As the All-Star break approaches and groups additionally start their bye weeks, we as soon as once more see the deck chairs within the center shifting round, however the most effective and worst groups roughly keep the identical. This week, the Lightning, Capitals and Senators are the beneficiaries, whereas the Jets discover themselves on the incorrect aspect of it.

As I’ve executed thus far this season, I rank groups not simply on their leads to the standings, but in addition with how they’ve seemed in a number of stats as effectively. Otherwise I’d simply copy and paste the standings, proper? No enjoyable in that. The rankings are an mixture of six completely different stats: factors %, 5-on-5 objective differential, 5-on-5 xGF/60, 5-on-5 xGA/60, power-play xGF/60 and short-handed xGA/60, all coming courtesy of Natural Stat Trick. To floor the rankings a bit, no workforce may be above a workforce that’s greater than 5 factors forward within the standings, whatever the mixture.

1. Boston Bruins

Record: 38-7-5 (.810%, 1st)
5v5 Goal Differential: +50 (1st)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.78 (t-Eleventh)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.28 (2nd)
PP xGF/60: 9.04 (Tenth)
PK xGA/60: 6.21 (1st)
5v5 PDO: 103.2
Previous Week: 1st (0)

I’m sorry, there have to be one thing incorrect with my notes. It says the Bruins misplaced three video games in a row? That can’t be true, can it?

Well, it’s. After extending their six-game successful streak in opposition to the Canadiens, they misplaced three straight video games to the Lightning, Panthers and Hurricanes. Now, these are three stable groups, in order that’s not a humiliation or something, however it’s nonetheless stunning to see, even when it was inevitable.

2. Carolina Hurricanes

Record: 32-9-8 (.735%, 2nd)
5v5 Goal Differential: +25 (fifth)
5v5 xGF/60: 3.19 (1st)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.04 (1st)
PP xGF/60: 9.04 (Tenth)
PK xGA/60: 6.21 (1st)
5v5 PDO: 103.2
Previous Week: 2nd (0)

The Hurricanes discover themselves on a five-game successful streak, together with factors in eight straight after beating the Stars, Sharks and Bruins final week. They maintain getting nearer to dethroning the Bruins within the rankings primarily based on the mixture, however that huge level benefit is an entire different hurdle for the Canes to beat.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs

Record: 31-12-8 (.686%, 4th)
5v5 Goal Differential: +28 (4th)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.87 (t-Eighth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.39 (t-Sixth)
PP xGF/60: 9.12 (Eighth)
PK xGA/60: 6.83 (2nd)
5v5 PDO: 101.4
Previous Week: 4th (+1)

The Leafs additionally discover themselves on a little bit of a scorching streak, as they’ve a 5-1-1 report of their final seven after wins over the Islanders, Rangers and Capitals. The loss to the Senators was an unsightly one, however they’ll in all probability have one or two of these for the time being with Auston Matthews out for the subsequent few weeks.

4. New Jersey Devils

Record: 32-13-4 (.694%, third)
5v5 Goal Differential: +35 (third)
5v5 xGF/60: 3.03 (third)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.43 (Ninth)
PP xGF/60: 9.49 (Sixth)
PK xGA/60: 7.74 (twelfth)
5v5 PDO: 101.1
Previous Week: third (-1)

The Devils took two out of their three matchups final week, beating the Golden Knights and the Stars, with a loss to the Predators sandwiched between them. They drop a spot because the Leafs are only a tad bit hotter, showcasing how shut these two groups are proper now and the way rather more swapping might happen between them earlier than the playoffs.

5. Dallas Stars

Record: 28-13-10 (.647%, Sixth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +23 (t-Sixth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.74 (thirteenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.51 (thirteenth)
PP xGF/60: 10.01 (third)
PK xGA/60: 7.28 (Eighth)
5v5 PDO: 101.7
Previous Week: fifth (0)

While the Leafs and Devils are shut collectively, the Stars are actually in a tier of their very own, as even a three-game dropping streak doesn’t transfer them out of fifth place. Taking all three defeats to time beyond regulation does assist their case, however I nonetheless assume they might moderately be on the successful aspect of these matchups.

6. Vegas Golden Knights

Record: 29-18-4 (.608%, Tenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -3 (t-Nineteenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.66 (fifteenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.36 (4th)
PP xGF/60: 9.1 (Ninth)
PK xGA/60: 7.11 (fifth)
5v5 PDO: 99.5
Previous Week: seventh (+1)

The Golden Knights had every week to neglect, dropping all three video games throughout their journey to the New York space in opposition to the Devils, Rangers and Islanders. Despite that, they transfer up a spot because the Jets appear to be in an excellent worse rut, however extra on that shortly.

7. Tampa Bay Lightning

Record: 32-15-1 (.677%, fifth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +23 (t-Sixth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.93 (4th)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.57 (fifteenth)
PP xGF/60: 7.97 (18th)
PK xGA/60: 8.04 (Sixteenth)
5v5 PDO: 101.9
Previous Week: Ninth (+2)

The Lightning rebounded from back-to-back losses out West in a giant method, taking all three video games final week in opposition to the Wild, Bruins and Kings. That strikes them up a pair spots, placing them previous the struggling Jets, in addition to a Wild workforce that’s doing nice however switched with the Lightning partly as a result of that sport between them.

8. New York Rangers

Record: 27-14-8 (.633%, Eighth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +14 (Ninth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.56 (Twenty second)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.5 (twelfth)
PP xGF/60: 10.14 (1st)
PK xGA/60: 8.03 (fifteenth)
5v5 PDO: 100.6
Previous Week: Tenth (+2)

While they didn’t outright win out final week, the Rangers will definitely take factors in all three video games after they beat the Panthers, misplaced in time beyond regulation to the Leafs after which completed off the week with a win over the Golden Knights. That one level is what places them up a pair locations, because it offers them a slight edge over the Wild.

9. Minnesota Wild

Record: 27-17-4 (.604%, Eleventh)
5v5 Goal Differential: 0 (18th)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.42 (Twenty third)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.29 (third)
PP xGF/60: 9.71 (4th)
PK xGA/60: 7.58 (t-Ninth)
5v5 PDO: 100.1
Previous Week: Eighth (-1)

The Wild noticed their dropping streak prolong to a few video games to start out off final week after falling to the Lightning, however then they snapped again with wins over the Flyers and Sabres. They nonetheless drop down a spot, however that has extra to do with the success of the groups proper in entrance of them proper now.

10. Edmonton Oilers

Record: 28-18-4 (.600%, twelfth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +8 (t-Eleventh)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.89 (Sixth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.61 (Sixteenth)
PP xGF/60: 10.09 (2nd)
PK xGA/60: 8.48 (t-Twenty second)
5v5 PDO: 100.4
Previous Week: Eleventh (+1)

The Oilers discover themselves within the prime 10 for the primary time all season, as although their six-game win streak got here to an finish, they nonetheless have factors of their final eight. That streak was snapped to start out the week with an time beyond regulation loss to the Blue Jackets, however then they rebounded with a blowout win over the Blackhawks.

11. Seattle Kraken

Record: 29-15-5 (.643%, seventh)
5v5 Goal Differential: +42 (2nd)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.6 (twentieth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.46 (t-Tenth)
PP xGF/60: 6.04 (Thirtieth)
PK xGA/60: 7.58 (t-Ninth)
5v5 PDO: 102.3
Previous Week: twelfth (+1)

While they nonetheless haven’t been on one other heater fairly like their street journey earlier within the month, I’m positive the Kraken will nonetheless take two out of three after beating the Canucks and Blue Jackets, though the loss to the Flames may very well be a giant one within the Pacific playoff race. They nonetheless discover themselves on this part of the rankings as a result of their weaker offense, however they slide up a spot as a result of present fall of the Jets.

12. Winnipeg Jets

Record: 31-19-1 (.618%, Ninth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +6 (fifteenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.65 (t-Sixteenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.67 (twenty first)
PP xGF/60: 8.96 (t-Eleventh)
PK xGA/60: 7.22 (Sixth)
5v5 PDO: 101
Previous Week: Sixth (-6)

After their highest rating of the season final week, they take the largest drop of the week after dropping three straight and 5 of their final seven general. It goes to point out how shut this part of groups on the record is, as a little bit of a droop mixed with unhealthy underlying numbers through the stretch means they take a giant hit.

13. Calgary Flames

Record: 24-17-9 (.570%, seventeenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +8 (t-Eleventh)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.88 (seventh)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.38 (fifth)
PP xGF/60: 8.13 (Sixteenth)
PK xGA/60: 6.98 (third)
5v5 PDO: 98.4
Previous Week: thirteenth (0)

The Flames stick round in the identical spot as final week, as they nonetheless haven’t gone on an extended sufficient scorching streak to get again inside 5 factors of a number of the groups forward of them right here. They nonetheless did effectively this week, taking two of three video games with wins over the Blue Jackets and Kraken, though the loss to the Blackhawks places a little bit of a stain on it.

14. Washington Capitals

Record: 26-20-6 (.558%, Nineteenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +5 (t-Sixteenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.64 (18th)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.46 (t-Tenth)
PP xGF/60: 8.96 (t-Eleventh)
PK xGA/60: 8.14 (seventeenth)
5v5 PDO: 99.9
Previous Week: seventeenth (+3)

You would assume that lastly having a largely wholesome roster would imply the Capitals can sustain the successful from final month, however they’ve really been tremendous inconsistent by not successful back-to-back video games in any respect in January, together with dropping two of three final week. At the very least, their underlying numbers have been fairly good with the more healthy lineup, which is why they nonetheless moved up three spots.

15. Los Angeles Kings

Record: 28-18-6 (.596%, thirteenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -8 (Twenty second)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.62 (Nineteenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.41 (Eighth)
PP xGF/60: 7.64 (t-Twenty third)
PK xGA/60: 7.27 (seventh)
5v5 PDO: 98
Previous Week: fifteenth (0)

The Kings proceed to stay round in the course of the pack, not fairly dominant however nonetheless adequate to remain within the playoff race. They put collectively a little bit of a win streak after beating the Blackhawks, Flyers and Panthers however ended final week on a nasty be aware with a loss to the Lightning.

16. Florida Panthers

Record: 24-22-6 (.519%, Twenty second)
5v5 Goal Differential: +9 (Tenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 3.11 (2nd)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.63 (t-18th)
PP xGF/60: 9.29 (seventh)
PK xGA/60: 7.94 (14th)
5v5 PDO: 99.7
Previous Week: Sixteenth (0)

Last week would have been an ideal alternative to catch up within the playoff race with 4 video games on the schedule, particularly since many of the different groups that they’re preventing with have video games in hand. They nonetheless can’t fairly put all of it collectively and dropped the primary three video games to the Rangers, Penguins and Kings, though they did have the glory of being the workforce that began Boston’s first dropping streak of the season.

17. Pittsburgh Penguins

Record: 24-16-9 (.582%, fifteenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -3 (t-Nineteenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.9 (fifth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.62 (seventeenth)
PP xGF/60: 8.87 (thirteenth)
PK xGA/60: 8.51 (Twenty fourth)
5v5 PDO: 99.9
Previous Week: 14th (-3)

The Penguins are hanging on to the ultimate playoff spot within the East after a stretch of three losses of their final 4 video games, however that doesn’t save them from dropping a number of spots within the rankings. They did begin off final week with the lone win of that stretch in opposition to the Panthers, however they misplaced the subsequent two to the Caps and the Sharks.

18. Colorado Avalanche

Record: 27-18-3 (.594%, 14th)
5v5 Goal Differential: -5 (t-Sixteenth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.57 (twenty first)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.39 (t-Sixth)
PP xGF/60: 7.96 (Nineteenth)
PK xGA/60: 8.55 (t-Twenty fifth)
5v5 PDO: 100.3
Previous Week: 18th (0)

The Avalanche continued their scorching streak final week even when they did lose certainly one of their video games, because it’s the lone loss in a stretch of seven wins in eight video games. The indisputable fact that the loss got here to the Ducks is a nasty look, however they did beat the Caps and Blues to make up for it.

19. New York Islanders

Record: 25-22-5 (.529%, twentieth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +17 (Eighth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.65 (t-Sixteenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.81 (Twenty fifth)
PP xGF/60: 7.86 (twenty first)
PK xGA/60: 8.47 (twenty first)
5v5 PDO: 101.4
Previous Week: Nineteenth (0)

It hasn’t been a fairly month for the Islanders, as a stretch of 10 losses in 11 video games makes a run to the playoffs all of the more durable for them. They misplaced to the Leafs and Sens to proceed that stretch final week, however they did snap again with two straight wins in opposition to the Red Wings and Golden Knights to finish the week.

20. Buffalo Sabres

Record: 26-19-4 (.571%, Sixteenth)
5v5 Goal Differential: +8 (t-Eleventh)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.68 (14th)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.64 (twentieth)
PP xGF/60: 6.38 (twenty sixth)
PK xGA/60: 8.91 (twenty eighth)
5v5 PDO: 100.5
Previous Week: twenty first (+1)

Despite an up-and-down season for the Sabres, they’re now only one level out of a playoff spot due to a five-game successful streak and factors of their final seven video games. They received three of these wins final week in opposition to the Stars, Blues and Jets earlier than the streak was ended with a shootout loss to the Wild.

21. Ottawa Senators

Record: 23-23-3 (.500%, t-Twenty third)
5v5 Goal Differential: -29 (twenty ninth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.84 (Tenth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.7 (Twenty second)
PP xGF/60: 9.52 (fifth)
PK xGA/60: 8.55 (t-Twenty fifth)
5v5 PDO: 97.1
Previous Week: Twenty fourth (+3)

The Senators appear to have put an finish to their stretch of seven losses in 9 video games final week due to successful three video games in a row. Some of them have been dominant performances too, notably the 6-2 win over Toronto and the 5-0 win over Montreal, and that strikes them up three spots in consequence.

22. Nashville Predators

Record: 24-18-6 (.563%, 18th)
5v5 Goal Differential: +7 (14th)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.87 (t-Eighth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.84 (twenty sixth)
PP xGF/60: 7.21 (Twenty fifth)
PK xGA/60: 9.14 (twenty ninth)
5v5 PDO: 101.1
Previous Week: twentieth (-2)

The Predators are preserving their playoff hopes alive in the interim after they received three straight final week in opposition to the Kings, Jets and Devils. They do drop a few spots, however that’s simply because the Sabres and Senators have been simply as scorching because the Preds and taking part in somewhat bit higher.

23. Detroit Red Wings

Record: 21-19-8 (.521%, twenty first)
5v5 Goal Differential: -12 (Twenty third)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.18 (Thirtieth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.63 (t-18th)
PP xGF/60: 7.8 (Twenty second)
PK xGA/60: 8.22 (18th)
5v5 PDO: 99.8
Previous Week: Twenty second (-1)

The Red Wings have quietly drifted out of the playoff race within the East, however that hasn’t stopped them from getting some wins in nonetheless, even when they moved down with the Sens on a warmer streak for the time being. They began off final week with wins over the Sharks and Canadiens earlier than ending it with a shutout loss to the Islanders.

24. Philadelphia Flyers

Record: 21-21-9 (.500%, t-Twenty third)
5v5 Goal Differential: -6 (twenty first)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.4 (Twenty fourth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.75 (Twenty third)
PP xGF/60: 5.55 (thirty second)
PK xGA/60: 8.41 (twentieth)
5v5 PDO: 99.8
Previous Week: Twenty fifth (+1)

The Flyers didn’t have the most effective begin to the week as they discovered themselves on a three-game dropping streak after dropping video games to the Kings and the Wild final week, however they put it to an finish by including to the Jets’ troubles with a 4-0 win. They nonetheless moved up a spot, however that’s extra due to the Blues’ skid than the success of the Flyers.

25. St. Louis Blues

Record: 23-24-3 (.490%, Twenty fifth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -20 (twenty sixth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.39 (t-Twenty fifth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.8 (Twenty fourth)
PP xGF/60: 6.12 (twenty ninth)
PK xGA/60: 8.48 (t-Twenty second)
5v5 PDO: 99.3
Previous Week: Twenty third (-2)

The Blues are actually making the case for promoting on the deadline after dropping 4 straight to the Blackhawks, Sabres, Coyotes and Avalanche. It drops them down a few spots, partially due to the Sens’ scorching streak, but in addition as a result of the Blues are by some means doing worse than the Flyers as effectively.

26. San Jose Sharks

Record: 15-25-11 (.402%, twenty eighth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -16 (t-Twenty fourth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.78 (t-Eleventh)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.53 (14th)
PP xGF/60: 7.9 (twentieth)
PK xGA/60: 7.69 (Eleventh)
5v5 PDO: 99.1
Previous Week: twenty eighth (+2)

As has been the case for many of the season, the Sharks’ placement has extra to do with not having sufficient factors to catch as much as different groups, and this week they transfer up a pair locations due to the truth that they caught as much as two groups. Even although they misplaced two of three final week, each defeats got here in time beyond regulation, in order that they nonetheless received 4 factors out of the week, though that doesn’t assist their lottery odds.

27. Vancouver Canucks

Record: 20-26-3 (.439%, Twenty seventh)
5v5 Goal Differential: -16 (t-Twenty fourth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.39 (t-Twenty fifth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.85 (Twenty seventh)
PP xGF/60: 8.01 (seventeenth)
PK xGA/60: 8.84 (Twenty seventh)
5v5 PDO: 99.3
Previous Week: twenty sixth (-1)

The Rick Tocchet impact has form of kicked in in Vancouver. Winning two of three isn’t a lot of a scorching streak, however it’s additionally the primary time the Canucks have executed that in 2023, so perhaps there’s one thing there. They nonetheless transfer down a spot, however that’s extra due to the Sharks catching up than the Canucks essentially struggling.

28. Montreal Canadiens

Record: 20-26-4 (.440%, twenty sixth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -22 (Twenty seventh)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.28 (Twenty seventh)
5v5 xGA/60: 3.08 (thirty first)
PP xGF/60: 6.36 (t-Twenty seventh)
PK xGA/60: 9.74 (thirty first)
5v5 PDO: 99.3
Previous Week: Twenty seventh (-1)

While the Canucks moved down regardless of their week, the Canadiens dropped a spot as a result of they really did have a nasty week, as they misplaced three straight to the Bruins, Red Wings and Senators. Even although the Sharks caught as much as them, the five-point rule nonetheless saved them a bit, as they might have been as little as Thirtieth this week.

To end off the record, I’m going to do one thing somewhat bit completely different. We didn’t have any motion within the backside 4 on the rankings, so I believed I’d pay tribute to Gary Bettman’s feedback about how there’s no tanking within the league by grouping collectively all of the groups which are clearly tanking this season. That, and there are additionally solely so many ways in which I can describe how unhealthy these groups are, so I believed I’d depart some extra choices for me down the street after they unload and get actually unhealthy.

29. Columbus Blue Jackets

Record: 15-32-3 (.330%, thirty second)
5v5 Goal Differential: -48 (t-Thirtieth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.22 (twenty ninth)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.88 (twenty ninth)
PP xGF/60: 7,64 (t-Twenty third)
PK xGA/60: 8.28 (Nineteenth)
5v5 PDO: 98.1
Previous Week: twenty ninth (0)

30. Chicago Blackhawks

Record: 15-29-4 (.354%, thirty first)
5v5 Goal Differential: -48 (t-Thirtieth)
5v5 xGF/60: 1.93 (thirty second)
5v5 xGA/60: 3.04 (Thirtieth)
PP xGF/60: 6.36 (t-Twenty seventh)
PK xGA/60: 7.89 (thirteenth)
5v5 PDO: 98.5
Previous Week: Thirtieth (0)

31. Anaheim Ducks

Record: 16-29-5 (.370%, Thirtieth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -59 (thirty second)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.24 (twenty eighth)
5v5 xGA/60: 3.52 (thirty second)
PP xGF/60: 8.17 (fifteenth)
PK xGA/60: 10.11 (thirty second)
5v5 PDO: 97.9
Previous Week: thirty first (0)

32. Arizona Coyotes

Record: 16-28-6 (.380%, twenty ninth)
5v5 Goal Differential: -23 (twenty eighth)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.11 (thirty first)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.86 (twenty eighth)
PP xGF/60: 5.94 (thirty first)
PK xGA/60: 9.63 (Thirtieth)
5v5 PDO: 100.2
Previous Week: thirty second (0)

The solely actual motion we received on this group within the standings is that the Ducks and Blackhawks swapped locations, because the Ducks wished to show Gary proper by successful out final week, together with two in opposition to a fellow tanker within the Coyotes.

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