Nation Network NHL Power Rankings: All-Star Break Edition

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They’ve been called “the Glenn Healy” of NHL Power Rankings, they’ve been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they’re here. Available across the Nation Network: it’s NHL Power Rankings!

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
30-14-4 +29 54.3% 1

Jonathan Drouin is 19. He has 18 points in 37 career games. At All-Star weekend, he was fractions of a second away from setting the all-time record in the fastest skater competition. In Tampa Bay, he plays depth minutes and is a press box regular.

This team is terrifying.

2. Chicago Blackhawks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
30-15-2 +37 54.4% 2

Dan Carcillo is part of the other half.

3. New York Islanders

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
31-14-1 +22 53.5% 3

John Tavares’ deke collection is so sick that Carey Price did him like Brett Favre did Michael Strahan:

4. Los Angeles Kings

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
20-15-12 +3 54.5% 4

During a span of defensive dominance that stretched from 2009 to 2013 the Kings lost two of the 139 games they played in which they entered the third period with the lead, according to NyLaKy of the terrific thxbud blog

This season, Los Angeles has lost seven times in games that they led in the third.

The NHL leader in team Corsi For percentage isn’t dropping too far down these rankings, but it’s probably not ideal that Drew Doughty is playing close to 30 minutes every second night.

5. Anaheim Ducks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
31-10-6 +15 51.3% 5

The Anaheim Ducks: mumps free since January 4, 2015.

6. St. Louis Blues

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
29-13-4 +37 51.2% 6

A good argument for Corsi not being everything: the Blues have lost roughly two percentage points by 5-on-5 shot attempt differential over last season, but they’re also taking two additional shots on goal a game. 

Ken Hitchcock has loosened the reigns enough that though the Blues’ overall ability to control proceedings is a tick worse than it has been in the past,  their offensive game has improved enough that they’re doing a full shot better by overall shot differential on a per game basis.

They’re a more dangerous team for it, in my estimation.

7. Detroit Red Wings

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
27-11-9 +20 54.3% 8

The greatest trick Mike Babcock ever pulled was dominating the flow of play for nearly 50 games with a team that employs, like, three NHL caliber defensemen.

8. Nashville Predators

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
30-10-5 +33 52.1% 7

Smashvillians are just praying that Pekka Rinne returns soon, and that Mike Ribiero isn’t spotted breaking curfew.

9. Winnipeg Jets

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
26-14-8 +18 51.6% 10

Ladd’s Little Wheeler: secretly one of the NHL’s best two-way lines, or a sick new brand of tricycle?

10. Pittsburgh Penguins

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
26-12-8 +21 51.4% 9

If they can get healthy, new Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford will have legitimately grafted some bottom-six depth onto Pittsburgh’s unparalleled arsenal of offensive firepower.

11. Montreal Canadiens

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
29-13-3 +17 48.7% 11

Just give the man his Hart Trophy already:

12. New York Rangers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
27-13-4 +28 49.5% 13

Aside from Sidney Crosby, probably no one was more excited about missing out on All-Star weekend than Carl Hagelin:

Even though he could’ve been a fastest skater contender…

13. Washington Capitals

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
24-13-9 +17 51.5% 12

Alex Ovechkin’s Q-rating won All-Star weekend by such a margin that this tweet was out of date within 12 hours:

But seriously. Now tell me more about that one time he didn’t back check.

14. Boston Bruins

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
25-16-7 +5 52.4% 14

The NHL’s All-Stars decided to sort of recreate the Tyler Seguin for Phil Kessel trade during the All-Star fantasy draft, but that deal isn’t really complete until the Bruins end up with a handful of non-star middle-six forwards.

15. Dallas Stars

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
21-18-7 -7 50.7% 15

Seguin setting up a Patrice Bergeron goal isn’t that cool:

What’s really cool is having both player under contract through 2019 for a combined cap-hit of $12.25 million.

You may think this note had nothing to do with Dallas, but for All-Star weekend – they’re all Stars. 

16. Vancouver Canucks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
26-16-3 +10 49.3% 17

Something of a buzzfeed triptych in honour of Vancouver’s third first-liner from the sun:


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17. San Jose Sharks

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
25-17-6 -1 51.2% 18

This looks cute and harmless, but really it’s Brent Burns rather rudely playing with his food:

18. Florida Panthers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
20-14-10 -15 52% 16

The only thing rarer than the Panthers qualifying for the playoffs? A good team in the Eastern Conference missing them. Seems like that’s where this ride is headed though:

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(Courtesy: SportsClubStats.com)

19. Calgary Flames

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
25-19-3 +11 44.4% 20

The Flames have barely been better than 20 in my Power Rankings this season, but that’s because I didn’t realize that Johnny Gaudreau was Azor Ahai.

20. Minnesota Wild

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
20-20-6 -9 52.4% 19

It was really nice of the Wild to lend their goalies to the league for the All-Star game.

21. Ottawa Senators

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
19-18-9 -2 49.6% 21

Rooting for NHL team with coaches that make optimal lineup decisions is good for the Commonwealth.

22. Toronto Maple Leafs

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
22-23-3 -8 45.5% 22

When Jonathan Toews called Phil Kessel one of the most coachable players in the league most people thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. Jonathan Toews isn’t programmed to tell jokes. 

23. Columbus Blue Jackets

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
20-22-3 -29 46.3% 23

On second thought, perhaps Stinger should have led their negotiating team against Kurt Overhardt…

24. Colorado Avalanche

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
20-18-10 -12 44.1% 24

We would never suggest that a professional hockey player is taking full advantage of Colorado’s popular new laws regarding a schedule one controlled substance. We’re not responsible for what this cheeky Chihuahua is implying though:

25. Philadelphia Flyers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
19-22-7 -16 48.9% 25

The Flyers symbiote is particularly strong in Jakub Voracek:

26. Carolina Hurricanes

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
16-25-5 -22 51.3% 26

The Hurricanes are doing decently well to control games, even if they’re still racking up losses. At least with the likes of Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm proving their mettle, the Hurricanes’ future isn’t entirely bleak.

27. Arizona Coyotes

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
16-25-5 -51 48.8% 27

The Coyotes’ goal differential quietly dropped behind Edmonton’s in the short week prior to the All-Star break.

Hockey fans desperate for trading season to start are waiting on you, Don Maloney.

28. New Jersey Devils

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
16-25-5 -27 48.5% 28

And you should see their coaching staff!

29. Edmonton Oilers

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
12-26-9 -49 49% 29

The Oilers have only been outscored by one goal since adding Derek Roy in late-December. What a difference having more than two credible NHL centremen can make.

30. Buffalo Sabres

Record Goal Differential Corsi For Percentage Previous Rank
14-30-3 -78 37.6% 30

No team is taking fewer shots per game, and no team is permitting more. We’re running out of ways to describe their unprecedented ineptitude.

(Corsi For percentage data courtesy hockeyanalysis)