Well, that was interesting. COVID-19 has made it’s way through almost all of the NHL at this point, with some teams never taking the ice last week. The TWC NHL Power Rankings are not nearly as important as the health and safety of the league and players, and therefore this week will be brief. Games were still played, and movement among teams still happened, albeit at a lesser rate than ever. Without further ado, here’s how this week broke down.
TWC Power Rankings explained
If you’re new to our power rankings, this is how it all works.
Here at TWC, we use a statistical model to effectively rank teams on a week to week basis. The model takes into effect winning percentages, CF%, SCF%, HDCF% as well as SV%. Each statistical category is weighed and scored differently, giving each team a unique TWC Score that determines their ranking after each week. The formula puts the highest emphasis on winning percentages over other statistics. All numbers are taken in all situations, to incorporate special teams into the fray.
We got some excellent feedback over the course of last season from our readers as to how we could improve this model moving forward. We have slightly altered the weightings of the statistical categories, but also added a large recency component to make sure that each week the teams that are riding hot streaks are more appropriately demonstrated in the rankings.
Don’t like where your team is ranked? Unfortunately, they will have to turn it around on the ice, as we take zero personal opinions into effect.
Have any suggestions for the TWC Power Rankings for next season? Leave us a comment and let us know. Without further ado, this week’s power rankings are below!
Week 10 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|2||+2||Tampa Bay Lightning||2-0-0||19-6-4||773.2|
|3||–||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-0-0||20-8-2||767.6|
|10||-1||New York Rangers||1-1-1||19-7-4||730.2|
|12||+5||Vegas Golden Knights||4-0-0||20-11-0||708.8|
|16||-1||St Louis Blues||2-1-0||17-9-5||694.7|
|19||–||Los Angeles Kings||2-1-1||14-11-5||670.1|
|20||–||San Jose Sharks||0-2-0||15-14-1||651.6|
|21||–||Columbus Blue Jackets||0-2-0||14-13-1||630.5|
|23||–||Detroit Red Wings||2-1-0||15-13-3||625.4|
|24||-2||New Jersey Devils||0-4-0||10-15-5||614.6|
|27||+1||New York Islanders||1-1-1||8-12-6||588|
The Carolina Hurricanes are back on top this week, after going 2–0–0. The team found often at the top of the rankings earlier this season has made their way back to top of our list, and tied for first in the NHL in terms of points with the Washington Capitals.
The Canes are followed closely by the Tampa Bay Lightning who also went 2–0–0 and find themselves just one points back of the NHL lead. That place is shared with the third place team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the New York Rangers. The two teams are now two points up on the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division, after the Panthers went 0–2–0 and fell three spots.
Rounding out the top five are the Calgary Flames, who haven’t played since December 11 due to a COVID outbreak. They gained two spots by merit of two teams in the Colorado Avalanche and Capitals having imperfect weeks. The Flames are being pushed by their underlying numbers and solid winning percentage that has remained at a standstill. There’s no way to tell when the team will be back at full strength.
One of the hottest team in the NHL right now are the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won seven straight games and find themselves up to the sixth overall position and tied for biggest mover this week. That win streak ties them with the Nashville Predators for hottest in the league (at this point in time).
Tied for the biggest mover this week are the Vegas Golden Knights, who have a five-game win streak and are now tied atop the Pacific Division. The Knights are back to where everyone thought they would be this season.
The Boston Bruins took a bit of a tumble this week after going 0–2–0. The team is now 4-4-2 in their last ten games, and currently sit outside of a playoff position.
Other notables from this week’s rankings:
- The Vancouver Canucks keep winning, now on a six-game win streak, and still remain undefeated with Bruce Boudreau as head coach.
- The New Jersey Devils went 0–4–0 last week, and have now lost six straight games in regulation. That puts them even further out of the playoff picture.
- The Seattle Kraken, after a bit of life, trended in the wrong direction again falling three spots to 28th on our list.
Past Power Rankings
Check here for how teams have done over past weeks and stay tuned for upcoming power rankings.