The NHL is now a little past the halfway point of the season, with its 30 member teams having all played between 45 and 50 games of their 82 games. With the All-Star break almost upon us, now is a good time to sit back and examine what has gone right and what has gone wrong for those teams.
The following slideshow evaluates offence, defence, goaltending and overall performance, with the grades in each area determined by goal differential rather than standings points.
Teams with a lot of goals for get high grades offensively. Teams with a low number of goals against get high grades defensively and in net, with the exact split determined mostly by the save percentage of the goalies involved. Clubs that score far more goals than they allow end up with a strong overall grade.
There are two caveats worth noting. The first is goals for and goals against matter equally to the overall grade, so the grade for offence carries as much weight as the grades for defence and goaltending combined. Additionally, goal differential and the standings line up pretty closely, but where they don't (such as in the case of the St. Louis Blues) we have defaulted to goals rather than standings points for these grades.
Read on to see where your team ranks.