Despite being past the quarter point in the NHL season we are still seeing quite a bit of change in the Power Rankings. This week we have a couple of big movers in each direction. The big risers are the New York Islanders from 16th to 8th, Tampa Bay (19th to 13th) and New York Rangers (23rd to 15th). Teams falling are Detroit (2nd to 7th), Calgary (9th to 18th) and Washington (17th to 22nd). It seems there is a lot of parity in the NHL this year and if you are a team ranked in the #8 to low 20′s if you string together 4 or 5 wins or 4 or 5 losses you can move up or down dramatically. The best division award has to go to the Northeast division as all 5 teams are in the top 16 in the league. This makes sense when you realize they have a combined 40-19-5 record against teams outside the northeast division.
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AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams