Vulgar Statistics: Power Rankings Week 11
Tired of emotional, judgmental, personally biased power rankings from ESPN “writers” that don’t have my pedigree? Fret no longer, here are my stats-based power rankings. How do they work?
I rank each team 1-15 in the conference in 5 categories:
- Points Percentage
- Goals for per Game
- Goals allowed per Game
- Power Play Percentage
- Penalty Kill Percentage
And then I sum those rankings. Lowest score wins. And as a team’s record becomes a truer measure of that team’s overall skill as the season wears on, that category will grow in weight.
Who I think It’ll Be:
- Pittsburgh – Has obviously clinched and barring an epic disaster, will hold onto one of the top two spots.
- Montreal – They don’t feel like a better team than Boston, but they are playing like one.
- Washington – Out of the only two Southeast teams that are legitimate playoff contenders at this point, they’re the better one.
- Boston – It’s a shame they have to finish below the Southeast cannon fodder.
- NY Rangers – I like their recent pickups providing depth scoring, something they sorely needed.
- Toronto – I think Ottawa’s injuries will continue to relegate them to 7th or 8th.
- Ottawa – See above. Don’t trust Craig Anderson in the playoffs one bit, even if he has had a few nice moments.
- NY Islanders – They have too many solid pieces in place to piss away a playoff spot.
- Chicago – A foregone conclusion top seed at this point. Don’t they feel a little like the 06-07 Sabres though?
- Anaheim – See above.
- Vancouver – Ahh, the Southeast of the west.
- Los Angeles – I think St. Louis is better, but LA is dealing with fewer issues at the moment.
- St. Louis – I thought they would challenge Chicago a little bit more. Credit the goaltending completely falling apart for that.
- San Jose – As the top line goes, so do the Sharks.
- Minnesota – Too much talent.
- Detroit – Even though I wish it wouldn’t be so.