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NHL Top Ten Power Rankings Week 9

Another Thanksgiving come and gone, another week come and gone in the NHL.

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This week saw another Head Coach firing as the Devils relieved John Hynes of his duties yesterday.

Here is how the top ten teams stack up in the NHL heading into the month of December.

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10. Vegas Golden Knights (15-11-4):

The Golden Knights are currently on a four game winning streak with wins over Nashville, Arizona, New York Rangers, and New Jersey.

This string of wins has helped Vegas find themselves in third place in the Pacific Division, just three points behind first place Edmonton, and two points behind second place Arizona.

http://www.reviewjournal.com

Vegas will look to make it five consecutive wins tomorrow when they take on the Islanders in New York.

9. Winnipeg Jets (17-10-1):

Winnipeg is not looking too bad at all right now going 7-3-0 in their last ten games, including 3-1-0 this past week.

Starting with a 5-1 win in San Jose, the Jets then shutout the Ducks 3-0 in Anaheim, however would end their road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Jets finished the week with an impressive win last night as they steam rolled the Dallas Stars 5-1.

http://www.news.sportsinteraction.com

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is playing solid right now with two shutouts, a save percentage of .934, and a goals against average of 2.17.

Winnipeg will finish their home-and-home with Dallas tomorrow when they take on the Stars at 8:30 PM ET.

8. Colorado Avalanche (16-8-2):

With Mikko Rantanen returning to the lineup, it’s only up from here Avalanche fans.

The Avalanche went 3-0-0 this week with a 4-1 win over Edmonton, along with 5-2, and 7-3 wins over Chicago.

Colorado is now 7-3-0 in their last ten games, and sit in third place in the Central Division.

http://www.milehighhockey.com

MacKinnon, and the Avalanche will look to win four consecutive games tonight as they take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto at 7:00 PM ET.

7. Philadelphia Flyers (16-7-5):

Philadelphia is hot right now.

A record of 6-2-2 in their last ten games, including a five game winning streak has put the Flyers in fifth place overall in the NHL, along with third in the Metropolitan Division by just one point behind the Islanders for second, and eight points behind the Capitals.

http://www.broadstreethockey.com

Starting the week with a 3-2 win over Columbus, the Flyers then stomped the Red Wings 6-1, followed by a 4-3 overtime win in Montreal.

Philadelphia finished their week with an impressive 6-1 win over the Maple Leafs, who had gone 4-1-0 since firing Mike Babcock prior to this game.

The Flyers host the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET, with a chance of extending their winning streak to six games.

6. Arizona Coyotes (16-9-4):

Another solid week of hockey for the Arizona Coyotes who sit in second place in the Pacific Division.

http://www.fiveforhowling.com

Backed by Darcy Kuemper’s league best 1.97 goals against average, and .936 save percentage, the Coyotes were able to edge the Ducks 4-3 in a shootout, however fell to Vegas in a shootout 2-1, and San Jose 4-2, but ended their week with a 4-2 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Arizona is just one point behind the Edmonton Oilers for first place in their division, with back-to-back road games against the Flyers, and the Penguins on the horizon.

Arizona will take on Philadelphia tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET, and Pittsburgh Friday at 7:00 PM ET.

5. Edmonton Oilers (17-9-3):

Not the greatest week for Edmonton, but good enough to stay in the top five.

Starting with back-to-back losses to Colorado, and Vancouver, the Oilers were able to get some momentum going as they took down the Canucks 3-2 to finish the week.

On special teams, the Oilers are at the top of the league with the best power play scoring on 32.5 percent of the time, along with the second best penalty kill with a success rate of 87.1 percent.

http://www.TSN.ca

McDavid, and Draisaitl will look to continue their dominant season as the Oilers take on the Senators tonight on home ice at 9:30 PM ET.

4. St. Louis Blues (18-5-6):

http://www.stltoday.com

St. Louis has won four consecutive games, improving their record to 6-2-2 in their last ten games, resulting in now being in third place overall in the NHL.

This week the Blues defeated Tampa Bay 4-3, Dallas 3-1, Pittsburgh 5-2, and Chicago 4-0; Pittsburgh being the only game at home.

Add into the mix a top five power play, top ten penalty kill, along with a Vezina contender goalie in Jordan Binnington, St. Louis is finding a way to remain atop the NHL despite being without Vladimir Tarasenko.

St. Louis will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 8:00 PM ET in attempt of winning five consecutive games.

3. New York Islanders (18-6-2):

The Islanders survived this week, that is all they did.

New York had their highs and lows this week with losses to the Kings, and Canadiens, and wins over the Blue Jackets, and Red Wings.

http://www.lighthousehockey.com

Now 6-3-1 in their last ten games, New York sits in fourth place overall, four points behind the Blues in the standings.

The Islanders host the Golden Knights tomorrow as they look to shake off their 4-2 loss to the struggling Canadiens, and end Vegas’ winning streak at four games.

2. Washington Capitals (20-4-5):

Like St. Louis, Washington is also on a four game winning streak.

http://www.japersrink.com

Washington had an impressive week defeating the Panthers 4-3, the Lightning 4-3 in overtime, along with Detroit, and San Jose both 5-2 on the road.

The Capitals have a record of 7-2-1 in their last ten games, and are currently tied with the Bruins for first overall in the league with 45 points.

Washington will look to continue their success on their road trip when they take on Los Angeles tonight at 10:00 PM ET.

1. Boston Bruins (20-3-5):

Another week Boston sits atop the NHL power rankings.

With an overall record of 20-3-5, the Bruins have won 18 games in regulation, the other two in overtime.

Boston has the most goals for with 101, and the least goals against with 61 for an impressive league best plus-40 goal differential.

On top of this, Boston is 9-0-1 in their last ten games, and have won eight consecutive games, four of them this past week.

http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com

Starting off with a 2-1 road win over Ottawa, the Bruins then defeated the Rangers 3-2, the Canadiens 3-1, and the Hurricanes 2-0.

By far Boston has the best goalie duo of a Rask, and Halak.

Tuukka Rask has a goals against average of 2.04, and a save percentage of .933; Jaroslav Halak has a goals against average of 2.14, and save percentage of .934, each with two shutouts.

Add to the mix the second best power play (30.9%), and fifth best penalty kill (84.9%), the Bruins have yet to lose a home game in regulation with a home record of 12-0-4.

Boston will look to make it nine consecutive wins when they host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET.

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