NHL Power Rankings: Hurricanes surge to No. 1 spot amid nine-game winning streak


The Hurricanes have actually now won 9 video games in a row, and they have not lost in policy in over a month. Carolina is getting contributions from up and down the lineup, and novice goaltender Petr Kochetkov has actually been a discovery. There is no factor to believe this Canes group can’t win all of it at the end of the year. 2 23-6-6

Boston has actually been bumped from its leading area after ruling supreme for a number of weeks. That has more to do with the run the Hurricanes are on than any fault in the Bruins’ video game today. They’ve won 4 directly, and David Pastrnak stays among the most popular gamers in the league. 1 27-4-3

Maple Leafs
With his game-winning overtime objective versus the Blues on Tuesday night, William Nylander is now riding a four-game objective streak and connected with Auston Matthews for 2nd on the group with 40 points. Nylander is spotting towards the very best season of his profession, which offers Toronto a four-headed beast at forward. 2 22-7-6

Through nearly half of the season Filip Gustavsson has actually beat Marc-Andre Fleury in objective. In his 13 looks, Gustavsson has actually conserved 5.92 objectives above typical and a high-danger save portion of 84.0%. That’s most likely why head coach Dean Evason has actually been splitting the starts more uniformly in between Gustavsson and Fleury recently. — 20-12-2

Nikita Kucherov has actually been accumulating points like it’s heading out of design. In his last 5 video games, Kucherov has actually amounted to 2 objectives and 10 points, and now he is on speed to strike approximately 126 points on the year. That’s simply 2 less than his Hart Trophy project in 2018-19. 3 20-11-1

As the Penguins have actually made their climb the Metro Division standings in December, goaltender Tristan Jarry has actually been lights out in internet. Since Dec. 1, Jarry has actually published 5.40 objectives conserved above average, which ranks 5th because period, per Natural Stat Trick. 1 19-10-5

After publishing favorable hidden numbers and stopping working to get favorable outcomes for much of the season, the Rangers have actually returned to what worked for them last season. Since Dec. 5, the Rangers have actually managed simply 44.54% of the anticipated objectives at five-on-five, however they have actually gone 8-2-0. The Rangers appear material to play in more back-and-forth video games understanding that their offending ability and Igor Shesterkin can win the day. 1 19-12-5

Jamie Benn looks a lot more comfy in Peter DeBoer’s system than he carried out in Rick Bowness’. Benn is riding a six-game point streak, and he has 14 objectives and 34 points on the season. After appearing like he was on a sharp decrease in 2021-22, Benn has actually recovered in a significant method this season. — 21-9-6

Alex Ovechkin is now 2nd on the NHL’s all-time objectives list. He passed Gordie Howe with a two-goal efficiency versus the Jets on Friday night, and now he requires 93 more to pass Wayne Gretzky. Even at the age of 37, Ovechkin has a lot of energy and looks poised to leading The Great One by the time he retires. 2 20-13-4

In his very first complete season with the Avalanche, Arturri Lehkonen is flourishing, as lots of anticipated he would. Lehkonen was exceptional in the Avs’ 2022 Stanley Cup run, which has actually rollovered to this year. With 9 objectives, 14 helps, and 23 points in 30 video games, Lehkonen is on speed to set profession highs in each of those classifications. 2 19-12-2

Golden Knights
Alex Pietrangelo had a hard time to get used to his brand-new group last season, however he looks extremely comfy this season. In 28 video games played this year, Pietrangelo has actually published 27 points, and Vegas is managing 56.95% of the anticipated objectives with him on the ice at five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick. 2 24-12-1

The Jets have actually been living life on the edge this season. Their 14 policy wins are connected for 13th in the NHL, however they sit simply 3 explain of top place in the Central Division. Winnipeg is 7-1 in overtime, and as thrilling as that might be, it’s difficult to see that as a formula for long-lasting success. 2 21-13-1

Poor goaltending has actually raised its unsightly head in New Jersey… once again. Since Dec. 9, the Devils are ninth in the NHL with a five-on-five anticipated objectives share of 53.47%. However, their 1-6-1 record ranks 31st. It’s most likely no coincidence that the group’s five-on-five save portion likewise ranks 31st because stretch at 88.44%. 4 22-10-2

After being traded to the Kings in the offseason, Kevin Fiala signed a huge seven-year agreement, and he has actually deserved the cash up until now. Fiala was obtained to offer the Kings some offending firepower, and he has actually done that. Fiala leads the group in helps (25) and points (35), and he has actually offered Los Angeles the vibrant playmaker it was trying to find. 1 20-12-6

With Tage Thompson shredding the league, the continuous breakout season from Dylan Cozens can get eclipsed from time to time. The No. 7 total choice in the 2019 draft, Cozens is beginning to appear like a gamer with that sort of pedigree. He has 11 objectives and 31 points in 32 video games played and Cozens might have brand-new profession highs in almost every offending classification by the time February rolls around. 1 16-14-2

A 25-year-old journeyman, Daniel Sprong appears to have actually discovered a more long-term house with the Kraken. Despite playing in a bottom-six function for much of the season, Sprong is connected for 3rd on the group with 10 objectives, and his 19 points are one far from matching his profession high. Sprong has actually shown to be a remarkable addition for Seattle, and he has actually more than made his area as an every-game gamer. 2 18-10-4

Elias Pettersson has actually been scoring in bursts this season, and he has 3 objectives and 7 points in his last 3 video games. He is now approximately 42 points in 32 video games played, and Pettersson looks more like the gamer believed he might be after tallying a combined 132 points in his very first 2 NHL seasons. 6 16-15-3

In 2021-22, Connor McDavid produced an amazing 123-point season. What he’s doing this year is making that appear like kid’s play. With 30 objectives and 66 points through 35 video games, McDavid is on speed for 70 objectives and 155 points. The NHL hasn’t seen a single-season point overall that high given that Mario Lemieux in 1992-93. — 19-15-2

By the time his period with the Wild pertained to an end, it looked like Zach Parise didn’t have much left in the tank. However, he has actually discovered brand-new life in a flexible function with the Islanders. The 38-year-old Parise has 11 objectives in 35 video games, and the group is managing belongings and scoring possibilities with him on the ice. 3 20-14-2

In the month of December, the Blues have actually scored a minimum of 4 objectives 7 times, however they are 3-2-2 in thos video games. The goaltending tandem of Jordan Binnington and Thomas Greiss has actually not corresponded at all, and neither goalie has actually fumed. If St. Louis can keep scoring at its existing speed while getting typical goaltending, the group will soar the standings. — 16-16-3

The Senators are one win far from getting their head above water in the standings, however regrettably for them, their sluggish start may have produced a mountain too high to climb up in regards to reaching the playoffs. Ottawa is still 7 explain of a playoff area in spite of playing some much better hockey of late. 4 15-16-3

When the Flames lost both Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk in the very same offseason, it was reasonable to anticipate an action back on offense, even with the skill they generated. However, Calgary has actually gone from 6th in the league in scoring in 2015 to 18th this year. Unfortunately for the Flames, their goaltending hasn’t functioned as a safeguard while the offense figures some things out. 1 16-13-7

Red Wings
Michael Rasmussen tallied 4 points in the Red Wings’ win over the Lightning recently, which comprises almost 33% of his points on the season. If Detroit can get the previous first-round choice going, he would truly strengthen the group’s depth scoring. 3 14-11-7

I do not believe this ranking is genuinely representative of the Panthers’ skill level or their five-on-five play. However, the group is simply not winning video games today, and it needs to get dented for that eventually. The Panthers are 3-7-0 in their last 10 video games, and they have actually fallen listed below .500 on the year. Florida needs to begin stacking wins or run the risk of falling out of the playoff image. 5 15-16-4

David Legwand, a center, formerly held the Predators’ profession points record with 566. He struck that number in 956 video games played. Roman Josi, a defenseman, simply passed that mark in his 792nd video game. Josi has actually been among the very best defensemen in the NHL for the much better part of a years, and now he sits atop the franchise record books. That is the just excellent news Nashville has actually gotten this month. — 14-14-5

Juraj Slafkovsky, the No. 1 total choice in the 2022 NHL Draft, has actually had a bumpy ride getting used to life in the NHL. He has 4 objectives in 29 video games, and the Canadiens have just regulated 40.04% of the anticipated objectives with him on the ice at five-on-five. Slafkovksy is just 18-years-old, so he ought to take some forward strides the remainder of the method. 2 15-16-3

Since making his 2022-23 season launching on Nov. 21, Jacob Chychrun has 13 points in 16 video games played. Chychrun’s underlying numbers have actually likewise been strong when thinking about the absence of skill around him. The Coyotes’ asking cost for the star defenseman has actually just increased in the last month. — 12-16-5

Since making his 2022-23 season launching on Nov. 21, Jacob Chychrun has 16 points in 17 video games played. Chychrun’s underlying numbers have actually likewise been strong when thinking about the absence of skill around him. The Coyotes’ asking cost for the star defenseman has actually just increased in the last month. 1 11-19-6

In the Flyers’ loss to the Hurricanes on Friday night, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen registered his very first point of the season. That’s not perfect for a gamer who simply signed a five-year, $25.5 million agreement last offseason. 1 11-17-7

Rookie center Mason McTavish has actually begun to warm up a bit. He has 2 objectives and 6 points in his last 5 video games, which is exceptional news for the Ducks. McTavish was the No. 3 total choice in the 2021 draft, and Anaheim is relying on him being a foundation of its restore. — 9-22-4

Congratulations to the Blackhawks for getting their very first win in almost a month. Given that it can be found in a head-to-head match with the group right above them in the power rankings, Chicago gets away the bottom area for a minimum of one week. 1 8-21-4

Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets simply provided the Blackhawks their very first win given that Dec. 3. That bullet point on their application for the bottom area in the power rankings was too excellent to disregard. 1 10-21-2

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