Nov. 01, 2016
Week 4 2016-17 NHL Power Rankings
The Montreal Canadiens are still No. 1 in my power rankings. How does the rest of the top-ten look? Well, here is my weekly NHL Power Rankings.
10. Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford has been a Vezina contender for the Blackhawks this season. While the penalty kill is not that great, I put the Blackhawks at No. 10. But if Crawford keeps playing at this level, he might be able to carry the Blackhawks into the postseason.
9. Ottawa Senators: Honestly, this is a team I'm rooting for. Craig Anderson's wife has cancer, but he's pushing through it and staying with the Senators. But, the Senators want Anderson to spend with his wife. Anderson's shutout this Sunday against the Oilers was great. Erik Karlsson is playing like a Norris Trophy candidate. Kyle Turris is bouncing back after an injury-plagued season. There's a lot to like about this team.
8. St. Louis Blues: The St. Louis Blues have dropped off in these rankings after starting hot, but they're still a top-ten team in the NHL. Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, and Alex Steen have been key players on offense. Kevin Shattenkirk is looking to get a huge payday in the offseason with six points in nine games. The Blues are doing well despite playing in a competitive division. Jake Allen needs to be consistent for the Blues for them to be a playoff team.
7. San Jose Sharks: The San Jose Sharks go into November with a three-game winning streak. This week, they have defeated the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Nashville Predators. Brent Burns has 10 points, Joe Pavelski with 11 points, and Joe Thornton with eight points, which makes them a dangerous attack. Not to mention, they have the best power-play unit in the NHL, and they're ranked 11th in the penalty kill.
6. Washington Capitals: The Washington Capitals are good as promised. With their offense still struggling, their defense has been the bread and butter of this team. Washington has a lot of talented players on offense. Despite having a bad game against the Edmonton Oilers, Braden Holtby has also been a Vezina Trophy candidate. What's important is that the Capitals are playing defensive hockey. Their only defeats have come from top contending teams in the NHL.
5. New York Rangers: The New York Rangers are looking great this season. In the offseason, they traded for Mika Zibanejad and signed Michael Grabner and Brandon Pirri. These three moves have helped the Rangers in the NHL. Zibanejad has eight points, which puts him in second. Grabner got a hat trick against the Lightning on Sunday and is the team leader in goals with five points. Pirri has four goals this season. Henrik Lundqvist is starting to look like the goalie he has been in year's past. Lundqvist has a .901 save percentage, and Ranger fans are not complaining. That is all a good sign.
4. Minnesota Wild: The Minnesota Wild are getting the "Bruce Boudreau boost". What Boudreau does is make the playoffs every time he coaches a new team. The Wild are in excellent position to make the postseason. So far, his best goaltender is Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk has three straight shutouts and has given up four goals in the last five games. Scoring 32 goals ranks them third in the NHL while giving up 19 goals are the fifth fewest. Eric Staal has been a great addition to the Wild. Ryan Suter looks like the old Suter.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins are back to being a top three hockey team. Sidney Crosby's return has boosted the Penguin back as a top threat in the NHL, despite the rise of Connor McDavis. While Crosby still has some climbing to do, it wouldn't shock me if he dethrones McDavid in points.
2. Edmonton Oilers: With the defeat to the Ottawa Senators, the Edmonton Oilers gave us a great story in October. They proved to the NHL that this team is no joke after beating the Washington Capitals. Connor McDavid leads the NHL in points with 12. In nine games, they have scored 29 goals. 3.22 goals per game puts them in sixth. Cam Talbot is playing the best hockey in his goalie career. He has settled in that position. The Oilers may not stay as a top two team, but they have great talent to overcome adversity. Adam Larsson has been a decent player on defense and could be a top defensemen for the Oilers in the future.
1. Montreal Canadiens: For the second week in a row, the Habs are No. 1 in these rankings. Shea Weber has been excellent and is leading the NHL as a points leader. Alex Radulov has been great. The Habs shooting percentage is still high. But, their defense is still top notch thanks to Carey Price. Price is back to his old self again since his return from injury, posting the second best percentage in the NHL. Remember, the Habs started off strong last year, but I have a feeling this is going to be a different Habs team this season. I don't see this team struggling at all