NHL Power Rankings: Week 2

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

Teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as the NHL season continues. We’re seeing some of the top teams in the league start to push towards the top, while a few of them continue to struggle out of the gates. There’s some big shuffles in the power rankings this week.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 4-2-0-0
-250 Chicago
The Blackhawks still look like one of the sharpest teams and they’re going to be extremely dangerous every night. Chicago owns a 25-13 GF vs. GA ratio and they’re looking strong through their first six games.
2 7 up 5 5-2-0-0
-245 Tampa Bay
The Lightning have leaned on Nikita Kucherov, who has been a huge spark for this team. Leading with 10 points, Kucherov has been causing havoc on both sides of the puck as Tampa Bay has raced out of the gates.
3 9 up 6 4-1-0-0
-240 Los Angeles
All of their troubles last season stemmed from opening night when Jonathan Quick went down. He’s on healthy and on fire right now as Los Angeles is back to their solid defensive ways.
4 4 same 5-1-0-0
-237 Toronto
Toronto has found their offensive groove early on here in 2017-2018. 28 goals leads the league as this young team continues to gel together and really become a threatening bunch.
5 8 up 3 5-1-0-0
-235 Columbus
Columbus has deemed themselves the comeback kids early on. It could become a lengthy theme this year for them as they are never out of game. Along with that, Sergei Bobrovsky and his 1.47 GAA is going to be fun to watch this season.
6 2 down 4 3-4-0-0
-232 Washington
The Capitals haven’t done anything really specific to drop a few spots in the rankings, they have just kind of hit a standstill from their hot start. Still, 23 goals as a team and Nicklas Backstrom tallying 11 points this early is a very nice start.
7 1 down 6 4-2-0-0
-227 St. Louis
Back to back losses in the state of Florida put a little bit of a setback from the hot start. The Blues just need to focus on health right now as this team always seems to be battling injuries.
8 5 down 3 4-3-0-0
-225 Pittsburgh
The Penguins are in the top tier in terms of scoring, putting in 3.6 goals per game. However, defense has been the biggest issue for them. 4.1 goals against has them in 30th overall in scoring defense. While that won’t last, it is certainly a problem to keep an eye on here over the next week.
9 12 up 3 5-1-0-0
-220 Vegas
Vegas is certainly the feel good story thus far into the season. They’ve maintained momentum and they’ve seen Marc-Andre Fleury step up in the early going. A save percentage of .925 and just 15 goals against as a team has been the biggest key to success for the Golden Knights.
10 11 up 1 4-2-0-0
-215 Calgary
Johnny Gaudreau has led the charge offensively, tallying 8 points through the first 6 games for the Flames. Mike Smith has been a solid edition in net as his early season success has given the Flames fanbase a lot of reason to be excited.
11 15 up 4 3-3-0-0
-200 Nashville
The Predators jump 3 spots as they put together back to back wins and an overtime loss after a slow start on the road. Filip Forsberg has put in 5 goals in a 5 game span, as he looks for a bounce back season.
12 13 up 1 4-2-0-0
-195 Philadelphia
The Flyers dropped an 8 spot on the Capitals last time out and are proving to be a very threatening offense thus far, putting 34.0 shots per game on net thus far.
13 6 down 7 2-4-0-0
-190 Anaheim
0-6 ATS and just 12 goals to 17 allowed summed up a horrible week for the Ducks.
14 10 down 4 1-4-0-0
-187 Edmonton
Just 2.2 goals per game is not typical Edmonton, especially given the talent this team has. Connor McDavid is doing all he can early on, but the supporting cast has to step up.
15 18 up 3 1-3-0-0
-185 Minnesota
The Wild are in a groove offensively right now. Averaging 3.8 goals per game, they’ve taken huge advantage on the power play, capitalizing 28.6 percent of the time (4th in the NHL).
17 19 up 2 3-3-0-0
-175 Ottawa
Ottawa has started this season grabbing points in all but one game. On top of all that, Erik Karlsson is set to return Tuesday.
18 24 up 6 5-1-0-0
-170 New Jersey
The Devils have just a small sample size, but they’ve looked extremely impressive so far. 3-0 away and a +8 goal difference has set the tone early.
19 14 down 5 1-5-0-0
-160 Montreal
Montreal just hasn’t looked interested so far here in the 2017-2018 season. Just 10 goals for a team that has so many weapons is not normal for them.
19 19 same 2-4-0-0
-180 NY Islanders
Backers have loved the Islanders the last 3 games (3-0 ATS). Their last 3 losses have resulted in 3-2 losses, as they just can’t seem to finish.
20 16 down 4 2-3-0-0
-155 Boston
3.6 goals against has Boston near the bottom of the NHL in GA. They aren’t facing many shots either, which is a major concern right now.
21 22 up 1 2-3-0-0
-150 Florida
Florida is showing how deep they are right now. They have 10 players with at least 1 goal and as a team are putting in 4 per game.
22 27 up 5 4-2-0-0
-147 Detroit
Detroit makes a nice jump in the rankings and it starts with them on the defensive end as they allow just 2.5 goals per game (7th in the NHL). Toronto and Washington are waiting in the balance this week, which will prove to be a huge test.
23 28 up 5 4-3-0-0
-145 Colorado
The Avalanche have been a surprise team so far. The Avs have leaned on Semyon Varlamov, who has 3 wins and a GAA of just 2.21. Don’t sleep on this team if Varlamov can continue this for a longer stretch.
24 23 down 1 2-3-0-0
-140 San Jose
San Jose finally got in the win column, but they continue to struggle to find any sort of consistency early on here. Both Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski have not found the back of the net and are a combined -7.
25 17 down 8 1-6-0-0
-135 NY Rangers
You couldn’t have drawn up a worse start for the Rangers right now. 26 goals against and very little offense has led them to one of the worst starts in quite some time.
26 21 down 5 2-3-0-0
-125 Vancouver
They’ve managed to get back into the win column Tuesday, but still a lot of work to be done. Prior to this win, three straight losses and back to back poor home performances against Calgary and Winnipeg had this team reeling.
27 26 down 1 2-2-0-0
-123 Carolina
Carolina has started the season off slow in terms of scheduling, playing just 4games so far. We haven’t seen what this team is made of just yet.
28 30 up 2 3-3-0-0
-120 Winnipeg
Winnipeg is such a fast paced team. Their defense is going to be atrocious once again, but if they can maintain this 3.0 goals per game pace, they should stay in a lot of games.
29 25 down 4 3-3-0-0
-110 Dallas
Dallas has been in grind it out mode through the first 5 games. Allowing just 14 goals is solid so far, but scoring just 14 times is not going to cut it considering all the powerhouses they have to deal with in their division.
29 29 same 1-5-0-0
110 Arizona
Arizona is getting doubled up in terms of goal differential. They are certainly living up to the rebuilding phase that has been pinned on them prior to the season.
30 31 up 1 1-6-0-0
-105 Buffalo
Buffalo gets the benefit of the doubt to move up a spot because of how poorly Arizona has played.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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