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NHL Energy Rankings: Rangers and Bruins Tumble; Jets and Canucks on High

NHL Power Rankings: Rangers and Bruins Tumble; Jets and Canucks on Top 0 of 32 Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images Three months ago, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to suggest a pair of Western Conference teams would be atop the league come the first full week of 2024. After all, the last two teams

NHL Energy Rankings: Rangers and Bruins Tumble; Jets and Canucks on High

NHL Energy Rankings: Rangers and Bruins Tumble; Jets and Canucks on High

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 08: Ilya Mikheyev #65 of the Vancouver Canucks plays the puck away from Neal Pionk #4 of the Winnipeg Jets during second period action at Canada Life Centre on January 08, 2023 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Three months in the past, it would not have been a stretch to counsel a pair of Western Convention groups could be atop the league come the primary full week of 2024.

    In spite of everything, the final two groups to hoist the Stanley Cup—Vegas and Colorado—have been among the many forecasted powerhouses for the 2023-24 season, too.

    Winnipeg and Vancouver, although? That will have been a daring choose.

    But, right here we’re approaching mid-January and it is all concerning the Jets and Canucks, who lead the Central and Pacific divisions, respectively, and discover themselves equally positioned on this week’s B/R Energy Rankings.

    Winnipeg earned 75 p.c of the first-place ballots from the hockey employees to leap from third to first and Vancouver scooped up the remaining 25 p.c to remain in second. Their surge helped drop final week’s high canine, Boston, all the best way to fifth, whereas the No. 3 and 4 spots have been seized by Florida (up from No. 8) and Colorado (up from No. 5), respectively.

    Final week’s No. 4 crew, the New York Rangers, fell two spots to sixth.

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    Scroll by way of to see the place your favourite crew wound up and drop a considered your individual within the feedback.

    Votes have been tallied earlier than video games on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

32. San Jose Sharks

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 23: Head coach David Quinn of the San Jose Sharks looks on from the benchd uring their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 23, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 32

    General File: 9-29-3

    The Sharks are mired within the league’s general basement with 9 wins in 41 video games. However it bought even worse, in keeping with coach David Quinn, in a 7-1 loss at Toronto on Tuesday—their twelfth straight defeat.

    “Arguably our worst recreation of the 12 months from begin to end,” Quinn said. “Each aspect of the sport actually. Not one man actually had their recreation.”

31. Chicago Blackhawks

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    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 05: Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard (98) skates off after being hit during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils on January 05, 2024 at Prudential Center in the Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Mordzynski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 31

    General File: 12-27-2

    Tuesday’s loss to Edmonton was the second straight recreation with out Connor Bedard and there are going to be a number of extra.

    Frank Seravalli of the Every day Faceoff reported that the 18-year-old underwent surgery Monday to restore a fractured jaw sustained January 5 in opposition to New Jersey and is anticipated to overlook six to eight weeks, which is able to necessitate a alternative on the All-Star Recreation.

30. Anaheim Geese

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    ANAHEIM, CA  JANUARY 7:  Trevor Zegras #11 of the Anaheim Ducks skates during the game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 7, 2024 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 30

    General File: 14-25-1

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    Generally, you simply have to get out of California. That was apparently the case for the Geese, which dropped the ultimate 5 video games and 7 of eight general in a homestand however started a six-game journey with a 5-3 win at Nashville.

    The dangerous information? Trevor Zegras left the win with a lower-body harm and can “be out for a while,” in keeping with Anaheim coach Greg Cronin.

29. Ottawa Senators

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    CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 09: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Jakob Chychrun (6) and Ottawa Senators Right Wing Parker Kelly (27) talk before a face-off during the first period of an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators on January 9, 2024, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 27

    General File: 14-22-0

    Shedding while you’ve led after two intervals is tough to swallow. That is what occurred to the Senators on Tuesday in Calgary and defenseman Jakob Chychrun was not happy.

    “The room was energized and feeling good about the best way we have been taking part in in a street recreation right here in Calgary, and [we] simply went out within the third and blew it,” he said. “It is so simple as that.”

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 9: Ivan Provorov #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on during a first period stoppage in play against the Winnipeg Jets at the Canada Life Centre on January 9, 2024 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 29

    General File: 13-20-9

    A Tuesday journey to Winnipeg yielded extra of the identical for the Blue Jackets, which have been shut out for the third time this season and have misplaced seven of their final 9 video games.

    Columbus has gone 5 straight video games with out exceeding three targets, scoring simply 9 occasions in that stretch whereas going 2-3-0.

27. Buffalo Sabres

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    BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 9: Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken makes a save against Alex Tuch #89 of the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on January 9, 2024 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 28

    General File: 17-20-4

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    The resolve to cope with in-game adversity has been a difficulty with the Sabres, which had 19 pictures within the first interval in opposition to Seattle on Tuesday, however ended the session down 2-1.

    “(We) should not have the ability to simply dominate like that after which one play would not go our manner and boo hoo, sit again on our heels and reel it in,” ahead Alex Tuch told reporters.

26. Montreal Canadiens

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    MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 6: Sam Montembeault #35 of the Montreal Canadiens salutes the fans after being named the first star of the NHL regular season game between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on January 6, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in shootout. (Photo by Vitor Munhoz/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 26

    General File: 17-17-5

    Once in a while, Sam Montembeault provides a sign he is the long-term goaltending reply for the Canadiens. That was absolutely the case in a latest 45-save defeat of the New York Rangers. It was his highest save whole since he stopped 47 in a loss to Carolina in April.

    The 27-year-old is 6-2-2 in his final 10 begins since mid-November.

25. Minnesota Wild

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    ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 23: A puck shot by Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars goes past Filip Gustavsson #32 of the Minnesota Wild for a power-play goal in the second period of Game Four of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on April 23, 2023 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 25

    General File: 17-18-4

    Mixing a pedestrian offense and an inconsistent energy play is normally not an excellent recipe for profitable anyplace, and it hasn’t been in Minnesota both.

    The Wild went 0-for-6 with the person benefit in a Monday loss to Dallas, their fifth defeat in six video games. They’re twenty fourth general with 2.90 targets per recreation and twenty first on the facility play at 18.2 p.c.

    It wasn’t significantly better on Wednesday night time, getting blown out by the Stars 7-2 in rookie goalie Jesper Wallstedt’s debut.

24. St. Louis Blues

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 9: Brandon Saad #20 of the St. Louis Blues reacts after getting high sticked in the game against the Florida Panthers on January 9, 2024 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 24

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    General File: 20-18-1

    The Blues went goalless on 4 energy performs in opposition to Florida on Tuesday and noticed a short two-game win streak finish.

    St. Louis has transformed on simply 10.6 p.c of its man-advantage alternatives this season, which is the worst within the league. Its nightly output of two.77 targets can also be good for simply Twenty sixth-best amongst 32 groups.

23. Calgary Flames

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    CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 9: Blake Coleman #20 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal on the Ottawa Senators with teammates Noah Hanifin #55 of the Calgary Flames during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 9, 2024 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Leah Hennel/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 23

    General File: 18-18-5

    Nobody can counsel the Flames lack resolve. They scored 4 within the third interval to defeat visiting Ottawa on Tuesday, marking the sixth time they’ve rallied to win when trailing after 40 minutes.

    “You have to management what you possibly can,” defenseman Noah Hanifin said. “That is what’s in entrance of you. I believed we did an excellent job of dealing with our feelings.”

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22. Tampa Bay Lightning

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 12: Head coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 12, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 20

    General File: 20-17-5

    It was a milestone Tuesday night time at Amalie Enviornment for coach Jon Cooper, whose Lightning earned him the five hundredth win of his profession with an OT defeat of Los Angeles.

    Cooper is the sixth coach to win 500 video games with one crew and the third-fastest to hit the quantity (839 video games), trailing simply Scotty Bowman (825) and Bruce Boudreau (837).

21. Arizona Coyotes

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    TEMPE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 09: Nick Schmaltz #8 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates with teammate Clayton Keller #9 afte scoring a goal in overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Mullett Arena on January 09, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 18

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    General File: 20-17-2

    The Coyotes had misplaced three straight video games by a mixed 15-4 rely, so it is solely pure they’d reply with an OT defeat of highly effective Boston, proper?

    It was significantly pleasing to educate Andre Tourigny.

    “Our crew had urgency, depth, no give up, and our ‘care’ issue was excessive,” he said. “I am further pleased with the blokes.”

20. Seattle Kraken

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    BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 9: Eeli Tolvanen #20 celebrates with Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken after an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on January 9, 2024 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Seattle won, 5-2. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 22

    General File: 17-14-9

    In the event you had Joey Daccord in your checklist of seemingly heroes within the common season, take a bow.

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    The 27-year-old goalie, a seventh-round choose in 2015, has received six straight begins for the surging Kraken, which have received seven in a row and gotten some extent in 11 straight.

    Daccord has allowed seven targets in these six wins whereas posting a stingy .966 save share.

19. Nashville Predators

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Andrew Brunette of the Nashville Predators looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena October 31, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 16

    General File: 22-18-1

    The Predators have dropped two of three after a 5-3 loss to visiting Anaheim on Tuesday, however the truth that they have been overwhelmed in 5 of their final six at house is extra perplexing to educate Andrew Brunette.

    “I want I had a solution,” he said. “It is only a recurring theme. It is form of the definition of madness, doing the identical factor over and again and again.”

17. (tie) Detroit Pink Wings

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    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Alex Lyon #34 of the Detroit Red Wings defends the net in the second period during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on January 07, 2024 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Nicole Vasquez/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 21

    General File: 20-16-4

    It was a profitable week in sunny California and close by Arizona for the surging Pink Wings, which swept three video games on a western journey earlier than heading residence to host red-hot Edmonton on Thursday.

    Detroit killed 4 energy performs in Anaheim on Sunday and has killed 20 straight throughout its final eight video games (5-3-0).

17. (tie) Washington Capitals

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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 7: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrates the game winning goal with under one minute left in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at Capital One Arena on January 7, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 15

    General File: 19-13-6

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    The Capitals went the dramatic route to finish a two-game skid, scoring twice within the closing interval—together with the game-winner from John Carlson within the closing minute—to defeat visiting Los Angeles on Sunday.

    Washington had been outscored 12-5 in consecutive residence losses to New Jersey and Carolina.

16. New York Islanders

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    TEMPE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 04: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena on January 04, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 14

    General File: 18-12-10

    Surrendering a power-play objective late within the first interval began a wave of negatives for the Islanders, which dropped a 5-2 determination to visiting Vancouver on Tuesday.

    New York is tied for twenty eighth within the league in penalty-kill effectivity at simply 72.7 p.c.

    Veteran defenseman Casey Cizikas left the sport after blocking a shot together with his left leg and will miss time.

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15. New Jersey Devils

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    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 05: New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) falls on the ice during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils on January 05, 2024 at Prudential Center in the Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Mordzynski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 17

    General File: 21-15-2

    A house loss to Vancouver was dangerous sufficient for the Devils as a result of it snapped a short two-game win streak, however it bought even worse with the absence of prolific ahead Jack Hughes the day after he’d suffered an upper-body harm in opposition to Chicago.

    “That is going to be weeks, not months,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “So, we’ll consider him simply week to week.”

13. (tie) Philadelphia Flyers

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    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 10: Jamie Drysdale #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates during warmups prior to his game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tonight's game is his first as a member of the Flyers. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 13

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    General File: 20-14-6

    Defenseman Jamie Drysdale, acquired in a Monday commerce that despatched 2022 draft choose Cutter Gauthier to Anaheim, made his Flyers debut on Wednesday in opposition to visiting Montreal.

    The 21-year-old was the primary blue-liner from his 2020 draft class to achieve the NHL and averaged almost 20 minutes per recreation throughout elements of 4 seasons with the Geese.

13. (tie) Pittsburgh Penguins

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    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 8: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins talks to Rickard Rakell #67 against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 8, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 19

    General File: 20-15-4

    Ahead Rickard Rakell is on a roll, and he is taking the Penguins with him. The veteran has factors in 4 straight video games and 10 factors in his final 10.

    In the meantime, Pittsburgh has received 5 of seven after a 4-1 victory at Philadelphia on Monday wherein Alex Nedeljkovic made 36 saves.

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12. Edmonton Oilers

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 09: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates with teammate goalie Stuart Skinner #74 after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 at the United Center on January 09, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 12

    General File: 21-15-1

    The reminiscences of a troublesome begin are fading for the Oilers, which defeated Chicago on Tuesday to get to eight straight wins for the second time since late November.

    Edmonton received eight in a row from November 24 to December 12, misplaced three straight and has rebounded with eight extra wins. Solely the Winnipeg Jets (16-4-2) have extra factors because the first streak started.

11. Los Angeles Kings

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 9: Brandon Hagel #38 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores against goalie Cam Talbot #39 of the Los Angeles Kings during overtime at Amalie Arena on January 9, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 7

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    General File: 20-10-7

    The margins are slender, however it’s been a constant stream of latest frustration for the Kings, which misplaced a lead and dropped an OT determination in Tampa on Tuesday for a sixth straight loss (0-3-3).

    “The distinction between profitable and dropping is only a sliver of a second or a play,” coach Todd McLellan said. “We’re nonetheless discovering ourselves on the flawed aspect.”

10. Carolina Hurricanes

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    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 06: Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes shoots the puck while defended by Jake Neighbours #63 of the St. Louis Blues in the second period during their game at PNC Arena on January 06, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 10

    General File: 22-13-5

    The nice vibes saved coming (albeit in a lesser dose) for the Hurricanes, which bought to a shootout earlier than dropping to visiting St. Louis on Sunday.

    It was a sixth straight recreation with some extent for Carolina, which had arrived with consecutive defeats of Nashville, Montreal, Toronto, New York Rangers and Washington—the ultimate 4 of which have been on the street.

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9. Toronto Maple Leafs

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    TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 9: William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs plays the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Scotiabank Arena on January 9, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 11

    General File: 21-10-7

    There have to be one thing motivating about signing a $92 million contract.

    At the least that is the indication being given by ahead William Nylander, who locked down an eight-year deal on Monday and produced a three-point night time Tuesday in a 7-1 rout of San Jose.

    The Swede has some extent in 34 of 38 video games and leads the crew with 57.

8. Vegas Golden Knights

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 06: Nicolas Roy #10 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates after a goal during the third period against the New York Islanders at T-Mobile Arena on January 06, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 9

    General File: 23-12-5

    The Golden Knights have an opportunity to place a latest run of seven losses in 9 video games—together with 5 straight on the street—firmly behind them with a stretch of 5 straight at T-Cell Enviornment by way of January 20.

    Vegas is 14-4-2 in 20 residence video games this season and has the league’s fifth-best residence report since becoming a member of the NHL in 2017-18. They’re going to be trying to lick their wounds after getting shut out 3-0 in Colorado on Wednesday night time.

7. Dallas Stars

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    ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - JANUARY 08: Roope Hintz #24 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his shorthanded goal against the Minnesota Wild with goaltender Matt Murray #32 in the first period at Xcel Energy Center on January 08, 2024 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 6

    General File: 23-11-5

    Jake Oettinger’s latest harm scenario is not splendid, however the Stars should take some solace within the play of teenager Matt Murray, who stopped 23 pictures in his first begin of 2023-24 for his first profession shutout.

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    “Taking part in within the NHL is one factor, it is each child’s dream,” Murray said, “however to have the ability to get a shutout is on a stage of its personal. I am ecstatic.”

6. New York Rangers

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: New York Rangers Goalie Igor Shesterkin (31) plays the puck during the first period of the National Hockey League game between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers on January 8, 2024 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 4

    General File: 26-11-2

    It is all about goaltending (or an absence thereof) for the Rangers, which have been overwhelmed 6-3 by visiting Vancouver on Monday.

    New York is simply 4-4-1 in its final 9, a run wherein it is surrendered 3.22 targets per recreation and 4 or extra in every of the regulation losses.

    It is a departure from the primary 30 video games, when the goals-against common was 2.70 and the report was 22-7-1.

5. Boston Bruins

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    TEMPE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 09: Linus Ullmark #35 of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice by teammates Kevin Shattenkirk #12 and Jake DeBrusk #74 during overtime against the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena on January 09, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 1

    General File: 24-8-8

    Shedding three of 4 and falling to 3-2-2 within the second recreation of back-to-backs with a loss at Arizona was dangerous sufficient, however issues may get even worse for the Bruins after goalie Linus Ullmark was helped off ice throughout time beyond regulation.

    The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is 13-5-2 this season with a .916 save share in 21 video games.

4. Colorado Avalanche

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    DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 08: Devon Toews #7 and Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skate against Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins at Ball Arena on January 8, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 5

    General File: 26-12-3

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    In the event you do not put Nathan MacKinnon on the very brief checklist of the league’s greatest gamers, there’s a superb opportunity you do not know what you are watching.

    The No. 1 general choose in 2013 was on tempo to ascertain profession bests in targets (42), assists (69) and factors (111) by way of 41 video games. If he maintains his present charge, he’ll end with 44 targets and 88 assists for 132 factors.

3. Florida Panthers

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    DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 06: Sam Reinhart #13 of the Florida Panthers celebrates with Matthew Tkachuk #19 after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at Ball Arena on January 06, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 8

    General File: 26-12-2

    There isn’t any Jap crew hotter than the scalding Panthers, which rolled host St. Louis for his or her eighth consecutive win—their longest run since going 13 in a row in March/April 2022.

    And it is the star names who’ve been driving the success, with Sam Reinhart scoring in 4 straight video games and Matthew Tkachuk denting the Blues for his fifth profession hat trick.

2. Vancouver Canucks

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    ELMONT, NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Tyler Myers #57 of the Vancouver Canucks scores at 17:54 of the second period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Conor Garland #8 at UBS Arena on January 09, 2024 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 2

    General File: 27-11-3

    Three video games in 4 nights in metropolitan New York Metropolis? No drawback for the surging Canucks, which topped the Devils, Rangers and Islanders by a mixed 17-9 whereas extending their Pacific Division results in six factors over Vegas and 10 over Los Angeles.

    Vancouver is a pristine 24-0-0 this season when main after two intervals.

1. Winnipeg Jets

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    WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 9: Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck #37 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates after receiving first star honours following a 5-0 shutout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Canada Life Centre on January 9, 2024 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Earlier Rating: 3

    General File: 27-9-4

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    Dedication to the system is paying off for the Jets, which rose to the highest of the general standings with Tuesday’s 5-0 defeat of Columbus.

    Winnipeg has received seven in a row, earned some extent in 13 straight and is on a 30-game run of permitting three or fewer targets—the sixth-longest stretch in league historical past.

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