Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 26: Canucks Still Lead In Season's Final Week

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 20: Jeff Tambellini #10 of the Vancouver Canucks awaits a pass against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 20 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Tambellini

On the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs, who's hot and who's not? It's the penultimate edition of the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings.

And down the stretch they come.

It's been a remarkable season, hasn't it? For both good and bad reasons, the 2010-11 NHL season will be noted for its extremely competitive stretch run (particularly in the Western Conference), emergence of players like Corey Perry, and, unfortunately, injuries. It's not quite over yet, though. With one weekend to go and playoff spots to still be solidified, let's take a look at how teams are doing on the eve of the NHL's final weekend.

Here are your rankings for this week:

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

 

Two really notable things here: first, no team moved up or down more than two spots. Perhaps at this stage of the game, NHL power rankers have settled their picks into rough areas, so there's not much movement. Second observation -- of the final ten spots, six teams showed no movement. Sorry Ottawa, Florida, Colorado, Edmonton, you've been the group of suck for some time now.

And back-handed congratulations to the New Jersey Devils, who look like they'll finish the season in the higher 20s. Considering where we were in November and December, this is quite the accomplishment. Now let's break it down by conference. First the Eastern Conference:

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

 

And the Western Conference:

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

 

Overall, those conference rankings look a heck of a lot like the actual standings. Not too surprising, eh? Now here's your mega-spreedsheet, first by average:

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
2 West  San Jose Sharks 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 0.632 3
3 East  Washington Capitals 3 2 2 2 2 11 3.666667 3.615 2
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 5 4 4 4 5 3 4.166667 0.753 5
5 East  Boston Bruins 4 9 8 7 8 2 6.333333 2.733 7
6 East  Philadelphia Flyers 6 10 6 6 4 6 6.333333 1.966 4
7 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 7 5 5 5 6 12 6.666667 2.733 6
8 West  Nashville Predators 8 6 11 8 11 7 8.5 2.074 9
9 West  Los Angeles Kings 9 7 9 9 9 14 9.5 2.345 9
10 West  Phoenix Coyotes 10 11 7 10 10 10 9.666667 1.366 8
11 West  Anaheim Ducks 11 8 12 12 12 8 10.5 1.975 11
12 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 16 10 11 7 17 12.16667 3.764 14
13 West  Chicago Blackhawks 16 14 14 14 14 5 12.83333 3.92 13
14 East  New York Rangers 15 12 13 13 17 9 13.16667 2.714 12
15 East  Buffalo Sabres 13 13 16 15 15 16 14.66667 1.366 15
15 East  Montreal Canadiens 14 15 17 16 13 13 14.66667 1.633 16
17 West  Calgary Flames 17 20 19 17 16 18 17.83333 1.472 18
17 West  Dallas Stars 18 18 20 18 18 15 17.83333 1.602 17
19 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 17 15 19 19 20 18.16667 1.835 18
20 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 20 24 18 20 20 22 20.66667 2.066 21
21 West  St. Louis Blues 21 22 21 21 21 19 20.83333 0.983 20
22 East  New Jersey Devils 22 19 23 25 24 21 22.33333 2.16 22
23 East  Atlanta Thrashers 25 21 22 23 25 23 23.16667 1.602 23
24 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 24 26 25 24 23 24 24.33333 1.033 26
25 West  Minnesota Wild 23 29 26 22 22 26 24.66667 2.805 24
26 East  New York Islanders 27 25 24 27 26 25 25.66667 1.211 25
27 East  Ottawa Senators 26 23 27 26 27 28 26.16667 1.722 27
28 East  Florida Panthers 28 27 28 28 28 27 27.66667 0.516 28
29 West  Colorado Avalanche 29 28 29 29 29 29 28.83333 0.408 29
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 0 30

 

And by standard deviation:

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
30 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 0 30
29 West  Colorado Avalanche 29 28 29 29 29 29 28.83333 0.408 29
28 East  Florida Panthers 28 27 28 28 28 27 27.66667 0.516 28
2 West  San Jose Sharks 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 0.632 3
4 West  Detroit Red Wings 5 4 4 4 5 3 4.166667 0.753 5
21 West  St. Louis Blues 21 22 21 21 21 19 20.83333 0.983 20
24 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 24 26 25 24 23 24 24.33333 1.033 26
26 East  New York Islanders 27 25 24 27 26 25 25.66667 1.211 25
15 East  Buffalo Sabres 13 13 16 15 15 16 14.66667 1.366 15
10 West  Phoenix Coyotes 10 11 7 10 10 10 9.666667 1.366 8
17 West  Calgary Flames 17 20 19 17 16 18 17.83333 1.472 18
17 West  Dallas Stars 18 18 20 18 18 15 17.83333 1.602 17
23 East  Atlanta Thrashers 25 21 22 23 25 23 23.16667 1.602 23
15 East  Montreal Canadiens 14 15 17 16 13 13 14.66667 1.633 16
27 East  Ottawa Senators 26 23 27 26 27 28 26.16667 1.722 27
19 East  Carolina Hurricanes 19 17 15 19 19 20 18.16667 1.835 18
6 East  Philadelphia Flyers 6 10 6 6 4 6 6.333333 1.966 4
11 West  Anaheim Ducks 11 8 12 12 12 8 10.5 1.975 11
20 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 20 24 18 20 20 22 20.66667 2.066 21
8 West  Nashville Predators 8 6 11 8 11 7 8.5 2.074 9
22 East  New Jersey Devils 22 19 23 25 24 21 22.33333 2.16 22
9 West  Los Angeles Kings 9 7 9 9 9 14 9.5 2.345 9
14 East  New York Rangers 15 12 13 13 17 9 13.16667 2.714 12
7 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 7 5 5 5 6 12 6.666667 2.733 6
5 East  Boston Bruins 4 9 8 7 8 2 6.333333 2.733 7
25 West  Minnesota Wild 23 29 26 22 22 26 24.66667 2.805 24
3 East  Washington Capitals 3 2 2 2 2 11 3.666667 3.615 2
12 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 16 10 11 7 17 12.16667 3.764 14
13 West  Chicago Blackhawks 16 14 14 14 14 5 12.83333 3.92 13

 

Biggest Outlier: We'll take out TSN's outlier ranking of fifth for Chicago and 11th for Washington, as TSN does the oft-mentioned objective formula. With that removed, Tampa Bay is in the teens except for Sports Illustrated, which put them way up at seven. Also, Minnesota got no love from CBS, as they ranked 29th while other outlets had them as high as 22.

Most Consensus: It looks like we'll finish out with Vancouver being the best team (again) and Edmonton being the worst team (again). If anything, this inaugural year of Aggregated NHL Power Rankings has shown that the top and bottom remain more static than the middle of the pack, and as San Jose has risen to the top, they've gotten a near consensus as the second-best team in the league.

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