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SportsPower Rankings: Which Surging Team Could Ride the Wave Into the Playoffs?

20:11  11 february  2019
20:11  11 february  2019 Source:   si.com

Calder Trophy Power Rankings: How does anyone catch Pettersson?

Calder Trophy Power Rankings: How does anyone catch Pettersson? In the fourth edition of theScore's Calder Trophy Power Rankings, four of the five players from the last edition remain the same, with one freshman returning to the list for the first time since November. You can read the previous installment here. ATOI = Average time on ice SCF% = Percentage of scoring chances generated while the player was on the ice at 5-on-5 HDCF% = Percentage of high-danger scoring chances generated while the player was on the ice at 5-on-5 HDCF% = Percentage of high-danger scoring chances gen the ice at 5-on-5 Courtesy: Natural Stat Trick 5.

Power Rankings: Which Surging Team Could Ride the Wave Into the Playoffs?© John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images St Louis Blues v Nashville Predators

What do we make of the suddenly surging Blackhawks? What about the Blues? The Flyers? Of the three, the Blues have a real shot at making the playoffs, in the Wild Card as of Monday and could possibly snag a Central Division spot.

It might be a little too late for Philadelphia and Chicago, though it's not impossible (more likely for the Flyers than Blackhawks). Still, we saw with Buffalo that a big winning streak can propel you into playoff conversation. Maintaining that (still looking at you, Buffalo) is the hard part.

But with the deadline approaching, all three teams could be sneaky buyers, hoping to ride this wave into the playoffs.

Norris Trophy Power Rankings: Flames' ageless wonder rises to top

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31. Ottawa Senators | Record: 21–29–5 | Previous Ranking: 31

The Sens finally broke their losing streak last week, but for now we wait for the Matt Duchene shoe to drop.

30. New Jersey Devils | Record: 21–26–8 | Previous Ranking: 27

Brian Boyle is the first of many veterans who could find themselves in new homes shortly.

29. Los Angeles Kings | Record: 23–27–5 | Previous Ranking: 29

There's a surplus of goaltending here, but the price to keep Jonathan Quick might be a bit too rich.

28. Florida Panthers | Record: 23–23–8 | Previous Ranking: 25

Watch out: The Panthers could be deadline players. You already saw a taste with the trade for Derick Brassard, earning impressive wins over the Knights, Pens and Caps since.

27. Detroit Red Wings | Record: 21–28–7 | Previous Ranking: 28

Minnesota Wild, Eric Staal have not held extension talks

Minnesota Wild, Eric Staal have not held extension talks In terms of rental centers that might be available at the deadline, most of the focus has been placed on just a few names. Matt Duchene, Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard have been speculated on ad nauseam, but a new name may just enter the conversation before long. Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild opened up to Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required) for a superb feature that examines how his play has been affected by the lack of contract talks this year, and how the veteran forward knows that the next few games might decide whether he is playing for the Wild or someone else after the deadline.

A nice little streak was brought back to Earth with three bad losses in a row.

26. Anaheim Ducks | Record: 21–26–9 | Previous Ranking: 20

Firing Randy Carlyle was the right choice. Probably should’ve happened sooner. How soon will they end the seven-game losing streak?

25. Colorado Avalanche | Record: 22–22–11 | Previous Ranking: 19

Guess who else is on a seven-game losing streak! It's getting ugly in Colorado. A big makeover is needed.

24. Chicago Blackhawks | Record: 23–24–9 | Previous Ranking: 30

Hey, now this is more like it. It's likely too little too late to make a real run, but an encouraging sign for next year.

23. Edmonton Oilers | Record: 24–26–5 | Previous Ranking: 26

Things are rough. It makes no sense to still try and go for it at the deadline.

22. Arizona Coyotes | Record: 24–26–5 | Previous Ranking: 21

Niklas Hjalmarsson is +5. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is -18. They play different roles, but that's striking.

Canada's Andreescu win Fed Cup opener

Canada's Andreescu win Fed Cup opener 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Teenager Bianca Andreescu defeated Richel Hogenkamp 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to give Canada a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands in their best-of-five Fed Cup tie. Andreescu, ranked No. 70 in the world, fired five aces and won 4-of-7 break points to beat her 150th-ranked opponent in one hour six minutes. Francoise Abanda of Montreal played Arantxa Rus in the second rubber later Saturday. Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., has surged up the world rankings after a remarkable opening month on the WTA Tour this season. The 18-year-old, who started the year at No.

21. Vancouver Canucks | Record: 25–24–7 | Previous Ranking: 18

Losing Alex Edler for a time is a blow on the ice and could hurt any attempt to trade him.

20. St. Louis Blues | Record: 27–22–5 | Previous Ranking: 22

Beating Tampa Bay, followed by back-to-back wins over Nashville is really impressive. Craig Berube should be extended.

19. New York Rangers | Record: 24–23–8 | Previous Ranking: 23

Mika Zibanejad deserves more national attention. He’s already set a career high in points with 54, with three goals in the last week.

18. Philadelphia Flyers | Record: 25–23–7 | Previous Ranking: 24

Is Carter Hart the solution to the long-time goalie problem? It's early. But he looks like a keeper for the team who has a 10-game point streak.

17. Minnesota Wild | Record: 27–24–5 | Previous Ranking: 14

Losing Mikko Koviu for the season is such a blow, and probably puts a fork in any long-shot playoff bid.

16. Carolina Hurricanes | Record: 28–22–6 | Previous Ranking: 16

The Canes haven't played bad of late, in fact they won three of their four road games this last week. Could they be a fit for Artemi Panarin?

New logos: Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Jets celebrate Indigenous culture

New logos: Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Jets celebrate Indigenous culture The Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Jets have taken on a new look -- specifically, new logos -- designed for two special hockey games celebrating Indigenous culture. The back-to-back weekend games at Bell MTS Place were inspired by the NHL's "This is Hockey" initiative, which promotes diversity and inclusiveness in the sport. "It was really important for us to find artwork that resonated with the Indigenous community and something that felt authentic and rang true," said Josh Dudych, director of creative services at True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE).

15. Buffalo Sabres | Record: 27–21–7 | Previous Ranking: 15

Without finding consistent wins, the playoffs are slipping away. Should the Sabres try to trade Jeff Skinner?

14. Dallas Stars | Record: 28–22–5 | Previous Ranking: 17

Don't look now, but Dallas is quietly heating up. Looked good in a tough OT loss in Nashville.

13. Columbus Blue Jackets | Record: 31–20–3 | Previous Ranking: 13

Beating Colorado is a nice way to stop a five-game skid, but there's so much uncertainty around this team that it might not be the only losing streak.

12. Pittsburgh Penguins | Record: 28–20–7 | Previous Ranking: 11

It would be foolish to think Pittsburgh is done trading. The Metropolitan is still very much up for grabs.

11. Washington Capitals | Record: 30–18–7 | Previous Ranking: 12

We're still unsure what's going on with Washington, but it's getting to the point where a shakeup of some sort might need to happen. Every game since the All-Star break has been decided by one goal.

10. Vegas Golden Knights | Record: 31–22–4 | Previous Ranking: 8

The Golden Knights roke out of a slump with an impressive win against Tampa Bay. Let's see how sustainable that type of play is.

9. Boston Bruins | Record: 31–17–8 | Previous Ranking: 10

A 3–1 win over the Islanders says more than a 4–3 shootout loss to the Rangers.

NHL Power Rankings: Blues, Blackhawks, Hurricanes on the rise

NHL Power Rankings: Blues, Blackhawks, Hurricanes on the rise Welcome to the 11th edition of theScore's 2018-19 NHL Power Rankings, which will be published every two weeks during the regular season. Editors Craig Hagerman, Matt Teague, and Josh Wegman compiled this list. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning (44-11-4) What's more incredible: The Lightning's 92 points in 59 games? Or Nikita Kucherov scoring 94 points in the same period? The club remains the gold standard for the NHL this season. Meanwhile, Kucherov is on pace for 130 points, which would be the highest single-season total since the 1995-96 season. - Hagerman Previously: 1st 2. New York Islanders (35-17-6) ▲ The Islanders are one of the biggest stories in the 2018-19 season.

8. Montreal Canadiens | Record: 31–18–7 | Previous Ranking: 9

Don't sleep on Montreal. The Canadiens are quietly hot, could pull off a deadline move and have a top goalie.

7. New York Islanders | Record: 33–16–6 | Previous Ranking: 5

Devon Toews has been a revelation on defense. The rookie is a stabilizing force on the blueline for this team.

6. Nashville Predators | Record: 33–20–5 | Previous Ranking: 6

Boyle is a really good acquisition for Nashville. Cody McLeod? Not so sure.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs | Record: 34–18–3 | Previous Ranking: 7

With the contract behind him, could we see a burst of scoring from Auston Matthews?

4. San Jose Sharks | Record: 33–16–7 | Previous Ranking: 3

Start with a win on the road against Winnipeg, finish with a big win in Calgary. Not a bad week at all for the Sharks.

3. Winnipeg Jets | Record: 35–18–3 | Previous Ranking: 4

An OT loss to San Jose isn't a terrible thing, but it could be a preview of how good a playoff series between the two could be.

2. Calgary Flames | Record: 34–15–6 | Previous Ranking: 2

Lost in the production of the top line has been Matthew Tkachuk, who has found his niche as being super hard to play against, with tons of offensive upside.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning | Record: 41–11–4 | Previous Ranking: 1

It's worth noting that Steven Stamkos—who is still averaging over a point per game—is the team's third-leading scorer. That's just ridiculous depth.

TRADE DEADLINE: What's in store for the Maple Leafs?.
Welcome to the Breakaway Trade Deadline blog. I’m going to be updating this all day, with the biggest trades, a few thoughts, a few — well, who knows what. But let me start with the Maple Leafs and the Marlies. What’s interesting to me is that the Leafs – aka GM Kyle Dubas – has made a number of moves to prop up the Marlies. Yes, he’s added Jake Muzzin, a fine pick up that can change the complexion of the Maple Leafs blue line. We’ll find out in a few hours whether that’s the limit of what Dubas does for the Maple Leafs. In my book, another goalie would be important. (TRADE INTERRUPTION: As I’m writing this, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired goalie Keith Kincaid from New Jersey.

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