It’s been hard to push these out the last couple of months and I apologize for that, I will do a better job moving forward. Today I am going to write this with very quick blurbs of one or two sentences. I am doing this because I have a team grades piece I am working on for all-star weekend. So I want to be able to keep recaps of each team for that. With that said lets get to it.
NHL Power Rankings- Week 14
The top offense in the NHL coupled with a top ten defense and you have a force.
Much like the Lightning the Flames have coupled a great offense with a solid defense.
The Jets ruin the trend we had to start the list, they are doing it via defense and mixing in a solid offense.
No John Tavares? No problem is seems for the Islanders.
Great at home, average on the road. That has to change if they want a long playoff run.
The story for Nashville is that they are getting great secondary scoring.
With as bad as the Knights started the season it is shocking their in the top ten at this point. But they have been amazing as of late.
For a team with a plus-31 goal differential you would think that the Leafs would be higher in the standings.
The Capitals are playing to their ability, meaning they score goals but the defense lacks some.
10. Boston Bruins
One of the better teams on defense but lack finish on offense.
The Penguins are finding their form, as expected despite a slower start.
Montreal is a team that is hard to see are a legitimate contender without a trade for a game changer.
I’ll say it, Columbus might be the least impressive top 10 team in the NHL. They don’t do anything particularly well. It doesn’t make any sense as to why they are so successful.
14. Buffalo Sabres
It is hard to read the Sabres here because they have talent but its young talent so that may work against them.
15. Minnesota Wild
WANTED: Production from the offense. Reward: A playoff spot?
A great top line, but lacks secondary scoring. Fix that and the Avs have something going for them.
17. Dallas Stars
How can an offense this loaded with talent be so bad? They have allowed the second fewest goals in the entire NHL, so a little more punch from the offense and the Stars could be a scary playoff team.
Don’t look now but the Hurricanes are playing some good hockey lately.
19. Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks are the second worst offense in the NHL. Sure losing Perry prior to the season hurts but this offense should still be better.
Nice story to start the season but they have fallen off. They have a bright future but they aren’t deep enough to be a serious threat in the West.
21. Edmonton Oilers
So much money spent on role players but yet so little production.
22. New York Rangers
Another team that is building for the future. I think they are a longer term project than the Canucks.
23. Arizona Coyotes
Playing as well as expected, not much was expected, around 80 points was my projection at the start of the season. They are on pace for 82 currently.
24. Florida Panthers
It baffles me how Florida can be so good last year. And then end up being a bottom ten team this season.
25. St. Louis Blues
I am still waiting for the Blues to break out. Should I abandon that at this point?
The Kings are proud owners of the worst offense in the league. And the goaltending has also been suspect.
Speaking of teams with bad goaltending, this one has been bleeding goals for years now.
Why not pile another team into the bad goaltending list? But this one is baffling because I like Schnider.
29. Ottawa Senators
Ottawa has such a bad defense that I am not sure whether Craig Anderson‘s numbers are a signal of regression or just the fate he suffers because of the D.
The seasons long struggle is continuing for Chicago. Which is stunning with the amount of talent they have.
Nothing was truly expected from the Red Wings this season and they have delivered. But they are worse than I expected still.
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