NHL Power Rankings: Back in the Groove

NHL Metro Division

With the NHL regular season underway, let the overreaction begin in each conference. Prior to the season starting, preseason rankings came out with all the teams that could win the Stanley Cup. However, a week into the season, some of those teams are struggling. When it comes to evaluating teams in the first weeks into the season, it is really hard to separate the contenders from pretenders. Some teams thought to be bad are ranked high. While the teams that are supposed to be good are near the bottom. Here the is the first edition of NHL Power Rankings.

NHL Power Rankings Back in the Groove

  1. Washington Capitals – The champs are the champs. With the monkey off their back, they are playing even better and the offense is clicking on all cylinders
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs – The offense is really, really good. Auston Matthews and John Tavares are one of the best 1-2 punches in the NHL.
  3. Carolina Hurricanes – New culture, new attitude, a new owner, and a new coaching staff has given life to the Hurricanes which has led to winning.
  4. Nashville Predators – Probably the best goalie duo in the NHL, the Predators are looking to repeat as division champions.
  5. Tampa Bay Lightning – While they only played one game, Andrei Vasilevskiy is showing why he will win a Vezina Trophy at some point.
  6. Chicago Blackhawks – Jonathan Toews is back to being his old self. That is dangerous for the rest of the league. If the big boys keeping playing like this, Hawks could be heading back to the playoffs.
  7. Anaheim Ducks – This team continues to find ways to win hockey games despite having key players out of the lineup.
  8. Boston Bruins – After a dismal opening night, the Bruins are showing their offensive firepower led by David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron.
  9. Winnipeg Jets – Despite another slow start, the be big guns are producing for the Jets and everything will be fine.
  10. Dallas Stars – It is still early on in the season, but the top line is on fire. We will see if this continues.
  11. Colorado Avalanche – Last like last year, as long as the Avalanche have Nathan MacKinnon they will be in every game.
  12. San Jose Sharks – They are not off to the start that everyone expected, but give the players time to adjust and the Sharks will be back near the top.
  13. New Jersey Devils – It’s only one game, but New Jersey looks good. This week of tough games will show if they are for real.
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins – Matt Murray is down again to another concussion. We will see if their backup goalies are for real.
  15. Los Angeles Kings – Not having Jonathan Quick will hurt the Kings in the long run. History has shown the Kings do not make the playoffs without Quick in the lineup.
  16. Buffalo Sabres – Off to good start for the Sabres. Jack Eichel wants to show he is an elite player in the league. They will be a tough team to play against all year.
  17. Vegas Golden Knights – Nobody expects the Golden Knights to repeat the success they had last year. But after beating up teams in the preseason, this slow start was not anticipated.
  18. Florida Panthers – Despite losing Roberto Luongo this early in the season, the Panthers are talented enough to fight for a playoff spot.
  19. Philadelphia Flyers – Question marks in goal will always haunt the Flyers. Their top line is clicking and what is up with their mascot Gritty?
  20. Columbus Blue Jackets – Their offense is like clockwork. While it takes time to get going, their offense is potent and dangerous.
  21. New York Islanders – Barry Trotz has got his team playing well to start the season. We will see if they can keep this pace up.
  22. Montreal Canadiens – Carey Price is playing like the old Carey Price. With a new up-tempo style of play will keep them in every game.
  23. St. Louis Blues – Even with all their off-season signings, they need Jake Allen to be good. Right now, they still have the bad Jake Allen.
  24. Calgary Flames – The Flames were supposed to get off to an explosive start. Like every team, they need one of their highest paid players to be better.
  25. Minnesota Wild – The Wild are a better team than they are showing. However, if the supporting cast around Zach Parise continues their poor play, the Wild are in trouble.
  26. Edmonton Oilers – The best player in the world was on display once. Their early season travel schedule will make or break their season.
  27. Vancouver Canucks – The team’s future is bright and in good hands. Just look at all the young talent that is on display and coming up through the ranks.
  28. Arizona Coyotes – We knew it would be a tough year for the Coyotes, but taking three games to score your first goals of the season is a little ridiculous.
  29. Detroit Red Wings – Even General Manager Ken Holland admitted the rebuild should have started years before it did.
  30. Ottawa Senators – Look there is a rebuild underway in Canada’s capital, but until all the pieces are put together, those “Pesky Sens” will be near the bottom of the league.
  31. New York Rangers – Rangers fan knew there would be growing pains especially with a new coach in place to start the year.

Read More: 

NHL Metro Division Notebook: Regular Season Underway

NHL Pacific Division Notebook: What to Watch For

Photo Credit: By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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