Nashville Predators: Time to unleash our Western Conference Power Rankings

(Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
2 of 5
GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 15: Christian Fischer
GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 15: Christian Fischer /

Number Eight

Arizona Coyotes

Record: 9-9-2

Points: 20

In terms of the standings, the Coyotes are on the outside looking in. However, they have a 0 goal differential, and are 12th in the NHL in CorsiFor percentage. Their strength? The penalty kill. On the season, Arizona has the best kill (91.67%) in the NHL. Why? Because they have scored 10 short-handed goals, far and away leading everyone.

Let’s not get our hopes us, however. At 5v5 the Coyotes are the worst team in play, and the only one with less than 30 goals at even-strength. Still, ESPN and CBS have them as the eighth-best team in the Western Conference as well. We aren’t the only ones that think this way. Vancouver dropping five games in a row certainly didn’t help their chances.

Number Seven

Dallas Stars

Record: 11-9-2

Points: 24

The Stars are riding their penalty kill and goaltending so far this season. Their 49.39 CorsiFor per 60 is the lowest in the league, but their 92.75 save percentage at 5v5 is eighth overall. Also, they kill of 82.54% of all penalties. In total, they are seeing 5.38 total goals per game which is fifth-lowest in the NHL.