NHL power rankings 2021: Golden Knights, Maple Leafs, Canadiens begin strong; Oilers, Blackhawks not a lot

NHL power rankings 2021: Golden Knights, Maple Leafs, Canadiens begin strong; Oilers, Blackhawks not a lot

The NHL’s 2021 season is as fresh as a newborn, however while it might be brand-spanking new, there’s currently a whole lot of intrigue.

Just one week in and there are a couple of teams that have found their groove while others are struggling to get it back. The Senators have some people raising eyebrows while the Golden Knights and Lightning keep rolling along.

Things are still fresh and young for the season but here’s a look at the very first NHL power rankings for 2021.

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Filip Forsberg has scored in three successive video games to start the season.

The Predators’ franchise record for longest season-opening objective streak belongs to … Filip Forsberg, who scored in the very first four games last season.

— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 19, 2021

13 Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1-0, fourth in Central

Carolina’s season is currently on time out, however before things needed to shut down, the Hurricanes were controlling have fun with a 58.09 Corsi For Portion (second-best in the NHL) and 56.69 percent Fenwick For (also, second-best in the NHL) at 5v5, per Natural Stat Technique

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14 St. Louis Blues, 2-1-0, 3rd in West

How will things shake out for the Blues this year without now ex-captain Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko out with more shoulder woes and Alexander Steen’s retirement? Jordan Binnington has not looked sharp in net and has actually a.883 save portion, stopping simply 68 of 77 shots.

15 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-2-0, 5th in East

Stop us if you have actually heard this one prior to: Sidney Crosby is absurd.

16 Minnesota Wild, 2-1-0, fourth in West

The Wild have the best Scoring Possibilities For Percentage (6098) and second-best Expected Goals For Percentage (6293) in the league, according to Natural Stat Trick Last season it was 51.17 and 51.31, respectively, in 69 video games. Things are various in Minny and it begins between the pipes with Webcam Talbot and his.926 save portion.

17 Ottawa Senators, 1-1-1, 5th in North

Sporting News did not have the Senators in last location going into the season. It’s early, but they’ve shown that this is a brand new group. Matt Murray is 100 percent going to steal games, Stützle brings younger energy together with, well, most of the remainder of the group.

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18 Boston Bruins, 1-1-1, sixth in East

At 5v5, according to Natural Stat Technique, the Bruins are at 55.56 Corsi For portion. They have actually not scored an objective at 5v5 yet this season. Boston has also just potted a league-low 3 goals. Perhaps when David Pastrnak returns the ship will be righted.

19 Arizona Coyotes, 1-1-1, 5th in West

Things have actually started off gradually for the Coyotes. They have actually allowed some fans in the structure– which is just unusual– but the extra assistance has not helped right now.

20 Anaheim Ducks, 1-1-1, 6th in West

Things were not expected to be great on the West Coast in 2021 for any of the 3 teams. The Ducks have just 4 objectives in 3 video games and, to be reasonable, the best thing this season may be “The Mighty Ducks” reboot rather.

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21 New York Rangers, 1-2-0, 7th in East

The Rangers lead the league in shots per video game (353) with 11.78 High-Danger Chances For per 60 (sixth in NHL). Thinking about how bad the group looked in the opener– it should be noted that this is the youngest team in the league this year with a typical age of 24.96– it’s only up from there.

22 Detroit Red Wings, 2-2-0, 5th in Central

Bobby Ryan has four objectives in three video games. Incredible.

23 Buffalo Sabres, 1-2-0, 8th in East

The Sabres have scored 11 objectives. Taylor Hall or Jack Eichel have actually tape-recorded a point on 7 of them– five goals with them both notching a point.

24 Dallas Stars, 0-0-0, 8th in Central

Destiny have yet to play this season since of COVID-19 closing down things for a bit, however expectations are high for the protecting Western Conference champs.

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25 Winnipeg Jets, 2-1-0, fourth in North

Patrik Laine was a force in the lid-lifter for the Jets as he potted 2 objectives and an assist in the overtime. But he’s been on the rack because that game and the Jets simply have not looked the same without him. Not fantastic news for Paul Maurice and team if trade rumors continue to also swirl around the Finnish star.

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26 Columbus Blue Jackets, 1-2-1, sixth in Central

The Pierre-Luc Dubois drama hangs pretty heavy over heaven Jackets’ young season.

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27 San Jose Sharks, 1-2-0, 7th in West

San Jose isn’t very good, however Tomas Hertl being tied for first in the NHL (6 points) with six other men is something positive.

28 Vancouver Canucks, 1-3-0, 7th in North

The Canucks have not looked excellent. Sure, they have a win under their belt but the team has actually looked undisciplined and out of sync amid the three-game losing streak because the lid-lifting win against Edmonton. Elias Pettersson has yet to tickle the twine, but when he does this team ought to remove.

29 Los Angeles Kings, 0-0-2, 7th in West

The Kings are California dreamin’ of the future– particularly, when studs Arthur Kaliyev, Quinton Byfield and Alex Turcotte are dominating the NHL. It probably will not be this year, however LA’s splendor days are coming soon.

30 Edmonton Oilers, 1-3-0, sixth in North

The Oilers had a chance to upgrade their goaltending– and they didn’t– and now Mike Smith is out for a while. Hey, at least Connor McDavid is fun to see.

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31 Chicago Blackhawks, 0-3-1, 7th in Central

4 games, three various goalies but the same results: a team being outscored 9-20 this season.

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