Written by: Tanner Henkel– Staff Writing Intern (@)
One month into the NHL calendar we’re starting to get an idea where teams are going to stand. Let’s take a look at the NHL power rankings going into November.
30. Arizona Coyotes: Two wins, a five game losing streak, and a league worst -9 goal differential. The Coyotes desperately need youngsters Max Domi and Anthony Duclair to take a leap forward.
29. Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner looks poised to return to his rookie form with nine points through seven games. But the ‘Canes don’t look like the dark horse to sneak into the playoffs, despite what many thought.
28. Toronto Maple Leafs: Toronto finally has the pieces to build around, but goalie Frederik Andersen has struggled so far, and it remains to be seen if he’s an NHL number one.
27. Buffalo Sabres: Two overtime losses have the Sabres deeper in the standings than they should be. A healthy Jack Eichel would help them crawl out of their early hole.
26. Vancouver Canucks: After starting 4-0 the Canucks have lost four straight. It will be an up and down year for Vancouver with more downs than ups.
25. Winnipeg Jets: The Jet’s are 4-4 and treading water. With question marks Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson in net, who knows how long they can go without drowning.
24. Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are 10th in the east, but production from Alexander Wennberg and Zach Werenski shows there’s potential for more.
23. Anaheim Ducks: We know what Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are capable of. They just haven’t contributed at that level thus far. If these two don’t wake up soon, the Ducks are in trouble.
22. Nashville Predators: The Preds have yet to look like the cup contender many envisioned after acquiring P.K. Subban.
21. Calgary Flames: Calgary has won three in a row, and the addition of Brian Elliot looks to have solidified the back end. But the Flames have struggled to score, with a -2 goal differential.
20. Boston Bruins: With David Pastrnak suspended for two games and David Backes out with an elbow injury, the Bruins desperately need goalie Tuukka Rask back from injury this weekend.
19. Los Angeles Kings: Loosing starting goalie Jonathan Quick in the first game of the year is devastating. But Peter Budaj has led the Kings to four wins in five games. Can this last long enough for Quick to get healthy?
18. New York Islanders: Captain John Tavares looks like his old self with four points in the last three games, but the Isles are 15th in the east. The best penalty kill in the league and a five game home stand, could help the Isles out of the basement.
17. Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux has nine assists, but he has yet to score. The Flyers will need their captain in a weekend back to back against Pittsburgh and Carolina.
16. New Jersey Devils: It took Taylor Hall a little while to adjust to the Eastern conference. But since settling in Hall has put up seven points in seven games, and the Devils look like they can score. That’s something that has eluded them in years past.
15. Colorado Avalanche: The pieces are in place. But as the team matures under new head coach Jared Bednar they will struggle to find consistency.
14. Ottawa Senators: Led by Erik Karlsson the Senators have potential to be an offensive powerhouse. If Craig Anderson can become a reliable number one goalie again the Senators might be capable of something.
13. Dallas Stars: Between Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen the Stars have a goaltending by committee situation. This will only be sustainable if the offense is as explosive as it was in 2015-16.
12.Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks can’t rely on Richard Panik to be their leading goal scorer if they are going to keep pace with Minnesota and St. Louis.
11.Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault has more than double the amount of points than anyone on the team. If this continues how long can the Panthers hang around in the standings?
10. St. Louis Blues: Despite losing four of their last five, the Blues are only one point behind Minnesota for the Central division lead.
9.Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin has been quiet, too quiet. Look for the Caps to explode once the offense wakes up.
8. Minnesota Wild: The Wild are a point up on St. Louis for first in the Central division, but a +9 goal differential suggests a wider margin is possible.
7. Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby is back and scored the eventual game winner against the Islanders on Thursday. Crosby has two goals in two games since returning. Good news for the Penguins.
6. San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns has nine points, so does Joe Pavelski. That’s why the Sharks are winners of two straight and sitting in third place in the West. The Sharks will look to continue their success against Nashville on Saturday.
5. New York Rangers: The Rangers might be a point behind Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan division, but a +8 goal differential is a good indicator of what the Rangers can do.
4. Detroit Red Wings: No Pavel Datsyuk? No Problem. Since starting 0-2, the Wings have rattled off six straight wins. A +8 goal differential and a seemingly rejuvenated Thomas Vanek, has the Wings looking like a top dog in the East.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning: If the Lightning put everything together they can make another deep playoff run. A weekend back to back against New Jersey and the New York Rangers will be an early test.
2. Edmonton Oilers: At 7-1 the Oilers are the best team in the West. It’s still early and we’re waiting for the other foot to drop on their hot start. Unless Cam Talbot completely falls apart in net then it might not.
1. Montreal Canadiens: Shea Weber has nine points, and Carey Price is healthy. The Canadiens can play with anyone in the league. Their perfect regulation record shows that. Subban who?