Stanley Cup Playoffs Power Rankings – Full 4-Team Analysis with Players to Watch, Injury Reports, Statistical Updates (Leaders, Special Teams, etc.), and More.
Welcome back to our Stanley Cup Playoffs Power Rankings. In addition to my top 4 rankings, I provide in-depth analysis and feature a weekly player to watch profile to help fans now who to keep on eye on during the conference finals. Seven new players appear in the top five below, and you’ll be surprised who is number one.
Site expert Matt Duscharme will be covering all 4 teams.
*all stats in this week’s NHL Playoff Power Rankings are heading into Friday (May.19th) night’s action.
Pittsburgh has been dominant all post season but they are definitely having a tough time against the Sens. The biggest accomplishment definitely has to be the fact they have been able to keep Karlsson off the scoresheet.
In game three the Pens let in four goals on nine shots and Matthew Murray came in relief and was super solid. While head coach Mike Sullivan hasn’t made an announcement on who will start game four, it’s obvious Murray is going to be that guy. Evgeni Malkin definitely needs to step up play as well as Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary, and Sidney Crosby, they are just way too skilled to not score.
Crosby always thrives under pressure and with Ottawa now holding a 2-1 series lead, expect him to have all hands on deck in game four. He may or may not get on the scoresheet, but either way, he’s going to play a very significant part.
May 18, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrates after a 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Anaheim has had a tremendous series against Nashville so far, the Predators did jump out to a 2-1 series lead but after a clutch goal in overtime, the Ducks have evened the series. Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg, and Rickard Rakell have been superb for the Ducks so far.
Speaking of Silfverberg and Rakell, both have put in some very clutch goals, but when it comes down to a player who thrives in a pinch, it’s definitely Nick Ritchie. John Gibson has also been great posting nine wins and a 2.66 goals-against-average with a .917 save percentage so far.
Silfverberg is almost at a point per game sitting at 13 in 15 games, he’s come through in the clutch during the first and second rounds. And so far against Nashville, he’s provided a lot of grit and opened a lot of ice for the rest of the team to score.
May 18, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) hops over the boards in the overtime period in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville’s defensive core is easily one of the best in the NHL, out of the team’s top five scorers two are a defenseman. Ryan Johansen and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler have had quite the rivalry going on.
Both Johansen and Filip Forsberg are leading the team in points but also have a crazy plus/minus rating at plus 12 and 13 respectively. Pekka Rinne has been lights out, almost. He’s been on the top of his game all post-season and has definitely returned to form. So far he’s got 10 wins with a 1.66 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage.
Ryan Ellis has only scored four goals this postseason but everyone was at a crucial time for the team. If Nashville keeps progressing through the playoffs, Ryan Ellis will be playing a key part in the team’s success.
May 17, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan (9) speaks to defenceman Marc Methot (3) after Methot’s first period goal against Pittsburgh Penguins in game three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Ottawa had a tough time with Boston and the New York Rangers but somehow they’re getting the best out of the Penguins and now hold a 2-1 series lead. A lot of the team’s success in against the Pens has come from some very key goals coming from all four lines of the ice.