1 – Boston Bruins
The Bruins have been the best team in the league this year from the very first week despite Charlie McAvoy and Brad Marchand missing time. Even with a loss to the Panthers yesterday, Boston is currently at the top of the league with a record of 17-3-0. David Pastrnak has been playing extremely well and has 30 points in 20 games, while Hampus Lindholm leads the defence with 18. McAvoy and Marchand have also looked great since returning, and with the depth and goaltending that Boston has had so far this year, they deserve the top spot in our NHL Power Rankings.
2 – New Jersey Devils
The Devils finally lost last night to Toronto after tying a franchise record with 13 straight wins. Even in their loss, the team scored three disallowed goals, much to the dismay of fans at the Prudential Centre. Through better goaltending and more consistent scoring, the Devils are proving to the rest of the NHL that they are once again a force to be reckoned with. Jesper Bratt leads the team with 24 points in 20 games, while Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes are right behind him, also averaging over a point per game.
3 – Vegas Golden Knights
After missing the playoffs last year, many people thought the Golden Knights were finally bound for some mediocre seasons. That hasn’t been the case at all this year, as Vegas now sits at 16-4-1 after last night’s win. With that record, they’ll easily slide into third position on our NHL Power Rankings. The top team in the Pacific is getting it done with their scoring as well as their surprisingly good goaltending. Starter Logan Thompson currently has a GAA of 2.30 and a save percentage of .925, making him statistically one of the best goalies in the NHL.
4 – Dallas Stars
Jason Robertson is one of the best players in the NHL, Joe Pavelski is still an elite forward and Jake Oettinger is a bona fide star in net. Oh, and Miro Heiskanen is fantastic on the blueline. When you take all these factors into account, it’s no wonder the Stars are 12-5-3 and at the top of the Central Division. Through 20 games, the team has scored more goals than any other team in the league except Boston. It’s time to stop sleeping on Dallas.
5 – Toronto Maple Leafs
After a rocky start, things are back on track in Toronto. They’ve lost just 1 game in regulation in their last twelve and now hold onto second place in the Atlantic Division. Although he was hurt for some time, Matt Murray has looked great since returning to the lineup and was a standout for Toronto in last night’s win in New Jersey, making 34 saves on 35 shots. Given the fact that the team is winning despite Auston Matthews not scoring like he can yet, the Leafs get the fifth spot in our NHL Power Rankings.
6 – Colorado Avalanche
The defending champs are back in our NHL Power Rankings with seven wins in their last ten contests. Even without Nazem Kadri providing over a point per game, the team is still one of the most dangerous in the league. With Cale Makar on the blueline and Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen doing their thing up front, the Avs will always be a very formidable opponent that can beat you in a variety of ways.
7 – Seattle Kraken
After a tough first season in the league, the Kraken are sure finding their stride this year. Even without any players over 20 points yet, Seattle sits at 2nd in the Pacific with a record of 11-5-3. The franchise’s first ever draft pick Matty Beniers has been fantastic for the team in his first full season and is third on the team in scoring while averaging over 17 minutes of ice time a night. Although the goaltending could still be a little better, things are getting exciting in Seattle for the league’s newest franchise.
8 – Detroit Red Wings
The Wings have an extremely bright future ahead of them, but the future may be closer than we thought. Captain Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 23 points in 19 games, while goaltender Ville Husso has shown why he was such an important offseason acquisition, sporting a .922 save percentage. Although it won’t be easy for the young team to keep up in such a competitive division, the start they’ve gotten off to may be the difference between making and missing playoffs at the end of the season.
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