NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Make Nice Leap

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Here are the Blackhawk Up NHL power rankings for this week. How have things changed since last week, when the surprising Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers occupied our top two spots? Let’s find out.


Arizona Coyotes

5-7-0Last rank: 30th

The Arizona Coyotes were the golden child of the media before the season. Everyone loved their young talent with Jakob Chychrun, Lawson Crouse and Dylan Strome joining Max Domi and Anthony Duclair. Domi has hit a sophomore slump with zero goals this year, and Duclair only has one goal and one assist.

Nashville Predators

4-5-3Last rank: 25th

The Nashville Predators were the talk of the offseason after acquiring P.K. Subban for Shea Weber. While their defense supposedly got stronger, their offense has gotten weaker. Filip Forsberg scored 33 goals with 31 assists last season. He is currently on pace for zero goals this season, according to ESPN’s forecaster. He hasn’t scored a goal as of yet and does not shoot. Some might blame Pekka Rinne‘s poor save percentage, but I blame the offense.

Carolina Hurricanes

3-5-4Last rank: 29th

The Carolina Hurricanes are being let down by their goaltending issues. Cam Ward‘s save percentage is a .888 with a 3.11 goals-against average. Eddie Lack was supposed to be the future in Carolina and has been a huge disappointment. He is 1-2 with a .856 save percentage and a 3.80 goals-against average. Bottom line: Their goalies suck.

Vancouver Canucks

5-8-1Last rank: 28th

The Vancouver Canucks needs to go through a rebuild and not this holding pattern with bad moves from Jim Benning. The big free agent addition of Loui Eriksson has scored zero goals this season. The Canucks need to tear it all down and start over already.

Colorado Avalanche

5-7-0Last rank: 13th

The Colorado Avalanche might be missing their former leader, or maybe they are just a flawed team. Semyon Varlamov has suffered the most without Patrick Roy behind the bench. Varlamov’s save percentage is .881 with a 3.67 goals-against average. That could be the reason why the Avs are struggling.

Calgary Flames

5-8-1Last rank: 19th

The Flames were supposed to be better on defense with another season of Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano in action. The Flames also added a quality goaltender in Brian Elliott. Elliott is learning the hard way that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Elliott’s save percentage is .887 and his goals-against average is 3.33.

New York Islanders

5-6-2Last rank: 26th

The Islanders are bad and it is only a matter of time until Jack Capuano gets fired. The one silver lining is that John Tavares is still very very good.

Dallas Stars

4-6-3Last rank: 21st

The Dallas Stars have been bitten hard by the injury bug. Cody Eakin, Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark, Patrick Sharpand Jason Spezza are all hurt. The Stars are not helped by the poor save percentage of .898 between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.

Buffalo Sabres

5-5-2Last rank: 24th

The Buffalo Sabres are getting good goaltending from Robin Lehnerbut are still missing Jack Eichel.

Winnipeg Jets

6-7-1Last rank: 15th

The Jets have also been bitten by the injury bug. Joel Armia, Bryan Little, Shawn Matthias, Tyler Myers, Mathieu Perreault, Drew Stafford and Mark Stuart are all hurt. Connor Hellebuyck‘s save percentage is below league average at .900. Patrik Laine might be better than Auston Matthews, like he stated before the draft.
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Anahiem Ducks

6-5-2Last rank: 22nd

Randy Carlyle needs to start righting the ship. The Ducks’ goals-for mark is 30 and their goals-against is 35. Ryan Getzlaf has one goal and 11 assists.

Toronto Maple Leafs

5-5-3Last rank: 27th

The Maples Leafs are young and talented but still have room to improve. One area that needs to improve is their goaltending. Frederik Andersen has a save percentage below league average at .902 and a goals-against average of 3.20. The core of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marnerand William Nylander is exciting to watch.

Detroit Red Wings

7-6-1Last rank: 9th

Who would have thought that Jimmy Howard would be the best goalie on the Red Wings? Howard leads the league in goals-against average at 1.12 and save percentage at .965.

Columbus Blue Jackets

5-3-2Last rank: 16th

The Columbus Blue Jackets have shocked many people with their play this season. The biggest reason for their success has been excellent goaltending. Sergei Bobrovsky has a .947 save percentage and a 1.79 goals-against average.

Los Angeles Kings

7-6-0Last rank: 18th

The Kings are dealing with goaltending injuries. They have lost Jonathan Quick for the majority of the season. They lost Jeff Zatkoff and Jack Campbell for brief stints. With their goaltending in disarray, they should be counting on their offense. Jeff Carter is their leading score and only has three goals.

New Jersey Devils

6-3-3Last rank: 12th

The Devils might have gotten the steal of the offseason in Taylor Hall. Hall has not disappointed, scoring five goals with three assists. Another savvy move by the Devils was signing P.A. Parenteau, who has four goals and one assist on the season. It’s simple for the Devils: They have great goaltending, and they just need to score more goals.

San Jose Sharks

7-6-0Last rank: 4th

The Sharks’ biggest weakness this season has been goaltending. Martin Jones has been bad this season. Jones has a .900 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average. The Sharks have scored 27 goals and allowed 34. Can’t win many games like that.

Florida Panthers

6-6-1Last rank: 14th

The Panthers are scoring just enough to win. They have 35 goals for and 33 goals against. James Reimer might have been a very savvy pickup for the Panthers, especially since Roberto Luongo might be close to the end of his run. Reimer needs to pick up his play to make the move look better.

Minnesota Wild

6-4-1Last rank: 5th

The Minnesota Wild are playing better under new coach Bruce Boudreau. The Wild are 6-4-1 under their new coach, scoring 33 goals and allowing 22. The Wild are getting good production from Eric Staal and Chris Stewart.

Philadelphia Flyers

6-6-2Last rank: 23rd

The Flyers have identical 3-3-1 records at home and on the road, and they’re getting those wins with offense. Philly’s 49 goals for ranks second in the league. However, they’re piling up losses behind porous goaltending, as the Flyers are tied for the most goals allowed in the league at 51.
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Ottawa Senators

7-5-0Last rank: 17th

The Senators have 30 goals for and 31 goals against. They need more production from Derick Brassard. Brassard was brought in from the Rangers to provide a lift. He only has one goal and four assists.

Boston Bruins

7-6-0Last rank: 20th

The Bruins need to get more offensive from David Krejci. Krejci only has one goal and four assists on the season. The Bruins’ leading scorer is Davi Pastrnak with eight goals and four assists. The Bruins need more from their established stars.

Washington Capitals

8-3-1Last rank: 8th

The Caps have scored six more goals than they have allowed. That is the recipe for success during the regular season, but it hasn’t translated in the playoffs with this group.

St. Louis Blues

7-4-2Last rank: 7th

The St. Louis Blues have struggled to find a regular goalie. They traded away Brian Elliott and handed the keys to Jake Allen. Allen has rewarded them with a .903 save percentage and 2.39 goals-against average.

Tampa Bay Lightning

7-5-1Last rank: 10th

Should the Lightning consider trading Ben Bishop? They would be selling low, as his save percentage is .907. The Lightning havd won four in a row entering Tuesday’s action, so if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Edmonton Oilers

9-4-1Last rank: 2nd

The Edmonton Oilers are the surprise of the NHL. They are getting good production from their young stars and good goaltending. Connor McDavid currently leads the NHL in assists with 12 and has 17 points. Cam Talbot leads the NHL in saves with 373 because he has faced the most shots. He also has a .921 save percentage and a 2.49 goals-against average.

Pittsburgh Penguins

9-2-2Last rank: 3rd

The Penguins are red-hot, winning 4 of 5. Sidney Crosby has proven that he is still the best player in the NHL.

Chicago Blackhawks

9-3-1Last rank: 11th

The Chicago Blackhawks have been fueled by veterans Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford. As their penalty kill starts to head toward respectability, look out for the ’Hawks. A big blow is the loss Tyler Motte.

New York Rangers

10-4-0Last rank: 6th

The Rangers have gotten production from Brandon Pirri and Kevin Haynes, while Dan Girardi has not been awful. The King Henrik Lundqvist needs to setup his game. His save percentage is .908, which is not good by his standards.

Montreal Canadiens

11-1-1Last rank: 1st

The Montreal Canadiens are good as long as Carey Price is good, and Price has been really good this year. Price has a 1.53 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage. Without him in net, the play drops off. Al Montoya gave up 10 to Columbus.

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