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Hey all, hope that everyone has been enjoying the NHL season thus far. Thanks to my job and 59 hour work weeks in December it's pretty hard to find time to write so I'm glad to be back today.

It's time for another installment of my custom power rankings. It's the midpoint of the season so I figured that's a good barometer with which to rank the teams again and see where they rank not only on my list, but on my list in comparison to actual league standings.

For those of you that may be reading these custom power rankings the first time, this is my formula: You take points percentage, goal differential, power play percentage and penalty kill percentage and add all those four figures up into one lump sum. The larger that number is, the higher your power ranking.

Let's take a look and see where teams rank halfway through the season. The teams are listed below along with their ranking sum.

1-Vancouver-225.6

2-Pittsburgh-204.7

3-Detroit-201.2

4-Philadelphia-198.4

5-Boston-184.4

6-Washington-183.0

7-New York Rangers-180.0

8-Los Angeles-178.1

9-Chicago-171.4

10-Montreal-171.2

11-Dallas-170.4

12-Nashville-170.4 (Dallas earned tiebreak over Nashville via points percentage.)

13-Tampa Bay-161.2

14-Colorado-160.0

15-San Jose-159.5

16-Atlanta-155.1

17-Anaheim-151.8

18-St. Louis-150.1

19-Carolina-150.1 (St. Louis earned tiebreak over Carolina via points percentage.)

20-Minnesota-148.6

21-Phoenix-147.1

22-Buffalo-143.9

23-Florida-143.3

24-Calgary-131.6

25-Toronto-125.0

26-Columbus-119.0

27-Ottawa-113.3

28-New York Islanders-104.2

29-Edmonton-92.8

30-New Jersey-71.8

This was definitely the most rewarding power rankings yet in terms of the final outcome legitimizing my formula. Vancouver, Calgary and New Jersey all ranked the same in the power ranking standings as they do in the actual NHL standings, 1st, 24th and 30th, respectively. And there were a large number of teams whose ranking number was only one position off their actual league standing. There are those couple teams, though, who are performing well above or well below their numbers. The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered the biggest drop in the rankings, standing 5th in the league right now but coming in a whole eight spots lower at 13th. But the LA Kings were the biggest jumpers moving from their 16th place standing in the league up to 8th in the power rankings.

As always I welcome any feedback and suggestions on the power rankings as well as any other things you all may like to see me do on the site. I plan on updating the power rankings one last time this season, likely around the trade deadline and the home stretch of the season.

It's good to be back and I hope you all continue to enjoy the NHL season.