NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 14, 2017

Scott Maxwell
March 14 2017 03:58PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

THE TOP FIVE

5. Chicago Blackhawks (Last Week: 5)

(43-20-5 record, 50.95% CF%, 48.77% xGF%, 101.76 PDO)

4. San Jose Sharks (Last Week: 2)

(41-20-7 record, 52.05% CF%, 52.38% xGF%, 101.08 PDO)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 3)

(44-18-6 record, 51.54% CF%, 50.81% xGF%, 101.83 PDO)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 4)

(43-16-9 record, 51.56% CF%, 54.15% xGF%, 101.3 PDO)

1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)

(44-17-7 record, 52.72% CF%, 51.78% xGF%, 103.67 PDO)

With their recent skid, the Capitals look to be a lot more vulnerable, as the Penguins are tied with them, and the Blue Jackets are just one point behind them. Considering Pittsburgh's injury problems, they get the slight edge over Columbus, while both of these team's hot streaks drops San Jose to fourth.

THE BOTTOM FIVE

5. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 5)

(28-32-9 record, 47% CF%, 46.05% xGF%, 99.75 PDO)

4. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 4)

(28-29-12 record, 46.62% CF%, 48.56% xGF%, 99.66 PDO)

3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)

(25-31-12 record, 46.74% CF%, 47.51% xGF%, 98.79 PDO)

2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)

(25-35-8 record, 44.95% CF%, 42.97% xGF%, 99.71 PDO)

1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)

(19-46-3 record, 45.77% CF%, 43.28% xGF%, 97.08 PDO)

Something of note: The Arizona Coyotes are within four points of the Devils now. So, they're fortunes have changed *glances at the Colorado Avalanche*.

THE REAL MVPS

1. Brian Elliott (3-0-0, .967%, 2 SO)

Elliott has been a huge part of the Flames 10 game win streak, as he's finally performing like the goalie the Flames traded for. He had two shutouts, and allowed three goals in his other win, with one of them being a power play goal, and the other two were high danger scoring chances.

2. Fredrik Claesson (2G-2A-4P in 3GP, 53.94% CF%, 3.73 P160)

Rarely does a defenseman make the top three, but when you're above a point per game, and a solid possession player on the blueline, it's hard to say no.

3. Jake Allen (3-0-0, .948%, 1A)

When St. Louis needed him most, Allen has stepped up his game, including a big 38 save performance against the Kings, who are chasing them in the standings.

THE TIRE FIRES

1. Jared Coreau (0-1-0, .625%)

Coreau played all of 13:32 against Boston, stopping only five of eight shots before getting the boot. But yeah, protect him over Mrazek.

2. Jay McClement (0G-0A-0P in 4GP, 26.63% CF%)

Nothing to see here, just Jay McClement being Jay McClement.

3. Kari Lehtonen (0-2-0, .769%)

A(nother) rough stretch for Lehtonen, allowing six goals on only 26 shots. He started two games for Dallas this week, and didn't survive either (ironically, with almost identical times too. 23:21 against Ottawa, and 23:11 against San Jose).

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