2022-23 NHL Power Rankings at the quarter mark: Boston, New Jersey, Vegas lead the way

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As teams reach the quarter mark of the 2022-23 NHL regular season this week, we’re starting to see where teams really stand this season. However, some teams have yet to find their step or have been held back by injuries. NoVa Caps makes their first Power Ladder of the season. (⬆️Up, ⬇️Down, ➡️No change represent shifted pre-season power rankings).

32. Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim has the worst record in the league (6-13-1) and goal difference (-31). ⬇️6

31. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa is an NHL-worst 2-10-1 in four straight wins and was surpassed 14-3 during a three-game losing streak. ⬇️14

30. Buffalo Saber

After their third consecutive win on November 2, Buffalo typically lost eight straight games but won the last two against Montreal and St. Louis. ➡️

29. Sharks of San Jose

After three straight wins, San Jose has lost three out of four and conceded 18 goals at this stretch. Defenseman Erik Karlsson has made a historic start to the season with 11 goals and 30 points (even fourth in the NHL) in 22 games. ⬇️1

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus is 4-2-1 since losing six of seven but has the second-worst goal difference in the NHL (-25). ⬇️5

27. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver have won three of their last four after beating Denver 4-3. ⬇️15

26. Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago has lost five straight games (allowing at least five goals in each of their last four) and 11 of their last 13 (2-8-3). ⬆️6

25. Arizona coyotes

Arizona is 4-3-1 on its 14-game road trip after a 4-0 win in Raleigh on Wednesday. Remarkably, her power play is 25.4% efficient (8th place in the NHL). ⬆️4

24. Philadelphia Flyer

Philadelphia has lost each of their last eight (0-5-3) since the start of the season, going 7-3-2. Goaltender Carter Hart has made an impressive start, going 6-4-4 with a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average. ⬆️7

23. Washington Capitals

Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia resulted in a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Washington has lost nine of its last 12 (3-6-3), but right winger Tom Wilson, center Nicklas Backstrom and right winger Connor Brown were among the key players missing for all (if not most) of the season so far. ⬇️14

22. Minnesota Wilderness

Minnesota is treading water with a 9-8-2 record. ⬇️7

21. Montreal Canadiens

Montreal surpassed expectations with a 10-9-1 record after 20 games. ⬆️6

20. Nashville predators

Nashville is 4-1-1 since coming out of goal at 5-8-1. ⬇️10

19. New York Rangers

New York got off to a disappointing start at 10-7-4 but are 3-1-1 in the last five. ⬇️15

18. Florida Panther

Florida opened its eyes on Wednesday, beating NHL leader Boston 5-2 after falling in four of its previous five. ⬆️1

17. Edmonton oiler

Edmonton is 3-7-0 in the last 10 and disappointing 10-10-0 so far this season. Centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are themselves, but goaltender Jack Campbell lost the seed. ⬇️10

16. St Louis Blues

After opening the year with three straight wins, St. Louis lost eight straight in regulation. They then won seven in a row before losing in Buffalo on Wednesday. ⬇️10

fifteen. Kings of Los Angeles

Los Angeles has lost three in a row and four of its last five (1-3-1) after going 6-1-1 in the previous eight. ⬇️4

14. Pittsburgh penguins

Since ending a seven-game losing streak, Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 and has won four straight games. Center Sidney Crosby has gotten off to a hot start with 10 goals and 27 points in his first 20 games. ⬇️1

13. Calgary Flames

Calgary is 4-1-1 over the last six after losing seven in a row (0-5-2). Goaltender Jacob Markstrom’s start was rocky, with a .889 save percentage and averaging 3.03 goals in 15 games. ⬇️11

12.Detroit Red Wings

Detroit has scored 16 goals in a three-game winning streak and has been 3-0-1 in the last four games and 7-3-2 in the last 12. ⬆️2

11th Carolina hurricanes

Carolina’s 4-0 loss to Arizona on Wednesday was their fourth consecutive loss (0-1-3) and sixth of their last eight (2-3-3). Center Martin Necas had a breakthrough year with 14 assists and 23 points in 20 games. ⬇️10

10. Tampa Bay Blitz

Tampa Bay had won four straight games before losing 4-3 to Boston on Monday. They are also 10-3-1 over their last 14. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy got off to a slow start (understandably), going 7-6-1 with a .903 save and 3.00 goals against average. However, right winger Nikita Kucherov shared the excitement with 18 assists and 28 points in 19 games. ⬇️5

9. Toronto Maple Leaves

Toronto ended New Jersey’s winning streak on Wednesday with 13 points and extended its own point streak to six (4-0-2). ⬇️1

8. New York Islanders

New York is 11-4-0 in the last 15 after beating Edmonton 3-0 on Wednesday. Center Mathew Barzal is just one short of the NHL lead with 21 assists, while goaltender Ilya Sorokin ranks second in 15 games in saves (.934) and third in goals-against average (2.20). ⬆️13

7. Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg has conceded 12 goals in their last three games (1-2-0) after going 8-1-1 in the last 10. Defender Josh Morrissey has broken out offensively with 16 assists and 19 points in 18 games, while goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 8-5-1 with a .928 save percentage and 2.35 goals – against average. ⬆️18

6. Seattle Octopus

Seattle is 8-1-1 in the last 10 and ranks third in the Western Conference in percentage points (.658). Goaltender Martin Jones appears to have snagged the starting spot, with a 10-4-2 with a .906 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average in 16 games. ⬆️18

5. Dallas Stars

Dallas is 4-0-2 on a six-game points streak (although one of those losses was to Colorado) and leads the Central Division with a 12-5-3 record. Left winger Jason Robertson is level on points with Draisaitl in second (31) and McDavid for the NHL lead in goals (16). ⬆️11

4. Colorado Avalanche

The defending Stanley Cup champions are 7-2-0 in their last nine games and 11-6-1 this season. Who knew Colorado would lead the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage (.9482)? Center Nathan MacKinnon leads the league with 22 assists. ⬇️1

3.Vegas Golden Knights

Who saw Vegas have a six-point cushion for first place in the Western Conference this Thanksgiving? They have won twice in a row since losing three of their previous four (1-2-1). Center Jack Eichel is back strong again with 15 assists and 26 points in 21 games. ⬆️19

2. New Jersey Devil

New Jersey is 16-2-0 after opening the season with back-to-back losses. Vitek Vanecek is establishing himself as a starter with a 9-2-0 record, .917 save percentage, 2.14 goals against average and one shutout. ⬆️18

  1. Boston Bruins

Boston weathered injuries to left wing Brad Marchand and defenseman Charlie McAvoy and has the best record in the NHL at 17-3-0. Their 5-2 loss in Florida on Wednesday ended a seven-game winning streak, but goaltender Linus Ullmark leads the NHL in wins (13), saves (.935) and goals conceded (1.96). ⬆️17

By Harrison Brown

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