THW Power Rankings: A New Number One

As teams get set to cross the quarter pole of the 2015-16 NHL season, it’s still pretty tough to separate the true contenders from the pretenders. Teams that got off to hot starts like the Winnipeg Jets have faltered, while teams that started slow have — Anaheim Ducks  and Pittsburgh Penguins– have started to rise up the standings.

The Montreal Canadiens are dealing with the loss of Carey Price, leaving rookie Mike Condon to shoulder the load in net. While he’s done an admirable job so far, one has to wonder if he can keep it up for the foreseeable future. On the opposite side of things, the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to have the worst record in the league, but the level of play since John Tortorella took over has been much better than the first nine games of the year.

At The Hockey Writers, we look at schedule strength, weekly records, goal differential and more to determine the rankings. In addition, we poll the various writers of the website for their rankings and take those votes into consideration as well. So, without further adieu, it’s The Hockey Writers’ weekly power rankings.

*Note: The records are accurate as of the morning of 11/15*

This week
Last week
Our take
minnesota wild
montreal canadiens The play of the team hasn’t faltered much, but what happens if Carey Price is out longer than expected?
washington capitals
nashville predators
st. louis blues
los angeles kings
new jersey devils
pittsburgh penguins
chicago blackhawks
new york islanders
ottawa senators
arizona coyotes
san jose sharks
boston bruins
detroit red wings
winnipeg jets
tampa bay lightning
vancouver canucks
buffalo sabres
anaheim ducks
florida panthers
colorado avalanche
toronto maple leafs
calgary flames
philadelphia flyers
carolina hurricanes
columbus blue jackets
edmonton oilers