Who’s on Top – November’s NHL Rankings

My version of Scott Cullen’s TSN “Power Rankings”. Like Cullen’s item, it isn’t meant to indicate the top team in the standings, but rather the team(s) I feel are most equipped to make a serious playoff run. (Although the two will naturally tend to overlap).

 

Written Monday, October 31st

SAN JOSE

This month: 1  |  Last Month: 1

Current Record: 6-4-0

After a 1-3 start to the season, the Sharks have come on strong, winning 5 straight games. (Thogh they lost tonight). The losing streak itself was a bit deceptive, as the Sharks essentially lost all 3 games by only one goal (lost 4-2 to St. Louis with an empty netter). Joe Pavelski is getting a big opportunity centering the top line between Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. He’s responded in kind, leading the team with 11 points (7G, 4A). As a whole, the Sharks’ top-6 (which also includes Clowe, Couture, and Havlat) is the best in the league, and their defence – led by veteran Dan Boyle and newcomer Brent Burns – is also very well balanced. Throw in solid goaltending from Antti Niemi, and this team is ready to challenge for its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

*Cullen ranked them 12th initially, but has since moved them up to 1st

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The NHL-30 (October)

My version of Scott Cullen’s TSN “Power Rankings”. I was inspired to do this after disagreeing intensely with some of his picks (Washington 6th, Buffalo 7th, Minnesota 27th). Like Cullen’s item, it isn’t meant to indicate the top team in the standings, but rather the team(s) I feel are most equipped to make a serious playoff run. (Although the two will naturally tend to overlap). Here’s the first installment of what will become a monthly item. Continue reading