1-32 ballot, plus what every crew is ‘most definitely’ to do

With the one-month mark within the rearview mirror — with the requisite awards presented to their winners — groups are definitely starting to indicate tendencies which can be extra than simply early-season traits.

For this week’s energy rankings — which noticed a brand new No. 1 — we establish that key tendency for all 32 golf equipment.

How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors charges groups in opposition to each other — taking into consideration recreation outcomes, accidents and upcoming schedule — and people outcomes are tabulated to provide the record featured right here.

Be aware: Earlier rating for every crew refers to final week’s rankings, revealed on Nov. 10. Factors percentages are by the video games of Tuesday.

Earlier rating: 3
Factors share: 0.733
Upcoming schedule: vs. WPG (Nov. 18), vs. CHI (Nov. 20), @ DAL (Nov. 23)

Most probably to finish up on a spotlight reel. Look, Edmonton had two gamers (Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid) mix for 50 factors within the first 12% of the season. McDavid can single-handedly destroy defenses. Draisaitl already has a league-high 5 game-winning targets. There is a purpose the Oilers have began so effectively this season and an enormous a part of it’s their top-end expertise main the cost (and producing video clicks!).

Earlier rating: 2
Factors share: 0.857
Upcoming schedule: @ ANA (Nov. 18), @ LA (Nov. 20), @ SJ (Nov. 22)

Most probably to close the door. The Hurricanes have been a troublesome out all season, thanks largely to Frederik Andersen and a robust protection corps. Carolina averages the third fewest photographs in opposition to (27.9 per recreation), and what’s getting by hasn’t flustered Andersen a bit. He is 9-2-0, with a .939 save share and 1.78 goals-against common. No marvel the Hurricanes are permitting the fewest targets within the NHL (1.93). Andersen is locked in and locking it down.

Earlier rating: 1
Factors share: 0.781
Upcoming schedule: vs. NJ (Nov. 18), vs. MIN (Nov. 20)

Most probably to guard the home. There is not a lot the Panthers have not carried out effectively all through this season. Like taking part in wonderful hockey at residence. Florida is 7-0-0 in Broward County, in comparison with 3-2-3 in every single place else, and the Panthers have outscored opponents 33-16 in their very own constructing. So whereas their streak because the final undefeated NHL membership could have come to an finish final week, Florida’s dominance on residence ice stays unmatched.

Earlier rating: 5
Factors share: 0.600
Upcoming schedule: vs. SJ (Nov. 18), @ DAL (Nov. 20), vs. VGK (Nov. 22)

Most probably to be (wrongfully) missed. The Blues simply go about their enterprise. A blue-collar group, if you’ll. Additionally they do not get talked about practically sufficient once we discuss of the highest groups within the league. Granted, that they had a tough weekend, dropping three video games in 4 nights (and a loss Tuesday to the Coyotes), and so they’ve additionally began sturdy with no true star participant courting headlines. On any given evening, it may very well be Jordan Kyrou, Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas or Jordan Binnington main the way in which. And so they’re nonetheless seventh general in scoring (3.43 targets per recreation). Do not sleep on St. Louis.

Earlier rating: 6
Factors share: 0.719
Upcoming schedule: @ LA (Nov. 17), @ SJ (Nov. 20), @ SEA (Nov. 21)

Most probably to make historical past. That is purely as a result of Alex Ovechkin and absolutely the tear he is on. The Capitals as a crew are having a great season; Ovechkin is having an amazing one. The 36-year-old just lately handed Brett Hull to take over fourth place on the NHL all-time scoring record with 742 targets, and he is averaging practically two factors per recreation thus far. It will not be lengthy earlier than Ovechkin surpasses Jaromir Jagr‘s 766 targets and strikes into the highest three. Historical past within the making, each evening.

Earlier rating: 8
Factors share: 0.679
Upcoming schedule: @ PHI (Nov. 18), vs. NJ (Nov. 20), vs. MIN (Nov. 21), vs. PHI (Nov. 23)

Most probably to interrupt the blah. It is quite a lot of work profitable back-to-back Stanley Cups. That may very well be why this season has been so (comparably) common for the reigning champs. Tampa hasn’t regarded dangerous. Nevertheless it hasn’t regarded persistently nice, both. The Lightning are middle-of-the-pack in scoring (3.07 targets per recreation) however their energy play has been fumbling much less of late (19.1%) as accidents proceed so as to add up (Erik Cernak is the newest man misplaced). By way of all of it, Tampa has constructed a stable document (8-3-3) and loads of previous expertise to make use of getting again on a scorching streak.

Earlier rating: 4
Factors share: 0.656
Upcoming schedule: @ BUF (Nov. 18), @ NYI (Nov. 20), @ BOS (Nov. 21), vs. CHI (Nov. 23)

Most probably to smother you. Transferring the puck in opposition to Calgary is tough. Darryl Sutter designed it that manner. So the Flames will forecheck with one of the best of them, flip pucks unfastened within the impartial zone and pressure groups again (at 5-on-5 and the penalty kill) till frustration units in. That is helped Calgary to publish the second fewest targets in opposition to per recreation (2.13) and fifth fewest photographs in opposition to per recreation (28.8) this season. And within the meantime, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane are busy lighting the lamp.

Earlier rating: 21
Factors share: 0.676
Upcoming schedule: vs. CAR (Nov. 18), @ NSH (Nov. 22)

Most probably to outperform expectations. The Pacific Division has actually heated up in November, and Anaheim is main the way in which. Dropping seven of their first 9 video games was a nasty method to begin the marketing campaign, however instantly these Geese look unstoppable. Anaheim is 6-0-0 in November, it’s fourth in league scoring (3.56 targets per recreation), fourth on the ability play (28.3%) and Troy Terry has been sensational on a league-high 15-game scoring streak (he has 21 factors within the span). And Terry has been good for linemate Ryan Getzlaf, who matched his similar level complete (17) from 48 video games a season in the past by 16 video games this season (one aim, 16 assists).

Earlier rating: 7
Factors share: 0.667
Upcoming schedule: vs. DAL (Nov. 18), @ FLA (Nov. 20), @ TB (Nov. 21)

Most probably to maintain their composure. The Wild appear to relish being an underdog. Getting down in video games agrees with them greater than most. Minnesota leads the league in come-from-behind wins (7), have the second most wins after trailing first (5) and among the finest profitable percentages (.625) when trailing first. It is no marvel the Wild have been among the many most profitable third-period groups this season.

Earlier rating: 11
Factors share: 0.676
Upcoming schedule: vs. NYR (Nov. 18), vs. PIT (Nov. 20), @ NYI (Nov. 21)

Most probably to journey (or die) on star energy. Have you ever heard concerning the Core 4? As a result of Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Auston Matthews have been having a second in November. Toronto has scored 22 targets this month, 16 of which got here from a star ahead. It mixed for eight targets by 9 video games in October (though Matthews solely appeared in six). Level is, as their stars go, so do the Leafs — and everyone seems to be flying excessive at 6-1-0 since Nov. 1.

Earlier rating: 16
Factors share: 0.615
Upcoming schedule: @ PHI (Nov. 20), vs. CGY (Nov. 21)

Most probably to humble you within the dot. It is not simply that Boston is without doubt one of the finest faceoff groups within the league (54.9%). However the Bruins have good depth on attracts, with eight gamers who’re above 50% this season. That is helped make the Bruins one of many prime possession groups of the season too (54%).

Earlier rating: 15
Factors share: 0.600
Upcoming schedule: vs. WSH (Nov. 17), vs. CAR (Nov. 20), vs. ARI (Nov. 21)

Most probably to recapture the magic. It is harmful to make these statements, however right here we go. L.A. has made the playoffs twice since profitable the Stanley Cup in 2014, falling within the first spherical each occasions. The Kings may very well be again on monitor now. The Kings didn’t begin effectively (1-5-1) however they have been buzzing ever since (7-0-1). In that latest eight-game stretch, L.A. has given up greater than two targets solely as soon as, outscoring opponents 26-14. The ability play wants extra — L.A. has given up essentially the most short-handed targets of the season (4) — however all of the items are lined up for achievement.

Earlier rating: 10
Factors share: 0.719
Upcoming schedule: @ TOR (Nov. 18), vs. BUF (Nov. 21)

Most probably to commerce for a defenseman. And no, it isn’t as a result of Connor McDavid just lately carved by the crew like a scorching knife by butter. At the very least not solely. The Rangers have relied on Igor Shesterkin to win too many video games, whereas their protection corps may use a lift usually. They do not have a single blueliner above 50 in Corsi for share or in anticipated targets for share, and so they’ve been giving up too many high-danger appears. Shesterkin can solely cease the bleeding for thus lengthy.

Earlier rating: 17
Factors share: 0.542
Upcoming schedule: @ VAN (Nov. 17), @ SEA (Nov. 19), vs. OTT (Nov. 22)

Most probably to climate the storm. Issues had been simply beginning to go proper for Colorado when Cale Makar acquired damage and Nathan MacKinnon was positioned on injured reserve. Properly, Makar is again and the Avalanche are a barely higher than .500 crew. Have they got what it takes to rise, even with out MacKinnon? Certain. Nazem Kadri is getting scorching on the proper time (10 factors in six video games), whereas Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are wholesome and rolling. And Bowen Byram continues to blossom on the Avs’ blue line, skating with Makar or not.

Earlier rating: 26
Factors share: 0.563
Upcoming schedule: vs. DET (Nov. 18), vs. CBJ (Nov. 20), @ STL (Nov. 22)

Most probably to shut the place down. A spate of accidents this season has pressured Vegas to do extra with much less. And that features how it’s locking up tight video games. The Golden Knights are excellent this season in one-goal video games (4-0-0), displaying that even with their depleted lineup they’ll nonetheless maintain down the fortress in a pinch.

Earlier rating: 13
Factors share: 0.567
Upcoming schedule: @ STL (Nov. 18), vs. WSH (Nov. 20), vs. CAR (Nov. 22)

Most probably to wish for penalties. When your penalty kill is pretty much as good as San Jose’s, do you even thoughts being within the field? By way of 14 video games, San Jose allowed solely 4 power-play targets in opposition to (89.7%) whereas scoring two shorthanded targets, giving it a league-high internet PK% (94.9). It is sufficient to throw any opponent’s energy play mojo off, figuring out how rapidly San Jose’s penalty kill can pounce.

Earlier rating: 9
Factors share: 0.462
Upcoming schedule: vs. CGY (Nov. 20), vs. TOR (Nov. 21)

Most probably to be in your (taking pictures) lane. We will not lie — the Islanders like huge blocks. They’re on the prime of the league in blocks per 60 minutes this season (17.5), and never due to one foremost contributor. It is extra like a crew life-style. Ryan Pulock (8.04 blocks/60), Noah Dobson (7.77) and Scott Mayfield (7.03) are all top-20 in NHL shot blocks. That is helped drive the Islanders to be among the many prime 10 groups in targets in opposition to.

Earlier rating: 14
Factors share: 0.643
Upcoming schedule: vs. TB (Nov. 18), vs. BOS (Nov. 20), @ TB (Nov. 23)

Most probably to steal your thunder. If the Flyers had been a home visitor, nobody would ask them again. Philadelphia has earned among the finest street information within the league this season (4-2-1), topping heavyweights like Carolina, Washington and Edmonton on their turf. In actual fact, it was the Flyers who handed the Hurricanes their first lack of the season at residence, in comeback trend no much less. How impolite.

Earlier rating: 20
Factors share: 0.594
Upcoming schedule: @ MTL (Nov. 20), vs. ANA (Nov. 22)

Most probably to remain in rhythm. From a city as glitzy as Nashville, the Predators sluggish construct this season hasn’t earned a lot hype. They had been streaky to start out, however 8-1-1 since Oct. 24. Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund are prime 20 in league scoring. Juuse Saros has the seventh-best save share (.925) amongst goalies with at the very least 10 begins. And Roman Josi is, effectively, Roman Josi. Duchene mentioned final week there is a “totally different vibe” to the Predators this season; it is time to choose up on that.

Earlier rating: 12
Factors share: 0.700
Upcoming schedule: @ EDM (Nov. 18), @ VAN (Nov. 19), vs. PIT (Nov. 22)

Most probably to kill ’em with kindness. When you’re a gifted offensive crew (which the Jets are, averaging 3.23 targets per recreation) with an terrible penalty kill (65.8%, thirtieth general), what do you do? Properly, you cease taking penalties. Winnipeg has taken the second fewest penalties in November, sitting round 2.4 per recreation in comparison with 4.7 per contest in October. Play to your strengths. The Jets get that.

Earlier rating: 18
Factors share: 0.615
Upcoming schedule: @ ARI (Nov. 18), @ VGK (Nov. 20), @ BUF (Nov. 22)

Most probably to mount a third-period comeback. The Blue Jackets have been a bit dramatic this season. They’ve earned essentially the most victories (4) and boast the third-highest profitable share (.571) when trailing after two durations.

Earlier rating: 19
Factors share: 0.467
Upcoming schedule: @ MTL (Nov. 18), @ TOR (Nov. 20), @ WPG (Nov. 22)

Most probably to really feel a bit determined. The Penguins have not seen something near a wholesome lineup this season. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter have all missed important time; even coach Mike Sullivan hasn’t been behind the bench for a stretch as a result of COVID protocols. The short-handed Penguins made a valiant effort to remain afloat, however at the moment are 3-5-2 of their previous 10 video games. To contend within the aggressive Metro Division, Pittsburgh has to select up its tempo.

Earlier rating: 22
Factors share: 0.607
Upcoming schedule: @ FLA (Nov. 18), @ TB (Nov. 20)

Most probably to be most improved. The Devils have been a pleasant story this season. Rookie Dawson Mercer is on the rise, changing the injured Jack Hughes. Jonathan Bernier is having a revitalized season in internet for the injured Mackenzie Blackwood. Andreas Johnsson appears like a 20-goal scorer once more. Nico Hischier is discovering confidence. And that claims nothing of the addition Dougie Hamilton has been (when wholesome). New Jersey is on its manner up.

Earlier rating: 24
Factors share: 0.500
Upcoming schedule: @ MIN (Nov. 18), vs. STL (Nov. 20), vs. EDM (Nov. 23)

Most probably to need further time. The Stars did not win a recreation in regulation in the course of the first month of the season. To get these 4 preliminary victories, Dallas wanted three overtimes and one shootout. So whereas its post-regulation document was fairly stable (4-1), it is the regulation document (1-6) that is actually held Dallas again.

Earlier rating: 23
Factors share: 0.533
Upcoming schedule: vs. CGY (Nov. 18), @ NYR (Nov. 21), vs. CBJ (Nov. 22)

Most probably to embrace the longer term. It is no shock Buffalo regressed (badly) from its terrific 5-1-1 begin. The Sabres are 1-5-1 since, with a Jack Eichel commerce slapped in there for good measure. The Eichel transfer was a very long time coming and introduced in Alex Tuch (who can assist earlier than later) and Peyton Krebs, who will probably be a contributor down the street. GM Kevyn Adams mentioned the Sabres are in a “construct,” and their stats are middle-of-the-road throughout the board. Issues may at all times change this season, however the Sabres could have to attend a bit longer for his or her breakthrough.

Earlier rating: 25
Factors share: 0.500
Upcoming schedule: @ VGK (Nov. 18), @ ARI (Nov. 20)

Most probably to make you’re feeling outdated. The Pink Wings’ youth continues serving them effectively. On the forefront are 19-year-old Lucas Raymond and 20-year-old Moritz Seider, sitting one-two in NHL rookie scoring. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic has one of the best save share amongst rookies (.918). Then there’s a phalanx of 20-somethings in Dylan Larkin (13 factors in 13 video games), Filip Hronek (discovering his type) and naturally Tyler Bertuzzi (17 factors in 14 video games) all collaborating to make Detroit near a must-watch group.

Earlier rating: 27
Factors share: 0.375
Upcoming schedule: vs. COL (Nov. 17), vs. WPG (Nov. 19), vs. CHI (Nov. 21)

Most probably to flush the primary interval. There’s rather a lot to unpack in Vancouver proper now. However let’s speak about what’s occurring — or not — within the first interval recently. The Canucks have been outscored 18-8 within the first interval this season. They’ve led after the primary interval as soon as since Oct. 19 and scored first in a recreation twice since Oct. 21. It is arduous to win whenever you’re at all times behind early.

Earlier rating: 28
Factors share: 0.300
Upcoming schedule: @ COL (Nov. 22)

Most probably to need a do-over. There was a quick second there, when Ottawa was 2-1 out of the gate and future captain Brady Tkachuk signed a long-term deal, that the Senators had been poised for an amazing begin. After which, disasters struck. Plural. The Senators are 2-9-1 of their previous 11 contests, with 10 gamers and one assistant coach in COVID protocols earlier than they had been lastly shut down this week till Nov. 20. To prime it off, the Senators additionally misplaced minute-munching defenseman Artem Zub to damage. Ottawa wanted extra than simply an hour turned again on its clocks; it wanted a few month.

Earlier rating: 29
Factors share: 0.300
Upcoming schedule: vs. CHI (Nov. 17), vs. COL (Nov. 19), vs. WSH (Nov. 21)

Most probably to not be rewarded. Except you are the Golden Knights, it is arduous being an growth membership. Below coach David Hakstol, the Kraken have cultivated a defensive construction that is permitting the fewest photographs in opposition to per recreation this season (26.1), however their goaltending is poor (as Philipp Grubauer‘s .880 save share can attest), and Seattle has misplaced essentially the most video games this season when outshooting their opponent (7). That is quite a lot of victory salmon not being tossed.

Earlier rating: 30
Factors share: 0.278
Upcoming schedule: vs. PIT (Nov. 18), vs. NSH (Nov. 20)

Most probably to wish a scorching scorer. The Canadiens rating fewer targets than virtually any crew within the league (2.11 per recreation, thirty first general). Their most efficient participant has been Nick Suzuki, whose 14 factors in 17 video games lead the crew; his 4 targets are tied for the highest spot for the membership. It is simply not sufficient for Montreal. Cole Caufield is again within the AHL (for now) to seek out his recreation; can anybody step up in his absence to fill the void?

Earlier rating: 31
Factors share: 0.333
Upcoming schedule: @ SEA (Nov. 17), @ EDM (Nov. 20), @ VAN (Nov. 21), @ CGY (Nov. 23)

Most probably to agree change is sweet. Jeremy Colliton is out, Derek King is in and instantly the Blackhawks are profitable video games. They’re taking part in more durable. They’re extra organized. Extra energized. Patrick Kane is rolling. Jonathan Toews is re-establishing his recreation. The younger gamers are making their mark. There’s purpose to be optimistic about the place Chicago is headed on the ice.

Earlier rating: 32
Factors share: 0.156
Upcoming schedule: vs. CBJ (Nov. 18), vs. DET (Nov. 20), @ LA (Nov. 21)

Most probably to win the draft lottery. Actually, a shot at Shane Wright may be one of the best factor to return out of this season for the Coyotes.

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