Predators Falling Back in Our Central Division Power Rankings

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 25: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on November 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 25: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on November 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – NOVEMBER 30: Ryan Graves #27 of the Colorado Avalanche congratulates teammate goaltender Philipp Grubauer #31 after a win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center on November 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 7-3. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – NOVEMBER 30: Ryan Graves #27 of the Colorado Avalanche congratulates teammate goaltender Philipp Grubauer #31 after a win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center on November 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 7-3. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Colorado Avalanche

You want to talk about a team that has weathered some storms on the injury front, then let’s talk about the Avalanche. Despite losing Mikko Rantanen since mid-October, the Avalanche have remained firmly at the top of the Central Division race. Oh, and Rantanen has now returned and already has a four-point game to his credit.

Then you have Gabriel Landeskog also nearing a return, and will definitely be back with plenty of games left in the regular season:


The entire NHL better take notice because the Avalanche are about to be back at full strength, and they never really missed a beat even without two of their top stars. And let’s not forget their MVP-caliber star player Nathan MacKinnon who has 42 points already through 26 games played.

This team is my Stanley Cup pick as of now. I don’t see anything changing my mind. They’re the team to beat with everything they can throw at you on offense, and their goaltending and defense is just good enough to make this team the top team in the entire NHL for me.

1. team. 103. . 16-8-2 (34 points). Previous: 3rd. Colorado Avalanche