NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 28, 2017

Updated: March 28, 2017 at 4:50 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).

THE TOP FIVE

5. Montreal Canadiens (Last Week: 5)

(42-24-9 record, 52.34% CF%, 52.58% xGF%, 100.72 PDO)

4. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: 4)

(48-21-7 record, 50.83% CF%, 49.24% xGF%, 101.4 PDO)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 3)

(48-19-7 record, 51.01% CF%, 50.55% xGF%, 101.79 PDO)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 2)

(46-18-11 record, 51.34% CF%, 53.44% xGF%, 101.19 PDO)

1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)

(49-17-8 record, 53.18% CF%, 52.15% xGF%, 103.38 PDO)

Same story as last week, all of the five teams have continued to be consistent with their performance, and remain in the top five.

THE BOTTOM FIVE

5. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 5)

(32-32-12 record, 46.83% CF%, 48.17% xGF%, 99.56 PDO)

4. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 4)

(30-36-9 record, 46.97% CF%, 45.86% xGF%, 99.95 PDO)

3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)

(27-35-13 record, 46.73% CF%, 47.13% xGF%, 98.87 PDO)

2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)

(27-40-9 record, 44.46% CF%, 42.2% xGF%, 99.43 PDO)

1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)

(20-52-3 record, 46.19% CF%, 44.03% xGF%,96.99 PDO)

Again, same thing as last week, all five teams remain consistent with their performance, or at least enough to keep them on the list.

THE BEST OF THE REST

Teams that are ineligible: Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Chicago (clinched), NY Rangers, San Jose, Anaheim, and Edmonton (clinching scenario tonight)

5. Calgary Flames

(43-29-4 record, 50.7% CF%, 48.76% xGF%, 99.67 PDO)

4. Toronto Maple Leafs

(35-24-15 record, 50.76% CF%, 52.01% xGF%, 100.66 PDO)

3. St. Louis Blues

(41-28-6 record, 50.81% CF%, 51.32% xGF%, 100.57 PDO)

2. Nashville Predators

(39-25-11 record, 51.44% CF%, 52.1% xGF%, 100.6 PDO)

1. Montreal Canadiens

(42-24-9 record, 52.34% CF%, 52.58% xGF%, 100.72 PDO)

THE REAL MVPS

1. Jonathan Marchessault (6G-0A-6P in 4GP, 55.25 CF%, 6.44 P160)

A stellar week for Marchessault, as he put up six goals, including five goals at even strength. One of the biggest steals of free agency, he’s done nothing but produce since his arrival in Florida.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky (1-0-1, .988%, 1 SO)

Bob continues to cement his case for the Vezina trophy with another spectacular week, allowing just one goal all week, that coming in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Capitals.

3. Laurent Brossoit (2-0-0, .979%)

With Talbot faltering down the stretch, Brossoit has had a chance to step in and get some games under his belt. He’s been solid thus far, which is good signs for their potential goalie of the future.

THE TIRE FIRES

1. Chris Thorburn (0G-0A-0P in 4GP, 21.42% CF%)

The goat of most Winnipeg Jets fans, Thorburn had a terrible week, as he was a possession black hole in the four games that he played. It’s amazed that he hasn’t been scratched from any of those performances.

2. Cam Talbot (0-1-0, .758%)

In typical Oilers fashion, there always seems to be some kink just when smooth sailing to the playoffs seemed a given. I wouldn’t worry too much though, Oilers fans.

3. Tommy Wingels (0G-0A-0P in 3GP, 27.18% CF%)

Wingels hasn’t exactly been a bright spot since his arrival in Ottawa, but to be fair, any performance will probably drop if you play for this years rendition of  the over-performing, lucky team.