American Thanksgiving is fast approaching which means it’s almost do-or-die for a lot of teams. While some are enjoying their early season spoils, others are left wondering what they have to do to get back into a playoff position. Check out this week’s TWC NHL Power Rankings to see where your team ranked after five weeks.
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 3 NHL Power Rankings
|Rank||Change||Team||Team Name||Last Week||Record||TWCScore|
|2||–||Vegas Golden Knights||1-1-0||12-2-1||640.3|
|4||+3||New York Rangers||3-0-0||11-2-1||634.5|
|5||-2||Los Angeles Kings||1-1-1||8-3-3||624.5|
|10||-4||New Jersey Devils||0-2-0||7-5-1||567.4|
|11||+6||Toronto Maple Leafs||3-1-0||8-5-2||557.1|
|15||-1||Detroit Red Wings||1-1-1||8-5-2||536.1|
|16||-6||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-2-1||6-5-4||533.4|
|18||+4||St Louis Blues||2-1-0||7-5-1||520.9|
|22||-10||New York Islanders||0-3-0||5-5-3||503.5|
|29||-3||Columbus Blue Jackets||0-2-2||4-7-4||454.2|
|32||–||San Jose Sharks||2-2-0||2-12-1||321.5|
There is some consistency starting to show from some of the league’s best teams. The Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights retained their first and second rankings respectively; which should come as no surprise to viewers. The two best records in the NHL remain the two best teams on our rankings.
The Dallas Stars improved one position to third overall this week after a 3-1-0 record, followed closely by the surging New York Rangers who went a perfect 3-0-0. Up three spots to number four, the Rangers now have a commanding lead in the Metropolitan Division and are a stone’s throw away from the best record in the NHL. What is even more impressive is they are doing it without some of their key players.
Another scorching team are the Florida Panthers who went a perfect 4-0-0. After getting off to a rocky start, the Panthers look primed to make another strong run this season to improve on their successes.
The Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils are two teams that didn’t fare as well this past week, going a combined 1-4-0. The Avalanche got beat up in their two losses, which was shocking to say the least, while the Devils are really struggling without Jack Hughes. Will be interesting to watch their paths the next little bit to see if they can remain on track in our top ten.
Other teams to note, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked to have gotten their mojo back by going 3-1-0 and rising six spots while the Pittsburgh Penguins went a perfect 3-0-0 to get themselves out of the Metropolitan basement. They still are a bit out of the picture, but a week like that will help immensely.
A few other teams that didn’t fair as well were the Tampa Bay Lightning who dropped six spots to 16th, the Nashville Predators who dropped six spots to 27th, and the New York Islanders who dropped ten spots to 22nd and were our biggest losers this week.
Lots of other movers and shakers in an amongst the pack, but teams are separated by just a few points which means we expect more movement in the coming weeks.