NHL power rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche move up as Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs drop down

first_imgAnze Kopitar is leading the Kings with 43 points — 16 points more than the three guys tied for second. 31. Detroit Red Wings, 28 points (12-34-4)Last ranking: 31Tyler Bertuzzi, go have some fun. “Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you.”Yes, he 2020 NHL All-Star break is officially upon us. While the majority of players, coaches and staff are headed for warmer climates and exotic locations this week, a select group will descend on St. Louis and the Blues’ home, the Enterprise Center, for the annual showcase of the NHL’s top stars.  Friday marks the All-Star Skills Competition — and the debut of Shooting Stars and the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 — with the All-Star Game wrapping up the festivities on Saturday night. Therefore, this week it’s all about the stars.MORE: Diving into Corsi: Limitations and applications of hockey’s ‘fancy stat’Here’s a look at the latest power rankings.NHL power rankings1. St. Louis Blues, 68 points (30-11-8)Last ranking: 2One of the top teams in the NHL, the Blues’ four stars — Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo and Jordan Binnington — along with head coach Craig Berube, will be front and center this weekend.2. Washington Capitals, 71 points (33-11-5)Last ranking: 6Alex Ovechkin will miss All-Star Weekend again, but the Caps have netminder Braden Holtby and Norris Trophy contender John Carlson looking to repeat as All-Star Game champs. 3. Boston Bruins, 68 points (28-10-12)Last ranking: 1 Boston’s lone player at All-Star Weekend, David Pastrnak, is also the NHL’s top goal scorer with 37 goals. Head coach Bruce Cassidy is running the Atlantic Division bench and you know he’ll be saying one thing consistently:Here come the hats.Goal No. 35.4-4 game. pic.twitter.com/qe6wNDQv3Y— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 10, 20204. Colorado Avalanche, 62 points (28-15-6)Last ranking: 10Nathan MacKinnon has 72 points in 49 games — seven points in the last five games — and is on pace for a monster year.5. Pittsburgh Penguins, 67 points (31-13-5)Last ranking: 3Sidney Crosby won’t be going for back-to-back All-Star Game MVP Awards — sad emoji.6. Tampa Bay Lightning, 62 points (29-15-4)Last ranking: 4Since Dec. 3, Andrei Vasilevskiy is 15-2-1 with a .928 save percentage. 7. Columbus Blue Jackets, 60 points (26-16-8)Last ranking: 13If balloting was done today, goaltender Elvis (Merzlikins) would be in the building.8. New York Islanders, 61 points (28-15-5)Last ranking: 7Mathew Barzal has 40 points in 48 games. 9. Vancouver Canucks, 58 points (27-18-4)Last ranking: 8Quinn Hughes for the Calder? The American defenseman is officially in the mix. This weekend, he’ll be flanked by teammates Elias Pettersson — who will surely show off his silky mitts — and goalie Jacob Markstrom who is having a career year and is a strong candidate for best quote of the weekend.10. Dallas Stars, 58 points (27-17-4)Last ranking: 11Tyler Seguin is on pace for his lowest point production (62) in a season outside of his rookie year and the lockout-shortened season.11. Carolina Hurricanes, 59 points (28-18-3)Last ranking: 12Let’s be honest, Jaccob Slavin should have been named an All-Star even before he replaced Dougie Hamilton.12. Calgary Flames, 57 points (26-19-5)Last ranking: 5″Big Save Dave” will formally be introduced to everyone outside of Alberta; however, to be fair here: all eyes will be on Matthew Tkachuk vs. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.13. Edmonton Oilers, 57 points (26-18-5)Last ranking: 18See above . . . and below.Draisaitl on the 3-on-3 possibility of Tkachuk being with he and McDavid at the all-star game. When I asked the question, I tweeted his response as “I’d get off the ice.” Exact quote was “I’d probably get off the ice.”— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 13, 202014. Florida Panthers, 59 points (27-16-5)Last ranking: 16Jonathan Huberdeau is one of the best-kept secrets in the NHL (64 points in 48 games).15. Toronto Maple Leafs, 57 points (25-17-7)Last ranking: 9Expecting this weekend to be the Auston Matthews—Mitchell Marner—Frederik Andersen show.16. Philadelphia Flyers, 58 points (26-17-6)Last ranking: 17The Twittersphere has spoken and thinks Travis Konecny should be mic’d up.17. Arizona Coyotes, 57 points (26-20-5)Last ranking: 14Stick taps to head coach Rick Tocchet who most likely canceled relaxing vacation plans to take the reins of the Pacific Division team following Gerard Gallant’s firing.18. Vegas Golden Knights, 57 points (25-19-7)Last ranking: 15About that firing — it was surprising, to say the least. Vegas will still have a rep in St. Louis in Max Pacioretty, who is tied for sixth in points (47) by a left winger in the NHL.19. Winnipeg Jets, 54 points (25-20-4)Last ranking: 20If the season ended today, Connor Hellebuyck would get my vote for the Vezina.20. Nashville Predators, 51 points (22-18-7)Last ranking: 22Same for Roman Josi and the Norris.21. New York Rangers, 50 points (23-20-4)Last ranking: 19And Artemi Panarin, Hart Trophy candidate.22. Buffalo Sabres, 49 points (22-20-7)Last ranking: 21Jack Eichel is singlehandedly carrying the Sabres.23. Montreal Canadiens, 51 points (22-21-7)Last ranking: 26Is it too late to make Ilya Kovalchuk an All-Star? He has eight points in eight games with the Canadiens. However, Having captain Shea Weber as the club’s representative ain’t too shabby either.24. Chicago Blackhawks, 54 points (24-20-6)Last ranking: 23Patrick Kane will be playing in his ninth All-Star Game — the most among all participants. By the way, he is not the oldest player in attendance.25. Minnesota Wild, 50 points (22-21-6)Last ranking: 24At 35, Eric Staal leads the Wild with 36 points.26. San Jose Sharks, 46 points (21-25-4)Last ranking: 27Tomas Hertl has a long-standing line of Sharks All-Stars to live up to in Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Brent Burns’ beard and Joe Thornton.27. New Jersey Devils, 41 points (17-24-7)Last ranking: 25The first of many selections for Nico Hischier.28. Ottawa Senators, 42 points (17-23-8)Last ranking: 28Remember when John Tortorella said, “I don’t think [Anthony Duclair] knows how to play,”?Well, Torts, Duclair is having a breakout year and is an All-Star. Thoughts?29. Anaheim Ducks, 43 points (19-24-5)Last ranking: 30Sorry Ducks fans, you won’t have a rep at Alll-Star Weekend this year after Jakob Silfverberg was excused from playing with his wife due to give birth any day.30. Los Angeles Kings, 41 points (18-27-5)Last ranking: 29last_img