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)
(47-26-9 record, 52.64% CF%, 52.86% xGF%, 100.75 PDO)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 2)
(50-21-11 record, 50.72% CF%, 52.81% xGF%, 101.27 PDO)
3. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: 4)
(50-23-9 record, 50.91% CF%, 49.5% xGF%, 101.44 PDO)
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 3)
(50-24-8 record, 51.08% CF%, 50.6% xGF%, 101.43 PDO)
1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)
(55-19-8 record, 53.4% CF%, 52.4% xGF%, 102.9 PDO)
Pittsburgh drops off from 2nd to 4th to finish off the year, but otherwise it’s the same group of teams in the top five that have always been here.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
5. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 5)
(33-37-12 record, 46.9% CF%, 48.14% xGF%, 99.28 PDO)
4. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)
(28-40-14 record, 47.11% CF%, 47.35% xGF%, 98.62 PDO)
3. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 4)
(30-43-9 record, 46.74% CF%, 45.03% xGF%, 99.44 PDO)
2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)
(30-42-10 record, 44.06% CF%, 41.77% xGF%, 99.76 PDO)
1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week:1)
(22-56-4 record, 46.53% CF%, 44.24% xGF%, 96.98 PDO)
Vancouver saw a drop down the list, partially due to their eight game losing streak, and their possession struggles. Their reward? They pass Arizona for second highest odds in the lottery, compared to fourth (due to Las Vegas).
THE REAL MVPS
1. Nino Niederreiter (3G-2A-5P in 3GP, 59.42% CF%, 4.63 P160)
El Nino had an excellent week, putting up five points in limited ice time, while being the dominant possession player that he’s established a reputation for being.
2. Braden Holtby (1-1-0, .974%, 1 SO)
Holtby finishes off the season strong, only allowing one goal, and none at even strength. The Caps are one of the favourites going into the playoffs, so they should hope for more of this from Holtby.
3. Jordan Eberle (4G-2A-6P in 4GP, 58.91% CF%, 3.78 P160)
Amidst a career worst season, Eberle finishes off strong with six points, including a hat trick last night against the Canucks.
THE TIRE FIRES
1. Cody McLeod (0G-0A-0P in 2GP, 23.28% CF%)
In just two games, McLeod wasn’t even on the ice for 25% of the shot attempts for this week. Not a good performance if he wants a spot on the roster come playoff time.
2. Sergei Bobrovsky (0-2-0, .843%)
Bob finished off the season on a sour note, allowing four goals each in both of his starts. However, that shouldn’t ruin what has otherwise been an excellent season.
3. Trevor Daley (0G-0A-0P in 2GP, 29.74% CF%)
With Letang out long term, Daley saw his role increase this week, but he didn’t perform very well. If this is what we can expect from Pittsburgh’s defense, we might be in for a short run from the defending champs.