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Power Rankings: Week 6

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Power Rankings head into the second month of the season and once again there was plenty of movement as the Nashville Predators regained the top spot after defeating Tampa Bay this week while Philadelphia and the Rangers made big climbs with terrific weeks.


At the other end, the Kings dropped into last place and fired their coach John Stevens while Chicago fired John Quenneville. Pittsburgh also dropped down the rankings after appearing in the top five for the first time last week.


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1. Nashville


 Record: 11-3-0 (3-0-0)


Last Week 2


It was a perfect week for the Predators with the big 4-1 win over Tampa Bay, their best effort of the week. Nashville also knocked off a tough Boston squad as well as Vegas, giving up only two goals in three games.  They head on the road this week to start a five-game road trip down south and out west. They will not have Viktor Arvidsson who is out with a lower body injury but did get Pekka Rinne back this past week.


2. Tampa Bay


Record: 10-3-1 (3-1-0)


Last Week 1


The Lightning went 3-1 last week, losing only to Nashville, while defeating New Jersey and Montreal in regulation and then coming back to beat Ottawa on no rest in overtime. They are home for all three games this week and that will help. They move down one spot as their loss to the Predators thrusted Nashville to the top spot.


3. Toronto


Record: 9-5-0 (1-1-0)


Last Week 4


The Maple Leafs only played twice this week, winning on the road against the Penguins and losing at home to Dallas. Toronto has the weirdest split in the NHL as they are 3-5-0 at home and a perfect 6-0 on the road. They are home to Vegas and New Jersey this week and on the road against Boston. Auston Matthews is still out with a shoulder injury but skated and took some shots on Monday.


4. Boston


Record: 8-4-2 (2-1-0)


Last Week 5


Boston knocked off Carolina and Dallas this week and sandwiched the wins around a 1-0 loss to highly regarded Nashville. The Bruins defense have Torey Krug back and he quarterbacks the power play. They gave up only four goals this week in the three contests. Boston takes on Vancouver, Vegas and Toronto in three home games this week and that could allow them to make a move up the power rankings.


5. Minnesota


Last Week 10


Record: 8-3-2 (2-0-0)


The Wild are in the midst of a seven-game road trip. Minnesota won both games this week as they beat the Oilers and St. Louis. They finish their road trip this week with games against San Jose, the Kings, Anaheim and St. Louis. Mikael Granlund has taken over the team lead in points with 13, one up on Ryan Suter an Zach Parise.


6. Montreal


Record: 8-4-2 (2-2-0)


Last Week 6


The Canadiens split the week as they knocked off the Capitals and the Islanders while dropping decisions to Tampa Bay and Dallas. The Habs play three games this week as they travel to New York to take on the Rangers and then return home to play Buffalo and Vegas. The Canadiens apparently made a great trade in getting Max Domi from the Coyotes as he has eight goals and 15 points in 14 games. They gave up Alex Galchenyuk who needed a change in scenery as he was always under the gun in Montreal.


7. San Jose


Record: 7-4-3 (1-1-1)


Last Week 7


The Sharks lost in a shootout to the Rangers and then lost in regulation to Columbus before defeating Philadelphia in overtime. It was not a great week for San Jose the schedule was primed for them to make a move upwards but they were unable to do so. They got Joe Thornton back in the lineup and he is playing in the middle on the third line. Tomas Hertl is questionable. San Jose is home to Minnesota and Calgary this week while playing Dallas and St. Louis on the road.


8. Colorado


 Record: 7-4-3 (0-1-1)


Last Week 8


The Avalanche lost to Calgary and Vancouver this week although they picked up a point against the Canucks in an overtime loss. The Avs scored 11 times in the two games but gave up 13 to the Western Canadian teams. This week the Avalanche could be in tough as they are home to top-ranked Nashville and then go back on the road to play Winnipeg and Edmonton, both tough contests. They do have the best line in the NHL in Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog so the Avalanche are fun to watch.


9. Winnipeg 


Record: 8-5-1 (1-1-0)


Last Week 9


The Jets split a pair of games against Florida in Finland last week and it remains to be seen how the travel and jet-lag with affect the team. The Jets start a four-game home stand with a pair of games this week, facing Colorado and New Jersey. Brendan Lemieux will miss both games this week as he was suspended for his illegal check on Vincent Trocheck in Helsinki.


10. Pittsburgh


Record: 6-4-3 (0-3-1)


Last Week 3


The Penguins were as bad this week as they were terrific the previous week as they garnered only one point in four games. They lost to the Islanders twice, once in a shootout, before losing to Toronto and New Jersey by a combined score of 10-1 with both losses coming at home. Pittsburgh plays only twice this week, on the road versus Washington and then back home against suddenly tough Arizona. There is a big drop in the rankings for the Penguins and deservedly so.

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Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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