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NHL Top Ten Power Rankings Week 7

Another week of the NHL Regular Season down another week of teams shifting up and down in the standings, along with three new teams finding their way into the top ten.

Here is how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up now seven weeks into the season.

10. Carolina Hurricanes (13-7-1):

Finding their way back into the top ten after a few weeks of inconsistent play, the Carolina Hurricanes have won four consecutive games, and are now 6-4-0 in their last ten games.

This week the Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 5-4, and the Wild 4-3. Both on the road, and both in overtime.

Carolina finished the week off with a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago.

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With their up and down play who knows how far this team eventually will be able to go, but three wins on the road this week certainly gets Carolina back in the top ten for now.

Carolina will host Philadelphia tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET.

9. Winnipeg Jets (13-8-1):

Like the Hurricanes, the Jets also won three games on the road this week.

Now 7-2-1 in their last ten games, Winnipeg took down the Panthers, and the Lightning 4-3, along with Central Division Rival Nashville 2-1 this past week.

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Winnipeg now sits just one point ahead of Dallas for third in the Central Division, however have a goal differential of -4.

Connor Hellebuyck is shedding some light in net with a goals against average of 2.35, and a save percentage of .930.

8. Dallas Stars (12-8-2):

The Stars are hot right now.

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This week Dallas defeated the Flames 3-1 in Calgary, the Canucks 4-2 in Vancouver, the Oilers 5-4 in overtime in Edmonton, and finished off the week with an impressive 6-1 home win against the Canucks again.

Dallas is now 8-1-1 in their last ten games, with a goal differential of plus-8 on the season.

Winnipeg will be traveling to Dallas to take on the Stars tomorrow at 8:30 PM ET as Dallas looks to win five consecutive games, Winnipeg looks to win four consecutive games, along with third place in the Central Division being up for grabs.

7. Colorado Avalanche (13-6-2):

Despite injuries to their key players, Colorado continues to find a way to remain one of the top teams in the league.

After falling 6-2 to Edmonton on the road, the Avalanche bounced back with a 5-4 overtime win in Vancouver, and a 3-2 win in Calgary.

MacKinnon, and Makar have been incredible these past few weeks boosting their point totals to 31, and 23 respectively.

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Colorado will take on the Minnesota Wild tomorrow at 8:30 PM ET.

6. Arizona Coyotes (13-7-2):

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With the second least goals allowed on the season, 49, the Coyotes remain in second place in the Pacific Division after going 2-1-0 this week.

Arizona fell to Minnesota 3-2 on the road, then answered with consecutive 3-0 wins over the Flames, and Kings.

In net Darcy Kuemper has been phenomenal with a league best 1.85 goals against average, and a second best .937 save percentage.

The Coyotes take on the Maple Leafs tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET at home.

5. St. Louis Blues (13-4-5):

The Blues survived this week going 1-1-1 in their three games.

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Still in the top spot in the Central Division, St. Louis is now 7-1-2 in their last ten games after falling to Columbus in overtime 3-2, and Anaheim 4-1, but finishing the week by spoiling Patrick Maroon’s first game back in St. Louis with a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Despite being first in their division, and tied for second overall with 31 points, the Blues have a goal differential of just plus-3.

St. Louis is set to host Calgary tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET as they look to win consecutive games.

4. Edmonton Oilers (14-6-3):

Same old, same old in Edmonton; McDavid, and Draisaitl continuing to dominate statistically.

As of right now McDavid has 43 points, and Draisaitl has 44 points.

Going 2-0-1 this past week, the Oilers remain in first place in the Pacific Division.

Starting off with an impressive 6-2 win over Colorado, Edmonton fell to Dallas 5-4 in overtime, although would end the week with a solid divisional win defeating the Sharks 5-2 on the road, ending San Jose’s six game winning streak.

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Even more impressive Edmonton has the best power play unit in the league (32.4%), as well as the third best penalty kill in the league (88.0%).

The Oilers will look to continue their stronghold over the Pacific Division when they take on the Kings tomorrow at 10:30 PM ET in Los Angeles.

3. Boston Bruins (13-3-5):

After a little bit of a rough week last week, Boston responded by going 2-0-1 this week with a 4-2 win over Toronto, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals, and a 5-1 thumping of the New Jersey Devils.

A few stats worth noting are the Bruins have the best goal differential in the NHL of plus-21, each of their 13 wins have all come in regulation, and Boston is 7-0-4 at home.

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Boston also has the league’s third best power play (28.8%).

Tuukka Rask has been solid this season with a goals against average of 2.06, and a save percentage of .930; even backup Jaroslav Halak has been impressive with a save percentage of .924, and a goals against average of 2.56.

Boston will take on Atlantic Division foe Buffalo tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET.

2. Washington Capitals (16-3-4):

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Washington had themselves another solid week, remaining in first place overall in the standings.

Now 8-1-1 in their last ten games, the Capitals went 3-1-0 this week defeating Philadelphia 2-1 in a shootout, followed by a 5-2 loss to Montreal, then finished the week with consecutive wins, a 3-2 shootout win at Boston, and a 5-2 win over Anaheim.

The most impressive thing about this team is the fact that they are 10-1-1 on the road.

Washington takes on the Rangers tonight at 8:00 PM ET in New York.

1. New York Islanders (15-3-1):

There is no team currently playing better hockey than the Islanders right now.

Currently on a four game winning streak, and fifteen game point streak (tying the franchise record), the Islanders are 14-0-1 in their last fifteen games and are just five points behind the Capitals for first in the NHL. (Keep in mind New York has played four less games than Washington)

This week New York defeated Toronto 5-4, Philadelphia 4-3 in a shootout, and Pittsburgh 5-4 in overtime.

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Goaltender Thomas Greiss has stood on his head posting a save percentage of .938, and a goals against average of 1.98.

This has greatly had an impact on New York having the league’s least goals against of 46.

If the Islanders can continue this strong defensive play, while still being able to put the puck in the net, New York will certainly be a threat come April.

New York will look to win five consecutive games when they host the Penguins tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET.

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