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)
(46-24-9 record, 52.69% CF%, 53.14% xGF%, 101.08 PDO)
4. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: 4)
(50-22-7 record, 50.87% CF%, 49.53% xGF%, 101.54 PDO)
3. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 3)
(49-21-8 record, 50.98% CF%, 50.39% xGF%, 101.83 PDO)
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 2)
(48-19-11 record, 51.11% CF%, 53.25% xGF%, 101.04 PDO)
1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)
(52-18-8 record, 53.22% CF%, 52.24% xGF%, 102.85 PDO)
With less than a week left, it seems inevitable that this will probably be the top five going into the postseason, with Montreal and Chicago already having their divisions locked up, and Washington potentially winning the Presidents trophy tonight.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
5. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 5)
(32-35-12 record, 46.75% CF%, 48.01% xGF%, 99.3 PDO)
4. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 4)
(30-39-9 record, 46.9% CF%, 45.64% xGF%, 99.64 PDO)
3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)
(27-37-14 record, 46.86% CF%, 47.15% xGF%, 98.8 PDO)
2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)
(29-41-9 record, 44.22% CF%, 41.93% xGF%, 99.67 PDO)
1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)
(21-54-3 record, 46.29% CF%, 44.09% xGF%, 96.99 PDO)
Likewise, this will probably be the bottom five at season’s end, with all five teams mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Fun fact: a combination of 3 regulation losses from the Avalanche and three losses from the Capitals will give the Avs more regulation losses than any team has wins this season.
THE BEST OF THE REST
5. Carolina Hurricanes
(35-29-14 record, 51.47% CF%, 51.74% xGF%, 98.67 PDO)
4. Ottawa Senators
(41-27-10 record, 48.15% CF%, 49.57% xGF%, 99.5 PDO)
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
(39-29-10 record, 51.09% CF%, 51.09% xGF%, 99.59 PDO)
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
(39-24-15 record, 51.03% CF%, 52.08% xGF%, 100.77 PDO)
1. Boston Bruins
(43-30-6 record, 55.41% CF%, 55.41% xGF%, 98.13 PDO)
THE REAL MVPS
1. Jake Allen (1-0-1, .971%)
Getting three of a possible four points, while allowing only two goals, with neither of them coming at even strength. Sounds like a week worthy of attention to me.
2. Auston Matthews (5G-1A-6P in 4GP, 61.04% CF%, 3.09 P160)
In the last week, Matthews has:
-set the Leafs rookie record for goals in a season
-tied, then set the Leafs rookie record for points in a season
-set the Leafs rookie record for game winning goals in a season
-set the American rookie record for goals in a season
-set the Leafs rookie record for longest goal scoring streak
all while scoring five goals in four games, dominated possession, and helped the Leafs to go 4-0 this week. Not bad.
3. PA Parenteau (0G-0A-0P in 1GP, 100% CF%) (12:16)
Now this is a rarity. While only playing one game, and only getting 12:16 of ice time, Parenteau managed to not be on the ice for a single shot attempt in that game. Yes, small sample sizes, but even this is rare.
THE TIRE FIRES
Shoutout to the NHL owners for making a short-sighted decision solely for their own money, all while backing away from it and blaming others, and preventing both the players and fans from entertaining hockey, and preventing from growing the league in Asia, a market that has yet to be really hooked on the sport. In the words of Jay and Dan, YA BLEW IT!