Our consensus NHL power rankings for week three of the NHL season. We have included Neil Greenberg’s Washington Posts power rankings that uses a different format for ranking. * See below chart for Greenberg’s explanation
To get our consensus point total, we awarded the top team 30 points, the second team 29 points, third team 28 points, etc. Added each teams total points and divided by the number of outlets used.
Week Two consensus power rankings
* Washington Post:
These NHL power rankings are based on two factors that are estimates of a team’s true talent level, both adjusted for strength of schedule: Pythagenpat win percentage and percentage of even-strength shots in their favor when the game is within one goal (“Fenwick Close“).
Pythagenpat estimates a team’s true talent level based on goals for and against, while a team’s Fenwick Close gives us a proxy for their ability to drive puck possession. The more shots in their favor after eliminating score effects, the more sustainable winning should be. You can find a complete explanation of the methodology by clicking here.
** Ken Campbell’s THN note on the Oilers ranking
Before you get all over us for ranking the Oilers too high, consider that these rankings are weighted heavily toward teams that have had good weeks. And nobody in the league had a better week than the Oilers, who may just have saved Dallas Eakins’ job by posting three straight wins.