June 23, 2024

May 8, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point of the season on a goal by forward Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers are unquestionably the best team in the NHL.

Given that Edmonton is ninth in terms of points %, you might think it’s a stretch, but the Oilers have regularly been ranked higher than their current point total, and they keep proving us right.

Edmonton has triumphed in 13 straight games, a franchise high. It has, and had for a significant portion of the season, the greatest anticipated goal differential in the league. There is no reason why the Oilers can’t keep climbing the standings, as they host Columbus, Chicago, and Nashville this week. The Winnipeg Jets, who were ranked first in our Power Rankings, are now ranked second. The best team is the Jets.

Vancouver is leading the NHL in goal differential and is not showing any signs of stopping their offensive output. In five-on-five games this season, Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller, and Elias Pettersson—the Lotto Line—have outscored opponents 10-3. Vancouver has a strong opportunity of leading the league in points at the all-star break with their home games against Chicago, St. Louis, and Columbus this week.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who were seventh last week, drop six positions to 14th on our rankings after an uneventful road trip. Toronto’s record in January is 3-4-1 after going 2-2-0 on their west coast tour.

As expected, the Maple Leafs, who are among the top five in goals scored, have had little trouble scoring goals.

lately displaying indications of improvement, particularly on defence.

Over the last five games, Ottawa has given up 18% fewer cycle chances against, 10% fewer shots from the slot, and 28% less passes into the slot than its season average. Scoring isn’t a problem for the Sens because their offence is rated 10th in the league. The Senators should be able to start compiling victories if Ottawa can maintain their enhanced defensive performance and secure reliable goaltending.

The Montreal Canadiens, who were ranked 27th to 28th on our list, finally fell one spot. The Habs had a 2-2-0 week that culminated in a 9-4 loss to the Bruins following an outstanding victory against the Avalanche.

The hot-starting Cole Caufield is scoring

 

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