#1 Montreal…..GP 16….12-3-1….25 pts….GF 51 GA 43

#2 Ottawa…….GP 13….11-2-0….22 pts….GF 64 GA 28

#3 Vancouver..GP 16….10-4-2….22 pts….GF 53 GA 47

#4 Toronto……GP 16……8-6-2….18 pts….GF 60 GA 59

#5 Calgary……GP 17……8-7-2….18 pts….GF 39 GA 44

#6 Edmonton…GP 17……8-8-1….17 pts….GF 51 GA 53


#1 Ottawa…….64 in 13 GP ………..#1 Ottawa……28 in 13 GP

#2 Toronto……60 in 16 GP ………..#2 Calgary…..44 in 17 GP

#3 Vancouver..53 in 16 GP ……….#3 Montreal…..43 in 16 GP

#4 Montreal…..51 in 16 GP ……….#4 Vancouver..47 in 16 GP

#5 Edmonton…51 in 17 GP ……….#5 Edmonton…53 in 17 GP

#6 Calgary……39 in 17 GP ……….#6 Toronto……59 in 16 GP

TEAM +/-

#1 Ottawa………..+36

#2 Montreal………+8

#3 Vancouver……+4

#4 Toronto……….+1

#5 Edmonton……..-2

#6 Calgary………..-5


#1 Ottawa………23 pts

#2 Montreal…….18 pts

#3 Vancouver….15 pts

#4 Toronto……..12 pts

#5 Calgary………9 pts

#6 Edmonton……7 pts

The Power Ranking is achieved by assigning point totals based on position within a category, as an example if Toronto is in 6th place then they receive 1 point, where as if Toronto is in 1st place they receive 6 points. Once the points have been distributed add them up and achieve the ranking. This is a scoring system I came up with to rank only the Canadian teams early in the season. As you can see the rankings look eerily similar to the official NHL standings involving only Canadian teams.

The ranking does not take into consideration the games in hand, shootout victories or losses or any individual player statistics, including goaltending or leading scorers. Ottawa is far and away the best Canadian team to date, after that its pretty close between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, with Calgary and Edmonton hauling the rear. Using this info a team can determine what it needs to get better. Toronto simply needs to work on its defense and goaltending, where as a team like Calgary must acquire or generate more offense.

Teams like Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal are in the proverbial grey area. Where Calgary and Vancouver are doing well now but could easily nose dive as fast as they have risen to the top, where as a team like Edmonton who is basically a .500 team right now seems to have a need for both offense and defense or goaltending. The stats tell the story but it’s up to the teams to decide which story they like better.


  1. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    hmmmmm good article i guess. but for defense i will assume you did it on goals allowed per game ratio. oh btw to everyone else i dont expect to hear from leafymcleaf for awhile cause my friend sent him a msg from his account saying that HTR traded him to another forum.

  2. dcz28 says:

    lol what did they get for him?…future considerations? lol

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

    Just a puck. I think we stole one.

  4. dcz28 says:

    According to your stats the Sens don’t need anything but i still think they need another centre to replace Smolinski if they can ever trade him but that might have to wait till the trade deadline…aside from that Sens are solid at every position

  5. habswinthecup-again says:

    Ummmm! And how does Toronto end up being bunched up with Montreal & Vancouver? And for that matter how is Ottawa far and away better than Montreal?, slightley better perhaps but not far and away better.

    As far as I can tell, right now the Canadian teams are as follows 1.Ottawa 2.right behind them- Montreal 3.a little more behind them- Vancouver 4.quite abit behind them- Toronto 5&6. abit behind Toronto(but catching up) both Edmonton& Calgary.

    On a scale of 1-10 I would give each team 9.5-Ottawa 9.0-Montreal 8.0-Vancouver 7.0-Toronto and 6.5-both Edmonton & Calgary.

  6. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    isnt vermette the #2 centre now? smolinski is good enough for the third line

  7. dcz28 says:

    I like Vermette but Smolinski is way too expensive for a 3rd line player…if they got a good 2nd line centre then that would give the Sens 3 good scoring lines and more depth… if Spezza gets injured who will be centre #1 Vermette? Smolinski? Fisher? I like Fisher and Vermette and Eaves but i would feel better if they got a #2 centre that can put up numbers incase of Spezza getting injured

  8. thatleafsguy says:

    Its according to the scoring system ………….. man now you’re going to deny stats???????? Montreal is first but their ratio of goals scored to goals against is not strong which would indicate weakness. They aren’t a high scoring team and they are not the best defensive team either, stats indicate that in comparisson to the rest of the Canadian teams they should be a middle of the pack team.

    As for the question as to why Toronto is bunched with the Habs and the Canucks, as you can see the Leafs are the second highest scoring team in Canada and the worst defensive team. They are in the same pack because what the leafs lack in defense they can make up in offense. The Leafs have the edge in offense where both Vancouver and Montreal have the defensive edge, indicating that if improvement is made in the defensive end for Toronto, they could be as good or better than the 2 teams.

  9. thatleafsguy says:


    “Where Calgary (SUPPOSED TO BE MONTREAL) and Vancouver are doing well now but could easily nose dive as fast as they have risen to the top, where as a team like Edmonton who is basically a .500 team right now seems to have a need for both offense and defense or goaltending.”

  10. dcz28 says:

    I think the fact that the Sens beat Montreal twice with their backup goalie even if the games were not blowouts is the main reason why he said they were far ahead of the Habs

  11. thatleafsguy says:

    i did not take any individual games into consideration, its based solely on the stats shown above.

  12. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    but untill he does gets hurt or the trade deadline we prolly wont see a trade for another centreman

    btw i could prolly put up big numbers playing with Heatley and Alfie

  13. Adam_0486 says:

    What does this really prove? Ottawa is the best Canadian team thus far… So what when it comes to teams that are “bulit for the playoff” (I know, I dont really like that phrase either) your probably better of just flipping the ranking. Heres a better ranking system

    Playoff Proven Teams

    1)Calgary- Cant argue with the defending Western Confrence Champs

    2)Vancouver- If it wasn’t for MIN they would have a cup by now

    3)Montreal- 1 reason Joe Thornton enough said

    4)Toronto- Usually good for 2 rounds

    5)Ottawa- Beat team 4 and then u can move into 4th spot

    6)Edmonton- Didnt even make the playoffs in 2003/04, we could have had all 6 canadian teams in the playoffs and you ruined it!

  14. habs_punk says:

    Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver should be the top three in terms of playoff proven. They are the only ones that have consistently been in the playoffs over the past few years. Calgary has had one good run in 6(?) years. I don’t think they will be as bad as Carolina and Anaheim were after their Finals appearances, but I don’t see Calgary finishing any higher than 6th and they won’t get any further than the second round, if they make it out of the first. I think it would be great if Calgary was able to repeat last year’s success, but they’re record in the regular season last year, combined with the fact that the new NHL is very much against the style they played in the playoffs last year, suggests to me that they won’t be anything special. I was on the bandwagon for the finals last year, but beyond that I haven’t been overly impressed.

    If Ottawa and Toronto meet in the playoffs this year, it will be a much, much different story. If I were a Sens fans, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. The Leafs don’t have a solid shutdown line that can take care of Heatley and Spezza, nor will the Leafs have Patrick Lalime to shoot at anymore. Ottawa will dominate if they happen to play again this year.

  15. dcz28 says:

    I agree with that they will probably wait until the deadline to make a move…lol not to diss your play (i’ve never seen you play) but Spezza does create a lot for his linemates

    Did you see the fight tonight McGrattan and Orr? Now i really think McGrattan is a real contender for the NHL heavyweight champ…he did real good in that one against a though guy that has damaged a few so far

  16. dcz28 says:

    Calgary clutched and held their way to the finals last time and that will not work this year not to mention they missed the playoffs for a long time

    Vancouver has very little chance of winning a cup with Cloutier in net and have not done anything in the playoffs since going to the finals in 94

    Ottawa has lost to the Leafs in the past so what? This is a different Sens team and Leafs team…if they meet in the playoffs don’t expect the same this year

    Montreal could do damage in the playoffs if they meet Boston and then get hot

    Edmonton if they make it could give problems because of the fast pace style they play

    And now for the much hated Leafs i think if they make the playoffs the only way they have a change is if Belfour or Tellvquist (or however spelled) catch fire and are almost unbeatable

    I’m not talking about injuries since that is unpredictable and could screw any team up

  17. habswinthecup-again says:

    I was not disputing your stats or findings, I was simply stating how I see the Canadian teams so far this year.

  18. muckies says:

    Calgary – Ottawa final, Ottawa in 7.

  19. muckies says:

    Hey Bro, if you saw the Calgary-Vancouver GAME LAST SATURDAY YOU’LL HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT THE PLAYOFFS will look like this year. Calgary has a sick team, and most inportant are a new Jersey clone that works. Amazing goalie, top defence in the elaugue with a combo of tough, big hitting, shut down and offence and enough scoring and 1 of the best one shot guys in the league in iggy in case you need to score late.

  20. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    I saw the replay of the fight and it look good….. but who scored the take down?

    How about the newly named ASH line(alfie spezza heatley) burnin’ the bruins, can they be stopped?

  21. Adam_0486 says:

    Three reasons why i picked Calgary as #1

    1)Defending Western Conference Champs, say what you will about their past but until somelse dethrones them they are the champs period.

    2) The most promosing blueline in the league in my opinion, but diffently one of the best with Regher, Leopold, Hamrlik, Phneauf and Marchment, look out come playoffs.

    3)They’re ancored by the best player in the league in Iginla

    I think u may have missed the point of my post, just because ottawa makes the playoffs doesn’t mean there built for the playoffs, there actually built for the regular season which coincidently also makes them eligable for the playoffs, then when the grind of a playoff series begins and a teams character and grit is tested where are they?…..ill tell u where at the Oak Ridge goal coarse. LOL

    But ur right i do expect this year to be different for ottawa, no hossa, lalime, white, etc. There going to be very good.

  22. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    The first canadian team has fallen to the rath of crosby next up Calgary december 3rd

  23. habswinthecup-again says:


    They didn’t fall to Crosby, they fell to Fraser and Lemieux.

  24. habs79 says: team plus/minus stats.


    Ottawa +29

    Vancouver +6

    Calgary +5

    Montreal +2

    Edmonton -2

    Toronto -6

    As you have stated in the past powerplay goals either for or against do not count in plus/minus. However if you like to use a simple goal difference stat, that is of course your choice. There is another stat you could add if you like. One that is more for how good a defense is.

    Shots Against/Game

    Calgary- 26.3

    Montreal- 27.2

    Vancouver- 27.5

    Edmonton- 28.6

    Ottawa- 29.9

    Toronto- 32.1

    I like your idea and how you set up the power rankings, however you really should include more team based stats.

    If you take the these stats into consideration with your idea the new results are.

    Ottawa- 31 pts

    Montreal- 26 pts

    Vancouver- 24 pts

    Calgary- 19 pts

    Toronto- 14 pts

    Edmonton- 12 pts

    Changes things around if you include more info. If you going to call something power rankings, do alittle more than just scratch the surface. There are alot more stats you can include.

    Shots For/Game

    Winning Percentage


    Penalty Killing

    Do teams blow the lead in the third, or do they come back?

    I really do like your idea and hope you keep updating with more stats involved. If you would like a good place to find stats easily. If you go to, they have an amazing stats set up.

  25. dcz28 says:

    No take down in that one the refs jumped in…Hal Gill fought Neil and Gill quit since i guess he had enough

    The ASH line as you said again was the difference tonight along with the Vermette, Scheiffer and Havlat line…the Bruins had no answer for them and Hasek was great although he is scary when he comes way out of his net to loose pucks but got the job done as usual

    Not their best game but still looked strong

  26. dcz28 says:

    Wings – Sens final, don’t care who wins because i’m a Wings fan but live in Ottawa and that would be the best finals in over a decade

  27. thatleafsguy says:

    nah they fell back to earth……its just the beginning.

  28. FLAMESOWNU says:

    Don’t put flames in same category as oilers ever again.

  29. FLAMESOWNU says:

    5 games winning streak change your mind about the flames?

  30. FLAMESOWNU says:

    Don’t forget Rhett Warrener. Very solid D-man.

  31. habs_punk says:

    Not at all. Winning streaks don’t mean a whole lot. Do I expect Montreal to win the conference? No. It would be absolutely incredible, but I just don’t see it happening. I don’t see Montreal keeping this pace for the entire year. I see them challenging for home ice, but likely finishing in that 5th or 6th spot. Their recent 5 game winning streak doesn’t mean anything besides the points the picked up. Same with Calgary. Tell me it’s not possible that either Montreal or Calgary could just as easily go on a 5 game losing streak right afterwards. Both team’s have goalies that have been inconsistent – slow starts but starting to pick it up. Can Kipper put those numbers up for a full year? Honestly, how many games did he start in the last season? It’d be great to see Calgary at the top of the West, but realistically I don’t see it happening.

  32. habs_punk says:

    1) Yes, they’re defending Western Conference Champs, but:

    Year | Finalist | Next Season Point Total





    ’94__Vancouver__48 (Strike shortened – projected 82 pts)







    ’01__New Jersey__95




    As you can see, being the reigning conference champ doesn’t mean a whole lot. There have been plenty of teams who absolutely tanked the season afterwards. It’s true there have been plenty of teams that have done very well the next year, but my point is, reigning Western Conference Champs doesn’t mean a whole lot.

    2) You only listed Calgary’s top 5 defensemen. If Marchment’s one of them, that wouldn’t be something I’d be bragging about. He couldn’t make the Leafs who have one of the worst defenses in the league. Phaneuf is a rookie, a very good rookie, but a rookie nonetheless, still very unproven, and no experience in the NHL playoffs. Leopold hasn’t been anything special this year. Regehr and Hamrlik are the only two that I would consider top end right now. When the playoffs come around, it might be a different story, but it’s a long season.

    Personally I would take Ottawa’s defense ahead of Calgary’s any day. Chara, Redden, and Phillips? Come on. And Schneider, Lidstrom, Fisher, and Chelios all in Detroit? Although underacheiving, Rafalski, Matvichuk, Martin, Brown, Malakhov, and McGillis is a pretty solid set of D in New Jersey. Then there’s Philly with Desjardins, Pitkanen, Johnsson, Rathje, and Hatcher. And Vancouver’s not too shabby with Jovanovski, Ohlund, and Salo.

    In terms of potential, yes, there’s a good chance Calgary is the best in the league, but in terms of current defensive talent, I’d say they’re middle of the pack, maybe slightly above.

    3) They’re anchored by ONE of the best players in the league in Iginla. There’s a lot of people that would disagree with you on that statement. Based on performances this season alone, so far there are quite a few players ahead of him. Based on the past few years, he is right up there without a doubt, but not undisputedly the best.

  33. habs_punk says:

    A shootout loss is hardly falling back to earth. If you watched the game, you would see why Montreal has all those one goal wins. It isn’t a fluke. They start out slowly, but by the end of the game, they always have so much more jump than the other team. The third period is owned by the Habs. Thibault stood on his head, and Crosby scored in the shootout, nothing wrong or embarrassing about that. Montreal is still one of the top teams in the league. They still have more points than Ottawa.

    Sorry you’re unable to grasp the reality that Montreal is heading up and Toronto is heading down.

    Just a little food for thought. Montreal is one of the youngest teams in the league. They probably won’t stay first in the division for the whole season, but they’re just going to keep getting better each year. And when you look at the prospects we have coming up still, Montreal is going to be a top team for many years to come.

  34. wingsfan13 says:

    kinda pointless article, coulda gone to sportingnews or somethan and looked at the same thing

  35. Adam_0486 says:

    1)Solid data for your counter arguement for the first point, very well done but all i said was its customary to give the defending champs the benifit of the doubt.

    2) Second as on of the other guys who posted a reply reminded me, if you dont think Marchment is good enough to be a teams 5th d-man u could substitute Rhett Warrner, he is a tough gritty d-man sold addition to any team. Also i agree with u in that some of the teams u listed have better d-man on paper but in the playoffs thats a different story… i dont think theres any team in the leauge that wants to go play a playoff series with Marchment and Phneauf (Baby Stevens),

    3)Dont hold a bad start against the guy, Iginla is bound for bound the best player in the league, maybe you could make a general argument for Thonrnton and St. Louis but with guys like Healety he’s a top five player playing with 2 other top 20 players thats tough to compete against

  36. Adam_0486 says:

    oops Iginla is pound for pound…

  37. robinson19 says:

    When all’s said and done it’s only wins that matter.

    Beyond Ottawa, I think we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Montreal and Vancouver’s early points will definitely come back and haunt the others late in the season. But wins is all that matters.

  38. robinson19 says:

    For instance, the way Montreal has been pulling all their points out in the dying seconds, has to be an interesting stat, shows heart and character. It’s more of an abstract attribute, but remember the 93 cup, the team was inferior on paper certainly to the Leafs and some other teams, Pittsburg, but they found a way. Reminds me of that.

  39. muckies says:

    unless the wings get a real goalie, they’ll get swept.

  40. robinson19 says:

    That would be sweet but I’m worried about Calgary. Van-Ott final seems more likely to me but if Ott chokes again the Habs could go through; Van-Mtl would be Van in 6, Cal-Mtl would be a beautiful thing, I’d have to take Mtl in 7. Van-Ott is pretty hard to call, Ott in 6.

  41. thatleafsguy says:

    you’re free to making contributions to the site as well.

  42. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    2)Vancouver- If it wasn’t for MIN they would have a cup by now.

    i prefer to say if they had bertuzzi last year they would have the cup. they lost by 1 goal to calgary.

  43. habs79 says:

    Yeah, his name was Patrick Roy. It reminds me off that but Theo has to improve by leaps and bounds to be near Roy’s greatness.

  44. dcz28 says:

    Like most people you either have not seen Legace and Osgood play this year or you undervalue their play in the Wings success…the Wings have done it with Osgood before and Legace is one of the top goalies so far this season and if you think he will fade in the playoffs you might be in for a surprise and i could also add that the Wings know Hasek very well since they had him for part of 2 seasons…Wings offense is as good if not better and so is the defense

  45. dcz28 says:

    I could also say for fun that the Wings have a bunch of players who have 3 cup rings on the roster along with lots of awards and the Sens have one player with a cup ring (Hasek) and who did he win that ring with?

    I like the Sens but for you to think that the Sens would cruise past the Wings in the finals just because they are off to a good start is funny to me since i am use to seeing the Wings win and i expect it from them

    One of the reasons i would want to see the Wings – Sens finals is because (as a huge Yzerman fan) i would get to see him play with the Wings for what might be the last time and i think there is a lot of people in Ottawa who would like to see him play one last time

  46. SensfanVone says:

    They have also played 3 more games than Ottawa.

    and after the habs lose to the leafs tonight. Ottawa will be on top of the Canadiens where they belong.

    (I hope)LOL

  47. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    even washington can beat the leafs im sujre the habs will smoke em

  48. prairiehab says:

    If you look at the power rankings then there is no way Toronto should be bunched in with Montreal and Vancouver. Ottawa is 5 points ahead of Montreal, so they are way ahead of them right now.

    But Montreal is 5 points up on Toronto so that makes them way ahead of Toronto.

    Granted Montreal hasn’t been scoring alot of goals, but they have the potential to do so, right now they just seem to be playing well enough to win by 1. instead of punishing a team with a barrage a goals.

    When they finnally decide that they need to score more goals when they are up on a team instead of just trying to hold them off then they will be closer to Ottawa. Also they seem to start of most games slowly and then pick up the pace later on. When Montreal is playing the fast paced skilled game that the can, few teams can keep up with them. Just watch the 3rd periods of any of there games when they are behind by a goal, its fun to watch.

    Now can anyone say that Toronto has the potential to improve there Defence without having to resort to trading, can you say that Toronto is a fun fast paced team to watch, There is nothing wrong with there youngster, but it kills me to watch slugs like Lindros and Allison out on the ice all the team, Those 2 should retire and then Toronto would be a better team to watch.

  49. SensfanVone says:

    Well well the leafs won who saw that comin not me.

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