The tussle at the top continues in the second week of 2023, with another new number one team and a multitude of shifts within the middle of the pack. Where did your team end up?
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 13 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|3||–||Toronto Maple Leafs||2-1-1||25-9-7||769|
|4||+2||Vegas Golden Knights||2-1-0||27-13-2||745.2|
|5||+2||New Jersey Devils||2-1-0||25-12-3||745|
|7||-3||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-2-0||24-13-1||724.1|
|9||+2||Los Angeles Kings||2-1-0||23-14-6||716.5|
|11||-1||New York Rangers||2-0-1||22-12-7||711.1|
|21||-5||New York Islanders||1-2-0||22-17-2||657|
|23||–||St Louis Blues||3-1-0||20-18-3||631.4|
|24||–||Detroit Red Wings||0-3-0||16-15-7||620.2|
|27||-1||San Jose Sharks||0-1-1||12-21-8||598.5|
|30||–||Columbus Blue Jackets||1-3-0||12-25-2||514|
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Week 13 Highlights
Thirteen weeks into the season means that things are starting to stabilize, so we are going to keep things short and sweet in our breakdown.
The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes continue to jostle for position at the top, but with a 4–0–0 week the Boston Bruins took a clever advantage. Simply the class of the NHL at this point. The Canes had a very off week, not registering a single win, but their record-setting win streak got them enough goodwill to register an off week.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, and New Jersey Devils all continued their stellar play this season to round out the top five. After falling off the rails a bit, the Knights and Devils look to have rebounded enough to keep pace near the tops of their divisions.
After surging last week, the Tampa Bay Lightning took a slight step back after going 1–2–0, but hot on their heels are the Winnipeg Jets who after going 3–0–0 were one of this week’s biggest gainers. The Jets have the best P% in the Central Division and almost the Western Conference. They are making a strong argument for Canada’s best team, although Toronto may disagree.
The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche were two Central Division teams that were headed in the opposite direction. A combined 2–3–1 record had them drop five and six spots respectively this week. Both remain in the clump of teams that are on the bubble of the Western Conference playoff picture, but there are far too many games left in the season to make a determination thus far.
What we can say though is the Seattle Kraken have continued to be one of the biggest surprises this season, as they just keep on winning hockey games. They sit third in the Pacific Division by P%—by a wide margin—and despite dealing with a few punches they just keep on getting back up. Their perfect 3–0–0 record last week gained them six spots up to 14th.
The biggest surprise of the week was easily the Nashville Predators, who after winning three games in a row, jumped up five spots on our list. Right now they sit just three points out of a playoff spot with three games in hand. Safe to say that there is another team with a shot at the postseason in the West.
Past 2022–23 Power Rankings
Check here for how teams have done over past weeks and stay tuned for upcoming power rankings.