NHL Power Rankings: Opening week

It’s a modified season for the NHL this year due to the pandemic. Restructured divisions to limit travel and less regular season games are just a few of the changes made, but the game is still going to be competitive with must-watch matchups and the normal stars still taking the ice.

We’re heading into Week 1 of the season, with 4 games on the docket on Wednesday. But where does each team stand heading into opening week? 

Throughout the NHL, I’m going to be doing a weekly power ranking along with some stats, numbers and more. For this week, here’s my opening power ranking with my projected win totals for each team.

#1 Colorado Avalanche 

Win Total Protection: 36

#2 Tampa Bay Lightning 

Win Total Protection: 35

#3 Vegas Golden Knights 

Win Total Protection: 34

#4 Toronto Maple Leafs 

Win Total Protection: 32

#5 Philadelphia Flyers 

Win Total Protection: 29

#6 Boston Bruins 

Win Total Protection: 31

#7 St. Louis Blues 

Win Total Protection: 30

#8 Carolina Hurricanes 

Win Total Protection: 33

#9 Washington Capitals 

Win Total Protection: 33

#10 Dallas Stars 

Win Total Protection: 31

#11 Pittsburgh Penguins 

Win Total Protection: 27

#12 Edmonton Oilers

Win Total Protection: 29

#13 Calgary Flames

Win Total Protection: 32

#14 New York Islanders 

Win Total Protection: 30

#15 Nashville Predators 

Win Total Protection: 27

#16 New York Rangers 

Win Total Protection: 25

#17 Florida Panthers 

Win Total Protection: 28

#18 Vancouver Canucks 

Win Total Protection: 29

#19 Winnipeg Jets 

Win Total Protection: 29

#20 Montreal Canadiens 

Win Total Protection: 26

#21 Buffalo Sabres 

Win Total Protection: 20

#22 Columbus Blue Jackets 

Win Total Protection: 29

#23 Minnesota Wild 

Win Total Protection: 27

#24 Chicago Blackhawks 

Win Total Protection: 19

#25 San Jose Sharks 

Win Total Protection: 26

#26 Los Angeles Kings 

Win Total Protection: 24

#27 Arizona Coyotes 

Win Total Protection: 21

#28 Anaheim Ducks 

Win Total Protection: 21

#29 New Jersey Devils

 Win Total Protection: 18

#30 Ottowa Senators 

Win Total Protection: 20

#31 Detroit Red Wings 

Win Total Protection: 16

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