Time is ticking on the 2022–23 regular season, and there are a just a few spots left in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things have started to calm down a bit on the TWC NHL Power Rankings, but still a few key movements that need to be highlighted. It’s crunch time for those wild card teams.
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 24 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|4||–||New Jersey Devils||2-2-0||48-21-8||748.1|
|6||-3||Los Angeles Kings||2-2-0||45-22-10||741.5|
|7||-1||New York Rangers||2-1-1||45-21-11||734.1|
|8||+1||Vegas Golden Knights||1-1-1||47-22-7||731.1|
|9||-2||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-1-1||45-21-10||729|
|11||+1||Tampa Bay Lightning||3-0-0||45-26-6||716.1|
|18||–||New York Islanders||2-2-0||39-30-9||661.8|
|24||–||St Louis Blues||2-1-1||35-35-7||618.9|
|26||-1||Detroit Red Wings||3-1-0||34-33-9||605|
|27||+1||San Jose Sharks||3-0-0||22-39-15||591.7|
|30||–||Columbus Blue Jackets||1-2-1||24-44-8||545.1|
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Week 24 Highlights
You know the usual players, so we are going to highlight the most interesting and key teams that you need to keep an eye on heading into the home stretch.
The Edmonton Oilers went 4–0–0 last week, jumping two spots to number three on our list, and are now 9–0–1 in their last 10 games. They sit just two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights for first in the Pacific Division. You can sure bet that they are sprinting to that spot and potentially first in the Western Conference to get that second wild card team. A potential Battle of Alberta rematch would surely favour the Oilers.
The Colorado Avalanche tied for the biggest move of the week, with just a three spot increase, after going 2–1–0. They too, are battling for first in their division, with them being just a point back of the Minnesota Wild with a game in hand. Another team that a wild card opponent surely wouldn’t want to match up against.
The Los Angeles Kings fell three spots, which ironically is the biggest drop of the week. The drop isn’t the most accurate representation for a team that sits second in the Pacific and just clinched a playoff spot. It was simply more due to the Oilers and Avalanche having a bit of a stronger week.
The Toronto Maple Leafs fell two spots, but they are in full load-management mode right now. They have their first round series locked down with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are currently on a three-game winning streak. A repeat of last year’s first round match-up shall be interesting.
The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets both jumped two spots last week after going a combined 5–1–0 and are battling it out for the final playoff spot in the West. Despite the Seattle Kraken limping to the finish, it should come down to either the Flames or Jets. The Nashville Predators still have a ton of life, so don’t fully count them out, but this week’s games against these teams are going to most likely be the determining factor.
In the East, the final spot looks to be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers. The Buffalo Sabres have games in hand, and were also tied for the biggest movers last week, so they could make things interesting. The Penguins currently have the edge in points, but still a lot of hockey left. Then there’s also the outside chance that the New York Islanders could drop out of the first wild card spot too if they get into a rut.
This is one of the most memorable playoff races in recent years with so many teams finding their next gear heading into end-of-season games with incredibly high stakes.
Past 2022–23 Power Rankings
Check here for how teams have done over past weeks and stay tuned for upcoming power rankings.