players have come back to Earth after last season's magical journey. Not the least of which is Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban between the pipes. Both have not been very good.
5. St. Louis Blues (7-7-3) – Ryan O’Reilly has been outstanding in his first month-plus with the team. The same can’t be said for pretty much the rest of the roster during a middling start.
Video Game Numbers
1. Brayden Point once again was the talk of Tampa as he put together a natural hat trick in 91 seconds for the Lightning in a dominant 3-0 win over a downtrodden Tampa team on Thursday night.
2. The high point of the week for the Bruins was undoubtedly David Pastrnak’s hat trick in a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs as the injuries continue to mount for the Black and Gold.
3. Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks pulled off a big win over the rough-and-tough Predators with a pair of goals in the 5-4 victory on Thursday night. San Jose will need more of that as they push through the Pacific Division.
4. John Tavares had a goal and three points along with four shots on net as the Maple Leafs took care of business against the Kings, 5-1 and continue to thrive even without the injured Auston Matthews.
5. Columbus big forward Pierre-Luc Dubois is having a sneaky good season and added a goal, two points and six shots on net in 21:47 of ice time in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers last weekend.
Goalies That Don’t Suck
1. Keith Kinkaid continues to have some really good games sprinkled into his New Jersey Devils career as he stopped 29 shots while shutting out the Flyers in a 3-0 win for Jersey on Thursday night.
2. After not playing in almost two weeks with four days where he didn’t practice during a leave of absence from the Bruins, Tuukka Rask stopped 35 of 36 shots and earned the undermanned Bruins a point in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Stars on Friday night.
3. Flames backup David Rittich, 26, only had to make 21 saves, but he was mistake-free in a 1-0 shutout of the Kings last weekend, so you’ve got to give some credit there.
4. Carey Price stood on his head and stole a game for the Canadiens while stopping 43-of-45 shots in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night and answered some questions in the process in Montreal.
5. Jake Allen didn’t get off to a very good start this season for the Blues, but he was stellar in stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Friday night.