How are we doing? ESPN’s hockey writers list the team’s picks from 1-31 – taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming deadlines – and those results are here.
Message: Previous rankings for each team refer to our Week 10 edition, published on the 24th. March has been published. The score is valid until the 30th. March.
Previous revision: 2
percentage points: .742
Next seven days: vs. LA (March 31); vs. MIN (April 1, 3); @ STL (April 5).
It’s hard to find weaknesses in the Golden Knights’ play, and they should only get better with Alex Pietrangelo back in the lineup. One thing to keep in mind: Vegas is 19-3-1 against the Ducks, Coyotes, Kings, Sharks and Blues, but 5-5 against the other top teams in the division, the Avs and Wild.
Previous review: 3
Percentage points : .721
The next seven days : @ CHI (April 1); vs. DAL (April 3, 4); vs. FLA (April 6).
Despite Canes’ success, the absence of star winger Teuvo Teravainen looms on the horizon. The 26-year-old is suffering from a concussion and has no intention of returning. It’s a big loss for a lot of reasons that many don’t understand, coach Rod Brind’Amour told ESPN last week.
Previous rating: 1
percentage points : .714
Next seven days: vs. CBJ (April 1); vs. DET (April 3 & 4); @ CBJ (April 6).
Yeah, Tampa Bay looks like they could win the title. However, the Lightning are averaging over 10 penalty minutes per game, which is the best in the league. They have a top-10 penalty, but that’s something to keep an eye on heading into extra time.
Previous review: 5
Percent points : .706
Next seven days: vs ARI (March 31); vs STL (April 2, 3); @ MIN (April 5).
The Avalanche are on a roll and their point streak now stands at 11 games. The top line of Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan Mackinnon (who have scored 35 points in the last seven games) is dynamic again. For the Avs: Stay healthy until the end.
Previous review: 6
Percent points : .714
The next seven days : @ NYI (April 1); @ NJ (April 2, 4); @ NYI (April 6).
Lars Eller’s recent absence has exposed the Caps’ biggest team weakness: center depth. T.J. Oshie played his usual position on the wing, which didn’t help the team much in the faceoff circle. We need to get Lars back, Oshie said Sunday. I don’t know if my percentage on the front end will hold up.
Previous review: 9
Percent points : .667
The next seven days : @ SJ (March 31); @ VGS (April 1, 3); vs. COL (April 5).
Coach Dean Evason has tried seemingly every combination in the world, but the Wild just can’t figure out how to play with power this season. This is currently the worst record in the league, at less than 10%. For context: The Hurricanes lead the league by 30%. Big difference.
Previous review: 4
Percentage points : .694
Next seven days: vs DET (April 1); vs CBJ (April 3, 4); @ CAR (April 6).
Aaron Ekblad was having a Norris Trophy season, but suffered a nasty injury this weekend. He was suspended for 12 weeks following leg surgery. GM Bill Zito sums up: Without the player Aaron is an irreparable loss for our hockey club.
Previous rating: 12
percentage points : .667
The next seven days : @ BOS (April 1 & 3); @ NYR (April 6).
After the unfortunate injuries the Penguins suffered during the 2019-20 season, good karma had to fall on them this season, right? Pittsburgh continues to struggle to win and move up, but injuries are piling up again. The latest is Tristan Jarry, who left Monday after the first period with an upper-body injury.
Previous review: 8
Percent points : .671
The next seven days : @ WPG (March 31, April 2); @ CGY (April 4, April 5).
Jack Campbell was fantastic… He has a .955 save percentage in six starts, but has struggled with injuries. The reality is he hasn’t played 100 percent and the games are weighing on him, coach Sheldon Keefe said. It’s not ideal when starter Frederik Andersen is also injured.
Previous review: 7
Percent points : .667
Next seven days: vs WFN (April 1); vs FI (April 3); vs WFN (April 6).
The Islanders were in good form when their captain, Anders Lee, injured his ACL. New York, meanwhile, took a 5-4 lead. It’s hard to predict GM Lou Lamoriello’s moves, but it looks like he’ll get a point in time to make up for the loss.
Previous review: 11
Percent points : .639
Next seven days: vs TOR (March 31, April 2); vs VAN (April 4, 6).
The Jets are lined up in the lead group and have enviable depth in the middle. Before the trade deadline, their biggest concern is whether to strengthen the blue line. Logan Stanley, a 22-year-old first-round pick in 2016, is doing his best to stay in the lineup.
Previous review: 13
Percent points : .608
Next seven days: vs CGY (April 2); vs VAN (April 3); @ MTL (April 5).
Connor McDavid has scored more than half of the Oilers’ goals this season, leading the league. Leon Draisaitl has also been fantastic (second top scorer in the league), but otherwise depth is a concern. Forgive us if you have heard this story before.
Previous valuation: 10 points
in percent : .641
Next seven days: vs PIT (Apr 1-3); vs PHI (Apr 5); @ PHI (Apr 6).
The Bruins got the same score in 2021. Let’s face it: Only the Sabres have scored fewer 5-on-5 goals than Boston this season. Outside of Brad Marchand and David Pasternak, no Bruins player has scored more than six goals at 5-on-5. They expect more from their depth players.
Previous review: 16
Percent points : .609
The next seven days : @ OTT (Apr 1); vs. OTT (Apr 3); vs. EDM (Apr 5).
Discipline is a bit of a problem in Montreal. The Canadiens have a penalty differential of minus 18. This is especially problematic as the Habs team is 21st in the league. The only bright spot here: Montreal leads the league with seven goals.
Previous review: 14
Percent points : .543
The next seven days : @ COL (April 2, 3); vs. VGS (April 5).
The Blues are not in good shape in the Western playoffs and could use a few more points. That’s one reason Craig Berube made Sunday’s Mike Hoffman (eight goals) a mere substitute. I just want more from him, the coach said.
Previous rating: 25
percentage points : .527
Next seven days: vs DAL (April 1); vs CHI (April 3); @ DET (April 6).
The Predators upped their game – in large part to get back into the playoffs. But this team was looking for temporary salespeople. Can they not only stay competitive, but plan for the future by collecting draft picks and prospects to finally fill this team with young talent?
Previous review: 24
Percent points : .529
The next seven days : @ COL (March 31); @ ANA (April 2, 4); @ LA (April 5).
The Yotes are well on their way to the playoffs in the Western Division, but their offense still doesn’t inspire confidence. They rank last in the league in shots per game, shots per game differential, and 25th in goals per game with an average of just over 2.5.
Previous review: 17
Percent points : .514
The next seven days : @ BUF (April 1, 3); vs. PIT (April 6).
The deep midfield has not been one of the Rangers’ strengths this season, and one of the things the New York center is not good at is confrontation. New York ranks last in the league with just 44.7% of its ties. No ordinary power plant is at 50% or more.
Previous review: 15
Percent points : .559
The next seven days : @ BUF (March 31); @ NYI (April 3); @ BOS (April 5); vs. BOS (April 6).
The racing season is in full swing. The defense was too weak, but all eyes were on Carter Hart. The prized No. 1 goalie was not himself (8-9-3, .869 save percentage, 4.04 goals against), and coach Alain Vigneault ruled Hart out this week because the young goalie needs to work harder.
Previous review: 19
Percent points : .527
Next seven days: vs CAR (April 1); @ NSH (April 3); vs DAL (April 6).
Since the beginning of March, the Blackhawks have been a .500 team, slowly losing ground in the playoffs. The biggest problem is that the underlying statistics predicted it. In Natural Stat Trick’s rankings, Chicago ranks 31st in the league in expected field goal percentage with 5-on-5.
Previous review: 18
Percent points : .485
Next seven days : @ VGS (March 31); vs. SJ (April 2, 3); vs. ARI (April 5).
The Kings are hanging on to the playoff race, but have been unlucky in tough games. Since early March, Los Angeles has a 4-7-2 record with just one goal. That winning percentage of .200 is 28th in the league over that span; only the Rangers, Habs and Sabres are worse.
Previous review: 21
Percent points : .485
Next seven days : @ NSH (April 1); @ CAR (April 3 & 4); @ CHI (April 6).
A basic concern for the stars: Can they turn the corner quickly and start winning to make up for their slow start? Dallas’ game shares, which have been his cushion all season, are starting to dwindle. The Stars can’t afford to wait for the return of Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop to turn things around.
Previous review: 23
Percent points : .473
Next seven days: vs CGY (March 31); @ EDM (April 3); @ WPG (April 4, 6).
Even if the Canucks want to do something in time, it will be difficult. You have no room in the lid. In addition, Brandon Sutter, Antoine Roussel and all full-time defensemen – with the exception of Quinn Hughes, who has an entry-level contract – have a no-trade or modified no-trade clause.
Previous review: 22
Percent points : .473
The next seven days : @ VAN (March 31); @ EDM (April 2); vs TOR (April 4 & 5).
Flame’s biggest concern right now: Can Darryl Sutter make the players understand before it’s too late? Calgary brought in Sutter to set the world on fire, and he does so in his signature husky voice, including openly criticizing the players. After an encouraging start under Sutter, the Flames have won just one of their last six games.
Previous rating: 20
percentage points : .486
The next seven days : @ TB (April 1); @ FLA (April 3, 4); vs. TB (April 6).
In recent years, the Blue Jackets have built a reputation for being one of the strongest defensive teams in the league, which can make up for deficiencies on offense. That’s not the case this season, as Columbus ranks ninth in number of goals against per game – and it still doesn’t excel offensively.
Previous review: 26
Percent points : .471
Next seven days: vs. MIN (March 31); @ LA (April 2, 3); vs. ANA (April 6).
The biggest concern for sharks right now: Will Patrick Marlo be traded in time? The veteran said he’s open to a deal like the one that sent him to Pittsburgh last season. Or will he stay and break Gordie Howe’s record for most games played in a Sharks shirt, even if it’s in yet another losing season?
Previous rating: 27
percentage points : .456
Next seven days: vs WSH (April 2, 4); vs BUF (April 6).
Oh, and Kyle Palmieri? Since joining the team in 2015, UFA has been the Devils’ most consistent scorer, scoring at least 24 goals in each previous season. Will New Jersey negotiate a long-term extension or part with the popular winger at the trade deadline?
Previous rating: 28
percentage points : .378
The next seven days : @ FLA (April 1); @ TB (April 3 & 4); vs NSH (April 6).
If Detroit can advance, it’s in good shape. The Red Wings are 11-0-1 after two periods this week. But they don’t have the courage to dig themselves out of the hole and go into the third period trailing 0-16-1.
Previous rating: 29
percentage points : .389
Next seven days: vs MTL (April 1); @ MTL (April 3)
The pressing question for the Sens is whether a trio of their top talents currently in college will decide to turn pro this season. North Dakota’s Shane Pinto, Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jake Sanderson ended the season on a devastating five-game losing streak against Minnesota-Duluth. Will they be in Ottawa this season?
Previous valuation: 30 points
in percent : .378
Next seven days: vs ARI (April 2, 4); @ SJ (April 6).
Before the trade deadline, the Ducks can become the eager sellers – if they want to. Rickard Rakell, for example, is an attractive option for many teams (27 years old, $3.9 million per year). But can Anaheim get enough in return, and are they willing to give up the player that other teams find so valuable?
Previous review: 31
Percent points : .250
Next seven days: vs PHI (March 31); vs NYR (April 1, 3); @ NJ (April 6).
Oh, where to start with the Sabres’ problems? The streak without a win now stands at 18 games, the longest in 17 years for an NHL team. Buffalo took a 3-0 lead into the third period Monday against the Flyers, and there is no timetable for Jack Eichel’s return. In a nutshell: Moral. That’s the biggest problem in Buffalo right now.
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