2022-23 NHL Power Rankings At The Quarter Mark: Boston, New Jersey, Vegas Lead The Way

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With teams hitting the quarter mark of the 2022-23 NHL regular-season this week, we are starting to see where teams really stand this season. Although, some teams have yet to find their stride or have been held back by injuries. NoVa Caps do their first power rankings of the season. (⬆️Up, ⬇️Down, ➡️No Change represent spaces moved preseason power rankings).

32. Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim has the league’s worst record (6-13-1) and goal differential (-31). ⬇️6

31. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa is an NHL-worst 2-10-1 since winning four in a row and has been outscored 14-3 during a three-game losing streak. ⬇️14

30. Buffalo Sabres

After their third straight win on November 2, Buffalo lost eight in a row in regulation but have won their past two over Montreal and St. Louis. ➡️

29. San Jose Sharks

After winning three in a row, San Jose has dropped three of four and allowed 18 goals over that stretch. Defenseman Erik Karlsson has gotten off to a historic start to the season with 11 goals and 30 points (tied for fourth in the NHL) in 22 games. ⬇️1

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus is 4-2-1 since losing six out of seven but has the second-worst goal-differential in the NHL (-25). ⬇️5

27. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver has won three of their last four after a 4-3 victory in Denver. ⬇️15

26. Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago has lost five in a row (allowing at least five goals in each of the past four) and 11 of their last 13 (2-8-3). ⬆️6

25. Arizona Coyotes

Arizona is 4-3-1 on their 14-game road trip after a 4-0 win in Raleigh on Wednesday. Remarkably, their power-play is clicking at a 25.4% efficiency (eighth in the NHL). ⬆️4

24. Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia has dropped each of their past eight (0-5-3) since starting the season 7-3-2. Goaltender Carter Hart has gotten off to an impressive start, going 6-4-4 with a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals-against average. ⬆️7

23. Washington Capitals

Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Washington has lost nine of their past 12 (3-6-3) but right-wing Tom Wilson, center Nicklas Backstrom, right-wing Connor Brown have been among several key players missing for all (if not most) of the season so far . ⬇️14

22. Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is treading water with a 9-8-2 record. ⬇️7

21. Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has exceeded expectations with a 10-9-1 record at the 20-game mark. ⬆️6

20. Nashville Predators

Nashville is 4-1-1 since coming out of the gate 5-8-1. ⬇️10

19. New York Rangers

New York has gotten off to a disappointing start at 10-7-4 but is 3-1-1 in their last five. ⬇️15

18. Florida Panthers

Florida opened their eyes on Wednesday, beating NHL-leading Boston by a score of 5-2 after falling in four of their previous five. ⬆️1

17. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton is 3-7-0 in their last 10 and are disappointing so far this season at 10-10-0. Centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are being themselves, but goaltender Jack Campbell lost the starting job. ⬇️10

16. St. Louis Blues

After opening the year with three straight wins, St. Louis lost eight in a row in regulation. Then, they won seven in a row before losing in Buffalo on Wednesday. ⬇️10

15. Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles has dropped three in a row and four of their last five (1-3-1) after going 6-1-1 in their previous eight. ⬇️4

14. Pittsburgh Penguins

Since ending a seven-game losing streak, Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 and has won four straight. Center Sidney Crosby is off to a hot start with 10 goals and 27 points in his first 20 games. ⬇️1

13. Calgary Flames

Calgary is 4-1-1 over their past six after dropping seven in a row (0-5-2). Goaltender Jacob Markstrom’s start has been rocky with an .889 save percentage and 3.03 goals-against average in 15 games. ⬇️11

12. Detroit Red Wings

Detroit has scored 16 goals over a three-game winning streak and are 3-0-1 in their past four in addition to 7-3-2 in their last 12. ⬆️2

11. Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina’s 4-0 loss to Arizona on Wednesday was their fourth straight (0-1-3) and sixth in their past eight (2-3-3). Center Martin Necas has had a breakout year with 14 assists and 23 points through 20 games. ⬇️10

10. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay had won four straight before losing 4-3 to Boston on Monday. They are also 10-3-1 over their last 14. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (understandably) has gotten off to a slow start, going 7-6-1 with a .903 save percentage and 3.00 goals-against average. Although, right-wing Nikita Kucherov has rolled right along with 18 assists and 28 points in 19 games. ⬇️5

9. Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto halted New Jersey’s winning streak at 13 on Wednesday to extend their own point streak to six (4-0-2). ⬇️1

8. New York Islanders

New York is 11-4-0 in their last 15 after shutting out Edmonton by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday. Center Mathew Barzal is one short of the NHL lead in assists with 21, while goaltender Ilya Sorokin ranks second in save percentage (.934) and third in goals-against average (2.20) in 15 games. ⬆️13

7. Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg has allowed 12 goals over their last three games (1-2-0) after going 8-1-1 in their previous 10. Defenseman Josh Morrissey has broken out offensively with 16 assists and 19 points in 18 games while goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 8-5-1 with a .928 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average. ⬆️18

6. Seattle Kraken

Seattle is 8-1-1 in their last 10 and ranks third in the Western Conference in points percentage (.658). Goaltender Martin Jones appears to have grabbed the starting job, going 10-4-2 with a .906 save percentage and 2.49 goals-against average in 16 games. ⬆️18

5. Dallas Stars

Dallas is 4-0-2 over a six-game point streak (although one of those losses was to Colorado) and leads the Central Division with a 12-5-3 record. Left-wing Jason Robertson is tied with Draisaitl for second in points (31) and McDavid for the NHL-lead in goals (16). ⬆️11

4. Colorado Avalanche

The defending Stanley Cup Champions are 7-2-0 in their past nine and 11-6-1 this season. Who would’ve thought Colorado would be leading the NHL in five-on-five save percentage (.9482)? Center Nathan MacKinnon leads the league with 22 assists. ⬇️1

3. Vegas Golden Knights

Who saw Vegas having a six-point cushion for first place in the Western Conference at Thanksgiving? They have won two in a row since dropping three of their previous four (1-2-1). Center Jack Eichel is back in a big way with 15 assists and 26 points in 21 games. ⬆️19

2. New Jersey Devils

New Jersey is 16-2-0 after opening the season with back-to-back losses. Vitek Vanecek is establishing himself as a starter with a 9-2-0 record, .917 save percentage, 2.14 goals-against average, and a shutout. ⬆️18

  1. Boston Bruins

Boston was able to survive the injuries to left-wing Brad Marchand and defenseman Charlie McAvoy and has the best record in the NHL at 17-3-0. Their 5-2 loss in Florida on Wednesday ended a seven-game winning streak, but goaltender Linus Ullmark leads the NHL in wins (13), save percentage (.935), and goals-against average (1.96). ⬆️17

By Harrison Brown

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