NHL Power Rankings – Jan. 22, 2008
It is almost unbelievable how the west dominates the top of this list. With Ottawa losing some key games there are no eastern conference teams in the top 10. Some of you may decide that this makes these rankings bogus because of the ‘how can that be’ argument but my rankings aren’t the only rankings that show this. The Massey Rankings only have Ottawa in the top 10 and the Sagarin rankings only have Ottawa and Philadelphia in the top 10. In both of those rankings as well as mine the bottom 10 teams are dominated by the eastern conference. Now I don’t think that Columbus is better than Ottawa (though with Heatley and Alfredsson injured Columbus is likely better) but Ottawa’s superiority over Columbus is likely not as large as many people would think and Columbus is 7-3-4 vs the east this year.
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