NHL Power Rankings - November
By EA SPORTS Hockey Nov 27, 2013
Throughout the 2013/14 NHL Season, EA SPORTS NHL will rank the teams in the league based on their performances in the real-world. Check back each week to see which teams are climbing the power rankings.
*All rankings based on team performances as of November 25, 2013.
1. St. Louis Blues (Up 2)
So far, our NHL 14 Season Sim has been on point. The Blues, dominant all season, have surpassed the Sharks for the league lead in goal differential.
2. Chicago Blackhawks (Up 2)
The Hawks have lost a bit of their luster after last year’s magical regular season and playoff run. That being said, despite their occasional no shows, they have the most skilled offensive group in the league and will undoubtedly finish near the top of the standings.
3. Boston Bruins (Up 4)
They aren’t always pretty, but the Bruins get their wins by playing old school hockey. Tuukka Rask is a leading candidate for his first Vezina, and defenseman Torey Krug is making a case for the Calder trophy.
4. San Jose Sharks (Down 3)
As expected, the Sharks have started to fall back to the pack after their sizzling start to the season. The good news is that they are still finding ways to pick up points.
5. Colorado Avalanche (-)
Could the Avalanche be for real? While they may be too young to keep up this level of play once things tighten up during the playoffs, it’s safe to say that they will at least be in the hunt when April comes around.
6. Pittsburgh Penguins (Down 4)
The Penguins talent level just doesn’t overwhelm teams like it did a few years ago. However, as long as Sidney Crosby plays at an MVP type level, the Penguins will continue to battle the Bruins for the top spot in the East.
7. Los Angeles Kings (Up 3)
Ben Scrivens has been a godsend for the Kings, giving them a chance to win every game he’s started since starting goalie Jonathan Quick went down due to injury. Even though they still find themselves in the middle of the pack in the West, we’ve seen this story before – once the games start to matter the King’s stars will rise to the occasion.
8. Anaheim Ducks (Down 2)
Ryan Getzlaf is quietly putting up MVP numbers for the top team out West. However, it’s been up and down for the past couple of weeks and the Ducks don’t really seem to be major threat away from home.
9. Phoenix Coyotes (Up 3)
It boggles the mind how the Coyotes can be top five in league scoring despite having no real star power. Additionally, they don’t lose many games at home…maybe they play better in quieter conditions?
10. Minnesota Wild (Up 4)
Josh Harding is the feel good story of the year, putting up Vezina-like numbers. Is it possible to win the Bill Masterton Trophy in back-to-back years?
11. Detroit Red Wings (Down 1)
Death, taxes and the Red Wings making the playoffs. The latter streak is up to 22 years and we don’t see it ending any time soon.
12. New York Rangers (Up 13)
After a dreadful start, the Rangers are crawling their way back up the Eastern Conference standings. While goals have been painfully hard to come by, look for the offense to start picking it up with Rick Nash back in the lineup.
13. Montreal Canadiens (Down 5)
Carey Price’s audition for Team Canada is going very, very well. He is giving the Canadiens a chance to win every single game, and more often than not, the Habs are taking advantage and coming away with points.
14. Toronto Maple Leafs (Down 3)
Despite hanging their goalies out to dry every single night, the Leafs still find ways to win games. Bernier and Reimer have been amazing splitting time this season: Look for them to continue to split the workload, as no human on earth could withstand bailing out the Maple Leafs’ defense for 82 games.
15. Vancouver Canucks (Down 2)
The Canucks will go as far as the Sedins and Roberto Luongo will take them. Vancouver is getting almost zero secondary scoring and seem to lack any type of team identity, but are still hanging around in the West. How much longer can they compete
16. Tampa Bay Lightning (Down 1)
Stamkos is already walking!? If the Lightning needed any more motivation to keep the ship afloat, this could be it. Hold on boys, the savior could be back sooner than expected.
17. Washington Capitals (Up 3)
Ovechkin is scoring almost a goal per game and yet still sits at an unhealthy (-6) on the season. What’s going to happen to the team if his current goal scoring pace slows down?
18. Dallas Stars (Up 6)
Benn and Seguin are the present and future of the Dallas Stars. They still have to learn how to beat the league’s best teams on a semi-consistent basis, but that looks like it still might be a few years away from happening.
19. Philadelphia Flyers (Up 8)
The Flyers have finally put together a decent winning streak and are trying to fight their way back up into the Eastern playoff mix. Giroux is playing well and Mason has given them stable goaltending.
20. Ottawa Senators (Down 4)
Craig Anderson has been dreadful this season as Ottawa looks like they are ready to make the shift to Robin Lehner. The Sens have a long way to climb up if they want to be in playoff contention, and most teams can’t make that jump once they fall behind going into December.
21. New Jersey Devils (Up 8)
NHL®14 cover athlete Martin Brodeur helped give the Devils a kick start once he took over full-time duties for injured goalie Cory Schneider. With Cory now back, these two guys will be battling for playing time until seasons end.
22. Nashville Predators (Down 3)
Pekka Rinne…Marek Mazanec…what’s the difference? Not much to the Nashville Predators. They play the same style no matter who’s in net… Don’t look for them to contend any time soon, but as per usual, they will battle every night.
23. Columbus Blue Jackets (Down 2)
The Blue Jackets got slapped around by the Canucks and Oilers last week…not exactly two powerhouse teams. In the short term, Columbus is dealing with injuries to key players Gaborik, Dubinsky and of course Nathan Horton.
24. Carolina Hurricanes (Down 6)
Eric Staal is minus eleven on the season and although he has put up decent offensive numbers, he may have played his way off of Team Canada with his lack of an all-round game.
25. Winnipeg Jets (Down 2)
The Jets are a middle of the road team, at best. Winnipeg desperately needs Evander Kane to find his goal scoring touch as it has been a month since he last buried one in net.
26. New York Islanders (Down 9)
A lack of legitimate NHL goaltending is going to hurt the Islanders in the long-run, and no amount of offensive fire power will be enough to save them.
27. Edmonton Oilers (Down 1)
The Oilers look like they have finally gotten into their groove offensively but it may have come far too late. Edmonton will have to go on a run for the ages to make any noise in the West.
28. Calgary Flames (Down 6)
Flames fans should get comfortable seeing their team at the bottom of these power rankings…for the next couple of years.
29. Florida Panthers (Down 1)
The Panthers have been putting up a decent effort the past few weeks, but they likely just don’t have the talent to go on a run of any significance.
30. Buffalo Sabres (-)
The rebuild has begun; Lafontaine and Nolan are now in….and many players will soon be out.