Scotia North Power Rankings: Maple Leafs Remain At The Top, Who Can Compete?
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Another week in the books, and not much has changed when it comes to the North Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs slipped a bit, but remain the overall strongest team in the division. This week also saw the second coaching change made in the division, with the Calgary Flames changing bench boss.
1. Toronto Maple Leafs: 18-6-2 (38 points) 73.1 Points%
Last Week: 1 Weekly Record: 2-2
The Maple Leafs got Auston Matthews back, but his scoreless streak has climbed to five, a feat that didn't seem possible just a couple of weeks ago. Toronto continued their dominance of the Oilers, defeating them twice last week by a combined score of 9-1. They then hit a brick wall, losing both games to the Canucks at the end of the month.
This Week: Winnipeg x3, Ottawa
2. Winnipeg Jets: 15-8-1 (31 points) 64.6 Points%
Last Week: 2 Weekly Record: 2-2
Like Toronto, the Jets didn't have the best of weeks but it doesn't change the fact they have emerged as one of the better teams in the North. They split their two-game sets against Vancouver and Montreal this week, led by Mark Scheifele's five assists.
This Week: Toronto x3
3. Edmonton Oilers: 15-11 (30 points) 57.7 Points%
Last Week: 3 Weekly Record: 1-2
I have a feeling this is starting to get overused but, thank goodness for Connor McDavid. If not for his three point performance against the Flames, imagine how the week would have gone? Edmonton does have a chance to pad some points on their resume, with matchups against the Senators and Canucks (careful what you wish for).
This Week: Ottawa x2, Vancouver x2
4. Montreal Canadiens: 11-6-6 (28 points) 60.9 Points%
Last Week: 4 Weekly Record 2-1
It's a busy upcoming week for the Canadiens, with a pair of two-game sets against Vancouver and Calgary. Montreal went 2-1 last week behind four goals from Brendan Gallagher and five assists by Tomas Tatar. Their week was highlighted by their 7-1 destruction of the Jets Saturday night.
This Week: Vancouver x2, Calgary x2
5. Vancouver Canucks: 11-15-2 (24 points) 42.9 Points%
Last Week: 6 Weekly Record: 3-1
This was hard, as Calgary have more games in hand, and a higher points percentage, but Vancouver had the better week, going 3-1 with two wins against the Maple Leafs. After struggling to start the season, Thatcher Demko is starting to look like the same goalie that almost helped Vancouver defeat Vegas in the playoffs. He stopped 80-of-83 shots at 5v5 last week, and boasted a .944 save percentage on high-danger shots.
This Week: Montreal x2, Edmonton
6. Calgary Flames: 11-12-2 (24 points) 48.0 Points%
Last Week: 5 Weekly Record: 1-2
It wasn't a great week for the Flames, who became the second team in the division to make a coaching change after losing to the Senators. Really the highlight of the week was Dillon Dube's hat trick on Thursday.
This Week: Montreal x2
7. Ottawa Senators: 8-17-1 (17 points) 32.7 Points%
Last Week: 7 Weekly Record 1-2
Not much as changed. Ottawa has an impressive young core led by Brady Tkachuk and rookie Tim Stutzle. They are on the right path, it's just going to be tough until then.
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