Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 19: What To Make Of New Jersey And Pittsburgh?

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 16: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins protects the net against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 16, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Senators 2-1. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Western Conference is an unpredictable mess. Is this reflected in the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings? Despite little movement at the top and bottom, everything else is up for grabs.

Some teams just refuse to die, don't they? And others can't find a way to win, whether it's due to injury or just plain bad luck. Whatever the case, this week's Aggregated NHL Power Rankings finds plenty of discrepancy between the different source power rankings. TSN usually is a bit of an outlier, as they've got their own formula to work with. However, the other subjective ones show a wide range of opinion, and tells you who's got a case of "What have you done for me lately?" vs. a look at the bigger picture.

Some things don't change, though. The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks are still the league's hottest teams. We'll see what happens next week when the Canucks face their battered blueline. Here are your rankings.

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

 

Here's one thing to note: earlier this week, I called the Pacific the Best Division In The NHL (TM). The Aggregated NHL Power Rankings feature all of the Pacific teams in the top half.

Now let's take a closer look at the conference rankings with comparisons to SB Nation's rankings. First the Eastern Conference:

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

 

And now the Western Conference.

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

 

There's quite a bit of consensus on the Eastern Conference. As for the Western Conference? The SB Nation post called it "officially unpredictable" and the rankings reflect that.

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 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 2 2 2 2 2 3 2.17 0.41 2 0 1
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 3 3 4 4 3 2 3.17 0.75 5 2 2
4 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 4 4 3 3 4 11 4.83 3.06 4 0 2
5 East  Boston Bruins 8 9 6 6 10 4 7.17 2.23 6 1 4
6 West  Anaheim Ducks 5 5 12 9 8 5 7.33 2.88 12 6 7
7 West  San Jose Sharks 7 6 9 13 12 9 9.33 2.73 8 1 5
8 West  Nashville Predators 11 10 10 12 6 8 9.5 2.17 11 3 3
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 17 13 5 5 5 15 10 5.62 3 -6 3
10 East  Washington Capitals 9 14 8 7 14 10 10.3 3.01 7 -3 6
11 West  Los Angeles Kings 6 7 13 15 15 7 10.5 4.28 13 2 6
11 East  Montreal Canadiens 10 12 7 10 11 13 10.5 2.07 9 -2 5
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 14 11 15 11 7 12 11.7 2.8 16 3 4
14 West  Dallas Stars 13 20 11 8 13 16 13.5 4.14 10 -4 8
15 West  Minnesota Wild 12 15 14 14 9 17 13.5 2.74 17 2 11
16 West  Chicago Blackhawks 15 21 18 18 19 6 16.2 5.34 14 -2 9
17 East  New York Rangers 20 16 16 17 18 14 16.8 2.04 15 -2 8
18 West  Calgary Flames 16 18 17 16 16 20 17.2 1.6 18 0 10
19 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 19 23 19 20 17 19 19.5 1.97 23 4 12
20 East  Carolina Hurricanes 21 19 21 19 22 18 20 1.55 19 -1 7
21 East  Buffalo Sabres 18 17 20 23 20 23 20.2 2.48 21 0 9
22 East  New Jersey Devils 22 8 26 26 26 26 22.3 7.2 26 4 10
23 East  Atlanta Thrashers 23 24 23 21 23 21 22.5 1.22 21 -2 11
24 West  St. Louis Blues 25 22 22 24 21 24 23 1.55 24 0 13
25 East  Florida Panthers 24 26 25 25 24 22 24.3 1.37 25 0 12
26 West  Colorado Avalanche 26 29 24 22 25 25 25.2 2.32 20 -6 14
27 East  New York Islanders 27 25 28 27 27 28 27 1.1 28 1 13
28 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 28 27 27 28 28 27 27.5 0.55 27 -1 14
29 East  Ottawa Senators 29 28 29 29 29 30 29 0.63 29 0 15
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 30 30 30 30 29 29.8 0.41 30 0 15

 

And by standard deviation.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff SBN
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 30 30 30 30 29 29.8 0.41 30 0 15
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 2 2 2 2 2 3 2.17 0.41 2 0 1
28 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 28 27 27 28 28 27 27.5 0.55 27 -1 14
29 East  Ottawa Senators 29 28 29 29 29 30 29 0.63 29 0 15
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 3 3 4 4 3 2 3.17 0.75 5 2 2
27 East  New York Islanders 27 25 28 27 27 28 27 1.1 28 1 13
23 East  Atlanta Thrashers 23 24 23 21 23 21 22.5 1.22 21 -2 11
25 East  Florida Panthers 24 26 25 25 24 22 24.3 1.37 25 0 12
20 East  Carolina Hurricanes 21 19 21 19 22 18 20 1.55 19 -1 7
24 West  St. Louis Blues 25 22 22 24 21 24 23 1.55 24 0 13
18 West  Calgary Flames 16 18 17 16 16 20 17.2 1.6 18 0 10
19 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 19 23 19 20 17 19 19.5 1.97 23 4 12
17 East  New York Rangers 20 16 16 17 18 14 16.8 2.04 15 -2 8
11 East  Montreal Canadiens 10 12 7 10 11 13 10.5 2.07 9 -2 5
8 West  Nashville Predators 11 10 10 12 6 8 9.5 2.17 11 3 3
5 East  Boston Bruins 8 9 6 6 10 4 7.17 2.23 6 1 4
26 West  Colorado Avalanche 26 29 24 22 25 25 25.2 2.32 20 -6 14
21 East  Buffalo Sabres 18 17 20 23 20 23 20.2 2.48 21 0 9
7 West  San Jose Sharks 7 6 9 13 12 9 9.33 2.73 8 1 5
15 West  Minnesota Wild 12 15 14 14 9 17 13.5 2.74 17 2 11
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 14 11 15 11 7 12 11.7 2.8 16 3 4
6 West  Anaheim Ducks 5 5 12 9 8 5 7.33 2.88 12 6 7
10 East  Washington Capitals 9 14 8 7 14 10 10.3 3.01 7 -3 6
4 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 4 4 3 3 4 11 4.83 3.06 4 0 2
14 West  Dallas Stars 13 20 11 8 13 16 13.5 4.14 10 -4 8
11 West  Los Angeles Kings 6 7 13 15 15 7 10.5 4.28 13 2 6
16 West  Chicago Blackhawks 15 21 18 18 19 6 16.2 5.34 14 -2 9
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 17 13 5 5 5 15 10 5.62 3 -6 3
22 East  New Jersey Devils 22 8 26 26 26 26 22.3 7.2 26 4 10

 

Biggest Outlier: Not sure what to make of the New Jersey Devils or Pittsburgh Penguins? Neither are the various power rankers. The Devils ranked as high as 8th despite being in the 20s everywhere else while the Penguins were placed as high as 5th and as low as 17th.

Most Consensus: Those Vancouver Canucks just haven't let go of their hold on the top spot, have they? Well, let's see how they handle the power rankings after dealing with a ravaged defense.

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