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LHH Power Rankings #7 - Slip slidin' away

BUT WHERE HAS JOHN TAVARES BEEN LATELY? --NBC hot take - Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A poor week for the home team saw them slide a little further down the rankings, but still managing to barely hold on to the top spot in the Metro. But first, the professional pundits...

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Updated

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Prior Ranking

Comments

NBC

12/11/2017

17

8

As great as Mathew Barzal has been, New York cannot rely on him to be its best player every night. Where has John Tavares been lately?

ESPN

12/14/2017

10

12

"Casting the team as a Star Wars Character" The Force. An ancient power, long forgotten and now returned to prominence. As mysterious and incomprehensible as Josh Bailey having more than double the points of Joe Pavelski this season.

TSN

12/14/2017

9

5

One regulation win in the past seven games knocks the Isles down, but they’re still a dangerous team, the second highest-scoring team in the league right now.

THN

12/13/2017

6

11

The Islanders have yet to sell out the Barclays Center this season, but they’re 9-1-2 at home…

And now off to the rankings.

Metro - 100.2 (+0.1)

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts

LHH

#

LW

L#

1

New York Islanders

33

18

12

3

39

106.9

9

109.0

8

2

New Jersey Devils

32

18

9

5

41

105.7

10

101.9

14

3

Washington Capitals

34

24

12

1

43

105.6

11

103.1

11

WC1

Philadelphia Flyers

32

14

11

7

35

101.2

16

100.7

17

WC2

Columbus Blue Jackets

33

20

12

1

41

99.4

18

101.4

15

9

New York Rangers

33

18

12

3

39

99.0

19

98.2

19

10

Carolina Hurricanes

32

14

11

7

35

93.9

23

94.6

22

12

Pittsburgh Penguins

34

17

14

3

37

89.6

26

92.1

24

The Islanders fell 1 spot in the overall rankings, and dropped about 2 points. New Jersey surged back, up 4 places and almost 4 points. The Capitals picked up some points, but no places. The Metro holds both wild card spots, and it's not even close for the Atlantic.

Atlantic - 96.0 (0.0)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

LHH

#

LW

L#

1

Tampa Bay Lightning

32

24

6

2

50

131.1

1

127.8

1

2

Boston Bruins

30

15

10

5

35

107.1

8

111.1

7

3

Toronto Maple Leafs

34

20

13

1

41

104.4

12

111.2

6

11

Florida Panthers

32

12

15

5

29

94.2

22

94.6

22

13

Ottawa Senators

31

11

13

7

29

88.1

27

86.5

27

14

Montreal Canadiens

33

14

15

4

32

85.2

28

85.1

28

15

Detroit Red Wings

32

12

13

7

31

84.2

29

82.0

29

16

Buffalo Sabres

33

8

18

7

23

73.5

30

69.6

30

Tampa remains on top of the league, but Boston and Toronto slipped back a little. The bottom 4 teams continue to drag the division's average score down.

Central - 106.4 (+0.7)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

LHH

#

LW

L#

1

Nashville Predators

32

21

7

4

46

126.3

2

120.3

2

2

Winnipeg Jets

33

18

10

5

41

114.1

3

117.4

4

3

St. Louis Blues

34

22

10

2

46

113.8

4

118.7

3

9

Minnesota Wild

32

17

12

3

37

101.3

15

100.9

16

10

Chicago Blackhawks

32

16

11

5

37

100.0

17

96.8

20

11

Colorado Avalanche

32

15

15

2

32

95.9

20

95.6

21

13

Dallas Stars

34

18

14

2

3

93.3

24

90.3

25

The Central remains the toughest division in hockey, with 3 teams in the top 5 spots of the LHH Rankings. The bottom 4 teams all picked up points and positions.

Pacific - 98.3 (-0.6)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

LHH

#

LW

L#

1

San Jose Sharks

31

17

10

4

38

110.5

5

109.0

8

2

Los Angeles Kings

34

20

10

4

44

110.4

6

114.7

5

3

Anaheim Ducks

33

14

11

8

36

108.0

7

103.1

11

WC1

Vancouver Canucks

33

15

14

4

34

102.5

13

105.8

10

WC2

Vegas Golden Knights

31

20

9

2

42

101.8

14

102.0

13

12

Calgary Flames

33

16

14

3

35

95.0

21

99.1

18

14

Edmonton Oilers

33

14

17

2

30

92.6

25

89.4

26

15

Arizona Coyotes

35

7

23

5

19

65.5

31

68.1

31

Arizona continues to drag down the rest of the division, even though they’d hold both wild card spots based on the LHH rankings.

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