Welcome to the second edition of the BCS style NHL power rankings. I have done a little tweaking since the first edition. The link below is that of the first edition. I will post this poll every Sunday by 11:00 p.m. using all stats from the end of Saturday's games.
After consulting with a few top NHL writers here on the Bleacher Report, I have decided to make the following changes. The top 16 teams in the NHL will be ranked regardless of conference. The only addition to these teams will be teams that fall outside of the top 16 but are currently playoff eligible in their conference.
The teams ranked will be the top 16 teams in the league according to the standings after Saturday night's games. This poll will appear every Sunday. I chose the top 16 because that is the number of teams that make the NHL's postseason.
The following categories were used to determine the rankings. The top team in each category this week will receive 90 points with the lowest ranked team in that category receiving five points. The categories chosen are as follows:
- Winning percentage
- goals for
- goals against
- difference in goals for and goals against
- road winning percentage
- winning percentage in the division
There will be an additional five bonus points awarded to the team that is tops in the poll in a specific category. Remember hockey fans this is not my opinion but only the way the points fell.
I hate rankings but love numbers and the NHL, so I always like to see how trends shake out or shake up when applying reason and the philosophy of "numbers do not lie".
One last thing. I do not rank every team simply because the NHL does not take every team to the playoffs. I do not mean to offend anyone but do you really care where the Islanders or Oilers rank compared to the Flyers and Canucks these days? That is what I thought, enjoy, and please comment.