Every Monday until the end of the season, Hockey Prospectus will provide updated Player Power Rankings for the top 10 skaters and top five goalies in the NHL based on HP's proprietary value metric, GVT, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including defense and the shootout.
On the strength of three consecutive wins, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vaults to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis joins the skater rankings (No. 8) and Washington's Alex Ovechkin moves up a spot to No. 5.
Player Power Rankings: Skaters
are through April 14.
For the third season in a row, Crosby will be the unquestioned
best offensive player in the league without leading the league in points,
although he may hold on to his GVT title. There's a chance we will see him
again before the end of the season.
Kunitz isn't the same player without Crosby, tallying just three
points in seven games, although his line with Jussi Jokinen and Pascal Dupuis
has been the Penguins' best over the last five games.
A leader, a solid defensive player and a faceoff king. It's hard
to imagine anything Toews isn't good at, but here's something: He has scored
only three points in 103 minutes of 5-on-4 play, which ranks 11th worst among
the 107 players who have played 100 minutes or more this season.
The Hawks continue to benefit from Kane's disciplined play; he
has taken just three minor penalties while drawing nine.
How hot is Ovechkin? He would lead the league in power-play
goals even if he'd only started playing on March 5. He has scored nine
power-play goals (and 19 total goals) in the 21 games since then.
Before this season, Getzlaf had only two career short-handed
goals. But this campaign he ranks second in the league with three, all scored
in the last six weeks.
Dupuis' offensive numbers -- just 35 points -- don't seem that
impressive until you realize that he plays only 55 seconds per game on the
power play. He ranks ninth in the league with 31 even-strength points and
second among forwards in defensive GVT (behind Derek Stepan).
Subban has scored 34 points in just 35 games, the best
points-per-game ratio by a defenseman since Mike Green's 76 points in 75
games back in 2009-10.
Tampa Bay Lightning
As talented an offensive player as Stamkos is, his career
shootout record is just 5-for-27, one of the worst in the league over that
New York Islanders
With Tavares on the ice, the Islanders have scored 8.4 goals per
60 minutes of 5-on-4 power-play time, nearly 1.5 times better than the league
average of 5.8.
Player Power Rankings: Goalies
are through April 14.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Among goaltenders who have played 20-plus games, Bobrovsky ranks
first in save percentage and third in GAA, his 2.01 slightly behind league
leader Tuukka Rask's 1.99.
New York Rangers
Since he has been in the league (2005-06), Lundqvist has
accumulated a GVT of 222, easily the best over this period (Ovechkin ranks
second with 176). Only one of his backups has managed a positive GVT: Martin
Biron, at plus-4.3 in 44 games.
Rask has been Boston's No. 1 goaltender once before, in 2009-10,
and he led the league in save percentage and GAA that season. He's on track
to rank first in GAA and second in save percentage among No. 1s this
Anderson, who finally returned this week, looked mediocre in
losses to Florida and Tampa Bay before shutting out New Jersey.
San Jose Sharks
Niemi has been the workhorse of the league's elite goaltenders,
ranking first in minutes played (2,219) and third in shots faced (1,039). He
has gone from starting 73 percent of San Jose's games in 2010-11 to 83
percent last season to 90 percent this season.