There have been a lot of shifts in power this week, let’s take a look at week eight’s NHL Top Ten Power Ranking.
10. Calgary Flames:
In first place in the Pacific Division, the Flames are 14-9-2, and continue to improve their home record of 7-3-2.
A red flag for this team is the fact that although five skaters have at least 20 points, only two other players have at least 10.
Calgary is in a weaker Pacific Division, however when comparing to other top teams, Calgary needs more players to step up.
9. Winnipeg Jets:
The Jets had a tough week going 1-3-0 in their last four games, however Laine has stepped up with 11 goals in his last five games.
Laine is currently tied for most goals with David Pastrnak, and Jeff Skinner with 19.
Winnipeg has now fallen to fifth in the Central Division after a 4-3 loss to the struggling Penguins Tuesday night.
8. Boston Bruins:
The Bruins are 5-3-2 in their last ten games, including going 2-1-1 in their last four.
However, in an extremely tough Atlantic Division Boston finds themselves fourth in the Division.
With Bergeron out, Pastrnak and Marchand need to step up even more.
7. Minnesota Wild:
The Wild are currently third in the Central Division, and have gone 6-4-0 in their last ten games.
Minnesota has proven they can win at home with a record of 8-3-2.
Going 2-1-0 in their games this past week, if the Wild can find a way to start their games off better, this teams needs to be taken seriously.
6. Washington Capitals:
Despite not being in the top ten last week, I think winning six games in a row without T.J. Oshie, and Evgeni Kuznetsov earns the defending Stanley Cup Champion their spot.
In their last ten games the Capitals are 7-3-0, and are showing they can win home and away with a home record of 7-3-2, and an away record of 7-4-1.
Tom Wilson has 6 goals, and 6 assists in his first 12 games back since his suspension.
Finding their way back to the top of the Metropolitan Division, if this is Washington showing their hangover is over, watch out.
5. Colorado Avalanche:
Like the Capitals, the Avalanche have also won six games in a row, and are now 8-1-1 in their last ten.
Colorado is now sitting just one point behind the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division.
Mikko Rantanen leads the league in points with 42 in his 10 goals, and 32 assists.
Nathan MacKinnon is right behind him with 41 points in his 18 goals, and 23 assists.
Even more impressive, Colorado has the most points on the road this year (20) with a record of 9-4-2 on the road.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs:
The Maple Leafs are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for first place in the league, and have won three games in a row.
Despite missing their best player Toronto went 7-3-0 in their last ten games.
However, in his return last night, Matthews recorded two goals, and an assist in Toronto’s 5-3 win over San Jose.
Some may see this placing as a snub, however, as of right now this how Toronto matches up against the other current contenders.
3. Nashville Predators:
Nashville is currently going through some adversity.
With Subban, and Arvidsson both out for at least a month, maybe even two, the Predators have gone 5-4-1 in their last ten games, which includes a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
The Predators will need to find a way to get through this and get back on track if they want to retain the top spot in the league.
Nashville will look to get a win in tonight’s game against the Coyotes at 8:00 PM ET.
2. Buffalo Sabres:
Yes you are seeing this right.
The Buffalo Sabres have now won 10 games in a row, and find themselves atop the NHL.
Having success at home, and on the road has been key to Buffalo’s success.
The Sabres have a home record of 9-2-1, and an away record of 8-4-1.
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner lead the way with 28, and 27 points respectively.
Skinner is also tied for most goals in the league with 19.
In my opinion, Buffalo is the hottest team right now, but I’m not sure they are the best right now.
Buffalo will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 7:30 PM ET, in a battle between the league’s top teams.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning:
The Lightning have gone 6-4-0 in their last ten games, and although they are third in the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay is the best team in the NHL at the moment.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 33 points, followed by Brayden Point with 32, and Yanni Gourde, and Steven Stamkos with 21 each.
Tampa Bay has depth.
Five rostered Centers have over 15 points each.
Point 32, Gourde 21, Stamkos 21, Miller 18, Johnson 17.
Even more impressive, Tampa Bay has gone 5-3 without their starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Still anything can happen at this point in the season, but eight weeks in, there has definitely been some surprises!
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Winnipeg Scored On: www.cbc.ca
Patrik Laine: www.winnipegfreepress.com
Bruins Goal: www.bostonherald.com
Minnesota Wild: www.gonepuckwild.com
Wild Goal: www.AZcentral.com
Ovechkin and Wilson: www.WJLA.com
Wilson Goal: www.loudountimes.com
Colorado Top Line: www.NHL.com
St. Louis Goal: www.NHL.com
Ryan Johansen: www.milehighsticking.com
Sabres Bench: www.SI.com
Skinner Goal: www.spokesmanreview.com
Tampa Bay: www.tampabaytimes.com
Tampa Bay Goal: www.NHL.com
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