Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 18: San Jose Sharks Surge, Vancouver Canucks Still On Top

SB Nation's Mike Chen takes his weekly look at the various Power Rankings from around the hockey media. The consensus? The Canucks and Flyers are still elite, and the Sharks made a huge surge.

It's the first full week following the All-Star break, and some teams are starting to hit their stride. We have the ascending San Jose Sharks and the surging New Jersey Devils. On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Penguins' injury woes are very well documented, and the ever-steady Detroit Red Wings have hit quite a speed bump.

However, the very top remains the same -- it's still the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers to beat, though they've flip-flopped this week. Here are your rankings.

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

 

As you can see, there's a lot of movement this week, though 23 through 28 remain the same.

SB Nation's rankings returned this week. Here are your conference rankings with comparison to SB Nation's hockey writers. 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 5 1
5  Washington Capitals 4 -1
6  Montreal Canadiens 6 0
7  New York Rangers 8 1
8  Carolina Hurricanes 7 -1
9 (tie)
 Atlanta Thrashers 10 1
9 (tie)  Buffalo Sabres 9 0
11  Florida Panthers 12 1
12  New Jersey Devils 11 -1
13  Toronto Maple Leafs 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  Detroit Red Wings 2 0
3  San Jose Sharks 4 1
4  Dallas Stars 5 1
5  Nashville Predators 3 -2
6  Anaheim Ducks 10 4
7  Los Angeles Kings 7 0
8  Chicago Blackhawks 8 0
9  Phoenix Coyotes 6 -3
10  Minnesota Wild 9 -1
11  Calgary Flames 11 0
12  Colorado Avalanche 12 0
13  Columbus Blue Jackets 14 1
14  St. Louis Blues 13 -1
15  Edmonton Oilers 15 0


There's some variation in the Western Conference -- most notably the Pacific Division -- but not much out east, where the biggest difference was one slot.

Here's your mega-spreadsheet, first sorted by average.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff SBN
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 2 1 1 1 1.1667 0.41 2 1 1
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 2 2 1 2 2 2 1.8333 0.41 1 -1 1
3 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 4 6 3 4 3 6 4.3333 1.37 5 2 2
4 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 3 3 4 3 4 11 4.6667 3.14 7 3 3
5 West  Detroit Red Wings 6 4 5 7 6 4 5.3333 1.21 3 -2 2
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 7 6 8 7 3 6.3333 1.75 6 0 5
7 East  Washington Capitals 5 12 7 6 5 12 7.8333 3.31 9 2 4
8 West  San Jose Sharks 8 5 11 12 9 9 9 2.45 15 7 4
9 East  Montreal Canadiens 9 8 8 9 8 13 9.1667 1.94 11 2 6
10 West  Dallas Stars 11 11 9 5 10 14 10 2.97 4 -6 5
11 West  Nashville Predators 10 10 10 11 11 10 10.333 0.52 8 -3 3
12 West  Anaheim Ducks 12 9 12 10 12 8 10.5 1.76 9 -3 10
13 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 13 13 17 14 7 12.833 3.25 16 3 7
14 West  Chicago Blackhawks 14 15 17 14 18 5 13.833 4.62 12 -2 8
15 East  New York Rangers 18 14 14 13 16 15 15 1.79 13 -2 8
16 West  Phoenix Coyotes 16 18 15 15 13 16 15.5 1.64 14 -2 6
17 West  Minnesota Wild 17 17 16 16 15 18 16.5 1.05 18 1 9
18 West  Calgary Flames 15 21 18 18 17 20 18.167 2.14 21 3 11
19 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 16 19 19 20 17 18.333 1.51 16 -3 7
20 West  Colorado Avalanche 20 22 20 20 21 19 20.333 1.03 19 -1 12
21 East  Atlanta Thrashers 21 25 21 21 24 22 22.333 1.75 20 -1 10
21 East  Buffalo Sabres 22 19 23 23 23 24 22.333 1.75 22 1 9
23 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 23 22 22 19 23 22.5 2.26 23 0 14
24 West  St. Louis Blues 24 24 24 25 22 25 24 1.1 24 0 13
25 East  Florida Panthers 25 26 25 24 25 21 24.333 1.75 25 0 12
26 East  New Jersey Devils 23 20 27 26 27 26 24.833 2.79 26 0 11
27 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 27 29 26 27 26 28 27.167 1.17 26 -1 13
28 East  New York Islanders 28 27 29 28 28 27 27.833 0.75 30 2 14
29 East  Ottawa Senators 29 30 28 29 29 30 29.167 0.75 28 -1 15
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 28 30 30 30 29 29.5 0.84 29 -1 15

 

And by standard deviation.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff SBN
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 2 2 1 2 2 2 1.8333 0.41 1 -1 1
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 2 1 1 1 1.1667 0.41 2 1 1
11 West  Nashville Predators 10 10 10 11 11 10 10.333 0.52 8 -3 3
28 East  New York Islanders 28 27 29 28 28 27 27.833 0.75 30 2 14
29 East  Ottawa Senators 29 30 28 29 29 30 29.167 0.75 28 -1 15
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 28 30 30 30 29 29.5 0.84 29 -1 15
20 West  Colorado Avalanche 20 22 20 20 21 19 20.333 1.03 19 -1 12
17 West  Minnesota Wild 17 17 16 16 15 18 16.5 1.05 18 1 9
24 West  St. Louis Blues 24 24 24 25 22 25 24 1.1 24 0 13
27 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 27 29 26 27 26 28 27.167 1.17 26 -1 13
5 West  Detroit Red Wings 6 4 5 7 6 4 5.3333 1.21 3 -2 2
3 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 4 6 3 4 3 6 4.3333 1.37 5 2 2
19 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 16 19 19 20 17 18.333 1.51 16 -3 7
16 West  Phoenix Coyotes 16 18 15 15 13 16 15.5 1.64 14 -2 6
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 7 6 8 7 3 6.3333 1.75 6 0 5
21 East  Atlanta Thrashers 21 25 21 21 24 22 22.333 1.75 20 -1 10
21 East  Buffalo Sabres 22 19 23 23 23 24 22.333 1.75 22 1 9
25 East  Florida Panthers 25 26 25 24 25 21 24.333 1.75 25 0 12
12 West  Anaheim Ducks 12 9 12 10 12 8 10.5 1.76 9 -3 10
15 East  New York Rangers 18 14 14 13 16 15 15 1.79 13 -2 8
9 East  Montreal Canadiens 9 8 8 9 8 13 9.1667 1.94 11 2 6
18 West  Calgary Flames 15 21 18 18 17 20 18.167 2.14 21 3 11
23 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 23 22 22 19 23 22.5 2.26 23 0 14
8 West  San Jose Sharks 8 5 11 12 9 9 9 2.45 15 7 4
26 East  New Jersey Devils 23 20 27 26 27 26 24.833 2.79 26 0 11
10 West  Dallas Stars 11 11 9 5 10 14 10 2.97 4 -6 5
4 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 3 3 4 3 4 11 4.6667 3.14 7 3 3
13 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 13 13 17 14 7 12.833 3.25 16 3 7
7 East  Washington Capitals 5 12 7 6 5 12 7.8333 3.31 9 2 4
14 West  Chicago Blackhawks 14 15 17 14 18 5 13.833 4.62 12 -2 8

 

Biggest Outlier: The Blackhawks and Lightning get this week's "TSN WTF?" but as usual, TSN works with its own set formula. If you're going strictly by opinion, the Washington Capitals ranged between #5 and #12. However, maybe the New Jersey Devils offer up a bid here, as CBS has them at #20 while a few have them at #27.

Most Consensus: There wasn't an absolute group consensus but everyone agreed that the Canucks and Flyers were #1 and #2 in some form. Right behind them came the Nashville Predators in terms of groupthink.

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