Weekly NHL Power Rankings: Stars Edge Closer To Top 5

By Mark Callanan
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Weekly NHL Power Rankings: Stars Edge Closer To Top 5

The month of November has come and gone, and we've a much clearer picture of the league after it than we did before it. It can be an interesting exercise to take a month in isolation and judge it on its own merits, particularly at this early point of the season.

Connor McDavid, naturally, led the league in points in the penultimate month of 2022, scoring 18 goals and 23 points. His Edmonton teammate, Leon Draisaitl, was tied for second with Jason Robertson of the Dallas Stars. Robertson hit the most goals in November, scoring 19 times on 97 shots in the month. NHL betting sites have McDavid as favorite for the Rocket Richard trophy, with Robertson just behind.

No team had more wins or points in the month than the New Jersey Devils, who went 13-1-0. At the opposite end of the standings, the Chicago Blackhawks managed just two wins in November, and were the only team to score under two goals per game, on average.

32. Chicago Blackhawks, 7-12-4 (-)

In the short-term, there is no reason for optimism for Blackhawks fans. This team is really, really struggling to find anything resembling momentum, and have now lost in eight straight games, scoring just 18 goals and allowing 40. The trade talk around Patrick Kane continues, and it would not be a surprise to see #88 move on in the coming months. It's no surprise to see they're underdogs for most games at sports betting sites.

31. Anaheim Ducks, 6-16-3 (-1)

There are no real signs of things turning around for Anaheim any time soon. The Ducks went 4-9-1 in November, scoring 39 times but allowing 57 goals. Recently acquired defenseman John Klingberg has struggled to find form since joining from Dallas, so his recent injury can't even be blamed for the most recent poor run of form.

30. Arizona Coyotes, 7-11-4 (+1)

The Coyotes form has regressed somewhat, going 0-2-1 in the past week. Having picked up four wins in early November, including three in a row, they have since begun to struggle once more. Currently nearing the end of a 14-game road streak, perhaps they can recover somewhat when playing at "home" once again, with Jakob Chychrun also back in the lineup.

29. Philadelphia Flyers, 8-12-5 (-)

The Flyers managed to halt a three-week slide against the Islanders on Tuesday, putting an end to a run of ten consecutive losses. It was a temporary reprieve, however, as Philly were beaten by the Lightning two nights later. The return of Travis Konecny and Cam Atkinson should bolster this team to some extent, but don't expect big things.

28. Columbus Blue Jackets, 8-12-2 (-)

A quiet week for Columbus this week, with just two games played since last Saturday. A narrow loss to Vegas and a 4-1 win over Winnipeg probably constitutes a decent week for the Blue Jackets these days, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. Patrick Laine scored twice in his return from injury on Friday night.

27. San Jose Sharks, 8-15-4 (-)

The Sharks recorded a shutout this week, their second of the season, but that was about all there was to cheer for. Defeats against the Canadian trio of Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa mean that the Sharks' struggles continue into December. Trade talk around Erik Karlsson continues to heat up, with the Swede's contract still likely to prove a stumbling block for many.

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26. Vancouver Canucks, 10-12-3 (-)

The Canucks managed two victories this week, both coming against teams below them in the standings. There were, unfortunately, also two defeats in there. Although he has struggled to find form this season, the loss of Thatcher Demko is likely to be a blow to this team for the next six weeks, and the playoffs are getting further away each week.

25. Buffalo Sabres, 10-13-1 (-1)

The Sabres continue to be involved in entertaining, high-scoring games, but continue to struggle to come out on the right side of these big scorelines. There were 30 goals scored in the 3 games that the Sabres were involved in this week, and although the Sabres managed to score 14 of those goals, they were on the winning side just once. 

24. Montreal Canadiens, 12-11-1 (-1)

The Canadiens remain above a point-per-game pace, just about, after a losing week. They did manage to defeat Canadian rivals Calgary in midweek, but it was very much the highlight of the past seven days, as they fell to San Jose and Edmonton either side of that. Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield remain in form, combining for 48 points in 48 games.

23. St. Louis Blues, 11-13-0 (-1)

A disappointing week for the Blues, who didn't to pick up a single point from three attempts. There are some obvious defensive deficiencies at play, as the Blue have allowed more goals (25) in their last five games, than any other team in the NHL. Jordan Binnington's form has collapsed in the last five games, and he was pulled on Saturday against the Penguins.

22. Ottawa Senators, 10-13-1 (+3)

The Sens and Alex Formenton failed to agree a contract this week, meaning that the Ontario native will most likely look to find a deal in Europe to see out the season. On the ice, it was a better week for the Senators, as they managed wins over the Rangers, Kings and Sharks, making it four wins from their last five games.

21. Washington Capitals, 10-12-4 (-1)

Alexander Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky for most road goals in NHL history, in the 5-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday evening. It was yet another milestone in Ovi's amazing career, as he continues to hunt down the NHL goalscoring record at a pace. Unfortunately for Washington, these individual feats aren't resulting in victories, and the Caps are increasingly likely to miss the playoffs.

20. Detroit Red Wings, 11-7-5 (-2)

Defeats to Toronto, Buffalo and Vegas have set the Red Wings back in their unlikely push for a playoff berth this season. The Wings have been winning and losing in batches of late, racking up mini streaks of wins but then losing in consecutive games also. If they are serious about the playoffs, they'll need more of the winning runs and fewer losing ones.

19. Nashville Predators, 12-9-2 (+2)

The Predators must have taken advantage of their impromptu mid-season break last weekend, as they returned to the ice with two victories this week. After a slow start to the season, the Preds are slowly beginning to warm up, going 7-4-1 in November. Key defenseman Roman Josi has more shots (94) than any other blueliner in the NHL.

18. Minnesota Wild, 12-9-2 (+1)

Not the most difficult week that the Wild will face this season, but three wins from three are very much welcomed. Kirill Kaprizov has a goal in five straight games, and has recorded at least one point in 11 straight, putting him right at the top of the form charts. The Wild will want to ride their hot hand for another while yet.

17. Edmonton Oilers, 14-11-0 (-)

Another mixed bag of results for the Edmonton Oilers this week, who racked up three wins and a defeat. Five straight Oilers games have ended either 4-3 or 5-3, so Canadian betting sites will be offering healthy odds on the Unders lines in Edmonton games in the near future. McDavid and Draisaitl continue to mesmerize every night.

16. Calgary Flames, 11-10-3 (-)

A better week for the Flames, as they had comfortable wins over the Capitals and Panthers, either side of a narrow defeat to the Canadiens. There is no major need for the Flames to panic just yet, but competition for playoff spots in the Western Conference is stiff, and any dip in form is likely to be punished.

15. Los Angeles Kings, 13-10-4 (-4)

The Kings came out on the wrong side of a thrilling encounter against the Kraken in midweek, falling in overtime by a scoreline of 9-8. Not many teams can say they have scored eight goals and failed to win the game, but the Kings joined that not-so-illustrious list on Tuesday, allowing nine goals on 30 shots against their Pacific Division rivals.

14. New York Islanders, 15-10-0 (+1)

A big reversal in form saw the Islanders lose both games this week, having won all four the previous week. The Isles only managed to find the net on two occasions, losing to lowly Philadelphia and a resurgent Nashville. Mathew Barzal's 24 assists this season puts him amongst some elite company at that top of that particular statistic.

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13. New York Rangers, 11-10-5 (-3)

NHL betting apps have been lengthening their odds on the Rangers lately, as the Rangers appear to be in serious difficulty. In the last fortnight, the Rangers have suffered defeats to the Senators, Blackhawks and Ducks, three sides right at the bottom of the league standings. With the Avs, Devils and Golden Knights on the horizon, the Rangers need to fix this leak, and soon.

12. Pittsburgh Penguins, 13-8-4 (+1)

The Penguins suffered a major setback this week when veteran defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke. This was Letang's second stroke, coming eight years after his first, and although the initial signs are thankfully positive, there will be questions about Letang’s ability to continue his playing days for the remainder of his contract, which runs until 2028.

11. Seattle Kraken, 15-6-3 (+3)

The Kraken managed to allow eight goals on Wednesday night and still come out with two points, winning a crazy 17-goal thriller over the Kings, in overtime. It continued a remarkable run of form for Seattle, who were second only to the Devils in point percentage in November. Defeat to Florida on Saturday was the Kraken's first in eight games.

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10. Winnipeg Jets, 14-7-1 (+2)

Winnipeg's recent form highlights just how unpredictable this league can be. Following emphatic 7-2 and 5-0 wins over Chicago and Colorado respectively, not many people would have fancied lowly Columbus taking two points from a visit to Manitoba on Friday night. But the Blue Jackets struck it lucky, going 4-0 up in the second period despite being outplayed, ultimately winning 4-1.

9. Florida Panthers, 12-9-4 (-1)

Although the Panthers' Stanley Cup odds haven't been shortening, there are still some signs there that this team could be a threat come playoffs. Back-to-back defeats in Alberta earlier in the week were followed up by big wins over Seattle and Vancouver, with a game against the Jets on Tuesday night to close out their western road trip.

8. Carolina Hurricanes, 14-6-5 (-1)

The Canes are finally managing to put some consecutive wins together. It was a poor November showing from Carolina, by their own high standards, as they went 6-4-4 and were outscored 38-35 in the month. The big positive for them, alongside the recent change in form, is that they are creating chances at a phenomenal rate, relative to their opponents.

7. Dallas Stars, 14-6-4 (+2)

The Stars were delighted to have Finnish forward Roope Hintz sign an eight year, $67m contract this week. Hintz managed 37 goals last year and has become close to a point-per-game player for Dallas over the past three seasons. The Stars had big wins over St. Louis and Anaheim this week, scoring nine and allowing only one goal.

6. Tampa Bay Lightning, 15-8-1 (-)

Steven Stamkos this week became the first player in Lightning history to record 1000 points for the franchise. It is a remarkable achievement for Stamkos, who had his own career-high in points last season, ending with 106 points in 81 games. The 2008 first overall pick is almost certain to break the 500 goals barrier soon too, with just six more required.

5. Colorado Avalanche, 13-8-1 (-1)

Colorado suffered its heaviest defeat in almost a year during the week, as the Winnipeg Jets put five goals past them, without reply. It was the second time that the Avs have been shut out this season, already one more than in the entire 2021-22 campaign. A good time for Avs fans to hear that Gabriel Landeskog has returned to the ice.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs, 15-5-6 (+1)

Mitch Marner broke the Toronto Maple Leafs point streak record, recording points in 19 consecutive games. Marner has been in outstanding form this season, leading a pretty competitive Leafs forward core in points through the first 26 games of the season. Toronto went 2-0-1 on the week, falling only to Tampa Bay in OT on Saturday night.

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3. Vegas Golden Knights, 18-7-1 (-)

Vegas remain out in front in the Western Conference standings, having racked up another couple of wins this week. A narrow midweek defeat to the Penguins shouldn't be enough to derail this side, who are getting the best out of Jack Eichel at long last. The ongoing absence of Alex Pietrangelo, however, is a small concern.

2. New Jersey Devils, 20-4-1 (-)

The Devils were officially the best team in the NHL in November, by whatever metric you choose. They led the league in wins, points, point percentage and goal differential, at a remarkable +28 for the month. The 2017 and 2019 first overall picks, Hischier and Hughes, are both maintaining a point-per-game pace, alongside Jesper Bratt, who is on track for a career year.

1. Boston Bruins, 20-3-0 (-)

The Bruins this week became only the fourth team in NHL history to win 19 of their first 22 games of the season. They remain perfect at TD Garden, now standing at 14-0-0. Many US betting sites have now installed the Bruins as their most likely Stanley Cup champion, bypassing the Colorado Avalanche, who the Bruins beat comfortably on Saturday night, 5-1.

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