After five weeks of the TWC NHL Power Rankings, the latest update brings a ton of action and movement whether high or low. A new number one team, a new member of the top five, and some massive movers keeps the guessing going on where every team lands.
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. This year we have slightly altered the weightings of the statistical categories, but also re-worked the 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 5 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|1||+2||New Jersey Devils||3-0-0||12-3-0||867.7|
|3||-2||Vegas Golden Knights||2-1-0||13-3-0||836.5|
|6||+12||Los Angeles Kings||3-0-0||10-6-1||736.7|
|8||+9||New York Islanders||3-1-0||10-6-0||716.2|
|10||-1||New York Rangers||2-2-0||8-6-3||708.5|
|11||-3||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-1-1||8-5-3||705.6|
|14||-4||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-2-0||8-6-1||689|
|17||-6||Detroit Red Wings||0-2-1||7-5-3||632.4|
|23||+4||San Jose Sharks||2-1-0||5-9-3||605.8|
|30||-1||St Louis Blues||2-2-0||5-8-0||538.9|
|31||+1||Columbus Blue Jackets||1-0-1||4-9-1||493.4|
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Week 5 Highlights
The New Jersey Devils are the surprising new number one team this week. Surprising because of their miraculous season starting with fans asking to fire Lindy Ruff, and now apologizing to him live in the arena. With nine straight wins, the Devils are within striking distance of the top record in the NHL, but for now hold the Metropolitan Division crown as well as our number one ranked team.
Speaking of the best team in the league, the Boston Bruins remain in second place but still have the best record in the NHL. The Bruins have yet to lose on home ice this year and added four wins to their plate last week alone. They are off to one of the best starts in franchise history, which is a long history in itself.
The Vegas Golden Knights fell two spots to third overall after going 2–1–0 last week. Of course this is entirely due to the Devils and Bruins riding incredible hot streaks rather than the Knights playing poorly. They are in a class of their own in the Western Conference.
Another surprise move this week, the Winnipeg Jets have moved into the top five after a 2–1–0 week. Tied for the lead in the Central Division, the Jets have been quietly going about their business this season thanks to the incredible goaltending display of Connor Hellebuyck. Despite the questions entering the season, the Jets have so far dispelled them.
Rounding out the top five is the Carolina Hurricanes, because it wouldn’t be a TWC Power Rankings without the Hurricanes being in the top five. A team that’s constantly hitting all the right metrics in our model, they’re built to contend and show it off every single game.
Moving around the league, the Los Angeles Kings are the hottest team on our rankings. Four wins in a row, second place in the Pacific Division, and one of the best Reverse Retro 2.0 set-ups makes the Kings riding cloud nine.
The Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders went a combined 5–1–0 last week and hold the seventh and eighth spot on our rankings. The former being well expected, while the latter continues to defy expectations.
Trending in the wrong direction are the Dallas Stars, who despite being tied for the lead in the Central Division dropped eight spots after a 1–2–0 week. After getting out to a hot start, the Stars have gone 5–5–0 since. Jake Oettinger’s return is hopefully the kick in the right direction they need.
The additional team trending in the wrong direction are the Buffalo Sabres, who have also cooled down after opening their season with a stampede of offence and wins. Now they’re bring trampled instead, as a 0–3–0 week has extended their losing streak to five, pushing them down to second last in the Atlantic.
Ending on good news, the Montreal Canadiens three wins in a row last week jumped them from 28th to 18th on our list. The young top line of Kirby Dach, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield is working out mightily fine.
Past 2022–23 Power Rankings
Check here for how teams have done over past weeks and stay tuned for upcoming power rankings.