NHL Betting Power Rankings – Oct 14th
After the first week of NHL betting action, things are already sorting themselves out a bit. Some teams are living up to their promise, while some are still sputtering along. Let’s take a look at some early rankings.
#30 New Jersey Devils
The Devils did start with a rough patch, facing Washington and Winnipeg, which have high-powered offenses. However, this serves as a good test to show them how far they have to improve.
#29 Carolina Hurricanes
Rookie Noah Hanifin is going to be spectacular, but this will be a growth year for sure.
#28 Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs have started the Babcock era with three losses in a row. Their play has been OK so far, but there is definite room for improvement.
#27 Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers open with a stretch of eight games out of 10 against playoff qualifiers from last year, and their scoring has suffered as a result.
#26 Buffalo Sabres
The good news: Jack Eichel is terrific. The bad news: Robin Lehner, the starting goalie, is already on the shelf with an injury.
#25 Columbus Blue Jackets
An 0-3-0 start is not promising. However, they still should turn out better than last season.
#24 Boston Bruins
The porous defense lacks skill and depth. Goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t been playing well either.
#23 Philadelphia Flyers
The Panthers destroyed the Flyers by a 7-1 margin. Hopefully, Philly will shore up their defense a bit.
#22 Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are off to an 0-2-0 start, giving up nine goals combined.
#21 Colorado Avalanche
Two games, two wildly different results. Will this be another tumultuous season for the Avs?
#20 Florida Panthers
The aging Jaromir Jagr still looks sharp, leading this young, hungry team to big things early.
#19 Dallas Stars
The Stars opened by shutting out Pittsburgh and then answered that by going into the third period up 3-1 over Colorado…only to fall 6-3. This schizophrenic start mirrors what happened last year.
#18 Calgary Flames
Opening night was a disastrous loss to Vancouver, but then they finished the home-and-home with an overtime win over those same Canucks.
#17 Arizona Coyotes
They have started 2-0-0, smacking the Kings and holding on against Pittsburgh. Can the rookies keep playing this sharp?
#16 Pittsburgh Penguins
This is a high ranking to give to an 0-2-0 team, but they will not keep scuffing on offense like this.
#15 Vancouver Canucks
The 2-0-1 start here has been impressive, but the star has been Ryan Miller, who has 92 saves on 97 shots.
#14 St. Louis Blues
They should be 2-0, but they forgot how to play hockey for 21 seconds against Minnesota.
#13 Ottawa Senators
The 2-1-0 start is a nice opening. The lack of defensive depth will start to wear on Senators fans, though.
#12 Winnipeg Jets
The top six for the Jets are salty to watch, as they showed in blowing out Boston on opening night.
#11 New York Islanders
The Isles had to play the Blackhawks with a backup goalie. However, beating the Jets showed that the Islanders will be tough this year.
#10 San Jose Sharks
These Sharks look relaxed despite an awful finish to last season. Martin Jones looks like a terrific goalie.
#9 Minnesota Wild
Zach Parise? Four goals in two games. However, Devan Dubnyk could be a bit shaky.
#8 Detroit Red Wings
Teemu Pulkkinen and Dylan Larkin have been pleasant, young surprises for the Wings’ offense so far.
#7 Nashville Predators
The defense is off to a great start, as is goalie Pekka Rinne.
#6 Anaheim Ducks
Yes, they started 0-1-1, but this is a team that will contend at the end.
#5 Montreal Canadiens
The Habs are scoring in bunches, thanks to the play of Alex Galchenyuk. Carey Price is still a stone wall in goal.
#4 Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin has already added a highlight goal to his lengthy reel.
#3 Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks lost a ton of players in the offseason to get under the salary cap, but their offense is still dangerous.
#2 New York Rangers
The Rangers have 12 goals in three games, led by rookie Oscar Lindberg, who has four tallies of his own.
#1 Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have outscored their foes 13-6 in a 3-0-0 start and look ready to lead the league in goals once again.