Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 23: Can Anyone Stop Vancouver?

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Vancouver Canucks fans celebrate a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in game four of the Western Conference Quarter-final at Staples Center on April 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As the first team to clinch a playoff spot, the Vancouver Canucks are clearly the class of this year's NHL. Is that enough to hold them at the top of the Aggregated Power Rankings?

Ho hum. Another week of Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, another week of the Vancouver Canucks on top. After a mediocre first nine games, the Canucks have been winning about 2/3 of their games and staying far ahead of the NHL pack.

For the sake of debate, can we just, I don't know, freeze the Canucks in carbonite until the playoffs start? We get it already, they're really freaking good!

Here are your rankings for the week:

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

 

Not as much movement this week, as there are a number of teams with a big zero in the Difference column. For a while, it seemed like teams were settling into tiers, but now those tiers are breaking down into smaller and smaller groups. A good example of this has been the logjam in the Western Conference, where it's whittled down to something reasonable, though no less exciting.

Speaking of conferences, let's break this sucker down into Eastern and Western. First, the Eastern Conference:

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

 

I'm pretty sure this is Florida's first time at the bottom of the Eastern Conference rankings. Sorry, Litter Box Cats, time to send your team off to the Genesis Planet to be reborn. (Sorry, LBC's Donny is a fellow Trekkie and I couldn't resist.)

And the Western Conference:

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

 

And here's the always popular mega-spreadsheet, first sorted by average:

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
2 East  Washington Capitals 2 2 2 3 2 10 3.5 3.209361 7 5
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 4 5 3 4 4 2 3.666667 1.032796 4 1
4 West  San Jose Sharks 3 3 6 5 6 7 5 1.67332 4 0
5 East  Philadelphia Flyers 5 8 4 6 3 5 5.166667 1.722401 3 -2
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 9 9 2 7 3 6.166667 2.994439 2 -4
7 West  Chicago Blackhawks 6 13 5 8 12 4 8 3.741657 6 -1
8 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 7 8 9 10 6 8.833333 2.483277 12 4
9 East  Montreal Canadiens 8 6 10 10 9 11 9 1.788854 8 -1
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 12 10 7 7 5 13 9 3.162278 9 0
11 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 11 12 11 11 8 15 11.33333 2.250926 10 -1
12 West  Dallas Stars 9 11 14 13 13 12 12 1.788854 14 2
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 14 16 12 14 11 8 12.5 2.810694 13 0
14 West  Calgary Flames 17 15 13 12 15 14 14.33333 1.75119 11 -3
15 East  New Jersey Devils 10 4 18 15 23 18 14.66667 6.742897 15 0
16 West  Nashville Predators 16 18 17 16 14 17 16.33333 1.36626 18 2
17 East  New York Rangers 19 17 16 20 19 9 16.66667 4.033196 16 -1
18 West  Anaheim Ducks 15 19 19 17 16 16 17 1.67332 18 0
18 East  Buffalo Sabres 18 14 15 19 17 19 17 2.097618 20 2
20 West  Minnesota Wild 25 24 20 18 18 20 20.83333 2.994439 17 -3
21 East  Atlanta Thrashers 21 22 21 26 22 21 22.16667 1.94079 24 3
22 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 20 20 23 22 25 25 22.5 2.258318 23 1
23 East  Carolina Hurricanes 23 21 22 23 24 24 22.83333 1.169045 22 -1
24 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 25 27 21 20 22 23.5 2.880972 21 -3
25 West  St. Louis Blues 24 27 24 24 21 26 24.33333 2.065591 25 0
26 East  New York Islanders 27 23 25 25 26 23 24.83333 1.602082 25 -1
27 East  Ottawa Senators 22 26 28 28 28 28 26.66667 2.42212 30 3
28 East  Florida Panthers 29 28 26 27 27 29 27.66667 1.21106 27 -1
29 West  Edmonton Oilers 28 29 29 29 30 27 28.66667 1.032796 27 -2
30 West  Colorado Avalanche 30 30 30 30 29 30 29.83333 0.408248 29 -1

 

And by standard deviation:

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
30 West  Colorado Avalanche 30 30 30 30 29 30 29.83333 0.408248 29 -1
29 West  Edmonton Oilers 28 29 29 29 30 27 28.66667 1.032796 27 -2
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 4 5 3 4 4 2 3.666667 1.032796 4 1
23 East  Carolina Hurricanes 23 21 22 23 24 24 22.83333 1.169045 22 -1
28 East  Florida Panthers 29 28 26 27 27 29 27.66667 1.21106 27 -1
16 West  Nashville Predators 16 18 17 16 14 17 16.33333 1.36626 18 2
26 East  New York Islanders 27 23 25 25 26 23 24.83333 1.602082 25 -1
4 West  San Jose Sharks 3 3 6 5 6 7 5 1.67332 4 0
18 West  Anaheim Ducks 15 19 19 17 16 16 17 1.67332 18 0
5 East  Philadelphia Flyers 5 8 4 6 3 5 5.166667 1.722401 3 -2
14 West  Calgary Flames 17 15 13 12 15 14 14.33333 1.75119 11 -3
9 East  Montreal Canadiens 8 6 10 10 9 11 9 1.788854 8 -1
12 West  Dallas Stars 9 11 14 13 13 12 12 1.788854 14 2
21 East  Atlanta Thrashers 21 22 21 26 22 21 22.16667 1.94079 24 3
25 West  St. Louis Blues 24 27 24 24 21 26 24.33333 2.065591 25 0
18 East  Buffalo Sabres 18 14 15 19 17 19 17 2.097618 20 2
11 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 11 12 11 11 8 15 11.33333 2.250926 10 -1
22 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 20 20 23 22 25 25 22.5 2.258318 23 1
27 East  Ottawa Senators 22 26 28 28 28 28 26.66667 2.42212 30 3
8 West  Los Angeles Kings 13 7 8 9 10 6 8.833333 2.483277 12 4
13 West  Phoenix Coyotes 14 16 12 14 11 8 12.5 2.810694 13 0
24 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 25 27 21 20 22 23.5 2.880972 21 -3
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 9 9 2 7 3 6.166667 2.994439 2 -4
20 West  Minnesota Wild 25 24 20 18 18 20 20.83333 2.994439 17 -3
9 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 12 10 7 7 5 13 9 3.162278 9 0
2 East  Washington Capitals 2 2 2 3 2 10 3.5 3.209361 7 5
7 West  Chicago Blackhawks 6 13 5 8 12 4 8 3.741657 6 -1
17 East  New York Rangers 19 17 16 20 19 9 16.66667 4.033196 16 -1
15 East  New Jersey Devils 10 4 18 15 23 18 14.66667 6.742897 15 0

 

Most Consensus: Bla bla bla, Vancouver Canucks are really good.

Biggest Outlier: Do you believe in Devilish miracles? CBS Sports does; they have New Jersey not just in the top half, but the top five!

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