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NHL Power Rankings: Not ours, someone else’s

Dec 13, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

We’ve discussed doing NHL power rankings on PHT, but they take a lot of work, so every once in a while we’ll link to someone else’s power rankings and comment on those instead.

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Today, we’re discussing Scott Cullen’s rankings at, published today (Dec. 13).


A few thoughts:

—-Agree with the Rangers at the top. After a two-game hiccup versus the Leafs and Lightning, New York destroyed Buffalo and Florida, 4-1 and 6-1, respectively. Everyone knew the Rangers could play defense, but now they’re starting to put the puck in the net. In their last nine games, they’ve scored at least four goals in six of them.

—-Canucks all the way up to No. 2, inching ahead of the Bruins. It’s pretty much a coin toss between Vancouver, Boston and Detroit. All three are playing great hockey and outscoring their opposition by a wide margin. Cullen dropped the B’s to No. 3 because Zdeno Chara is injured. Fair enough. He’s good.

—-Wild fans: furious. First overall in the standings, No. 8 in the rankings. To be fair to Cullen, his methodology is statistically based, and Minnesota’s goal differential (plus-15) is only seventh best in the NHL. Still deserve to be higher though.

—-I’d put the Wild ahead of the Panthers. Florida’s a pretty pedestrian 5-3-2 in its last 10 and, as mentioned, just got blown out by the Rangers.

—-I’d put the Blues ahead of the Panthers, too. St. Louis has at least a point in 14 of the 16 games its played under coach Ken Hitchcock. Last week, the Blues beat Detroit and San Jose.

—-Absolutely no way the Oilers (No. 15) should be that high. They’re 5-10-1 in their last 16. They lost at home to Carolina last week. Edmonton’s not a good team.

—-Nashville at No. 12 is generous. The Preds are 4-6-1 in their last 11. True, they’re won two in a row, but they needed a miracle finish to beat the Blue Jackets Thursday and barely got by Anaheim Saturday.

  1. philsosexy - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    What!? How the hell is Philadelphia back in tenth…leading the East, 5 straight wins,most goals in the league by a big margin, and the leading scorer in the NHL. Bull shit

    • Jason Brough - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      He dropped them due to Pronger and Giroux out. Just his methodology.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        with that line of thinking shouldnt pittsburgh be a lot lower then? Malkin, Staal, Crosby, Letang, Michalek…

    • stakex - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Given the Pronger and Giroux injuries… I think its fair to say the Flyers are outside the top 5 right now. Not sure I would put them as low as 10th yet, but that is the direction they will probably be trending.

  2. philsosexy - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    And Minnesota in 8th…this guy is a tard and should be fired

  3. yaozer17 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    power rankings are worthless…

  4. bigtganks - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I think it’s fair to say the other seven teams would all beat Minny in a seven game series. It’s called perspective not being prisoners of the moment and caught in the hype.

    • whistler1217 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      I think your opinion is debatable. This week, yes MN is being hyped, however they’ve been underrated most of the year. I believe the Wild are something like 17-4 in the last 21. That’s a pretty damn solid stretch. And I believe there’s some old saying about a hot goalie can take you far. We could have two of them. Besides Boston, which top team has better goaltending or team defense. Hockey, especially in the playoffs is about more than 100 pt scorers and Fantasy stats. I’d say D, depth, and timely scoring. Go Wild!

  5. Jeff - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Exactly jpelle82.

  6. rogersjd16 - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Buffalo at 14 is pretty generous too. Definition of mediocre…

    • robertterwilliger - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      so the “definition of mediocre” team is right in the middle of the pack in the 30 team league.

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    the hockey news is a million times better than, on almost everything!!!! I don’t pay attention to ESPN and their garbage

  8. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Put the sharks at the bottom. Their horrendous defense and not so special special teams are a laughingstock. I’m hoping for a rebuild in Teal Town. Let this team fool you no more because they suck.

    • jrod691 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

      I was just scrolling to the bottom to write that the Sharks should be much lower on that list. In addition to terrible defense and special teams they also have an embarrassing “spray and pray” or “hammer and hope” offense and the worst breakout I’ve ever seen on an NHL rink.

      None of this is new but if you give professional coaches 3 years to figure you out and you barely make any significant strategic adjustments during that time it’s bound to bite you in the behind.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      Eh. True, they’re a choke squad, but they’re nowhere near the bottom. Porous defense, hot-and-cold scoring, lack of grit despite having plenty of supposed tough guys, all of this is true, but they’re still miles above the Jackets, Bolts, Hurricanes, et cetera. Although when you think about it, it’d be better if they WERE that bad. At least then they’d get draft picks. Right now they’re looking like they’ll suffer the slow death of the Calgary Flames by virtue of trying to force a win with a roster that can’t do it instead of trading their big pieces while they can still get good returns.

      I HOPE they do, but I’m not expecting it.

  9. pastabelly - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Zdeno Chara might only miss one game (the game tonight). Not what you call a major injury. It’s not exactly like the Crosby situation in Pittsburgh.

  10. philsosexy - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Flyers just killed Washington, without Pronger and Giroux…10th place my ass

    • danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:31 AM

      In fairness, killing Washington isn’t really as hard as people were expecting it to be this season.

  11. taytay099 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    I think Cullen looks too deeply into statistics when he does his rankings. Wouldn’t the Penguins be number one if they can be this successful without some of their best players? Same with the Flyers losing Pronger and the Wild having to use 3 different goalies and still winning low scoring games.

  12. zestypickles - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    This ranking sucks.

  13. govtminion - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Weird, I started at the bottom when I went looking for the Avs… and found them all the way up at 22? That’s… very generous. Better than the Jets? Really?

  14. tessaxx3 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    So the bruins are 3rd bc chara is out? Funny bc they played last night and rask had a shutout with our best Dman out and Campbell who’s their top penalty killer was out. Weird

  15. flyeredup2 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    So this is based on how many star caliber players the team currently has in the lineup??

    Let’s just base in on the team with the nicest uniforms!


  16. greynraney - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    These truly are worthless lists – Minnesota has the best record in the league and they’re sitting 8th – Philly is 10th? Meanwhile, the Rangers couldn’t muster a single goal last night vs a 3rd string goalie from the AHL – Go Stars!

  17. cup0pizza - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Stars 18th? Huh?

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