Aggregated NHL Power Rankings: Week 15

For the first time in the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, we've got a significant amount of zero movement from last week. The Vancouver Canucks retain the top spot, but the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings also keep their second and third spot, respectively. In fact, the biggest change was for the surging Phoenix Coyotes, who jumped up eight spots. Everyone else is five or under.

Does that mean things are starting to settle? You're starting to see a little bit of separation in the Western Conference, and you're also looking at some teams beginning to consider their trade options as we head past the 50-game mark.

Here are your rankings.

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

Coming up after the jump, conference rankings and the always popular mega-spreadsheet.

Here are the conference rankings with a comparison to the SBN rankings. First the Eastern Conference.

Rank Team SBN Diff
1  Philadelphia Flyers 1 0
2  Pittsburgh Penguins 2 0
3  Boston Bruins 3 0
4  Washington Capitals 5 1
5  Tampa Bay Lightning 4 -1
6  Montreal Canadiens 7 1
7  New York Rangers 6 -1
8  Carolina Hurricanes 8 0
9  Atlanta Thrashers 9 0
10  Florida Panthers 10 0
11  Buffalo Sabres 11 0
12  Toronto Maple Leafs 12 0
13  New York Islanders 13 0
14  Ottawa Senators 14 0
15  New Jersey Devils 15 0

Then the Western Conference.

Rank Team SBN Diff
1  Vancouver Canucks 1 0
2  Detroit Red Wings 2 0
3  Dallas Stars 3 0
4  Phoenix Coyotes 5 1
5  Nashville Predators 4 -1
6  Chicago Blackhawks 6 0
7  Anaheim Ducks 8 1
8  Colorado Avalanche 7 -1
9  Los Angeles Kings 9 0
10  Minnesota Wild 11 1
11  San Jose Sharks 12 1
12  St. Louis Blues 10 -2
13  Calgary Flames 14 1
14  Columbus Blue Jackets 13 -1
15  Edmonton Oilers 15 0

That's a heck of a lot of consensus between the various rankings and our SBN bloggers. Great minds and all that.

Here's the mega-spreadsheet sorted by rank.

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 2 1 1 1 2 1 1.333 0.516 1 0
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 1 2 2 2 1 5 2.167 1.472 2 0
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 3 3 3 3 3 6 3.5 1.225 3 0
4 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 5 7 4 4 5 4 4.833 1.169 6 2
5 West  Dallas Stars 4 4 5 7 4 7 5.167 1.472 6 1
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 8 6 8 6 2 6.167 2.229 10 4
7 East  Washington Capitals 6 11 8 5 7 14 8.5 3.391 4 -3
8 West  Phoenix Coyotes 8 5 9 11 9 13 9.167 2.714 16 8
9 West  Nashville Predators 9 6 10 10 11 11 9.5 1.871 9 0
10 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 10 7 6 8 18 10.17 4.401 5 -5
11 West  Chicago Blackhawks 10 12 14 15 12 3 11 4.29 13 2
12 East  Montreal Canadiens 14 9 11 14 10 15 12.17 2.483 12 0
13 East  New York Rangers 11 15 12 9 13 16 12.67 2.582 8 -5
14 West  Anaheim Ducks 15 13 17 12 15 9 13.5 2.811 11 -3
15 East  Carolina Hurricanes 13 14 15 17 17 12 14.67 2.066 18 3
16 West  Colorado Avalanche 16 16 13 16 14 17 15.33 1.506 16 0
17 East  Atlanta Thrashers 18 24 20 13 16 10 16.83 4.997 14 -3
18 West  Los Angeles Kings 20 19 16 19 20 8 17 4.648 19 1
19 West  Minnesota Wild 17 18 18 18 18 21 18.33 1.366 14 -5
20 West  San Jose Sharks 21 20 21 21 19 19 20.17 0.983 21 1
21 West  St. Louis Blues 19 21 19 20 21 24 20.67 1.862 20 -1
22 East  Florida Panthers 22 17 22 25 22 20 21.33 2.658 25 3
23 West  Calgary Flames 24 26 24 22 23 22 23.5 1.517 25 2
24 East  Buffalo Sabres 23 22 25 23 25 25 23.83 1.329 22 -2
25 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 25 23 26 26 26 23 24.83 1.472 23 -2
26 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 27 23 24 24 26 25 1.549 24 -2
27 East  New York Islanders 27 25 28 28 28 27 27.17 1.169 27 0
28 East  Ottawa Senators 28 28 27 27 27 28 27.5 0.548 28 0
29 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 29 29 29 29 29 29.17 0.408 29 0
30 East  New Jersey Devils 29 30 30 30 30 30 29.83 0.408 30 0

And by standard deviation:

 

Rank Conference Team ESPN CBS THN Sportsnet SI TSN Ave Std Last Diff
29 West  Edmonton Oilers 30 29 29 29 29 29 29.17 0.408 29 0
30 East  New Jersey Devils 29 30 30 30 30 30 29.83 0.408 30 0
1 West  Vancouver Canucks 2 1 1 1 2 1 1.333 0.516 1 0
28 East  Ottawa Senators 28 28 27 27 27 28 27.5 0.548 28 0
20 West  San Jose Sharks 21 20 21 21 19 19 20.17 0.983 21 1
27 East  New York Islanders 27 25 28 28 28 27 27.17 1.169 27 0
4 East  Pittsburgh Penguins 5 7 4 4 5 4 4.833 1.169 6 2
3 West  Detroit Red Wings 3 3 3 3 3 6 3.5 1.225 3 0
24 East  Buffalo Sabres 23 22 25 23 25 25 23.83 1.329 22 -2
19 West  Minnesota Wild 17 18 18 18 18 21 18.33 1.366 14 -5
2 East  Philadelphia Flyers 1 2 2 2 1 5 2.167 1.472 2 0
5 West  Dallas Stars 4 4 5 7 4 7 5.167 1.472 6 1
25 East  Toronto Maple Leafs 25 23 26 26 26 23 24.83 1.472 23 -2
16 West  Colorado Avalanche 16 16 13 16 14 17 15.33 1.506 16 0
23 West  Calgary Flames 24 26 24 22 23 22 23.5 1.517 25 2
26 West  Columbus Blue Jackets 26 27 23 24 24 26 25 1.549 24 -2
21 West  St. Louis Blues 19 21 19 20 21 24 20.67 1.862 20 -1
9 West  Nashville Predators 9 6 10 10 11 11 9.5 1.871 9 0
15 East  Carolina Hurricanes 13 14 15 17 17 12 14.67 2.066 18 3
6 East  Boston Bruins 7 8 6 8 6 2 6.167 2.229 10 4
12 East  Montreal Canadiens 14 9 11 14 10 15 12.17 2.483 12 0
13 East  New York Rangers 11 15 12 9 13 16 12.67 2.582 8 -5
22 East  Florida Panthers 22 17 22 25 22 20 21.33 2.658 25 3
8 West  Phoenix Coyotes 8 5 9 11 9 13 9.167 2.714 16 8
14 West  Anaheim Ducks 15 13 17 12 15 9 13.5 2.811 11 -3
7 East  Washington Capitals 6 11 8 5 7 14 8.5 3.391 4 -3
11 West  Chicago Blackhawks 10 12 14 15 12 3 11 4.29 13 2
10 East  Tampa Bay Lightning 12 10 7 6 8 18 10.17 4.401 5 -5
18 West  Los Angeles Kings 20 19 16 19 20 8 17 4.648 19 1
17 East  Atlanta Thrashers 18 24 20 13 16 10 16.83 4.997 14 -3

Biggest outlier: There's plenty of differentiation with TSN's calculated rankings as opposed to everyone else's subjective rankings. But in terms of biggest difference, you have the Atlanta Thrashers with two wildly different rankings -- 13th by Sportsnet and 24th by CBS.

Most consensus: Well, there's a little bit of differentiation regarding the worst team in the league. ESPN picks the Oilers as worst while everyone else pegs the old standby New Jersey Devils as worst.

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