It’s time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a
weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I’ll look at the five best
and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best
and worst players in the last week.
Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and
Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica
Hockey, and NHL.com (don’t worry, it’s only the standings).
THE TOP FIVE
5. New York Rangers (Last Week: N/A)
(23-10-1 record, 47.95% CF%, 51.51% xGF%, 102.44 PDO)
The Rangers return to the top five after finally figuring out their goaltending issues… oh, hey Cody Eakin.
4. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: N/A)
(22-8-4 record, 50.02% CF%, 47.71% xGF%, 103.04 PDO)
Despite the loss of Crawford, the Blackhawks continue to float along at the top of the league, despite middling possession and the second highest PDO.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 5)
(20-7-5 record, 51.24% CF%, 55.46% xGF%, 100.88 PDO)
The Penguins got the ball rolling, as they were undefeated in December until back-to-back OT losses to Los Angeles and Toronto.
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 4)
(20-5-4 record, 52.55% CF%, 53.42% xGF%, 102.31 PDO)
Speaking of streaking teams, the Blue Jackets continue their win streak as they have extended it to nine games.
1. Montreal Canadiens (Last Week: 3)
(20-7-4 record, 52.82% CF%, 54.11% xGF%, 102.84 PDO)
Well, the Habs are at the top of the rankings, so clearly there is nothing wrong here… Carey, why are you staring at me?
THE BOTTOM FIVE
5. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 5)
(13-16-3 record, 47.65% CF%, 45.71 xGF%, 98.29 PDO)
4. Detroit Red Wings (Last Week: 4)
(14-14-4 record, 47.22 CF%, 47.4% xGF%, 100.56 PDO)
3. New York Islanders (Last Week: 3)
(11-14-6 record, 45.82% CF%, 47.04% xGF%, 100.46 PDO)
2. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 2)
(11-18-1 record, 45.2 CF%, 42.12% xGF%, 97.1 PDO)
1. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 1)
(11-15-5 record, 44.32% CF%, 40.25% xGF%, 99.61 PDO)
Since this is the exact same list, I really don’t have much to add, except they all still suck. Keep it up guys!
THE REAL MVPS
1. Connor Hellebuyck (2-0-0, .944%)
It was a poor start for Hellebuyck this season, but perhaps this week is a sign that he’s beginning to turn it around, especially since he didn’t allow a single goal at even strength.
2. Valtteri Filppula (0G-4A-4P in 3GP, 70.03% CF%, 4.31 P60)
Filppula was not only above a point per game this week, but he was also a dominant possession player, although his four assists were either on the power play or they were secondary assists.
3. Frederik Andersen (1-0-2, .953%)
Andersen has been one of the better goalies in the league this season, especially this week, allowing only five goals, and only two of them being at even strength.
THE TIRE FIRES
1. Brock McGinn (0G-0A-0P in 3GP, 27.19% CF%)
Any week where you’re pointless and have a sub 30% possession player in a decent sample size will get you on the list, especially when you play for a team that is as good at possession as the Hurricanes are.
2. John Gibson (0-2-0, .800%)
It was a tough week for Gibson, as he didn’t do well in his lone start, and didn’t fair too well in relief against the Red Wings either.
3. Roberto Luongo (0-1-1, .837%)
Things haven’t been going well for the #fancycats lately, and Luongo hasn’t been helping them get out of their funk right now.