NHL Power Rankings: Have the Jets officially arrived?
NHL Power Rankings: Week 7
After dropping their first two games in regulation, the Jets are 12-2-3 in their last 17 contests and have won a season-high four in a row.
31. Buffalo Sabres (5-11-4, 14 points)
The Sabres have lost five in a row, have scored only one goal in four of those losses and have been outshot by a combined 34 over that span. They're completely going the wrong way.
(Last week: 30)
30. Arizona Coyotes (4-15-3, 11 points)
We've picked on Arizona enough. We're moving them up a spot, for this week. Why? Because after 20 games, the Coyotes have finally won their first game in regulation! And they followed that up with an overtime victory in Ottawa, making it two wins in a row. Oh baby.
(Last week: 31)
29. Florida Panthers (7-11-2, 16 points)
The Panthers peppered 52 shots on goal and allowed only 28 on Sunday against Anaheim, but lost 3-2 because of a 50-save performance by John Gibson. Tough luck.
(Last week: 29)
28. Edmonton Oilers (7-11-2, 16 points)
It felt like the Oilers might be back when they cruised past Vegas 8-2 on Tuesday, but they followed that up with a 4-1 loss to St. Louis and 6-3 loss to Dallas, the latter of which was the first of a five-game road trip. Connor McDavid has two three-point games in his last three contests, something he did *only* twice in his first 17 games.
(Last week: 26)
27. Montreal Canadiens (8-11-2, 18 points)
Charlie Lindgren has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts (.831 save percentage) after giving up only seven goals in his first five games (.957 save percentage). The Canadiens offense didn't do him any favors though in a 6-0 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
(Last week: 21)
26. Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-4, 20 points)
The Flyers have dropped four straight games, two in overtime or a shootout, and the other two were shutouts. They've now been blanked five times this season.
(Last week: 17)
25. Vancouver Canucks (9-8-3, 21 points)
The Canucks had as difficult a slate as any this past week, colliding with Los Angeles, Vegas and St. Louis. They came away with three out of a possible six points, and will play the next six games on the road, where they are 6-3-0 compared to 3-5-3 at home.
(Last week: 19)
24. Dallas Stars (10-9-1, 21 points)
The Stars are 3-5-1 in nine games this month, but there have been some bright spots. Alex Radulov had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during his career-high nine-game point streak that ended Thursday in Tampa Bay, but he got back on the scoresheet with a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win against Edmonton over the weekend.
(Last week: 16)
23. Boston Bruins (8-7-4, 20 points)
A potential goalie controversy brewing in Boston? It's probably more Bruce Cassidy riding the hot hand, but the numbers certainly favor Anton Khudobin (5-0-2, 2.17 goals against average and .935 save percentage) over Tuukka Rask (3-7-2, 2.89 GAA and .897 save percentage). Let's see how it plays out.
(Last week: 28)
22. Detroit Red Wings (10-8-3, 23 points)
The Red Wings are taking full advantage of their home-heavy stretch, picking up six out of a possible eight points in their last four. Andreas Athanasiou has four goals across those games.
(Last week: 27)
21. New York Rangers (10-9-2, 22 points)
The Rangers fell to Chicago 6-3 and Columbus 2-0 in back-to-back road games following their six-game winning streak, but got back on track with a 3-0 victory over Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. They are 8-4-2 with a plus-9 goal differential at home this season compared to 2-5-0 and a minus-9 goal differential on the road.
(Last week: 18)
20. Anaheim Ducks (9-7-3, 21 points)
On a Sunday night where Ducks greats Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were honored in Anaheim, John Gibson made sure to replay them with his best performance of the season, making 50 saves in a 3-2 win over Florida. The Ducks have earned at least a point in five of their last six games, and have moved within five points of Los Angeles for the Pacific Division lead with two games in hand.
(Last week: 25)
19. Colorado Avalanche (10-8-1, 21 points)
Nathan MacKinnon had a five-point game (one goal, four assists) in a 6-2 win over Nashville to kick off the week and ended it by scoring the overtime winner in a two-goal comeback victory over Detroit. He now has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last nine games.
(Last week: 23)
18. Washington Capitals (11-9-1, 23 points)
Phillip Grubauer is still searching for his first win of the season. After surrendering six goals in a 6-2 loss to Colorado, he fell to 0-5-1 in his six starts and has a 3.86 goals against average and .876 save percentage in eight appearances. He was arguably the league's best backup last season after going 13-6-2 with a 2.04 GAA, .926 save percentage and three shutouts.
(Last week: 12)
17. Carolina Hurricanes (9-6-4, 22 points)
Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho have combined for 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in their last FOUR games. Teravainen recorded his first career NHL hat trick in a 5-1 win against Dallas while Aho has scored a goal in four straight.
(Last week: 24)
16. San Jose Sharks (10-8-0, 20 points)
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns remains goalless through 18 games this season after leading all defensemen last season with 29 tallies. Through the 18-game mark last year, he had six goals.
(Last week: 10)
15. Minnesota Wild (9-8-2, 20 points)
Devan Dubnyk became the third goaltender in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to record three straight shutouts multiple times in his career, joining Brian Elliott (three times) and Roberto Luongo (twice), according to Elias. Dubnyk's save percentage went from .903 to .926 after those three games.
(Last week: 20)
14. Calgary Flames (11-8-0, 22 points)
The Flames have won six of their last eight games, and it's seemingly been a new hero every night. Micheal Ferland has a six-game point streak, scoring a goal in five straight to start it. He already has eight goals in 18 games this season after scoring just 21 goals in 173 games over his first three NHL seasons.
(Last week: 14)
13. Ottawa Senators (8-5-6, 22 points)
The Senators have lost three in a row, and their 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday started a stretch where they play 10 of the next 11 on the road, which may not be a bad thing. They're 4-1-1 on the road compared to 4-4-5 at home this season.
(Last week: 7)
12. Chicago Blackhawks (10-8-2, 22 points)
Artem Anisimov has nine goals in his last 10 games, Alex DeBrincat has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his last nine and the Blackhawks are 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) on the power play in their last three after going 5-for-53 (9.4 percent) in their previous 12. These are the Blackhawks Chicago is familiar with.
(Last week: 22)
11. Vegas Golden Knights (12-6-1, 25 points)
After going pointless in his first four games of the season, William Karlsson has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his last 15 contests and five goals in his last four. With a 4-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday, the Golden Knights became the second team in NHL history to win seven straight home games at any point in their inaugural season, according to Elias. Hmm, we wonder why that is...
(Last week: 6)
10. Pittsburgh Penguins (11-8-3, 25 points)
Sidney Crosby ended an 11-game goal drought in a 5-4 overtime win against the Sabres, and the Penguins have picked up at least a point in three of their last four games. They're a difficult team to assess because their goal differential is among the worst in the league, but they've been outscored 10-1 to Chicago, 7-1 to Tampa Bay and 7-1 to Winnipeg in three games this season, which has really lopsided things.
(Last week: 15)
9. New York Islanders (11-7-2, 24 points)
Nick Leddy had two points in his first nine games of the season. Since then, he has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 11 contests. He's been terrific as the clear-cut No. 1 defenseman. Anders Lee also has three straight games with two-point efforts, recording three goals and three assists over that stretch.
(Last week: 13)
8. New Jersey Devils (11-5-3, 25 points)
The Devils had a three-day break after putting up a seven spot on Chicago, and they forgot to bring their offense with them to Toronto (1-0 overtime loss) and Winnipeg (5-2 loss). Which is weird, because Travis Zajac played in both of those games after being sidelined for the first 17 games with a torn left pectoral muscle.
(Last week: 5)
7. Los Angeles Kings (12-7-2, 26 points)
After starting the season 11-2-2, the Kings are 1-5-0 in their last six games. Jonathan Quick has allowed three or more goals in six of his last eight starts, and has a .902 save percentage in the month of November. He allowed just 16 goals total in his first nine starts of the season, and had a .942 save percentage in October, including two shutouts.
(Last week: 3)
6. Nashville Predators (11-6-2, 24 points)
The Predators are 6-1-0 in their last seven games, and have scored 31 goals over that stretch (4.43 goals per game). They started the season 5-5-2 and scored 28 goals over those first 12 games (2.33 goals per game).
(Last week: 11)
5. Columbus Blue Jackets (12-7-1, 25 points)
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 36 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Rangers on Friday to help the Blue Jackets win their third straight game. He has a 0.65 goals against average, .980 save percentage and a shutout over those three starts. It would be an unbelievable accomplishment if he won a third career Vezina Trophy before the age of 30.
(Last week: 9)
4. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-7-0, 28 points)
The Maple Leafs have ripped off six consecutive wins, and are outscoring their opponents 21-8 over that span. Frederik Anderson posted back-to-back shutouts in wins against New Jersey (42 saves) and Montreal (33 saves) to earn his third shutout in 18 starts this season. He had four shutouts in 66 games last season.
(Last week: 8)
3. Winnipeg Jets (12-4-3, 27 points)
The Jets kept their winning streak alive when they rallied from 2-0 down to beat Philadelphia 3-2 in a shootout, then went on to beat New Jersey 5-2 for their fourth straight win. Patrik Laine also extended his point streak to seven games (five goals, two assists). Can they keep this up? As long as they're getting the goaltending, which they certainly are from Connor Hellebuyck, they can. That's been their biggest question mark for years. Hellebuyck is 11-1-2 with a 2.27 goals against average and .931 save percentage compared to backup Steve Mason, who's 1-3-1 with a 3.76 GAA and .892 save percentage.
(Last week: 4)
2. St. Louis Blues (15-5-1, 31 points)
Brayden Schenn has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) during his career-high seven-game point streak. That's more than two points per game in that stretch. He's already almost halfway to his 55-point total from last season.
(Last week: 2)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (15-3-2, 32 points)
It's hard not to make this space an update on Nikita Kucherov or Steven Stamkos. Each of them have recorded at least a point in every game this season except three, which happened to be the same three games. They lost all three of them (one in overtime). Vladislav Namestnikov and Brayden Point also are averaging a point-per-game, giving the Lightning four players who are producing at that rate.
(Last week: 1)