NHL Power Rankings: Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals soar to begin December, Montreal Canadiens fighting

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It seems that the NHL season just started yesterday, but we are already a quarter of the way from the 2019-20 campaign. While some of the main contenders so far this season are not a surprise, that is, the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, other unexpected teams have taken the league by storm, they enter the Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes.

With the advent of winter, teams are preparing as the division races become more stringent. Several teams remain side by side in the standings and nothing is written in stone yet.

Here are the latest power ratings of the NHL.

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1. Boston Bruins, 43 points (19-3-5)

Boston is currently on a winning streak of seven games and has an 8-0-2 record in its last 10 games. David Pastrnak leads the way for the Bruins with 25 goals in 27 games, and at this point, Hart Trophy is the Czech star he will lose. Their firepower, combined with the best linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, should help the B to keep moving forward. Not to mention goalkeeper Tuukka Rask, who is making a difference between the pipes, while the defense is making a show, helping them to take first place in special teams.

2. Washington Capitals, 43 points (19-4-5)

The Caps have seen some injury problems that have left out players like Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin, but that has not stopped them while they sit on top of the league standings. Alex Ovechkin is currently in a tear, recording five goals in his last three games, including a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Jakub Vrana (four-game streak), Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie is also climbing to the plate in the top 6, while the team is also receiving help from the bottom two lines in regards to the secondary score.

3. St. Louis Blues, 40 points (17-5-6)

Last year's Stanley Cup champions are far from where they were last year. They are the first team in the West to reach the 40-point mark, reaching that feat in just 28 games. David Perron and Ryan O & # 39; Reilly currently dominate in St. Louis, with Perron in a streak of seven games and O & # 39; Reilly registering a point in four consecutive games. Brayden Schenn is also impressing in his third year with the Blues, registering a total of 13 goals so far. They lost third scorer Oscar Sundqvist to the IR, but with their arsenal, they should be fine.

4. New York Islanders, 36 points (17-5-2)

Barry Trotz's club is having a season under the radar but spectacular. The islanders recently set a franchise record with a streak of 17-game points and have only suffered three regulatory losses since October 11. Matthew Barzal and Brock Nelson lead the way to New York. Its true stars lie in its goal: Thomas Greiss is one of the best in the NHL with a GAA of 2.10 and a savings percentage of .931, while Semyon Varlamov provides more stability with a savings percentage of .918. While they are likely to continue to increase, they will need their best skaters to be more consistent and avoid uneven performances.

5. Colorado Avalanche, 34 points (16-8-2)

Colorado has come a long way since the beginning of the season and climbed to second place in the Central Division with a 7-3-0 record in its last 10 games. The Avs have also obtained excellent performances from several players, but no one has stood out more than Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the team with 42 points, including 25 in 14 games in the month of November. Calder's favorite, Cale Makar, is also making an excellent impression on the backend with 26 points in 26 games. Mikko Rantanen's return from the injury should continue to provide momentum, but the team still has several players on the sidelines, including Gabe Landeskog, Colin Wilson and more.

6. Philadelphia Flyers, 35 points (15-7-5)

It is impossible to make power classifications and no put the flyers in the top 10. They have won four straight matches and have only lost once in regulation at the Wells Fargo Center and have risen to third place in the Metropolitan Division. Lately, Sean Couturier has been outstanding for the Flyers with six points in his last five games and points in five of his last eight. Philly has also benefited from the strong blue line performances of Ivan Proverov and Matt Niskanen, but he has also seen Shayne Gostisbehere become a healthy scratch. However, if they want to stay in the race, they will need more goal and more consistency, from the advance lines to the blue line.

7. San Jose Sharks, 31 points (15-12-1)

The beginning of the season was less than ideal for the San Jose Sharks, but since the return of Patrick Marleau, things have been improving in southern California. San Jose is 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and has won three straight games. Captain Logan Couture has points in four of his last five, but they still need more key players, including lead scorer Evander Kane (12), who hasn't scored in eight games. On the positive side, they have begun to improve on defense, with their 91 percent penalty penalty first in the league.

8. Edmonton Oilers, 37 points (17-9-3)

The Oilers have been great this season, but before Sunday's victory over the Vancouver Canucks, they lost two straight games and lost a comfortable lead in the Pacific Division. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have been … well, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as they became the first to reach the 50-point mark this year. In addition, the team has been receiving more offensive help from players like Jujhar Khaira and company. Edmonton is also thriving in special teams, with his power play (30.8 percent) and his death penalty (86.8 percent) taking second place in the league. Mikko Koskinen is also making the case to be the headline since Mike Smith is day to day.

9. Arizona Coyotes, 34 points (15-9-4)

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of this season, the Yotes have seen a complete change this season after missing the playoffs in the last five seasons, and not all due to Phil Kessel. In fact, paving the way for Arizona are Nick Schmaltz (20 points in 28 games), Christian Dvorak (three-point streak) and defender Alex Goligoski (four points in the last four games). Darcy Kuemper has also been excellent on the net and is a great reason for the success of the team, taking first place in percentage savings (.935) through 18 games. Arizona also allows only 2.32 goals per game, the second lowest in the league, and the team is now second in the Pacific Division.

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10. Dallas Stars, 33 points (15-10-3)

A great contender in the Western Conference, the Stars have tied the Winnipeg Jets for third place in the Central Division and have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10. Undoubtedly, defense has been Dallas's greatest strength This season, as The team allows only 2.36 goals per game (third in the NHL) thanks to the strong performances of defender Miro Heiskanen, goalkeeper Ben Bishop and more. However, offensively, the team has to do better; They rank in the top 10 in goals per game and need more consistency from the stars Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski, but players like Roope Hintz, who leads Dallas with 11 goals, have been able to advance.

11. Carolina Hurricanes, 33 points (16-10-1)

Carolina has had a good run lately, 7-3-0 in his last 10 and winning five of his last six away games. For the canes, the children are pretty good; Andrei Svechnikov has been dominant with points in four of his last five and 29 in total in 27 games, which put him in pace for 88 points after registering just 37 points last season. Special teams have also been decent (21.2 percent in the power game, 84.8 percent in the penalty), while the defense has contributed points to start. In addition, the tandem of Petr Mrazek and James Reimer has been solid as the team seeks to remain in the playoff position.

12. Winnipeg Jets, 33 points (16-10-1)

Despite losing key pieces of the blue line in Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien this season, the Jets are recovering. They sit third in the Central, tied with the Stars, and have been able to have one of the 10 most important defenses in the league thanks to Neal Pionk and company. Patrik Laine has 25 team leader points in 25 games, but still shows inconsistency in the goal category with only seven goals so far this season. Of course, the team's big stars such as Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor continue to impress, but special teams, especially the power game, should improve if Winnipeg wants to stay in the playoff race.

13. Tampa Bay Lightning, 27 points (12-9-3)

Last year's President's Trophy winners lost only seven games in regulation last season; They have already lost nine in the 24-game mark. However, lately, they are starting to climb the rankings after a slow start, now sitting just five points from a wild place. The return of Steven Stamkos should help boost the already impressive offensive, which produces an average of 3.63 goals per game. However, the defense could stand firm to stand firm, and Andrei Vasilevskiy is not presenting the best performance for the Bolts. A surprise has been Kevin Shattenkirk, who is the top defensive scorer of the team and the best blue player.

14. Florida Panthers, 31 points (13-8-5)

It was not a good start for 2019-20 for the Panthers, who had high expectations after a series of key acquisitions during the offseason. But head coach Joel Quenneville, as well as Brett Connolly, Sergei Bobrovsky and Aleksander Barkov have led the team to second place in the Atlantic Division and fifth in goals per game (3.51). Their game of power and penalty kill both ranks in the top 10, too. The only problem is defense; They allow the fourth highest number of goals per game on average, and with Sergei Bobrovsky between pipes, they must improve in this category if they want to be a playoff contender.

15. Pittsburgh Penguins, 32 points (14-9-4)

Given that Pittsburgh is playing without their best player in Sydney Crosby, the Penguins have been able to stay in the playoff position even with accumulated injuries. They are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games and have lost their last two, and to make matters worse, their blue line, which already missed Justin Schultz, received an even bigger blow when Brian Dumoulin was injured on Saturday and will . He will now be out for eight weeks after having surgery to repair broken tendons in his ankle. Patric Hornqvist was also the victim of an injury after falling into practice on Monday, and Bryan Rust is day to day. Still, they manage and will have to keep trying to stay on the run.

16. Vancouver Canucks, 30 points (13-10-4)

Holding on to the second place of wild card, there are positive aspects working in favor of the Canucks season so far. One of the most important stories has been the success of Quinn Hughes, who has added a lot of strength and depth in the backend, ranking second among rookies in scoring (two goals, 20 assists) and average TOI (20:21 ). Vancouver has also seen a lot of its stars in Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, since its 26.1 percent success in the advantage of man ranks fourth in the NHL. They have also lost only twice in regulation at home and are 3-1 in the shooting; even so, they could bear to be stronger offensively even with strength.

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17. Minnesota Wild, 26 points (12-11-4)

Bruce Boudreau's club had a less than impressive start to the season, which put the long-time coach on the bench. However, the team is really starting to change course and is now only four points away from a wild card spot, and has successfully retired from the basement of the league. They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and have seen outstanding performances by captain Mikko Koivu, who played his 1,000th game for the franchise and reached the 700 point mark on Sunday. There is still a long way to go, especially when it comes to defense and penalty, but Minnesota is definitely on the right track.

18. New York Rangers, 29 points (13-9-3)

Given the low season full of New York stars in which Artemi Panarin, Trouba and more joined the hockey club, their season has not reflected that success. The Rangers started slowly, but like the Wild, they continue to rise in the standings and now sit three points from the playoff position with a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 games. Kaapo Kakko seems to have finally found his rhythm, leading the 2019 draft class with six goals and 11 points, as the offense improves, from Panarin to Tony DeAngelo. However, they allow the seventh highest number of goals in the league on average (3.28) and need to clear the penalty.

19. Vegas Golden Knights, 30 points (13-11-4)

Without Marc-Andre Fleury's services for some time, Malcolm Subban has been doing what he can for the Golden Knights. They have won their last two games and have prospered when it comes to special teams. His best players at Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and William Karlsson are meeting expectations in regards to the offense, and Nate Schmidt and company lead the charge in the backend. Even so, they will have to manage without their opener, and if they can, they will be in a good position in the future when he returns.

20. Toronto Maple Leafs, 30 points (13-11-4)

After winning only twice in regulation over the course of 16 games with Mike Babcock, the Leafs advanced and appointed Sheldon Keefe head coach. Since then, he has turned the team around, seeing them go 4-1-0 in five games so far. It seems that John Tavares is warming up with points in three consecutive games, while William Nylander is finally meeting expectations with points in four of his last five. However, they need to do a better job to keep the tracks (as was seen in the 6-4 loss to Buffalo Sabers on Friday), play a total of 60 and get a better performance on Frederik Andersen's network.

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21. Calgary Flames, 30 points (13-12-4)

The flames could not find their balance in the course of November, but now they finally seem to be recovering the pace that was seen last season when they finished at the top of the Western Conference. Calgary now sees Geoff Ward take over the bank following Bill Peters's resignation after accusations of physical abuse and racial slurs, and will seek to help the team keep finding its pace. Young netminder David Rittich currently leads the team with a .915 savings percentage in 23 leading league games. However, to win, they will need more of the offense, which has the second worst production in the league (2.41 goals per game).

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22. Buffalo Sabers, 29 points (12-10-5)

Jack Eichel is Buffalo's main story right now. After registering only eight goals until November 14, Eichel broke out with a four-goal explosion on November 16 and has since accumulated a nine-game streak with eight goals and 16 points in that span. He can't stop scoring and now has 16 goals and 35 points in 27 games. Rookie Victor Olofsson has also been helping the Sabers offense with 27 points, which ranks second among all freshmen. Even so, they will have to harden, especially with the list of injuries, which now includes Rasmus Dahlin, which will accumulate if they want to stay in the race. That means a better PK and help Carter Hutton.

23. Chicago Blackhawks, 25 points (10-11-5)

Things have not been improving for Chicago this season. The team won only three away games this season, while losing four of its last five matches. Despite a star-lined lineup with characters like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks have the sixth worst power play in the league (13.8 percent) and can't seem to gather much offense. A positive one? The third general election, Kirby Dach, is silencing his critics and has impressed after taking the team out of the camp. While they are not yet out of the race, things seem to go in that direction unless they have a complete change in the future.

24. Nashville Predators, 28 points (12-10-4)

The Preds have won only three of their last 10 games, and although Roman Josi and Matt Duchene lead the charge, as Nashville averages 3.31 goals per game, they fight in multiple different categories. Both his power play and his penalty range in the last 10, while also yielding an average of 3.19 goals per game. The combination of Pekka Rinne (.898 saving percentage) and Juuse Saros (.891) is not working on par with the network. In general, things are not going well for a team that has been a strong contender in recent seasons.

25. Columbus Blue Jackets, 26 points (11-11-4)

Given that they lost key pieces in Panarin and Bobrovsky during the offseason, the Blue Jackets lineup was going to get hit. However, the team has not been able to bode without them; The offense averages only 2.54 goals per game, the third lowest in the league, and is regular when it comes to special teams. John Tortorella's group needs to strengthen and also get a better tandem goal Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins.

26. Anaheim Ducks, 26 points (11-12-4)

Things have not been great for Anaheim this season. They have been able to show some fight, but they have lost eight of their last 10 games, five of them in regular time. However, under Dallas Eakins, the team is still rebuilding and could be said to make the postseason not the top priority for this group, as they seek to recover and continue working to improve in key areas. His power game is the second worst in the league, scoring once in 10 opportunities, and the offensive, led by Ryan Getzlaf (20 points), is not clicking. They also need to do more to help John Gibson, whose .910 savings percentage is decent in 21 games.

27. Montreal Canadiens, 28 points (11-10-6)

The Habs are struggling with eight consecutive losses, and there are a number of reasons why. Carey Price does not look like Carey Price, but the defense is not clicking anyway, which explains why Montreal allows, on average, the second highest number of goals per game in the league. On Monday, Canadians put Keith Kinkaid back on exemptions to give him AHL play time and help him regain his confidence in the net, but in the end, the responsibility does not lie with the goalkeepers. Victor Mete will also be out for two weeks with an injury, which will be a blow to the depth of the team's score.

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28. Los Angeles Kings, 11-14-2 (24 points)

Sitting in the basement of the Western Conference, things have not been great for the Kings. However, in recent times, things are searching; They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and seem to be taking a step in the right direction. Anze Kopitar is on its way again for a campaign of more than 80 points, but the rest of the offensive has not been able to endure much, while the defense has also been fighting. Like Price, Jonathan Quick does not look like himself among the tubes, going 7-10-1 through 18 games with a saving percentage of 3.36 GAA and .882.

29. Ottawa Senators, 11-15-1 (23 points)

It seemed that the senators were going to have a change in mid-November, as they began to generate momentum and win hockey games thanks to outstanding performances such as Jean-Gabriel Pageau and company. However, D.J. Smith's hockey club received a small blow, losing four consecutive games and going 5-5-0 in its last 10. Ottawa's main problem is the offense, which is missing beyond Pageau; The Thomas Chabot defender is the next top scorer with 16 points, and the power game operates at only 9.3 percent. Not only that, the team averages the fourth worst 2.5 goals per game. While Smith has led the team to improve, there is still a lot of work to do in the previous verification.

30. New Jersey Devils, 9-12-4 (22 points)

New Jersey currently occupies the last place in the Metropolitan Division, and simply cannot find its balance. Despite Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri, Jack Hughes and P.K. Subbank in the mix, it seems that the team cannot find a way to make things work, even with strength and power play, and have the fifth lowest production in the league (2.56 goals per game). The Devils won only four games on local ice and don't seem to have much chemistry, especially in defense. MacKenzie Blackwood is also doing everything it can, but there must be a general improvement. And with Jack Hughes day by day, the team needs to fill that void on the offensive.

31. Detroit Red Wings, 7-19-3 (17 points)

It's not too late, but it seems that things are escaping from Detroit. The team has won only once in its last 10 games and is on a seven-game losing streak, while also winning only three times outside Little Caesars Arena. Jimmy Howard cannot take the team while the defense fights, since the team allows almost four goals per game (the most in the NHL). Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are doing their parts with 23 points each, but they aren't getting much offensive from many others. On the positive side, one of his two term commercial acquisitions, Robby Fabbri, is emerging with his new club. He has scored 10 points in 12 games with the Wings.