Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: Halfway home
The NHL Power Rankings hit the halfway mark and we can make some observations about the league and the 30 teams battling it out in it.
*The Minnesota Wild might be the best team in the Western Conference and are much better than sneaky good this season. Nobody could have guessed a reborn Eric Staal would be leading Minnesota with 13 goals and 35 points this season, and that’s been a big factor in the Wild’s journey toward the top.
*Canada will be represented this season. After getting no playoff teams last year, four Canadian NHL teams (Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary) are in the playoffs as of now, with Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver also well within striking distance.
*It sounds like Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog could both be out in Colorado and that could have a really big impact on the playoff races if both talented young players are dealt ahead of the NHL trade deadline.
*The Metro Division is where all the power resides. Columbus has been amazing, but the fact Pittsburgh, Washington and the Rangers have all kept pace with the Blue Jackets tells you that is going to be the playoff bracket to watch this spring.
Without further ado, here are this week’s power rankings: