It's Time for Our Weekly Power Rankings

Dana Lane

Friday, March 9, 2018 7:44 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 7:44 PM UTC

Every Friday Dana Lane releases his power rankings betting trends that will give you a head start with your weekly handicapping

Let’s tackle the Power Rankings first. This is based on a formula that has produced the last three Stanley Cup Champions, it’s not an exact science but it does reward a team for puck control, quality shots, and winning. It’s pretty simple.

#10 Los Angeles Kings (37-25-5, 79 pts, +29) NR

Last week: 1-1-0, Ev

Huge win against another playoff team on Thursday. They’re as good as anybody defensively allowing just 2.48 goals per game. The 1st line led by Anze Kopitar has 23 points in the last 10 games combined. They’re also receiving a good amount of offense from their bottom six.

#9 Dallas Stars (37-24-6, 80 points, +19) LW 10

Last week: 0-1-2, -2

This will a big week for the Stars when they’ll face three playoff teams and a Canadiens team that’s looking to ruin somebody’s playoff run. Dallas will get a physical test right off the bat with a home game against the Ducks. The Ducks own one of the best penalty kill teams with a success rate of 83.3%)

#8 Winnipeg Jets (41-17-9, 91 pts, +49) LW 7

Last week: 4-0-0, +6

This is a team that’s getting plenty of scoring from the guys you know but they’re also getting consistent contributions from the guys you don’t (Kyle Connor 4G, 2A, last 10 games)

#7 Toronto Maple Leafs (39-22-7, 85 pts, +28) LW 9

Last week: 0-2, -5

The Leafs have dropped four straight games, one in overtime and one in the shootout, so why have they moved up. The answer is because we don’t handicap based on the final score. Their shootout loss was on the road to the Tampa Bay Lightning and their overtime loss was to the scorching hot Florida Panthers. A bad loss to the Buffalo Sabres but the Leafs were the better of the two team but ran into a hot Chad Johnson as he made 38 saves on 41 shots.

#6 Nashville Predators (44-14-9, 97 pts, +50) LW 6

Last week: 4-0-0, +6

In my mind, the Predators have now jumped into the Elite group of teams that can win the Stanley Cup. I know this isn’t going out on a limb but I also like to keep in mind that of their four wins last week two went into overtime. I moved them up just a spot knowing they could have easily dropped those games at Colorado and Vancouver.

#5 Tampa Bay Lightning (47-17-4, 98 pts, +61) LW 7

Last week: 3-0, +4

I can deny this team in my top five anymore. With winnable games coming up this week they could move up. Remember it’s not about winning or losing its how you do it. Six of their last seven games have needed extra time to complete.

#4 Boston Bruins (42-15-8, 92 pts, +53) LW 5

Last week: 3-0-0, +3

The Bruins have continued to win despite their constant injury issues. With Riley Nash filling in a first line center and newly acquired Rick Nash starting his Bruin career off with 3 points in his last five games, Boston hasn’t missed a beat with Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy out.

#3 Vegas Golden Knights (43-19-5, 91pts, +46) LW 2

Last week: 2-2-0, +1

To date, the Knights have overcome every question put in front of them but we know the postseason is a different brand of hockey. The addition of Ryan Reaves is huge in a division that got more physical at the deadline.

#2 San Jose Sharks (36-22-9, 81 pts, +14) LW 4

Last week: 2-2-0, +1

Like a shark San Jose is being very quiet in the West, lurking in the back of the Vegas Golden Knights in second place in the Pacific. I’m partial to teams with great penalty kills because they never give you anything you don’t deserve, meaning, you won’t get the best of them because of their mistakes. This is the team in West that I have my eyes on.

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins (39-25-4, 82 pts, +19) LW 1

Last week: 3-0-0, +5

This week: 3/10 at Toronto, 3/11 vs Dallas, 3/14 at New York Rangers, 3/15 at Montreal

They’ve been my number one team for a while. Three lethal lines and a power play unit that’s clicking at a 26% rate. No team is better right now.

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