NHL Team Power Rankings

Matthew Hogan@MattNHLHoganAnalyst INovember 20, 2008

  1. San Jose Sharks (16-3-1) – The Sharks are 10-0-1 at home so far this season. They didn’t get their 10th win at home until Jan. 22 last season. What’s more impressive is that they’ve been winning even without Evgeni Nabakov in net.
  2. Detroit Red Wings (12-2-3) – It’s easy to achieve this kind of record when your power play is scoring at a ridiculous 32.4 percent.
  3. Boston Bruins (12-3-4) – Tim Thomas leads the NHL in goals against (1.78) and save percentage (.944). Oh, and the Bruins backup goalie, Manny Fernandez, is 5-1-1.
  4. Washington Capitals (11-4-3)– Alexander Semin and Alexander Ovechkin have combined for 49 points and a +35 rating in just 16 games.
  5. Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-3) – Evgeni Malkin leads the NHL in points with 30. This team is going to be scary when Sid “the Kid” picks his game up.
  6. Minnesota Wild (11-4-1) – Minnesota has surrendered the least amount of goals in the NHL with 31 against; the next closest is 44 against (Phoenix).
  7. New York Rangers (14-6-2) – Henrik Lundqvist is in fine form and leads the NHL with 12 wins.
  8. Montreal Canadiens (10-5-2)– Andrei Markov is standing out as one of the NHL’s elite defensemen with 14 points in just 17 games.
  9. Vancouver Canucks (11-6-2) – Roberto Luongo is destroying the competition with five shutouts already; that includes a Vancouver franchise-record shutout streak that lasted 242 minutes and 36 seconds.
  10. Chicago Blackhawks (8-4-5) – The Blackhawks have had seven of their 17 games decided in extra time or a shootout, with the Hawks only winning two of them. Other than that, this young team is headed in the right direction.
  11. Anaheim Ducks (10-8-2) – The Ducks had a rough 0-4 start, but rebounded nicely and had a great streak of games, collecting 17 of a possible 18 points in the process.
  12. Buffalo Sabres (9-6-3)– Even though Thomas Vanek leads the NHL in goals (15), the Sabres have let up an abysmal 18 goals in the last three games, all losses.
  13. Calgary Flames (10-8-1) – The Flames have been outscored 63-56 this season and are still over .500. But if this keeps up, expect the “flames” to go out in Calgary.
  14. Carolina Hurricanes (10-7-2) – It’s just a matter of time before this team begins to slide down the standings. Eric Staal has just 10 points in 19 games, even after signing that seven-year, $57.75 million contract extension.
  15. New Jersey Devils (8-7-2) – No Marty Brodeur, no playoffs. The Devils are just 2-5-0 without their star goalie, and he’s still out another three months.
  16. Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-4) – After years of waiting it appears Simon Gagne has finally arrived in Philly. Gagne has 22 points in 16 games for the Flyers so far.
  17. Nashville Predators (9-8-1) – After an injury-plagued 2007-'08 season, Shea Weber has exploded for 18 points in 18 games. There could be a Norris Trophy in his future.
  18. Edmonton Oilers (9-8-2) – Another team that is over .500 even though they are being outscored 58-50; maybe the goal issue can be attributed to playing 14 of their first 19 games on the road.
  19. Phoenix Coyotes (8-8-1) – A recent three-game skid has the Coyotes falling back in the extremely competitive Pacific division.
  20. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-8-3) – The Blue Jackets are lucky to be at .500 right now, with the league’s worst power play, scoring at an awful 12.1 percent.
  21. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-8-4) – The Leafs should be happy they are where they are with the league’s worst penalty-kill at a terrible 73.3 percent.
  22. Colorado Avalanche (8-9-0) – The “avalanche” of goals has come to a halt for Colorado who has scored just 15 goals in its last nine games, going 3-6 in the process.
  23. Los Angeles Kings (7-8-2)– While the Kings are struggling to score goals, they have found hope in new number one goalie Erik Ersberg.
  24. Atlanta Thrashers (7-8-2) – Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for just 29 goals after scoring 52 last season.
  25. Dallas Stars (6-8-3) – Dallas is averaging the most goals-against in the NHL at close to 3.7 per game.
  26. New York Islanders (7-9-2) – The Isles are slowly but surely moving up the Eastern Conference. They’ve won three straight and goalie Joey MacDonald as a .915 save percentage (probably better than Rick DiPietro would be doing at this point).
  27. Florida Panthers (7-9-1) – The Panthers must be missing Olli Jokinen’s scoring ability, as they have only scored 41 goals in 17 games.
  28. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-7-6)– At the beginning of the season, I said, “Barry Melrose is going to be back at ESPN pretty quickly” – well he sure isn’t coaching the Lightning anymore.
  29. St. Louis Blues (6-8-2) – Without Paul Kariya in the lineup the Blues are 1-2-2, and with leading-scorer Andy McDonald out eight weeks with a broken leg, times will not get any easier in St. Louis.
  30. Ottawa Senators (6-9-3) – See what happens when a team relies on three players to score all its points?