Weekly NHL Power Rankings: Bruins Consolidate Top Spot

By Mark Callanan
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Weekly NHL Power Rankings: Bruins Consolidate Top Spot

The NHL went outdoors this week, as the Bruins hosted the Penguins at Fenway Park on Monday. Whilst their home venue was different, the result was the same for the Bruins, as they continued their remarkable home point streak, now standing at 22 games to start the season. As it currently stands, the Bruins have a .932 point percentage at home this season, the best such record in the NHL since the Montreal Canadiens of 1943-44. 

It was the 14th Winter Classic since the NHL debuted the concept back on New Year's Day in 2008. The Penguins came out on the right side of a 2-1 victory against the Sabres that day, but found themselves on the wrong side in the 2023 edition, as the Bruins came from behind to clinch victory in the third period. NHL betting sites now have the Bruins as the clear consensus number one in the race for Lord Stanley.

Elsewhere in the league this week, there were landmarks galore, as Connor McDavid hit 500 assists, Auston Matthews hit 500 points, Sidney Crosby hit 20 goals for the 15th season and Erik Karlsson broke the Sharks' franchise record point streak, at 14 games.

32. Chicago Blackhawks, 9-25-4 (-)

The Blackhawks recorded their first shutout of the 2022-23 season on Friday night, holding the Coyotes to just 22 shots on goal. It was just the third win that the Blackhawks have managed in their last 24 games, going 3-20-1 since mid-November. A knee injury kept Patrick Kane out of that game, and Chicago will hope that it isn't serious, if only for his potential trade value.

31. Columbus Blue Jackets, 12-24-2 (-)

The highlight of the Blue Jackets' week was showing up to frustrate the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Despite being outshot 42-18, Columbus managed to score three times and had Joonas Korpisalo in fine form, making 39 saves. It took a shootout to separate the sides, with Columbus coming out on the right side. A brief chink of light in a dark, dark season.

30. Anaheim Ducks, 12-24-4 (-)

The Ducks have a winning record since returning after the Christmas break, winning three of their five games. This week’s victories included a 2-0 shutout win over Dallas, just the second team this season to hold the Stars scoreless. John Gibson's form has improved of late; he has a .919 save percentage over his last nine appearances, having been .890 before then.

29. Arizona Coyotes, 13-20-5 (-1)

The Coyotes followed up three home wins with four subsequent road defeats, and are now very much a Jekyll and Hyde team, depending on where they are playing on a given night. Their 7-3-2 record at home is comfortably inside the top ten in the league, and the vast majority of their remaining games this season will come at their (temporary) home.

28. San Jose Sharks, 12-21-8 (+1)

Scoring goals has not been an issue for the Sharks this season. With 125 goals scored, they are just actually one goal ahead of the second-ranked team in the league, Carolina. At the other end of the ice is where the Sharks have capitulated, allowing 151 goals in 41 games. Only the Canadiens and Ducks have allowed more this season.

27. Montreal Canadiens, 16-21-3 (-)

The Canadiens ended a seven-game slump on Saturday night, coming from behind three times to earn a 5-4 regulation win. That seems unlikely to spark anything more than a temporary reversal of form, as this team continues to look towards the future. The Habs have featured seven different rookies in their line-ups this season. Canada sports betting sites might take note for a few years’ time.

26. Vancouver Canucks, 17-18-3 (-2)

A 4-2 win over the Avs brought a three-game slide to a halt, but the damage has already been done for this season. It would take nothing short of a miracle for this team to reach the playoffs now. Andrei Kuzmenko has had a positive impact on his first season in the NHL, with 17 goals and 17 assists in his first 37 games.

25. Philadelphia Flyers, 15-17-7 (+1)

Granted they haven't been playing many of the top teams, but the Flyers (4-0-0) are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NHL since Christmas. Only Washington has more goals per game in that time, and no team have allowed fewer goals per game in that time. It may be a temporary reprieve for Flyers fans, but it is welcomed.

24. St. Louis Blues, 19-18-3 (+1)

If the Blues were looking to replicate their incredible season turnaround of 2018-19, then this week started pretty well for them. Wins over the Leafs and Devils were not expected but were delivered. Unfortunately for the Blues, the Canadiens had other ideas about allowing this resurgence to continue beyond Saturday night. Postseason hockey remains a pipe dream for now.

23. Detroit Red Wings, 16-15-7 (-2)

A terrible week for the Wings, which puts any hope of a playoff push firmly to bed. The Wings suffered three consecutive defeats in regulation, with just four goals scored. Fifteen different Red Wings players are into double-figures for points on the season, but they don't have a single point-per-game player. Jakub Vrana was waived this week, finding his way to Grand Rapids in the AHL.

22. Ottawa Senators, 18-18-3 (+1)

It was a week of two halves for the Sens this week. Early wins against the Sabres and Blue Jackets, allowing just one goal in total, showed signs for optimism. That defensive rigidity was all well and truly undone on Saturday night as the Kraken rolled into town and scored eight goals, winning 8-4, despite Tim Stutzle's best efforts. He bagged himself a hat-trick.

21. Nashville Predators, 18-14-6 (+1)

The Predators kicked into gear this week, winning all three games. The highlight of their week was an incredible performance by Juuse Saros in Carolina on Thursday night. Saros made 64 saves in a 5-3 victory, thwarting the Hurricanes time and time again. Only once in NHL history has a goaltender made more saves in a regulation victory.

20. New York Islanders, 22-17-2 (-2)

A 6-2 win on the road against Vancouver was the only high point of the week for the Islanders, who fell in their three other contests, scoring just four goals in those three games combined. With exactly half their season now played, the Isles occupy the second Wild Card spot in the East, but have the Penguins and Sabres not far behind, with games in hand. 

19. Buffalo Sabres, 20-15-2 (+1)

The Sabres' philosophy of "you score 5, we'll score 6" somehow continues to keep this team in playoff contention. No team has had more goals scored in their games this season, at an average of 7.3 goals per game. Buffalo has hit the over on the 6.5 goal line more times than it has hit the under, and have won 8 of their last 10 games.

18. Edmonton Oilers, 21-17-3 (+1)

The Western Conference playoff race is heating up nicely, and the Oilers are certain to be in the mix. Edmonton reached the midway point of their 2022-23 campaign on Saturday, occupying the wild card spots with their Alberta rivals, Calgary. Connor McDavid leads the league in goals, assists, points and powerplay points. He hit 500 career assists this week, in just 527 games.

17. Florida Panthers, 18-18-4 (-)

Since the 29th December, the Panthers have had more game days than days off. The five games that they have played in that time were a mixed bag, with three wins over non-playoff teams, but two defeats to potential cup contenders. Florida currently sits outside the wild card spots in the East, with a strong second half to the season an absolute necessity.

16. Calgary Flames, 19-14-7 (-)

If advanced stats are your thing, then the Calgary Flames might be of interest to you lately. The Flames lead the league in Corsi For and Fenwick For, since Christmas, and have only been let down by a below-average shooting percentage at the same time. Should they maintain this level of scoring chance creation further into the new year, they will do well.

15. Washington Capitals, 22-14-6 (-)

A 1-1-1 week for the Capitals, who welcome back Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom to their roster, and placed John Carlson on long-term injured reserve. It has been a season of ongoing injuries for the Caps, but the returns of Wilson and Backstrom will do them no harm. Washington currently occupies the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.

14. Pittsburgh Penguins, 19-13-6 (-3)

With less than half the season played, the Penguins are on a six-game losing streak for the second time. Few teams have been as streaky as the Penguins, who have also managed two streaks of five or more wins. The absences of Tristan Jarry and Kris Letang are an ongoing concern, with the Pens' postseason chances hanging in the balance.

13. Minnesota Wild, 22-13-3 (+1)

No team has more regulation victories in their last 20 games than the Minnesota Wild, who are hitting form at the right time. It was a quiet week for Minnesota, with just two games, resulting in three points and further securing their automatic playoff place in the Central Division. Kirill Kaprizov has 48 points in 38 games.

12. Los Angeles Kings, 23-14-6 (-)

The LA Kings are the only team to currently occupy a playoff spot and simultaneously have a negative goal difference. The Kings, albeit with the most games played, are looking relatively secure in their automatic playoff berth at the current time. NHL betting apps vary wildly on their odds for this team, so make sure you shop around when backing them.

11. Seattle Kraken, 22-12-4 (+2)

The Kraken are on a four-game winning streak, scoring an average of over five goals per game. Their victims this week were the Islanders, Oilers, Leafs and Senators, with the latter three games coming on the road. Matty Beniers leads the league in both goals and points among rookies this season, following on nicely from an impressive start last season.

10. Colorado Avalanche, 20-15-3 (-1)

It's hard to know what to make of this Avs team. Notwithstanding all the injuries they have had to battle through, the team just doesn't seem capable of putting an extended run of form together. Going into the Christmas break with four consecutive wins, it seemed like the team had finally turned the corner. Five straight defeats after Christmas put that theory in the bin.

9. New York Rangers, 22-12-7 (+1)

A seven-point week is not to be scoffed at, and the Rangers will be delighted with their form even in spite of blowing a two-goal third period lead on Saturday afternoon against the Devils. Although they remain one of the outside chances, in terms of their Stanley Cup odds, the Rangers have only suffered two regulation defeats in their last 15 games.

8. Dallas Stars, 23-11-6 (-1)

The Stars lost both ends of a back-to-back this week, falling to the Kings and Ducks on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. These defeats mean that Winnipeg has closed the gap at the top of the Central Division to just a single point, with the Jets having a game in hand. Jason Robertson's goalscoring form has slowed, with just three goals in the last month.

7. Winnipeg Jets, 25-13-1 (+1)

Winnipeg welcomed back four important players on Friday night, as Blake Wheeler, Nate Schmidt, Nikolaj Ehlers and Cole Perfetti all regained their spots in the Jets line-up. The result was a continuation of the Jets' great recent form, with a 4-2 win over the Lightning sealing their fourth consecutive victory. Only the Bruins have allowed fewer goals this season.

6. New Jersey Devils, 25-12-3 (-)

A 2-1-1 week for the Devils, who managed to turn things around on Saturday night against the Rangers and salvage a winning week, in overtime. Jack Hughes has really hit his stride of late, with only Tage Thompson scoring more goals in the past two months. Hughes has been shooting the lights out, with a league-leading 131 shots in that time.

5. Tampa Bay Lightning, 24-13-1 (-1)

The Lightning went 1-2-0 on their road trip this week. Things started well, with a 4-1 comeback win over the Blackhawks. That was as good as it got, however, as a 5-1 defeat against the Wild the following night was followed up by a 4-2 loss against the newly-replenished Jets.  Victor Hedman has five multi-assist games in his last 10 appearances.

4. Vegas Golden Knights, 27-13-2 (+1)

Vegas managed wins over the Avs and Penguins, heaping yet more pressure on two of the most successful teams of recent years. A defeat to the Kings on Saturday night spoiled their perfect week, however. Most USA sports betting sites still have the Golden Knights well inside their top three or four teams for the Stanley Cup this season.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs, 24-9-7 (-)

The Leafs were leaking goals during midweek, allowing five each in two home games against the Blues and Kraken, losing both games. Normal service resumed on Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Red Wings. Auston Matthews reached the 500-point landmark this week. He now has 503 points through his first 447 games in the NHL.

2. Carolina Hurricanes, 25-8-7 (-)

Carolina went 1-2-1 this week, but don't let those numbers fool you. This team has been totally dominant on the ice of late, and has deserved much better results. The Hurricanes managed 179 shots on goal in those four games, scoring just 13 goals on an expected return of closer to 20.  Max Pacioretty has two goals in his two games since returning.

1. Boston Bruins, 31-4-4 (-)

Any week that ends unbeaten and includes an outdoor game is a good week, and this week was just that for the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are nine points clear in the race for the President's Trophy, and nobody is looking like catching them. The only negative point from this week was an injury to the Winter Classic hero, Jake DeBrusk.

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