It’s trade deadline day, so before you spend your whole day refreshing Twitter, take a look at where your team ended up in the TWC NHL Power Rankings!
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!
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Week 23 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|5||+1||Toronto Maple Leafs||2-1-0||39-18-5||757.3|
|6||-1||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-1-0||39-16-6||756.5|
|10||–||New York Rangers||3-1-0||40-18-5||708.5|
|11||-2||Los Angeles Kings||1-2-0||34-22-8||708|
|15||-2||St Louis Blues||0-1-1||34-18-9||691.7|
|17||–||Vegas Golden Knights||2-1-0||34-26-4||674.5|
|20||–||New York Islanders||2-1-1||26-25-9||639.6|
|21||–||San Jose Sharks||1-2-1||27-27-8||633.3|
|23||+1||Columbus Blue Jackets||2-1-0||32-28-3||624.9|
|24||-1||New Jersey Devils||0-3-0||22-35-5||609.4|
|25||–||Detroit Red Wings||1-2-0||25-30-7||593.9|
This week was much quieter than some in recent weeks, but still a key few moves that switched up our rankings.
The Florida Panthers loaded up prior to the NHL trade deadline, but also lost Aaron Ekblad to injury until at least the first round. That being said, a 2–1–0 week kept them in our number one position by a slight margin.
The Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes swapped spots this past week, with the Avalanche going undefeated and the Canes going winless. This has been a back and forth battle between the top three teams all season, and right now it will be interesting to see which team makes the bigger move at the deadline.
The Calgary Flames retained their fourth overall position after going 2–0–1 last week. The team was close to being 3–0–0 if not for a small overtime blunder against the Sabres, which may have cost them moving up into third this week.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning swapped spots this week as well, going between fifth and sixth. A potential first round matchup, both teams added big pieces over the weekend and may not be done quite yet.
The Minnesota Wild won both of their games last week and improved two spots into the ninth overall position. This is the Wild’s first time back in the top ten in a few weeks, which comes as a bit of a surprise. With such a tight Central Division this year, it is hard for any team to make up considerable ground.
The biggest mover this week belongs to the league’s hottest team, the Edmonton Oilers. Currently on a five-game win streak, the Oilers moved up three spots in our rankings this week and into third in the Pacific. With some games in hand over Vegas, the Oilers should be able to remain in that second or third spot for the time being. They have been rumoured to be not in play at the deadline, but wonder if this recent hot streak changes that.
In terms of biggest losers, there are a few. The Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and St. Louis Blues fell two spots last week. As we get closer to the end of the season, we don’t normally see massive falls. A combined record of 3–5–1 was enough to do the damage for the three Western Conference teams.
Past Power Rankings
Check here for how teams have done over past weeks and stay tuned for upcoming power rankings. Note: Week 11 was skipped and combined with Week 12 due to a lack of games.