NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 21, 2017

Updated: March 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm by Scott Maxwell

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).


5. Montreal Canadiens (Last Week: N/A)

(41-23-8 record, 52.63% CF%, 53.03% xGF%, 100.73 PDO)

4. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: 5)

(47-20-5 record, 50.74% CF%, 49.13% xGF%, 101.88 PDO)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 3)

(47-18-6 record, 51.38% CF%, 51.02% xGF%, 101.79 PDO)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 2)

(45-17-9 record, 51.56% CF%, 54.3% xGF%, 101.32 PDO)

1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)

(46-17-8 record, 52.86% CF%, 51.91% xGF%, 103.63 PDO)

With the Capitals, Blue Jackets, and Blackhawks all clinching a playoff spot, and the Penguins being a win or an OT loss & a Boston loss away from clinching themselves, the top 4 is a definitive lock for the time being. Montreal sneaks in after an 8-2-0 stretch, including back to back wins against the Senators, who were hot on their tail for the division title.


5. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 4)

(30-31-12 record, 46.64% CF%, 48.05% xGF%, 99.5 PDO)

4. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 5)

(28-34-9 record, 47.14% CF%, 46.18% xGF%, 99.6 PDO)

3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)

(26-33-12 record, 47.02% CF%, 47.39 % xGF%, 98.84 PDO)

2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)

(26-37-9 record, 44.78% CF%, 42.54% xGF%, 99.55 PDO)

1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)

(20-48-3 record, 45.91% CF%, 43.59% xGF%, 97.15 PDO)

The Canucks got slightly worse, and the Sabres got slightly better. Nothing else to report.


With the playoffs rolling around, I’m including this new segment, the best of the rest, where we’ll focus on the teams that haven’t clinched, to get a better feel of the teams clawing for a playoff spot.

5. Boston Bruins

(38-28-6 record, 55.7% CF%, 55.75% xGF%, 97.87 PDO)

4. New York Rangers

(45-24-3 record, 48.09% CF%, 50.29% xGF%, 101.35 PDO)

3. Minnesota Wild

(43-22-6 record, 49.59% CF%, 55.39% xGF%, 101.8 PDO)

2. San Jose Sharks

(42-23-7 record, 52.02% CF%, 52.36% xGF%, 100.84 PDO)

1. Montreal Canadiens

(41-23-8 record, 52.63% CF%, 53.03% xGF%, 100.73 PDO)


1. Sidney Crosby (5G-1A-6P in 3GP, 57.29% CF%, 4.07 P160)

Believe it or not, but I’m pretty sure this Crosby’s first time up here (I’m too lazy to check). Surprising, but considering that consistency is his game, it’s hard for him to have a hot week when he’s always hot.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-0, .971%)

Bob had a very good week for the Blue Jackets on route to helping the team clinch it’s third playoff birth in it’s history. Of the two goals he allowed, one was on the power play, and the other was a high danger scoring chance.

3. Cam Talbot (4-0-0, .961%, 2 SO)

Talbot was also very good, as his team won all four games that he started, including two shutouts in those games, and he only allowed two goals at even strength, all while setting an Oilers franchise record for wins in a season by a goalie. And this is a team that had Wayne Gretzky at one point.


1. Troy Brouwer (0G-0A-0P in 3GP, 25.59% CF%)

Troy Brouwer had a brutal week, as he certainly didn’t see the shot attempts go in his favour. All this while not having a point in almost a month (10 games), and he’s really making that contract look bad in only year one.

2. Antti Niemi (0-1-0, .750%)

While he only played one game on Mar. 14, Niemi got torched in his only start, allowing 5 of the 7 goals that the Oilers would eventually score. He only lasted 31:29, and has yet to see the ice since.

3. Artem Anisimov (0G-1A-1P in 1GP, 7.07% CF%) 6:47

In this week’s edition of “don’t trust small sample size”, we take advantage of Artem Anisimov’s injury to point out that his Corsi was terrible in the 6:47 before he got hurt.