NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 7, 2017

Scott Maxwell
March 07 2017 03:34PM

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)

(42-18-5 record, 51.25% CF%, 49.11% xGF%, 101.84 PDO)

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last Week: 4)

(40-16-8 record, 51.3% CF%, 54.36% xGF%, 101.13 PDO)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last Week: 2)

(41-17-6 record, 51.45% CF%, 50.77% xGF%, 101.78 PDO)

2. San Jose Sharks (Last Week: N/A)

(39-19-7 record, 52.21% CF%, 52.46% xGF%, 100.95 PDO)

1. Washington Capitals (Last Week: 1)

(44-14-7 record, 52.7% CF%, 51.96% xGF%, 104.06 PDO)

After going 6-1-3 in their last ten, the San Jose Sharks have surged up the standings, and their consistent possession play all year helps them climb all the way to second on this week's top five. The other four teams all make room for the Sharks, with the Wild getting the short end of the stick and dropping out of the top five.

THE BOTTOM FIVE

5. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: N/A)

(28-30-7 record, 47.27% CF%, 46.01% xGF%, 99.92 PDO)

4. Buffalo Sabres (Last Week: 4)

(27-27-12 record, 46.7% CF%, 48.64% xGF%, 99.93 PDO)

3. New Jersey Devils (Last Week: 3)

(25-28-12 record, 46.38% CF%, 47.25% xGF%, 98.92 PDO)

2. Arizona Coyotes (Last Week: 2)

(23-35-7 record, 44.62% CF%, 42.13% xGF%, 99.75 PDO)

1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1)

(17-44-3 record, 45.95% CF%, 43.56% xGF%, 96.88 PDO)

Good news Wings fans: your team is playing slightly better. Bad news: it's the wrong time to do that. The Canucks haven't been playing well recently, so they pass the mediocre Red Wings. Also, what happens first: Colorado hits 50 losses, or 20 wins?

THE REAL MVPS

1. Joe Thornton (1000A in 1432GP)

Because Jumbo Joe is a beauty, and 1,000 assists is frickin' impressive.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-1, .989%, 2 SO)

Bobrovsky hasn't allowed a goal at even strength since Jay and Dan announced their return to TSN. Coincidence? I think not.

3. Steve Mason (2-0-1, .969%, 1 SO)

After the Flyers finally picked a goalie, re-signing Michal Neuvirth to a two year extension, Mason decides to pick up his game, so the Flyer's goalie carousel may be far from over.

THE TIRE FIRES

1. Darcy Kuemper (0-0-0, .828%)

Kuemper had an awful game last Tuesday, allowing five goals, four at even strength, in the process of blowing a 5-2 lead, before getting pulled. Minnesota recovered and won 6-5, so Kuemper wasn't stuck with the loss.

2. Jiri Hudler (0G-0A-0P in 3GP, 27.15% CF%)

It hasn't been a good year for Hudler. Injured for a good chunk of the season, he didn't end up getting traded, and he was atrocious last week, although it will certainly get better for him.

3. Joseph Labate (0G-0A-0P in 1GP, 7.78% CF%) (7:19)

Another case of your typical sub-10% CF% week in a small sample size, Labate did so in only 7:19 minutes of ice time.

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