Nashville Predators: After strong showing, Predators moving up in Power Rankings

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Tight race for these two teams

Number 6: San Jose Sharks

Like the Flames, they are 4-1-0 in November. And, they also have 20 points on the season. Yet, they are outscoring their opponents by 8 goals. Furthermore, the Sharks are 4-1-0 against the Western Conference. Add to this a record of 5-1-0 in games decided by one goal or less, and you have a team that is a bit more tested.

Moving forward, the Sharks need to take advantage of their power play chances. Converting on 15% of all opportunities is not bad; however, staying at this level may hurt them down the road. What helps is the second best penalty kill in all of the NHL. Can they sustain the 88.5% rate? Unlikely. Commonly, the top teams are around 85-87%.

Number 5: Vegas Golden Knights

Again, we must get a bit picky. But, the Golden Knight may be coming off their hot start. In November, their records is an even 2-2-1. Playing at home helps, especially since they are 7-1-0 when enjoying those comforts. Seven of those games where consecutive. Games there are certainly exciting. The crowd is making an impact.

Part of me is excited to see Vegas perform well. Then, part of me wonders about their resume. Yes, they have wins against St. Louis and Winnepeg, with both game at home. But, their road games are not quiet as successful. Now that the season is in full swing, the Golden Knights have two long home stands left. That also means there are some long road stints to come. How they balance those will prove pivotal.