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Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman. (Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)
March 7th, 2022
Here are the Top 10 teams in the NHL, as ranked by TwinSpires Edge.
Have the Avs already put things into autopilot? Pavel Francouz has started four of the last six games in net in lieu of Darcy Kuemper. One of those Francouz starts was a puzzling loss to the Coyotes.
What an incredible play by Cale Makar. He breaks up an odd-man rush and leads the attack the other way. That set up a helluva Nathan MacKinnon-Nazem Kadri-Nathan MacKinnon sequence. pic.twitter.com/DZO8RbWOyL— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) March 6, 2022
What an incredible play by Cale Makar. He breaks up an odd-man rush and leads the attack the other way. That set up a helluva Nathan MacKinnon-Nazem Kadri-Nathan MacKinnon sequence. pic.twitter.com/DZO8RbWOyL
Colorado will have to turn things around quickly with five of their next six games being on the road. Expect Nathan MacKinnon to lead the way, as he’s scored at least once in seven of his last nine tilts.
The Panthers lost their last three games of February by an aggregate score of 16-10, but they seem to have put that “hiccup” behind them with two straight blowout triumphs at home, both with Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes.
We’ll see what transpires for this team with nine of their next 10 taking place on the road.
The Hurricanes wrapped up a grueling stretch of six games within 10 days with a 4-2 record, winning all their home games and dropping both their road tilts.
Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta were both solid in goal, but the offense (15 goals) left something to be desired. Their upcoming Thursday matchup with the Avalanche could be telling.
Igor Shesterkin has started 10 of the Rangers’ last 11 games, and was ESPN’s “top performer” eight times.
IGOR SHESTERKIN OH MYpic.twitter.com/SxBDetVRml— Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) March 5, 2022
IGOR SHESTERKIN OH MYpic.twitter.com/SxBDetVRml
It’s a great luxury to have the presumptive Vezina Trophy winner in net, but the Blueshirts have to start scoring more, and soon. Perhaps GM Chris Drury will put his team’s $6.7 million in cap space to good use by the trade deadline.
The Lightning have been fattening up against soft opponents over their last nine games, going 7-2. But the two losses came in their only meetings with bonafide playoff contenders in that span (Avalanche and Penguins).
Tampa will play nine of their next 10 games on the road, taking on the Flames, Rangers, Hurricanes and Bruins in a potentially crucial stretch.
Since the last edition of these power rankings, the Flames have tamed the Wild twice, lost to the Canadiens, then beat the mighty Avalanche in Colorado with their backup goalie in net. Such is the ebb and flow of the NHL.
Hell of a game and Johnny Gaudreau wins it in Overtime for the #Flames. Also a great call by Harnarayan Singh on the winner. pic.twitter.com/zvXmJb91rB— Mike Pfeil (@mikeFAIL) March 6, 2022
Hell of a game and Johnny Gaudreau wins it in Overtime for the #Flames. Also a great call by Harnarayan Singh on the winner. pic.twitter.com/zvXmJb91rB
Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm are each off to a rollicking start in March, notching six points apiece.
The Penguins have earned seven of their last eight possible points, beating the Rangers, Blue Jackets, and Lightning before settling for an OT loss against the Hurricanes.
Sidney Crosby with the one-handed pass 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2KSjEdnSsp— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 5, 2022
Sidney Crosby with the one-handed pass 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2KSjEdnSsp
Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel each have a goal and an assist over their last two contests.
Jeremy Swayman is now the unquestioned No. 1 starter in Boston after authoring a 1.13 GAA and a .960 save % in February. He also won his first two starts of March, meaning the Bruins have now claimed victory in seven of their last eight overall.
The bad news for the Maple Leafs is that they still haven’t figured out their goaltending situation, as the tandem of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek have surrendered 37 goals over the team’s last eight tilts. The good news is that John Tavares snapped his 14-game scoreless streak with a tally against the Canucks on Saturday.
Though they may not be as good as everyone thought they were when the season started, the Golden Knights still have plenty of fight in them.
Vegas bounced back from a 3-2 loss to the Avalanche – in which they surrendered a third-period lead – by winning three of their next four overall. Jonathan Marchessault has been a key contributor in this span, scoring a club-high six points.
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