Aggregated NHL Power Rankings: Week 6

We've been doing these Aggregated NHL Power Rankings for a few weeks now (six, in fact), but this marks the first time that we've had a repeat #1 team. Of course, the caveat here is that this is the first time a team has reclaimed the top seed -- there's still no back-to-back consensus yet.

RudyKelly, Quisp, Wil Wheaton, and all you other long-suffering Los Angeles Kings fans, eat your hearts out; the hockey world has crowned your purple-clad heroes as the top team in the NHL once again. The stay may be tenuous, though. Just ask the St. Louis Blues how they feel, and maybe being the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings top team is like winning the Jack Adams Trophy -- it's nice to be recognized, but you get that feeling that it'll change and quick.

(Not Jonathan Quick. Though he's having a hell of a season, ain't he?)

 

Rank Team Last Week Change
1  Los Angeles Kings 2 1
2  Detroit Red Wings 6 4
3 (tie)
 Philadelphia Flyers 5 2
3 (tie)
 Washington Capitals 3 0
5  Vancouver Canucks 4 -1
6  Montreal Canadiens 9 3
7  St. Louis Blues 1 -6
8  San Jose Sharks 15 7
9  Boston Bruins 7 -2
10  Anaheim Ducks 20 10
11  New York Rangers 15 4
12  Columbus Blue Jackets 10 -2
13  Ottawa Senators 14 1
14  Minnesota Wild 8 -6
15  Pittsburgh Penguins 18 3
16  Phoenix Coyotes 26 10
17  Chicago Blackhawks 13 -4
18  Nashville Predators 22 4
19  Colorado Avalanche 17 -2
20  Tampa Bay Lightning 11 -9
21  Dallas Stars 12 -9
22  Florida Panthers 23 1
23  Atlanta Thrashers 19 -4
24 (tie)
 Buffalo Sabres 28 4
24 (tie0
 Carolina Hurricanes 21 -3
26  Calgary Flames 24 -2
27  Toronto Maple Leafs 24 -3
28  New Jersey Devils 30 2
29  Edmonton Oilers 27 -2
30  New York Islanders 29 -1

Here's one thing to consider: do NHL pundits give more leeway to a team that's supposed to be good? For example, the San Jose Sharks have had a pretty good week, and thus they jump up seven spots. If, say, the Florida Panthers went on a similar run, would they be given the same sort of boost? My guess is not, and I think one of the trends we're learning here week after week is that reputation can often give a sometimes-undeserved boost.

After the jump, the conference rankings and the ever-popular mega-spreadsheet.

Western Conference

 

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

Eastern Conference

 

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

And here's the mega-spreadsheet in alphabetical order.

 

Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Average Std
 Anaheim Ducks 12 9 16 8 13 11 11.5 2.880972
 Atlanta Thrashers 23 22 24 22 24 19 22.33333 1.861899
 Boston Bruins 9 13 11 17 9 7 11 3.577709
 Buffalo Sabres 24 23 27 21 25 26 24.33333 2.160247
 Calgary Flames 26 26 25 23 26 24 25 1.264911
 Carolina Hurricanes 25 24 23 26 23 25 24.33333 1.21106
 Chicago Blackhawks 13 16 21 11 19 13 15.5 3.885872
 Colorado Avalanche 20 19 17 20 15 22 18.83333 2.483277
 Columbus Blue Jackets 15 12 8 13 12 18 13 3.34664
 Dallas Stars 19 25 18 24 16 15 19.5 4.135215
 Detroit Red Wings 2 3 2 4 3 2 2.666667 0.816497
 Edmonton Oilers 30 28 29 29 29 29 29 0.632456
 Florida Panthers 22 21 22 25 22 16 21.33333 2.94392
 Los Angeles Kings 1 2 1 1 4 1 1.666667 1.21106
 Minnesota Wild 14 17 10 16 17 12 14.33333 2.875181
 Montreal Canadiens 7 6 7 6 5 6 6.166667 0.752773
 Nashville Predators 10 20 12 18 20 23 17.16667 5.076088
 New Jersey Devils 27 27 28 27 28 30 27.83333 1.169045
 New York Islanders 29 30 30 30 30 27 29.33333 1.21106
 New York Rangers 17 11 15 10 10 9 12 3.224903
 Ottawa Senators 16 7 13 9 21 17 13.83333 5.231316
 Philadelphia Flyers 3 1 5 3 2 5 3.166667 1.602082
 Phoenix Coyotes 18 15 14 12 11 21 15.16667 3.763863
 Pittsburgh Penguins 11 14 20 14 14 14 14.5 2.949576
 San Jose Sharks 6 8 9 15 7 10 9.166667 3.188521
 St. Louis Blues 8 10 4 7 8 8 7.5 1.974842
 Tampa Bay Lightning 21 18 19 19 18 20 19.16667 1.169045
 Toronto Maple Leafs 28 29 26 28 27 28 27.66667 1.032796
 Vancouver Canucks 4 5 6 5 6 3 4.833333 1.169045
 Washington Capitals 5 4 3 2 1 4 3.166667 1.47196

And the same spreadsheet, this time sorted by standard deviation:

 

Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Average Std
 Edmonton Oilers 30 28 29 29 29 29 29 0.632456
 Montreal Canadiens 7 6 7 6 5 6 6.166667 0.752773
 Detroit Red Wings 2 3 2 4 3 2 2.666667 0.816497
 Toronto Maple Leafs 28 29 26 28 27 28 27.66667 1.032796
 New Jersey Devils 27 27 28 27 28 30 27.83333 1.169045
 Vancouver Canucks 4 5 6 5 6 3 4.833333 1.169045
 Tampa Bay Lightning 21 18 19 19 18 20 19.16667 1.169045
 New York Islanders 29 30 30 30 30 27 29.33333 1.21106
 Los Angeles Kings 1 2 1 1 4 1 1.666667 1.21106
 Carolina Hurricanes 25 24 23 26 23 25 24.33333 1.21106
 Calgary Flames 26 26 25 23 26 24 25 1.264911
 Washington Capitals 5 4 3 2 1 4 3.166667 1.47196
 Philadelphia Flyers 3 1 5 3 2 5 3.166667 1.602082
 Atlanta Thrashers 23 22 24 22 24 19 22.33333 1.861899
 St. Louis Blues 8 10 4 7 8 8 7.5 1.974842
 Buffalo Sabres 24 23 27 21 25 26 24.33333 2.160247
 Colorado Avalanche 20 19 17 20 15 22 18.83333 2.483277
 Minnesota Wild 14 17 10 16 17 12 14.33333 2.875181
 Anaheim Ducks 12 9 16 8 13 11 11.5 2.880972
 Florida Panthers 22 21 22 25 22 16 21.33333 2.94392
 Pittsburgh Penguins 11 14 20 14 14 14 14.5 2.949576
 San Jose Sharks 6 8 9 15 7 10 9.166667 3.188521
 New York Rangers 17 11 15 10 10 9 12 3.224903
 Columbus Blue Jackets 15 12 8 13 12 18 13 3.34664
 Boston Bruins 9 13 11 17 9 7 11 3.577709
 Phoenix Coyotes 18 15 14 12 11 21 15.16667 3.763863
 Chicago Blackhawks 13 16 21 11 19 13 15.5 3.885872
 Dallas Stars 19 25 18 24 16 15 19.5 4.135215
 Nashville Predators 10 20 12 18 20 23 17.16667 5.076088
 Ottawa Senators 16 7 13 9 21 17 13.83333 5.231316

Most consensus: Hey Oilers fans, there's good news -- NHL pundits seem to have agreed the most on where your team ranks. The bad news? It's two spots lower than last week, though the coveted last spot has been saved for the New York Islanders.

As for those Islanders, here's why TSN broke rank and put them at 27th:

Losing ten straight, the Islanders will turn to a new coach as the solution after firing Scott Gordon. Certainly the goaltending is a problem area, but no goaltender is going to win with a team that has scored eight goals in the last eight games.

The Islanders didn't play until Wednesday after firing Gordon. TSN posts their rankings on Mondays, so maybe that's why they didn't get a worse hit. We'll see how that happens next week.

Biggest outlier: It seems to be the in thing to have wildly varying opinions on the Ottawa Senators. This week, there are rankings in each third of the NHL tier for the Sens, with the biggest separation being 14 spots -- seventh by CBS and 21st by TSN. And the standard deviation backs it up.

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