The Philadelphia Flyers are soaring up the standings thanks to a nine game winning streak in this week’s NHL Power Rankings.
With the month of December underway, the season is already well over 25 percent over. It’s kind of crazy to think about because the 2016-17 NHL season has gone by so fast. However, it hasn’t been too fast for teams because now teams are starting to figure out whether or not they’re Stanley Cup contenders.
Games in hand can change things, but once December hits, it’s hard to overcome anything more than a four point deficit in the standings. Just ask the New York Islanders, who have won six of their last 10 games. Yet they still find themselves in last place in the Metropolitan Division.
Speaking of the Metropolitan Division, it has been by a significant margin the best division in hockey. The division features four of the top five teams in the league and five of the top 10. However, the Western Conference has caught up to the East, with both teams having eight teams in the top 16 in point percentage. Point percentage calculates how effective teams have been while also helping to negate the games in hand issues.
These rankings will be compiled by looking at each team’s record, who they have beaten, and how they have looked in games. A tough loss to a very good team isn’t the worst thing in the world if you play well. Similarly, all wins aren’t equal. The team’s record certainly counts, but so do a lot of other things. All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Corsica and are at even strength (five on five). They are also score, venue, and zone adjusted unless otherwise noted. If you’re curious about expected goals for percentage (xGF percentage), which will be referenced throughout the rankings, here’s a good reading.
Without further ado, let’s start this week’s NHL power rankings.