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*