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nhl power rankings and projections: dec. 17

In this week’s edition of the power rankings, I have completely revamped the model that churns out the numbers. If you’re curious, this is a post explaining the new method, but the gist is that I’m now using score-adjustments rather than score-close. That plus a re-weighting of 5-on-5 and special teams data.

Here are last week’s rankings with the old method, and with the adjustments there’s obviously some big changes this week as some teams went up thanks to the adjustment, and some teams went down.

The biggest news is there’s a new number one this week as Pittsburgh’s long reign at the top is over thanks to scaling back the weight on special teams.

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nhl power rankings and projections: dec. 10

In this week’s power rankings, Washington crawls back into the top five, Pittsburgh finally falls below 100 and the biggest drop of the week belongs to Carolina who fall into the bottom ten.

Meanwhile, the Leafs find themselves just outside the top ten and somehow ahead of St. Louis and Nashville.

If you haven’t read it yet, this is how I’ll be measuring each team this year. And here is last week’s rankings.

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nhl power rankings and projections: dec. 3

In this week’s power rankings, Washington and Anaheim fall out of the top five, Pittsburgh loosens its stronghold on the number one spot and Dallas has the biggest drop of the week falling into the bottom 10.

Meanwhile, the Central division continues to show its strength while the Metro division is a downright laughingstock .

If you haven’t read it yet, this is how I’ll be measuring each team this year. And here is last week’s rankings.

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nhl power rankings and projections: nov. 26

In this week’s edition of the power rankings, almost every team is in the same spot as last week, which means the rankings are stabilizing, which is only a good thing.

Pittsburgh continues its dominance, having spent every single week at the top as Chicago moves into No. 2 after finally getting some luck in the goal scoring department.

Anaheim is showing they’re for real this year as they slide into the top five at the expense of Tampa Bay, and Florida drops all the way to 22 after getting dominated territorially in just about every game this week.

If you haven’t read it yet, this is how I’ll be measuring each team this year. And here is last week’s rankings.

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nhl power rankings and projections: oct. 22

Two weeks into the season, it’s finally time to do some power rankings apparently. It’s still stupid early in the season to judge or predict anything, but everyone else was doing it so here’s mine.

Most power rankings are done with subjectivity and gut feel. This is not one of those. I don’t think you care who anyone thinks is the best team, because no one really knows, it’s just an opinion. I want to change that and rank the teams as objectively as possible, but even that won’t be perfect either, especially this early in the season.

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leafs season preview 2013-2014

Training camp for the Leafs begins today and that means the season is starting very soon. Last season ended in a not very good way to be honest, some of us are still recovering. How will this season play out? Well it depends what stage you’re in in terms of being a Leafs fan.

There are two stages of being a Leafs fan.

There’s the stage that happens early on in Leafs fandom where there is sheer optimism before every signing, trade, draft pick, game and season.

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A lot of players score from 192 feet away, don’t worry Vesa.

“Everything will be fine, just wait and see!”

“Front office knows what they’re doing!”

“Vesa Toskala is a great goalie just watch!”

This stage can last anywhere from two years to an entire lifetime depending on the sanity of the person. The best way to categorize this section of fans is “hey, there’s always next year.”

Then there’s the other side. The dark side of being a Leafs fan. The side where you come to realize that this team is probably cursed. This is the pessimistic side, the side where only bad things can and will happen to the Leafs because that’s just how it is. Every move is scrutinized because of the understanding that the front office is and always will be inept.

“Three game winning streak, wow can’t wait until December where we lose eight straight…”

“That shot from outside the blueline looks harmless… nevermind”

“4-1 lead in the third? I wonder how we blow this one…”

And really, if you’ve been a Leafs fan long enough, that third quote will probably jump out at you because it’s probably all you thought about during the Meltdown in Beantown.

I bring this up because this season can really go either way for the Leafs. The turnover during the offseason was massive and largely questionable. It’s as if there was a massive overreaction to the way the Leafs played for one period rather than how they played from Games 2-6, but I digress.

With all the people moving out this year, and all the fresh faces, this is a team that is hard to predict. Especially since they were an extremely lucky team in a lockout shortened season. Did the Leafs get better over the offseason and become contenders? Or did they become a worse team based on what they lost to free agency and buyouts. Here’s both sides:

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