NHL Power Rankings: Week 6

By Sean Murphy - - My goals are simple: win and make consistent profit.

Can anyone stop the Avalanche? Their sensational start has them in the top spot of our Power Rankings. Meanwhile, the disappointing Senators continue their free fall toward the bottom.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 6 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 move up in rankings1 12-1-0-0
(10-3-0)
-205 Who would have thought the Avs would find themselves at the top of the heap one month into the season?
2 4 move up in rankings2 11-4-0-0
(7-8-0)
-202 A perfect 4-0 week gets the 'Pens back on track as we flip the calendar page over to November.
3 1 move down in rankings2 10-1-1-2
(9-5-0)
-198 The week started well enough, but back-to-back overtime and shootout losses have the Sharks on the rebound.
4 5 move up in rankings1 11-3-0-1
(9-6-0)
-195 The Ducks are 4-2 on their current road trip, which wraps up on Monday night in New York.
5 3 move down in rankings2 8-2-1-1
(6-6-0)
-192 Despite a struggling penalty kill, the Blues remain a solid 8-2-2 on the season.
6 6 no change in rankings 9-2-2-2
(5-10-0)
-188 It hasn't been a banner start for the Blackhawks, but that only speaks to just how high expectations have gotten in the Windy City.
7 10 move up in rankings3 10-3-1-1
(9-6-0)
-186 Head coach Dave Tippett is pushing all of the right buttons as the 'Yotes have won six of their last seven overall.
8 7 move down in rankings1 9-6-0-0
(4-11-0)
-182 The Kings are once again struggling offensively, but their defensive regression has been more alarming.
9 11 move up in rankings2 10-5-0-1
(5-11-0)
-179 A four-game road trip awaits the Canucks, who are 5-1 over their last six contests.
10 8 move down in rankings2 10-5-0-0
(8-7-0)
-176 Perhaps we can excuse the Leafs for their no-show in Vancouver at the end of a successful three-game trip out west.
11 13 move up in rankings2 9-4-1-1
(6-9-0)
-171 The winged wheel is rolling along nicely right now, as Detroit has reeled off three consecutive victories.
12 9 move down in rankings3 8-5-0-0
(6-7-0)
-166 With three losses in their last four games, the Bruins continue to search for a consistent winning formula.
13 14 move up in rankings1 8-4-1-2
(7-8-0)
-165 The Wild continue to quietly climb the ranks - winners of five of their last six games.
14 12 move down in rankings2 8-7-0-0
(8-7-0)
-158 With just eight goals in their last five games, the Habs are desperately searching for some offensive rhythm.
15 15 no change in rankings 10-4-0-0
(10-4-0)
-157 This ranking might be a little low for the Lightning, as they've impressed by winning 10 of their first 14 games this season.
16 18 move up in rankings2 7-7-0-0
(6-8-0)
-152 After a brief hiccup on the west coast, the Caps have gotten back on track with back-to-back victories.
17 21 move up in rankings4 6-5-1-2
(8-6-0)
-148 The Isles have looked quite comfortable in the underdog role this season, going 4-3.
18 17 move down in rankings1 7-5-0-2
(5-9-0)
-144 The Preds could really use Pekka Rinne right now, as they've given up a whopping 14 goals in their last three games.
19 24 move up in rankings5 6-6-1-1
(9-5-0)
-141 I'm willing to give the Flames a bump after Sunday's encouraging 3-2 win in Chicago.
20 16 move down in rankings4 4-6-1-3
(7-7-0)
-137 The Sens have seemingly lost their way, and now they've apparently lost their starting goaltender as well.
21 19 move down in rankings2 5-8-0-0
(6-7-0)
-132 The magic from last season has all but vanished as the Jackets flop around below .500.
22 23 move up in rankings1 6-6-1-1
(7-7-0)
-128 The Stars have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league so far this season, as evidenced by their 6-6-2 overall mark.
23 26 move up in rankings3 6-7-0-0
(7-6-0)
-125 Are the Rangers ready to make their move? With three wins in a row, it certainly looks that way.
24 25 move up in rankings1 3-7-1-3
(6-8-0)
-122 It's been a trying start for the Devils. They've gone scoreless in dropping their last two games.
25 27 move up in rankings2 4-9-0-0
(5-8-0)
-118 Friday's 7-0 loss to the Caps represented a big step back, but credit the Flyers for bouncing back with a 1-0 win over the Devils on Saturday.
26 20 move down in rankings6 4-7-1-2
(6-8-0)
-113 The 'Canes take a big hit in this week's rankings. A five-game losing streak will do that to a mediocre squad.
27 22 move down in rankings5 5-8-1-1
(9-6-0)
-109 How much more patience will management have with head coach Claude Noel?
28 28 no change in rankings 3-10-1-1
(7-8-0)
-103 The Oilers have been awful lately, but no worse than the teams currently sitting below them.
29 29 no change in rankings 3-8-0-3
(8-6-0)
103 Total bettors take notice; the 'under' is 5-1 in the Panthers last six games. That's a trend that's bound to reverse soon.
30 30 no change in rankings 2-13-1-0
(9-7-0)
107 Things have gone from bad to worse in Buffalo, as the Sabres have dropped seven of their last eight overall.
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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 moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.