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In the spirit of Hallowe'en and All Saints Day comes this week's power rankings, which I'll now be making on a monthly basis.

I must repeat the disclaimer: the stats entirely determine the power ranking: I only try to rationalize what the stats are pointing out.

1. Boston Bruins 9-1-2 POWER 130 LW: 1

The Scary: Boston's dominance in both NFL and NHL right now.

The Saintly: Pastrnak's power play.

2. Florida Panthers 5-3-4 POWER 126 LW: 6

The Scary: Yet another slow start.

The Saintly: And likely yet another strong finish.

3. Washington Capitals 9-2-3 POWER 125 LW: 5

The Scary: Ovechkin at home.

The Saintly: One timers on this team.

4. Montreal Canadiens 5-4-2 POWER 121 LW: 4

The Scary: The capacity to lose to the league's worst.

The Saintly: The capacity to beat the league's best.

5. Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4-2 POWER 118 LW: 2

The Scary: A sub 500 record after that season last year.

The Saintly: Stamkos and Kucherov will only get stronger as the year wears on.

6. Arizona Coyotes 7-3-1 POWER 116 LW: 13

The Scary: Moneyball hockey.

The Saintly: Their possession game this year.

7. Dallas Stars 5-8-1 POWER 114 LW: 7

The Scary: The fact they haven't fallen from the top ten list, yet.

The Saintly: A five goal third period can leave you off with a high.

8. St. Louis Blues 6-3-3 POWER 113 LW: 4

The Scary: Binnington's performance thus far this year.

The Saintly: They're starting to get traction again.

9. Minnesota Wild 4-8-0 POWER 112 LW: 17

The Scary: ... why they're top ten.

The Saintly: Their finish last year, resulting in the residual stats it would take to make the top ten given how mediocre they currently are.

10. Carolina Hurricanes 8-3-1 POWER 109 LW: 12

The Scary: Svechnikov behind the net.

The Saintly: Their play this year has assumed where it left off last year.

11. Calgary Flames 6-6-2 POWER 107 LW: 8

The Scary: Lucic's contract.

The Saintly: Starting to warm up.

12. Anaheim Ducks 8-6-0 POWER 107 LW: 15

The Scary: Their play on the road.

The Saintly: Their play at home.

13. Pittsburgh Penguins 8-5-0 POWER 105 LW: 20

The Scary: Jack Johnson's contract.

The Saintly: Their capacity to score seven goals in a game.

14. Philadelphia Flyers 5-5-1 POWER 104 LW: 19

The Scary: Gritty.

The Saintly: Gritty.

15. Winnipeg Jets 6-7-0 POWER 104 LW: 25

The Scary: The team's PK. Some big bodied defence would help. They lost them all in the offseason.

The Saintly: Laine's performance in November last year; they could use that again.

16. New York Islanders 8-3-0 POWER 104 LW: 14

The Scary: The new rules Bettman will put into the NHL if the Islanders keep winning.

The Saintly: Their current heavenly seven-game winning streak.

17. Nashville Predators 8-3-1 POWER 103 LW: 22

The Scary: They look 17.

The Saintly: They don't play like they're 17th rank.

18. Colorado Avalanche 8-2-1 POWER 103 LW: 9

The Scary: Rantanen's injury.

The Saintly: Nathan MacKinnon's puck handling.

19. Edmonton Oilers 8-4-1 POWER 103 LW: 10

The Scary: How bad this team can look sometimes.

The Saintly: Their power play and third period play overall.

20. Vancouver Canucks 7-3-1 POWER 102 LW: 11

The Scary: Pettersson had a slow start - though it didn't reflect on the record.

The Saintly: Probably the last time they see bottom 15 this season.

21. Buffalo Sabres 9-2-2 POWER 102 LW: 16

The Scary: Their penalty box. You'll probably be skating out with the same expression you'll have leaving a haunted house and before the two minutes are up.

The Saintly: The start.

22. Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4-2 POWER 101 LW: 26

The Scary: They haven't been great.

The Saintly: They haven't been terrible either.

23. Vegas Golden Knights 8-5-0 POWER 98 LW: 18

The Scary: Their first pairing.

The Saintly: Their second line.

24. San Jose Sharks 4-8-1 POWER 96 LW: 27

The Scary: Their 5-v-5 play. Pessimists love this team because they're almost all negative (+/-).

The Saintly: Their special teams.

25. Chicago Blackhawks 3-6-2 POWER 94 LW: 23

The Scary: Their offense, or lack of it right now.

The Saintly: Certainly not Patrick Kane with his choice words for the ref last night! Do you kiss your mother with that mouth, young man?!

26. New York Rangers 4-5-1 POWER 90 LW: 24

The Scary: Their record is not as bad as they're playing.

The Saintly: Trouba's contribution to many stat categories.

27. Los Angeles Kings 4-8-0 POWER 88 LW: 31

The Scary: Kopitar's eyes.

The Saintly: Kopitar's still producing despite looking like he's seen death.

28. Ottawa Senators 3-7-1 POWER 87 LW: 21

The Scary: Eugene Melnyk.

The Saintly: The 2020 draft class.

29. Detroit Red Wings 4-8-1 POWER 86 LW: 29

The Scary: Zadina's and Valeno's play in the AHL thus far.

The Saintly: The 2020 draft class.

30. Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5-3 POWER 84 LW: 28

The Scary: Leaves fall in the autumn.

The Saintly: They'll probably spring in the spring. Babcock too good of a coach.

31. New Jersey Devils 2-5-2 POWER 73 LW: 30

The Scary: Devils are in hockey hell.

The Saintly: Jack Hughes is getting points more fit for his first overall status.

That is that. Thank you for reading. I accept criticism, but only about method. Many of the stats bleed over from last year, which is why a lot of teams are much higher or lower than they should be. These effects will wear off - but despite that, the middle of the rankings are extremely volatile, which means a two point hike in the power rankings can pop you ten positions.
Filed Under:   NHL   Bettman   Rankings   Power   October 2019  
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November 4, 2019 9:23 AM ET | Delete
Curious as to what stats you chose in your rankings. Might want to rethink them. Would like to see how you calculate Power. Seriously, Wild, Stars and Panthers rankings are totally off and Toronto 30th????? Maybe give some reasoning behind your rankings as they certainly aren't making sense.
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