Three wins on the road showed the Nashville Predators are true contenders. After dropping in the rankings last week, where are they now?
Those doubts quickly left after the team’s Western Canada road trip. Three games turned to six points as the Predators outscored their opponents 13-1. Now the Predators sit atop the Western Conference standings. But, was the trip enough to push them back to the top spot in our Power Rankings?
That depends on the other teams. And they are really good. Really, really good.
If you search the interwebs for the NHL Power Rankings, you will notice one commonality. Tampa Bay is the top team in the NHL. After that, there is a mix of Western Conference teams. Some have the Golden Knights higher than the St. Louis Blues. Others suggest the Los Angeles Kings are outside of the top five, though the standing say something else.
One even has the Chicago Blackhawks as the eighth best team in the NHL.
What does that all mean for us? Simply that the decision on the rankings will be tough. Bad weeks make it easier for us to eliminate one team, however. Ranked eighth last week, the Calgary Flames lost three of four games last week. Two losses were by a mere goal.
So, that means…….