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: 4)
(40-14-6 record, 48.76% CF%, 54.15% xGF%, 103.09 PDO)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 3)
(38-14-8 record, 51.14% CF%, 54.06% xGF%, 101.36 PDO)
3. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: N/A)
(39-18-5 record, 51.26% CF%, 49.14% xGF%, 101.91 PDO)
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 2)
(39-16-5 record, 51.57% CF%, 51.06% xGF%, 101.67 PDO)
1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)
(41-13-7 record, 52.71% CF%, 52.35% xGF%, 104.32 PDO)
On a four game winning streak, the Blackhawks have seen their game increase to a new level, and are starting to see much better possession results, so much that it puts them over Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
5. Detroit Red Wings (Last Week: 5)
(24-26-10 record, 47.59% CF%, 47.45% xGF%, 100.14 PDO)
4. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: N/A)
(26-26-10 record, 46.49% CF%, 48.66% xGF%, 100.12 PDO)
3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)
(25-25-12 record, 46.43% CF%, 47.52% xGF%, 98.96 PDO)
2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)
(22-32-7 record, 44.66% CF%, 42.08% xGF%, 99.73 PDO)
1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)
(17-40-3 record, 45.75% CF%, 43.57% xGF%, 97.12 PDO)
Remember that false success that got Buffalo off of last week’s list. Well, it lasted them a whole week, as they lost three in a row, and are back to where they started. Otherwise, same old for the other four spots.
THE REAL MVPS
1. Filip Forsberg (8G-2A-10P in 4GP, 50.64% CF%, 5.61 P160)
Yeah, he was alright this week.
2. Matt Murray (2-0-0, .956%)
It was another excellent week from Matt Murray, who won both games he started, and allowed only three goals, with none of them coming at even strength. One of those games was also an outdoor game, which are always tough to handle.
3. Radim Vrbata (3G-2A-5P in 3GP, 58.97% CF%, 4.71 P160)
Vrbata has been a part of some of the deadline rumours, and his performance this week really made a strong case for him, as he put up five points, and had a strong possession game, despite playing for the Arizona Coyotes, a league worst possession team, as shown by his +20.03% Rel CF%.
THE TIRE FIRES
1. Mike Smith (0-1-0 record, .793%)
Anytime you dip below the .800 mark over a week, it’s never a good thing. Smith has been solid for the Coyotes all season, and it was only one game, so this is probably just a flash in the pan.
2. Lawson Crouse (0G-0A-0P in 2GP, 19.11% CF%)
Remember when “NHL scouts” had this guy slotted over Mitch Marner in the 2015 draft, because size.
3. Pekka Rinne (2-0-0, .851%)
While he won two of the three games he played, it was more because of the team in front of him than his own play, hence why he made the list.