Time is crooked these days, but believe it or not, we’re halfway to a shortened NHL season of 56 games in 2021. For this week’s ESPN Power Ranking, we determined each team’s midseason MVP.

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 7 edition, published on the 10th. March has been published. The percentage score is a maximum of 16. March.

Previous review: 5
Percent points : .750
Next seven days: vs NSH (March 18, 20); @ TB (March 21); @ CHI (March 23).

The Panthers had a few good performances in the first half, but their MVP is captain Alexander Barkov, who does everything, and does it well. Honorable mention to Jonathan Huberdeau, who was almost as impressive.

Previous review: 4
Percentage points : .732
Next seven days: vs CBJ (3/18, 3/20); @ CBJ (3/22).

Vincent Trocheck was a rock star in the first half of the season (13 goals and 24 points per game), but is now injured. Keep an eye on Sebastian Aho, he’s about to go into next-level mode.

Previous rating: 1
percentage points : .750
Next seven days: vs CHI (3/18, 3/20); vs FLA (3/21); @ DAL (3/23).

Andrei Vasilevskiy stands head and shoulders above his peers this season. According to Natural Stat Trick, Wasilewski leads the league in saves with 5 for 5 goals with 13.35. The nearest goalie? Kevin Lankinen (8.66).

Previous revision: 2
percentage points: .750
Next seven days: vs SJ (3/17); @ LA (3/19, 3/21); vs STL (3/22).

Marc-Andre Fleury is the team’s MVP in the first half of the season, which is ironic considering the Golden Knights speculated on a trade this summer after giving Robin Lehner a long-term contract. They are the best goalie tandem in the league.

Previous review: 6
Percent points : .700
Next seven days: vs PHI (3/18, 3/20); @ PHI (3/22); @ BOS (3/23).

Captain Anders Lee was the first vice president. In addition to the team’s 12 goals, teammate Matt Martin praised Lee for his best showing in the league. Lee is unfortunately permanently out of the game due to a lower body injury. Next.

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Previous review: 7
Percent points : .724
Next seven days: v. New York (19, 20 March)

The perennially underrated Nicklas Backstrom is coming off a brand new season. The 33-year-old leads the team in points and has the best goals and points per game totals in a decade.

Previous review: 11
Percent points : .685
The next seven days : @ COL (March 18, 20); vs. ANA (March 22).

Kirill Kaprizov continues to be the Wilds’ star of the season, in part because he helps guard some games. Of the starters in the last 10 seasons, only four players have scored more points in 25 games than Caprizov’s 23 (which is also a franchise record for Minnesota).

Previous review: 13
Percent points : .638
The next seven days : @ NJ (March 18, 20); vs. NJ (March 21).

The Penguins are in win-win mode because Sidney Crosby is still around. At 33, Crosby is still the team’s best player – he scored seven points during the recent five-game winning streak – but he’s holding his career scoring average in check.

Previous review: 3
Percentage points : .667
Next Seven Days: vs. CGY (3/19, 3/20).

Austin Matthews leads the NHL in scoring by a respectable margin. He has scored 64 goals on the season and already has 16 points (including eight goals). While treating a wrist injury.

Previous rating: 12
percentage points : .667
Next seven days: vs MIN (Mar 18, 20); @ ARI (Mar 22, 23).

Philipp Grubauer is playing the best hockey of his career. Only Andrei Vasilevskiy, 29, has a save percentage and a goal average. Also, Grubauer has one more save (four) than Lightning Netmaker.

Previous review: 8
Percent points : .630
The next seven days : @ BUF (March 18, 20); vs. NYI (March 23).

There’s good reason to believe Charlie McAvoy is the Bruins’ first VP to take over the No. 1 defense and bring more offensive power. But the overall impact of Brad Marchand – and his 31 points in 25 games – is hard to ignore.

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Previous valuation: 10 points
in percent : .643
Next seven days: vs MTL (March 17); @ EDM (March 18, 20); @ VAN (March 22).

Winnipeg’s MVP so far is their number one centre, Mark Scheifele, who has scored 36 points in the first 27 games. Nevertheless, here is the official nomination of Nikolai Ehlers, who will inherit the former title of most underrated player in the NHL, Alexander Barkov.

Previous review: 9
Percent points : .589
The next seven days : @ LA (March 17); @ SJ (March 19, 20); @ VGS (March 22).

The team’s first game MVP is also the rebounding candidate of the year: Justin Falk. The defender inherited Alex Pietrangelo and is playing what the St. Louis traded (and immediately extended) player should. Louis is considering for 2019.

Previous review: 16
Percent points : .581
The next seven days : @ CGY (March 17); vs WPG (March 18, 20); @ MTL (March 22).

This may be the best hockey we’ve ever seen Connor McDavid play. For the age of 30. He scored his 50th goal of the season. Point this season, making it his second success in a row. The last player to do that for two consecutive seasons? Wayne Gretzky.

Previous review: 17
Percent points : .589
The next seven days : WPG (March 17); VAN (March 19 and 20); EDM (March 22).

It was a renaissance season for 33-year-old Jeff Petrie, who became the first defender to score 10 goals this season. Petrie led the Habs in points (25) at halftime, and Montreal had a plus-20 goal differential with him on the ice.

Previous review: 14
Percent points : .596
The next seven days : @ New York (March 17); @ New York (March 18, 20); vs New York (March 22); vs New Jersey (March 23).

Sean Couturier may have only played 15 games (he missed 10 with a rib injury), but he’s still arguably the best player on the team. His even-strength Corsi percentage (61.22) is more than 10 points higher than the team average.

Previous review: 22
Percent points : .534
Next seven days: vs EDM (March 17); @ TOR (March 19, 20); @ OTT (March 22).

Andrew Mangiapane has made his mark this season, but Calgary’s MVP is his big offseason investment: Jacob Markstrom. Since Miikka Kiprusoff left Cyprus, the Flames are without a reliable goalie and will use Markstrom (19 appearances, .911 save percentage, two shutouts) as their workhorse.

Previous review: 15
Percent points : .550
The next seven days : @ TB (March 18, 20); vs. FLA (March 23).

Patrick Kane has reached the 1,000 game mark this season, and he shows no signs of slowing down. If Chicago stays in the playoffs, Kane will be in the MVP discussion. Kane is only behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in points, and he has 12 more points than any other Blackhawk.

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Previous review: 18
Percent points : .519
Next seven days: vs STL (3/17); vs VGS (3/19, 3/21); @ SJ (3/22).

If you’ve watched the Kings play this season, you’ve probably noticed that Anze Kopitar continues to dominate. It’s amazing to see, especially for someone of his height, said teammate Jeff Carter. You literally know every night what you’re going to get with Kopi controlling the game. He’s always there.

Previous review: 19
Percent points : .483
The next seven days : @ ANA (March 18, 20); vs. COL (March 22, 23).

Conor Garland leads the Coyotes in points at the half, but he’s also perhaps Arizona’s most spectacular player. Small but mighty, it continues to play a big role.

Previous rating: 20
percentage points : .481
Next seven days: vs PHI (3/17); @ WSH (3/19, 3/20); vs BUF (3/22).

With Artemi Panarin out for much of the season, Chris Kreider, the longest serving veteran on the team, has been the MVP. Kreider leads the team in scoring (14-26) and is second behind Panarin in field goal percentage (65.2%).

Previous review: 23
Percent points : .500
The next seven days : @ DET (March 18, 20); vs NSH (March 21); vs TB (March 23).

It’s not the start Dallas expected. Alexander Radulov is back after a month, Tyler Seguin is still suspended. In their absence, it was Joe Pavelski who carried the load with twice as many goals (14) as his closest teammate.

Previous review: 21
Percent points : .483
The next seven days : @ RCA (March 18, 20); vs.

Oliver Bjorkstrand should be the team’s MVP for now, but his effort remains questionable. Cam Atkinson has proven he can still score a goal and is the most consistent offensive producer, so that’s that.

Previous review: 26
Percent points : .481
The next seven days : @ VGS (March 17); vs. STL (March 19, 20); vs. LA (March 22).

It was a dismal season in San Jose, but Logan Couture produced. He leads the team with 13 goals (11 tied), while performing well on defense. The captain is struggling to move forward.

Previous review: 24
Percent points : .469
The next seven days : @ OTT (March 17); @ MTL (March 19, 20); vs. WPG (March 22).

Thatcher Demko has been doing well lately, but Brock Boeser has been consistent all season, leading the team in points and goals. It looks more and more like he’ll be on the U.S. Olympic team next year.

Previous rating: 25
percentage points : .431
The next seven days : @ FLA (March 18, 20); @ DAL (March 21); vs. DET (March 23).

The Predators continue to disappoint. Filip Forsberg (10 goals, 27 points in the first 28 games) had the best individual performance. This makes it the highest yielding option of all Nashville trading options.

Previous rating: 27
percentage points : .423
Next seven days: vs PIT (3/18, 3/20); @ PIT (3/21); @ PHI (3/23).

New Jersey may not have had its best start in a decade, but there are some positives. A year ago, most Devils fans wouldn’t have minded selling Paul Zach. The 23-year-old now leads the team in points and it seems he wasn’t broken after all.

Previous rating: 29
percentage points : .344
Next seven days: vs. VAN (Mar. 17); vs. CGY (Mar 22).

The Senators are not on most people’s mandatory watch list, but they do have a few players who can be watched legally. Brady Tkachuk (11 goals, 21 points in 31 games) is the best player for me. He leads the league in shots… by a wide margin.

Previous rating: 28
percentage points : .367
Next seven days: vs ARI (3/18, 3/20); @ MIN (3/22).

Max Comtois got off to a good start, but suddenly Rickard Ruckell took over. The more he plays, the higher his trade value will be, but also the more illiquid the trade will be, as the asking price could be too high for most teams.

Previous valuation: 30 points
in percent : .367
Next seven days: vs DAL (Mar 18, 20); @ NSH (Mar 23).

Dylan Larkin plays hard every time he’s on the ice, but the player who has let the Red Wings down the most so far this season is Jonathan Bernier. According to Natural Stat Trick, he is 5-5 on the year and 11th in the league in scoring.

Previous review: 31
Percent points : .286
Next seven days: vs BOS (Mar 18, 20); @ NYR (Mar 22).

Not many Sabres have good seasons. Linus Ulmark is now out for at least a month with an injury. But after 12 appearances, his 5-4-2 record and .919 save percentage are hard to ignore – especially when he’s on such a bad team.

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