Aggregated NHL Power Rankings: Week 16

The Philadelphia Flyers rule and the New Jersey Devils don't totally suck. It's Week 16 of the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings.

The focus of this week's Aggregated NHL Power Rankings isn't the top, or even the middle where teams are duking it out for playoff positioning prior to the All-Star break. No, the big story this week is the surging New Jersey Devils. Sorry John MacLean, the Jacques Lemaire-led Devils said Yippe Ki Yay Mother****er to the basement as they crawled to the XX spot this week.

Of course, Devils fans, here's one thing to consider -- do you want your team to out of the bottom of the barrel or would you prefer them to just lose, lose, and lose some more in order to get the best positioning for the draft lottery pick?

There's other action, though, and the Philadelphia Flyers have pushed the semi-slumping Vancouver Canucks out of the way and claimed first place. Here are your rankings for this week.

(Apologies for the format difference this week. SBNation.com's editor is a little different from FTR, but I'll try to fix it for next week.)

Rank Team Last Diff
1  Philadelphia Flyers 2 1
2  Vancouver Canucks 1 -1
3  Dallas Stars 5 2
4  Detroit Red Wings 3 -1
5  Pittsburgh Penguins 4 -1
6  Tampa Bay Lightning 10 4
7  Boston Bruins 6 -1
8  Nashville Predators 9 1
9  Washington Capitals 7 -2
10  Montreal Canadiens 12 2
11  Anaheim Ducks 14 3
12(tie)
 Chicago Blackhawks 11 -1
12(tie)  New York Rangers 13 1
14  Phoenix Coyotes 8 -6
15  San Jose Sharks 20 5
16  Colorado Avalanche 16 0
17  Minnesota Wild 19 2
18  Carolina Hurricanes 15 -3
19  Los Angeles Kings 18 -1
20  Atlanta Thrashers 17 -3
21  St. Louis Blues 21 0
22(tie)  Calgary Flames 23 1
22(tie)  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 4
24  Buffalo Sabres 24 0
25  Florida Panthers 22 -3
26  Toronto Maple Leafs 25 -1
27  New Jersey Devils 30 3
28  New York Islanders 27 -1
29  Ottawa Senators 28 -1
30  Edmonton Oilers 29 -1

 

The San Jose Sharks -- points in five straight, including four wins -- have regained a measure of respectability. And the Tampa Bay Lightning have bounced back into the top five with their own surge. Now let's take a look at the conference standings, with comparisons to the SB Nation rankings.

First, the Eastern Conference.

Rank Team SBN Diff
1  Philadelphia Flyers 1 0
2  Pittsburgh Penguins 2 0
3  Tampa Bay Lightning 3 0
4  Boston Bruins 4 0
5  Washington Capitals 5 0
6  Montreal Canadiens 6 0
7  New York Rangers 7 0
8  Carolina Hurricanes 8 0
9  Atlanta Thrashers 9 0
10  Buffalo Sabres 10 0
11  Florida Panthers 11 0
12  Toronto Maple Leafs 12 0
13  New Jersey Devils 13 0
14  New York Islanders 14 0
15  Ottawa Senators 15 0

 

And the Western Conference.

Rank Team SBN Diff
1  Vancouver Canucks 1 0
2  Dallas Stars 4 2
3  Detroit Red Wings 2 -1
4  Nashville Predators 3 -1
5  Anaheim Ducks 7 2
6  Chicago Blackhawks 6 0
7  Phoenix Coyotes 5 -2
8  San Jose Sharks 9 1
9  Colorado Avalanche 8 -1
10  Minnesota Wild 10 0
11  Los Angeles Kings 11 0
12  St. Louis Blues 12 0
13(tie)  Calgary Flames 14 1
13(tie)  Columbus Blue Jackets 13 -1
15  Edmonton Oilers 15 0

 

Here's your mega-spreadsheet sorted by ranking.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff SBN
1 East  Philadelphia Flyers 1 1 1 1 1 2 1.1667 0.41 2 1 1
2 West  Vancouver Canucks 3 2 2 2 2 3 2.3333 0.52 1 -1 1
3 West  Dallas Stars 2 3 4 4 7 5 4.1667 1.72 5 2 4
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 6 4 3 6 5 7 5.1667 1.47 3 -1 2
5 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 5 10 5 5 4 6 5.8333 2.14 4 -1 2
6 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 4 5 6 3 3 15 6 4.56 10 4 3
7 East  Boston Bruins 9 7 7 7 8 1 6.5 2.81 6 -1 4
8 West  Nashville Predators 7 6 8 9 9 8 7.8333 1.17 9 1 3
9 East  Washington Capitals 8 8 9 8 6 11 8.3333 1.63 7 -2 5
10 East  Montreal Canadiens 10 9 10 10 11 12 10.333 1.03 12 2 6
11 West  Anaheim Ducks 11 12 14 12 12 9 11.667 1.63 14 3 7
12 West  Chicago Blackhawks 13 11 13 15 15 4 11.833 4.12 11 -1 6
12 East  New York Rangers 12 13 11 11 10 14 11.833 1.47 13 1 7
14 West  Phoenix Coyotes 15 14 12 13 13 16 13.833 1.47 8 -6 5
15 West  San Jose Sharks 14 15 16 14 17 13 14.833 1.47 20 5 9
16 West  Colorado Avalanche 17 16 15 16 14 17 15.833 1.17 16 0 8
17 West  Minnesota Wild 16 18 17 17 16 20 17.333 1.51 19 2 10
18 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 17 18 19 18 18 18.167 0.75 15 -3 8
19 West  Los Angeles Kings 23 20 22 21 19 10 19.167 4.71 18 -1 11
20 East  Atlanta Thrashers 18 24 20 18 22 21 20.5 2.35 17 -3 9
21 West  St. Louis Blues 22 22 19 22 24 22 21.833 1.6 21 0 12
22 West  Calgary Flames 20 23 24 23 21 23 22.333 1.51 23 1 14
22 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 24 25 21 20 20 24 22.333 2.25 26 4 13
24 East  Buffalo Sabres 21 19 23 24 23 26 22.667 2.42 24 0 10
25 East  Florida Panthers 27 27 25 26 25 19 24.833 2.99 22 -3 11
26 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 26 26 26 25 26 25 25.667 0.52 25 -1 12
27 East  New Jersey Devils 25 21 30 29 28 28 26.833 3.31 30 3 13
28 East  New York Islanders 28 28 28 28 29 27 28 0.63 27 -1 14
29 East  Ottawa Senators 30 29 27 27 27 30 28.333 1.51 28 -1 15
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 29 30 29 30 30 29 29.5 0.55 29 -1 15

 

And by standard deviation.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff SBN
1 East  Philadelphia Flyers 1 1 1 1 1 2 1.1667 0.41 2 1 1
2 West  Vancouver Canucks 3 2 2 2 2 3 2.3333 0.52 1 -1 1
26 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 26 26 26 25 26 25 25.667 0.52 25 -1 12
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 29 30 29 30 30 29 29.5 0.55 29 -1 15
28 East  New York Islanders 28 28 28 28 29 27 28 0.63 27 -1 14
18 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 17 18 19 18 18 18.167 0.75 15 -3 8
10 East  Montreal Canadiens 10 9 10 10 11 12 10.333 1.03 12 2 6
16 West  Colorado Avalanche 17 16 15 16 14 17 15.833 1.17 16 0 8
8 West  Nashville Predators 7 6 8 9 9 8 7.8333 1.17 9 1 3
14 West  Phoenix Coyotes 15 14 12 13 13 16 13.833 1.47 8 -6 5
15 West  San Jose Sharks 14 15 16 14 17 13 14.833 1.47 20 5 9
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 6 4 3 6 5 7 5.1667 1.47 3 -1 2
12 East  New York Rangers 12 13 11 11 10 14 11.833 1.47 13 1 7
29 East  Ottawa Senators 30 29 27 27 27 30 28.333 1.51 28 -1 15
17 West  Minnesota Wild 16 18 17 17 16 20 17.333 1.51 19 2 10
22 West  Calgary Flames 20 23 24 23 21 23 22.333 1.51 23 1 14
21 West  St. Louis Blues 22 22 19 22 24 22 21.833 1.6 21 0 12
9 East  Washington Capitals 8 8 9 8 6 11 8.3333 1.63 7 -2 5
11 West  Anaheim Ducks 11 12 14 12 12 9 11.667 1.63 14 3 7
3 West  Dallas Stars 2 3 4 4 7 5 4.1667 1.72 5 2 4
5 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 5 10 5 5 4 6 5.8333 2.14 4 -1 2
22 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 24 25 21 20 20 24 22.333 2.25 26 4 13
20 East  Atlanta Thrashers 18 24 20 18 22 21 20.5 2.35 17 -3 9
24 East  Buffalo Sabres 21 19 23 24 23 26 22.667 2.42 24 0 10
7 East  Boston Bruins 9 7 7 7 8 1 6.5 2.81 6 -1 4
25 East  Florida Panthers 27 27 25 26 25 19 24.833 2.99 22 -3 11
27 East  New Jersey Devils 25 21 30 29 28 28 26.833 3.31 30 3 13
12 West  Chicago Blackhawks 13 11 13 15 15 4 11.833 4.12 11 -1 6
6 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 4 5 6 3 3 15 6 4.56 10 4 3
19 West  Los Angeles Kings 23 20 22 21 19 10 19.167 4.71 18 -1 11

 

Biggest outlier: Let's ignore the WTF rankings of TSN, because even with their formulated methodology, I see inconsistencies. Outside of that, how good are the New Jersey Devils? CBS has them at 21st, ESPN has them at 25th, and the rest of the folks stick them in the usual spot around the bottom. I suppose CBS has been listening to The Replacements' classic tune Color Me Impressed a bit too much while watching the Devils.

Most consensus: That would be your first-place Philadelphia Flyers on top. At the bottom? For the first time in a while, there's some variation on the bottom three.

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