1 – Boston Bruins
To no one’s surprise, the Boston Bruins are still at the top of our NHL Power Ranking. The team holds an incredible record of 29-4-4 and continues to be led by the likes of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. The Bruins have been especially dominant at home this season and are still yet to lose a game in regulation at the Garden, holding a record of 19-0-3. With numbers like these, we HAVE to keep them in the top spot.
2 – Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes have been the hottest team in the league for a while and just fell in regulation for the first time in eighteen contests. Pyotr Kochetkov is having a great rookie season in net for the Canes while Martin Necas is also enjoying a surprising season, scoring at a point-per-game pace. With Max Pacioretty still yet to make his debut for the team, Carolina once again looks like a squad that could put together a deep playoff run in a few months. Only time will tell if they’ve really got what it takes, though.
3 – Toronto Maple Leafs
Love them or hate them, the Maple Leafs are still one of the best teams in the NHL. Auston Matthews isn’t necessarily scoring at the same electric pace as last season, but the Leafs don’t need that from him to win games. With a very strong cast of forwards, Toronto can score with the best teams around and their impressive +30 goal differential is currently tied for third best in the NHL.
4 – Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights have been one of the steadiest teams in the league thus far and have been a mainstay in our NHL Power Ranking all season. Rookie goalie Logan Thompson has been just what the team needed after it was announced that Robin Lehner would miss the season with an injury. He’s currently 18-9-1 with a .915 SVP and a 2.61 GAA. Jack Eichel has also been great for the Golden Knights after coming back from injury, but health remains an issue for him. If Vegas wants to go far in the playoffs this year, they’ll need Eichel at 100%.
5 – Dallas Stars
In the 2017 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected Miro Heiskanen, Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson with their first three picks. Now, Heiskanen has 30 points and plays over 25 minutes a night on the blueline, Oettinger is one of the best young goaltenders in the league, and Robertson is tied for third in league scoring with 55 points. With a mix of younger guys and veterans like Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, the Stars are soaring once again.
6 – Tampa Bay Lightning
You don’t make it to three straight Stanley Cups and win two of them by accident. With their core still intact, the Lightning are in third place in an extremely competitive Atlantic division with a record of 24-12-1. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 54 points in 37 games while the rest of Tampa’s stars continue on great paces as well. For this squad, it seems as if the regular season is just the warmup at this point.
7 – New Jersey Devils
Once as high as 2nd in our NHL Power Ranking, the Devils now find themselves at 7th. Everyone knew that the losses would come eventually, but I don’t think many expected the team to come back to Earth so quickly. Still, New Jersey sits second in the Metro with a 24-11-3 record despite winning just three of their last twelve.
8 – Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets have continued to surprise this year and will round out our NHL Power Ranking. Kyle Connor picked up right where he left off last season while Pierre-Luc Dubois and Josh Morrissey are enjoying career years at a pace of over a point per game. Connor Hellebuyck has also returned to form after a tougher 2021/22 campaign and holds an impressive SVP of .928, which is second in the NHL.
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