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So, looking over past pieces, I realized all of them were just writing, which, being a blog site, there's nothing wrong with that.  However, I love numbers and stats, and use very little of them throughout anything I've written thus far.  Therefore, I developed my own formula for creating a power ranking system for the NHL teams.

That system combines the following:  Winning percentage, goal differential, power play percentage and penalty kill percentage.

You add those four things together and get a number, the bigger the number, the higher that team is ranked.  Below is the results of using that system.  Teams are listed in the position they ranked, along with their actual league standing in parenthesis.  None of the numbers are provided below, just the results, for that would be a large and complicated table to try to produce on this site considering I compiled and calculated all the information in an electronic spreadsheet.  If anyone wants to see the specific numbers bad enough, feel free to e-mail me and I'll send you a copy of the file.

1-Blackhawks-(4)

2-Devils-(2)

3-Capitals-(3)

4-Sharks-(5)

5-Penguins-(2)

6-Sabres-(9)

7-Flames-(10)

8-Canucks-(15)

9-Thrashers-(16)

10-Coyotes-(11)

11-Kings-(7)

12-Avalanche-(8)

13-Predators-(6)

14-Bruins-(17)

15-Red Wings-(13)

16-Senators-(14)

17-Stars-(12)

18-Rangers-(21)

19-Wild-(18)

20-Canadiens-(24)

21-Flyers-(29)

22-Ducks-(22)

23-Blues-(20)

24-Oilers-(25)

25-Panthers-(19)

26-Blue Jackets-(23)

27-Lightning-(26)

28-Maple Leafs-(27)

29-Islanders-(28)

30-Hurricanes-(30)

So as you can see a lot of teams flopped around.  Some teams higher than what they really are, others lower.  Special teams played the biggest part in altering where teams landed versus that of where they really are.  Three teams, the Capitals (3), Ducks (22) and Hurricanes (30) finished in my rankings in the place they actually are in in the NHL standings.  The Flyers moved up the most in my rankings, a total of eight spots placing 21st when they're 29th in the league.  And the Predators fell the farthest, landing 13th when they're 6th in the league, dropping seven spots.

So that's that, a new power ranking system thrown together here.  Let me know what you all think of it and perhaps I'll post updates to this system a couple times later in the season.

And to all the readers, please have a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy new year.  I look forward to continue writing come 2010.