NHL Power Rankings

Wins and losses. That's what an NHL standings page will show you - hardly a comprehensive look into the relative strength and weaknesses of pro hockey teams. But that's what some novice handicappers rely on make their NHL bets. The Sharks are first overall, the Senators are 27th overall, therefore I bet on the Sharks.

NHL power rankings aim to break down all the stats that are important beyond the win and loss column. After crunching the stats on power play efficiency and goal differential and road strength, you might find that the line on the Sharks vs Senators game actually favors Ottawa.

When one team's strengths fit into another team's weaknesses, you have an edge. Compare that edge against the NHL moneylines each day and you may have a reason to put down some cash. See below the ratings chart for details on the math that underlies the rankings.

* Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall, early in the season, this date range reaches back to regular-season games of the previous year.

Team Name Rank Last Week Change points modifier adjusted points
NY Islanders 1 23 22 16.575 0.500 8.288
Tampa Bay 2 9 7 15.228 0.477 7.259
Boston 3 1 -2 11.725 0.454 5.325
San Jose 4 5 1 10.282 0.515 5.299
Columbus 5 13 8 8.975 0.497 4.459
Nashville 6 19 13 7.934 0.489 3.882
Los Angeles 7 7 - 6.562 0.469 3.079
Pittsburgh 8 3 -5 6.121 0.497 3.041
Anaheim 9 6 -3 6.154 0.454 2.791
Vancouver 10 21 11 3.475 0.503 1.749
Philadelphia 11 12 1 1.883 0.478 0.900
Minnesota 12 17 5 1.771 0.506 0.897
Detroit 13 16 3 0.183 0.473 0.087
Washington 14 15 1 -1.126 0.534 -0.524
Chicago 15 2 -13 -1.608 0.500 -0.804
Winnipeg 16 22 6 -2.696 0.500 -1.348
Dallas 17 11 -6 -3.271 0.477 -1.711
Calgary 18 27 9 -3.419 0.474 -1.800
Carolina 19 25 6 -3.598 0.463 -1.934
NY Rangers 20 8 -12 -3.968 0.468 -2.113
Arizona 21 14 -7 -4.463 0.493 -2.263
New Jersey 22 18 -4 -4.323 0.464 -2.316
Ottawa 23 24 1 -4.866 0.511 -2.381
St. Louis 24 4 -20 -6.688 0.463 -3.595
Montreal 25 20 -5 -7.494 0.479 -3.908
Colorado 26 10 -16 -9.326 0.523 -4.445
Toronto 27 26 -1 -18.588 0.515 -9.020
Edmonton 28 28 - -20.653 0.508 -10.168
Florida 29 29 - -22.760 0.534 -10.598
Buffalo 30 30 - -36.779 0.538 -16.983

How NHL Power Rankings made?

Betting on hockey, like baseball wagering, requires discipline and a keen eye for odds value. Finding that value is not something you can do with simple handicapping or quickly glancing the NHL standings page. There is one page you can quickly glance to get a better feel of the true strength of teams and that is the NHL Power Rankings page here at OddsShark.com.

Some teams are strong, despite their win-loss records, and deserve your money each Saturday based on defensive or defensive edges or on power play and penalty killing talents.

We take 12 sets of NHL stats and mash them across the league and run our specialized formula against the numbers. Scoring, goals against average, PK efficiency, power play rating, road and home stats and more to come up with an overall power number. We crunch that against a strength of schedule number that balances out the rough edges because a team beating up on lousy competition should not be climbing the power ladder faster than a team playing tough competition. At some point, that 'hot' team is going to crash and burn and you're going to know exactly when and why. That's when savvy hockey bettors make their cash.

We run the stats on offense and defense, home and away and display the harvest - a truer picture of the strongest teams in the NHL, top to bottom. That list should help you judge the best odds on the NHL moneyline or over under or puck line.

It's part of the OddsShark.com commitment to better data, faster data and more relevant data. Check it out this hockey season!