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NHL power rankings 2021: Canadiens continue to glitter as Flames, Islanders lose their glow

The 2021 NHL season is a 56-game dash to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In consequence, hockey followers will not get an opportunity to see the greatest and brightest stars hit the ice on the All-Star Sport. Had the season began in October as regular, this yr’s version would have slated to happen this coming weekend in sunny (and heat) Florida. 

As an alternative, we’re only a handful of video games into the season, and whereas it is onerous to gauge how issues will truly look when the season is scheduled to finish in Might, groups are already seeing gamers rise to the highest.

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In honor of the annual occasion, this week’s energy rankings pay homage to the fellows who’re showcasing All-Star-worthy efficiency.

WEEK 1: Vegas tops list, Chicago at bottom

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NHL Energy Rankings 2021: Week 2

1. Montreal Canadiens, 4-0-2, 2nd in North

Week 1 rating: 3

Tyler Toffoli: The offseason signee has tallied eight factors in 5 video games — and victimized his ex-buddies, the Canucks, for seven of these, together with a hat trick on Jan. 20. He additionally leads the Canadiens in Corsi For share (64.12) and Anticipated Targets For (4.02) at 5v5, per Natural Stat Trick .

2. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-1-1, 1st in West

Week 1 rating: 1

Mark Stone:  The primary captain in Golden Knights historical past is main by instance with 11 factors (two targets, 9 assists) within the workforce’s first seven video games. 

3. Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-2-0, 1st in North

Week 1 rating: 2

Mitch Marner: The 23-year-old ahead, enjoying on a workforce plagued by veterans, has turn out to be a real chief. In eight video games, he has 5 targets — two of them game-winners, together with his third-period tally Tuesday in opposition to the Flames — and 12 factors. He already has 5 multipoint video games on this quick season and an astronomical 31.3 capturing share (5 for 16). 

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4. Washington Capitals, 4-0-3, 1st in East

Week 1 rating: 7

Vitek Vanecek: He was anticipated to be the backup in internet, however as an alternative he has began 5 of the Caps’ first seven video games, posting a 3-0-2 document, .918 save share and a couple of.19 GSAA.

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5. Dallas Stars, 3-0-0, 2nd in Central

Week 1 rating: 24

Anton Khudobin: Three video games, three wins, a 0.99 goals-against common, a .958 save share and a shutout. Good.

6. Colorado Avalanche, 4-3-0, third in West

Week 1 rating: 10

Mikko Rantanen: Like a number of groups on this record, Colorado has a number of gamers who might have been anointed All-Stars, however with an NHL-best six targets (tied with Vegas’ Max Pacioretty) in seven video games, Rantanen is the cake-topper. 

7. Boston Bruins, 4-1-1, 2nd in East

Week 1 rating: 18

Brad Marchand: As scripted, the feisty winger leads the Bruins with 4 targets and 9 factors — and two of these targets had been 5v5! (Reminder: Boston did not rating an even-strength aim till Sport 4 of its season.)

8. Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2-1, third in East

Week 1 rating: 4

Travis Konecny:  The ahead is doing all of it this season as he’s tied atop the workforce leaderboard in factors (with Jacob Voracek and Kevin Hayes at eight apiece), targets (with James van Riemsdyk at 5) and shot makes an attempt (with Joel Farabee at 20).

9. Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-2-3, 1st in Central

Week 1 rating: 26

Nick Foligno: The Blue Jackets captain is a frontrunner on and off the ice. He has three targets and 4 factors in seven video games, and he saved his workforce collectively regardless of the drama — after which the commerce of — Pierre-Luc Dubois. 

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10. Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1-0, 4th in Central

Week 1 rating: 5

Steven Stamkos: Sure, Victor Hedman, Brayden Level and numerous different Lightning gamers may very well be on this record, however none have returned to the sport like Stamkos has. Tampa Bay’s captain missed all however one bubble hockey sport — and it was a wonderful one when he scored on his lone shift in the course of the Bolts’ Stanley Cup championship run — following a number of core restore surgical procedures, and now he leads the workforce with seven factors.

11. Florida Panthers, 3-0-0, third in Central

Week 1 rating: 11

Patric Hornqvist: The Panthers have performed solely three video games; Hornqvist has taken simply eight pictures however has 4 targets, two on the ability play. He is the embodiment of the good Michael Scott (er, Wayne Gretzky) quote — “You miss 100% of the pictures you do not take.” In Hornqvist’s case, you rating on 50 p.c of the pictures you do take.

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12. St. Louis Blues, 4-2-1, 2nd in West

Week 1 rating: 14

Jordan Kyrou: In 16 NHL video games in the course of the 2018-19 season, he had one aim and three factors. In 28 video games in the course of the 2019-20 season, he had 4 targets and 9 factors. In 2021, he has three targets and 7 factors. Implausible.

13. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2-1, 4th in East

Week 1 rating: 15

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14. Winnipeg Jets, 5-2-0, third in North

Week 1 rating: 25

Andrew Copp: The Jets made information in the course of the week with their acquisition of star centerman Pierre-Luc Dubois, however one other Winnipeg center man is having an All-Star worthy begin to the yr. Copp leads the workforce in particular person Anticipated Targets (2.93), shot makes an attempt (32), particular person Scoring Possibilities For (22), particular person Excessive-Hazard Possibilities For (13) and Rebounds Created (seven) at 5v5, according to Natural Stat Trick . He is on a career-best five-game level streak and has 4 targets in seven video games — simply seven off his profession excessive of 11 two seasons in the past.

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15. New Jersey Devils, 3-2-1, fifth in East

Week 1 rating: 8

Jack Hughes:  The sophomore sensation has been on hearth because the begin of the 2021 season. He has collected seven factors (three targets, 4 assists) in six video games and is already one-third of the way in which to his 2019-20 level whole, which he reached in 61 video games.

16. Anaheim Geese, 3-2-2, sixth in West

Week 1 rating: 20

John Gibson: The Geese aren’t superb however do not lump Gibson into that group. Anaheim’s netminder is as soon as once more placing up eye-popping numbers out West. In six video games (the workforce has performed seven), he has a 1.67 goals-against common and a .948 save share (second-best within the NHL amongst goalies who’ve began no less than 4 video games) and, according to Hockey Reference , leads the league with eight Targets Saved Above Common.

17. New York Islanders, 3-3-0, seventh in East

Week 1 rating: 9

Semyon Varlamov: Whereas head coach Barry Trotz is a little angry at his club , the one participant he should not be mad at is his No. 1 netminder. In 4 video games, Varlamov has a ridiculously spectacular .966 save share (tops amongst NHL netminders), stopping 115 of 119 pictures. Together with the participant at No. 16 on this record, he is one in every of two NHL goalies with two shutouts.

18. Minnesota Wild, 4-3-0, sixth in West

Week 1 rating: 16

Kirill Kaprizov: The rookie sensation is tied atop a number of leaderboards together with his six factors in seven video games — the Wild’s scoring record (with Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek) and the rookie scoring chart (with the Devils’ Ty Smith).

19. Nashville Predators, 3-3-0, fifth in Central

Week 1 rating: 12

Filip Forsberg: There aren’t a complete lot of positives with this Predators group (3.17 GA/GP whereas solely scoring 2.50 GF/GP in the beginning), however Forsberg does have 4 of the workforce’s 15 targets. Whereas nobody has a person Anticipated Targets above 1.0, Forsberg leads the workforce at 0.97, and he is also tops amongst forwards in particular person Corsi For (24) and particular person Fenwick For (20) at 5v5, according to Natural Stat Trick .

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20. Calgary Flames, 2-2-1, sixth in North

Week 1 rating: 6

Chris Tanev: The ex-Canucks blue-liner has introduced a relaxing presence to the Flames’ blue line in addition to a powerful, team-leading 12 blocked pictures via 5 video games. He and companion Noah Hanifin are the solely defensemen with a constructive plus-minus on the workforce (Hanifin is plus-4, Tanev is plus-3) and, as famous by Flames Nation’s Ryan Pike, are a dynamic shutdown duo at even power:

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21. Buffalo Sabres, 3-3-1, sixth in East

Week 1 rating: 23

Jack Eichel: The Sabres captain lastly tallied his first aim of the season (and it was a game-winner) Tuesday evening, however he has been stellar in any other case with seven assists, a 61.62 Corsi For share and a team-best 70.53 Anticipated Targets For share at 5v5 (per  Natural Stat Trick ).

22. Los Angeles Kings, 3-2-2, 4th in West

Week 1 rating: 29

Anze Kopitar:  Seven video games, 10 factors, 9 of them helpers. The Kings captain is tied for the league lead with Vegas’ Mark Stone at 1.29 assists per sport.

23. Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1-0, eighth in Central

Week 1 rating: 13

Jaccob Slavin: The Hurricanes have not performed in Week 2 due to a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined quite a few gamers. Once they had been enjoying, Slavin was as soon as once more anchoring the blue line with a person Corsi For (13), Excessive-Hazard Possibilities For share (66.67) and Anticipated Targets For share (66.65) whereas logging a team-best 52:34 of ice time at 5v5, per Natural Stat Trick .

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24. Edmonton Oilers, 3-5-0, 4th in North

Week 1 rating: 30

Jesse Puljujarvi: Sure, clearly, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl could be at an All-Star Sport. And, sure, Puljujarvi solely has two assists in eight video games. However after not enjoying within the NHL final season — he shipped off to Europe as a result of he wasn’t completely satisfied — he has returned and performed properly for head coach Dave Tippett. (Observe: Tippett was employed final season by the Oilers and was not one in every of Puljujarvi’s coaches in 2018-19). How properly has he been enjoying? Tippett had him on the ice when Draisaitl scored the game-winner Sunday evening with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

25. Vancouver Canucks, 3-5-0, fifth in North

Week 1 rating: 28

Nils Hoglander: The rookie has seemed strong — 4 factors in eight video games — though we have not seen a lacrosse-style goal but, so we’re all a bit of disillusioned.

26. Arizona Coyotes, 2-4-1, eighth in West

Week 1 rating: 19

Conor Garland: After a breakout season through which he greater than doubled his level whole (from 18 in 47 video games in 2018-19 to 39 in 68 video games in 2019-20), Garland has six factors in seven video games to begin the ’21 season. He leads the workforce in particular person Anticipated Targets (2.12), particular person shot makes an attempt (31) and particular person high-danger pictures (10) and has drawn 4 penalties at 5v5, per Natural Stat Trick .

27. San Jose Sharks, 3-4-0, seventh in West

Week 1 rating: 27

Tomas Hertl: Hertl is off to a strong begin in his eighth NHL season; he is main the Sharks with three targets and 4 assists in seven video games. 4 of his factors have include the person benefit, which ties him for twelfth within the NHL with a bunch of gamers.

28. New York Rangers, 1-4-1, eighth in East

Week 1 rating: 21

Ok’Andre Miller:  It is onerous to choose somebody on a workforce that has not seemed good in any respect, however the rookie is a brightly shining vivid spot. He notched his first NHL aim Sunday with a blast from the purpose and is a powerful plus-6 on a workforce that’s crammed with gamers within the detrimental for plus-minus. After a shaky first sport, he has seemed strong whereas being paired with Jacob Trouba. He has been on the ice for eight of the Rangers’ 11 targets this season.

29. Chicago Blackhawks, 2-3-2, sixth in Central

Week 1 rating: 31

Pius Suter: The Blackhawks are simply not superb, however there was an excellent second Sunday when the 24-year-old rookie not solely scored his first NHL aim but additionally added two extra for his first NHL hat trick. 

30. Detroit Pink Wings, 2-4-1, seventh in Central

Week 1 rating: 22

Bobby Ryan:  Top-of-the-line tales of the early season is the resurgence of Ryan, who has 4 targets and 5 factors in six video games. Detroit shouldn’t be anticipated to be anyplace close to good this yr but it surely’s incredible to see the ex-Senator loving hockey and scoring once more. It has been some time since he has hit the 30-goal mark (2011-12 with Anaheim) and even the 20-goal mark (2015-16 with Ottawa), however he might hit a type of this season if he retains up this tempo.

31. Ottawa Senators, 1-4-1, seventh in North

Week 1 rating: 17

Brady Tkachuk: The younger Senators could have fallen again to earth, however Tkachuk is as soon as once more a vivid spot. He has 4 factors (two targets, two assists) in six video games and, like his older brother in Calgary, is at all times within the combine; he leads the workforce with six penalties drawn. The 2020 All-Star additionally leads the Senators in shot makes an attempt (24) and hits (21) at 5v5, according to Natural Stat Trick .

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