Nov. 15, 2016
Week 6 2016-17 NHL Power Rankings
It's been awhile since I have done an NHL Power Rankings. There is a new No. 1 in these rankings, and who is that team? Let's fond out my top ten.
10. San Jose Sharks: AS advertised, the San Jose Sharks have gotten better after a slow start. San Jose is catching up to the Edmonton Oilers in the Pacific, especially that the Oilers have dropped since the last rankings. What has been the Sharks secret? The offense has woken up. It's an improvement from what we saw a few weeks ago.
9. Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers are free falling after starting the season strong. They've only managed to win two games in November, with notable victories over the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers have allowed at least three goals in six out of the last seven games this month. The issue is with the defense falling apart. Cam Talbot is starting to become average again. Let's hope for Edmonton's sake that they stay in these rankings next week.
8. New Jersey Devils: I know this is crazy, but the Devils are now in my power rankings. Well, the Devils got Taylor Hall, but they lost a defensemen in Adam Larsson. The Devils enter these rankings with a four-game winning streak and what's, even more, crazier is that they are tied with the Washington Capitals. Can they stay in these rankings? If Cory Schneider continues to play like a Vezina Trophy candidate, the answer is yes. But I will say that the Devils are a better team this season.
7. Ottawa Senators: The Ottawa Senator continue to stay in these rankings play great hockey under Guy Boucher. Boucher is an excellent coach who has done a great job this season. Of course, Kyle Turris has to stay healthy. Turris was the reason why the Senators failed to make the playoffs last season. Also, having a guy like Erik Karlsson, who could be a Norris Trophy candidate makes this team better. But the real story here is Craig Anderson playing inspiring hockey since his wife was diagnosed with cancer. The Senators are behind him, and they are letting him care for his wife. Could the Senators have a storybook ending? That remains to be seen.
6. Boston Bruins: My biggest jump in these power rankings this season. The Bruins have woken up from its struggles. After relying on Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak, the Bruins are showing us real stats. David Krejci has 10 points; Patrice Bergeron has four points, David Backes has 7 points in 11 games played. While they are rumors that Ryan Spooner may get traded, he's doing his best to stay in Boston with seven points in 15 games played. Lastly, Tuukka Rask is playing like a Vezina candidate.
5. Washington Capitals: Defeats to the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes have hurt the Capitals, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt with a nice win over the Chicago Blackhawks. But watch out, Wednesday Night Rivalry will have a fun contest when the Caps host the Penguins tomorrow night.
4. Pittsburgh Penguins: It looks like Matt Murray is now the No.1 goalie behind the pipes, right? Now the big question is: When will Marc-Andre Fleury get traded? It might be a good idea to trade him once we get into the trade deadline. As we all say, we shall wait and see.
3. Montreal Canadiens: Well, the last time I did these rankings, the Habs were No. 1 in these rankings. Well, not anymore. Despite winning games against the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings, they suffered a 3-2 defeat over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were lucky not to face Carey Price, as Price has a .957 save percentage and a 1.40 GAA.
2. Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks finished with a 2-0-1 record last week. The reason I have them at No. 2 is that of that win over the Habs in an entertaining game. The schedule consists of road games against the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers. Then West Coast trips over San Jose, Anaheim Ducks, and Los Angeles Kings. A tough stretch for them, but they do return home in two weeks time against the Florida Panthers.
1,. New York Rangers: The Blueshirts came out of "Oh Canada" with wins over Calgary and Edmonton, and continue their trip tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, and then Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets before returning home on Sunday against the Florida Panthers.