It’s time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings.
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. Minnesota Wild (Last Week: N/A)
(37-12-6 record, 49.46% CF%, 54.5% xGF%, 103.49 PDO)
4. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: N/A)
(35-17-5 record, 50.5% CF%, 48.15% xGF%, 101.52 PDO)
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 5)
(34-13-7 record, 51.26% CF%, 53.75% xGF%, 101.17 PDO)
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 4)
(35-15-5 record, 51.52% CF%, 51.02% xGF%, 101.28 PDO)
1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)
(39-11-6 record, 53.17% CF%, 52.39% xGF%, 104.52 PDO)
A rough stretch for Montreal, and an average one for San Jose, see them both fall off the list, while Chicago’s recent five game win streak, and Minnesota’s success this season see them slide in. Meanwhile, Washington continues to pull away thanks to a six game win streak.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
5. Detroit Red Wings (Last Week: N/A)
(22-24-10 record, 47.45% CF%, 47.83% xGF%, 100.16 PDO)
4. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 4)
(23-23-10 record, 46.49% CF%, 48.63% xGF%, 100.17 PDO)
3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)
(23-22-10 record, 46.43% CF%, 47.25% xGF%, 99.12 PDO)
2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)
(19-28-7 record, 44.76% CF%, 42.36% xGF%, 99.77 PDO)
1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)
(15-36-2 record, 45.48% CF%, 43.45% xGF%, 96.8 PDO)
The Canucks won enough to escape the bottom five, while Detroit’s stretch of nine losses in their last 11 games gives them a spot. Otherwise, it’s the same, even if the Sabres beat an #ActuallyGood team on Saturday.
THE REAL MVPS
1. Jeff Carter (2G-2A-4P in 2GP, 60.66% CF%, 6.12 P160)
Carter is this week’s top player not only because of his excellent possession numbers, but also his excellent production, with three of his four points coming at even strength.
2. Marcus Johansson (3G-3A-6P in 3GP, 71.02% CF%)
Johansson was a beast for Washington this week, with some insane possession numbers, on top of a two point per game pace, albeit half of them coming on the power play.
3. Ben Bishop (2-0-0, .984%, 1 SO)
Bishop is starting to rebound from his disappointing start to the season, as seen by his .984% save percentage this week.
THE TIRE FIRES
1. Tomas Jurco (0G-0A-0P in 2GP, 18.31% CF%)
Jurco has struggled to crack the Red Wings lineup, and weeks like this certainly aren’t helping his case for a lot more opportunities.
2. Peter Budaj (1-1-0, .867%)
It was a tough week for Budaj, as he gave up a five spot to Tampa Bay, and allowed three more goals against Florida, and probably would’ve lost if not for…
3. Roberto Luongo (1-1-0, .833%)
Ok, it wasn’t all on Luongo. Reimer gave up the first three goals, and then Lou came in and allowed three more shortly after, resulting in Luongo getting sent back to the bench.