Aggregated NHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Break up the St. Louis Blues, they're unstoppable! Yes, last year's playoff also-ran is now at the top of the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings after a slow but steady climb. After the Blue and the Kings, well, we've got a lot of change this week. One of the interesting things of aggregating all of this data is that you see how some of the writers sort this out -- some look purely at the short term and some have a slightly bigger-picture perspective.

In any case, here are this week's rankings with some analysis and the usual breakdowns after the jump. Plus, a brand new feature this week: standard deviation!

Note that Sports Illustrated's power rankings were on hiatus this week, so the data set was one less than usual.

Rank Team Last Week Change
1  St. Louis Blues 2 1
2  Los Angeles Kings 1 -1
3  Washington Capitals 6 3
4  Vancouver Canucks 13 9
5  Philadelphia Flyers 9 4
6  Detroit Red Wings 3 -3
7  Boston Bruins 4 -3
8  Minnesota Wild 20 12
9  Montreal Canadiens 8 -1
10  Columbus Blue Jackets 17 7
11  Tampa Bay Lightning 3 -8
12  Dallas Stars 14 2
13  Chicago Blackhawks 7 -6
14  Ottawa Senators 27 13
15 (tie)  New York Rangers 17 2
15 (tie)  San Jose Sharks 11 -4
17  Colorado Avalanche 15 -2
18  Pittsburgh Penguins 12 -6
19  Atlanta Thrashers 16 -3
20  Anaheim Ducks 26 6
21  Carolina Hurricanes 22 1
22  Nashville Predators 10 -12
23  Florida Panthers 24 1
24 (tie)
 Calgary Flames 19 -5
24 (tie)  Toronto Maple Leafs 21 -3
26  Phoenix Coyotes 23 -3
27  Edmonton Oilers 27 0
28  Buffalo Sabres 29 1
29  New York Islanders 25 -4
30  New Jersey Devils 30 0

What a difference a week makes, huh? Those Preds, who started off the season so hot, dropped a gigantic twelve spots. On the flip side, everyone is on the Minnesota Wild bandwagon, and suddenly the Ottawa Senators aren't the sad sacks of the league. It's good to see the Columbus Blue Jackets make a steady climb up the rankings; despite their standing in the NHL marketability picture, at least pundits are taking them seriously. Ok, well, as serious as power rankings could be.

As for those New Jersey Devils, they're still ranked 30th. Really, they should be ranked 31st after Ilya Kovalchuk's awesome failed shootout attempt.

Here are the conference rankings. Note that the SBN ones weren't posted as of this posting, so no comparison right now but I'll update it when it's there.

Western Conference

Rank Team SBN
1  St. Louis Blues x
2  Los Angeles Kings x
3  Vancouver Canucks x
4  Detroit Red Wings x
5  Minnesota Wild x
6  Columbus Blue Jackets x
7  Dallas Stars x
8  Chicago Blackhawks x
9  San Jose Sharks x
10  Colorado Avalanche x
11  Anaheim Ducks x
12  Nashville Predators x
13  Calgary Flames x
14  Phoenix Coyotes x
15  Edmonton Oilers x

Eastern Conference

Rank Team SBN
1  Washington Capitals x
2  Philadelphia Flyers x
3  Boston Bruins x
4  Montreal Canadiens x
5  Tampa Bay Lightning x
6  Ottawa Senators x
7  New York Rangers x
8  Pittsburgh Penguins x
9  Atlanta Thrashers x
10  Carolina Hurricanes x
11  Florida Panthers x
12  Toronto Maple Leafs x
13  Buffalo Sabres x
14  New York Islanders x
15  New Jersey Devils x

And now, everyone's favorite part, the mega-spreadsheet! Notice the new column at the end for standard deviation.

 

Rank Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet TSN Ave Std
1  St. Louis Blues 1 1 1 2 1 1.2 0.447214
2  Los Angeles Kings 2 2 2 1 3 2 0.707107
3  Washington Capitals 5 3 3 3 4 3.6 0.894427
4  Vancouver Canucks 4 4 5 5 6 4.8 0.83666
5  Philadelphia Flyers 3 5 6 4 8 5.2 1.923538
6  Detroit Red Wings 6 6 4 6 5 5.4 0.894427
7  Boston Bruins 7 7 7 12 2 7 3.535534
8  Minnesota Wild 9 10 9 10 7 9 1.224745
9  Montreal Canadiens 14 12 10 7 11 10.8 2.588436
10  Columbus Blue Jackets 8 11 8 11 17 11 3.674235
11  Tampa Bay Lightning 11 16 12 9 10 11.6 2.701851
12  Dallas Stars 13 18 11 13 9 12.8 3.34664
13  Chicago Blackhawks 18 9 19 8 12 13.2 5.069517
14  Ottawa Senators 10 8 15 14 24 14.2 6.180615
15  New York Rangers 16 17 14 17 15 15.8 1.30384
15  San Jose Sharks 17 13 16 20 13 15.8 2.949576
17  Colorado Avalanche 19 14 13 16 18 16 2.54951
18  Pittsburgh Penguins 12 15 20 15 19 16.2 3.271085
19  Atlanta Thrashers 15 19 17 18 14 16.6 2.073644
20  Anaheim Ducks 20 22 21 19 16 19.6 2.302173
21  Carolina Hurricanes 22 20 18 22 21 20.6 1.67332
22  Nashville Predators 21 23 23 21 23 22.2 1.095445
23  Florida Panthers 23 21 24 26 20 22.8 2.387467
24  Calgary Flames 24 25 25 25 25 24.8 0.447214
24  Toronto Maple Leafs 30 27 22 23 22 24.8 3.563706
26  Phoenix Coyotes 25 24 26 24 26 25 1
27  Edmonton Oilers 28 28 27 28 27 27.6 0.547723
28  Buffalo Sabres 26 26 29 29 29 27.8 1.643168
29  New York Islanders 27 30 28 27 28 28 1.224745
30  New Jersey Devils 29 29 30 30 30 29.6 0.547723

And here's a new wrinkle which helps quantify the Most Consensus and Biggest Outlier teams that have been featured each week -- a table sorted purely by standard deviation:

 

Team Std
 St. Louis Blues 0.4472136
 Calgary Flames 0.4472136
 Edmonton Oilers 0.5477226
 New Jersey Devils 0.5477226
 Los Angeles Kings 0.7071068
 Vancouver Canucks 0.83666
 Detroit Red Wings 0.8944272
 Washington Capitals 0.8944272
 Phoenix Coyotes 1
 Nashville Predators 1.0954451
 Minnesota Wild 1.2247449
 New York Islanders 1.2247449
 New York Rangers 1.3038405
 Buffalo Sabres 1.6431677
 Carolina Hurricanes 1.6733201
 Philadelphia Flyers 1.9235384
 Atlanta Thrashers 2.0736441
 Anaheim Ducks 2.3021729
 Florida Panthers 2.3874673
 Colorado Avalanche 2.5495098
 Montreal Canadiens 2.5884358
 Tampa Bay Lightning 2.7018512
 San Jose Sharks 2.9495762
 Pittsburgh Penguins 3.2710854
 Dallas Stars 3.3466401
 Boston Bruins 3.5355339
 Toronto Maple Leafs 3.5637059
 Columbus Blue Jackets 3.6742346
 Chicago Blackhawks 5.0695167
 Ottawa Senators 6.1806149

Biggest Outlier: Can't make heads or tails of this year's Ottawa Senators team? Don't worry, you're in good company. CBS and ESPN had them ranked in the top third, The Hockey News and Sportsnet had them smack in the middle of the league, and TSN brought the Ottawa hate in by pegging them at 24 (start your Toronto-based-bias conspiracy theory here). Here's what TSN had to say about the Sens:

Winning five of six, the Sens look to be headed in the right direction; it's remarkable what happens once RW Alex Kovalev becomes a contributing factor.

Gee, that seems polite, if not a little praiseworthy. Guess TSN's looking at the big picture after all.

Most Consensus: Both the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues had all but one of the same ranking. Of course, the big difference was that the Blues were at the very top of the list and the Flames were at the very bottom. But hey, consistency!

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