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February 8, 2012
Player Power Rankings
Chicago's Conundrum

by Tom Awad and ESPN Insider

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Editor's note: These rankings are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find out more here.

Periodically throughout the season, 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, which includes offensive, defensive and shootout components.

After this past week, the Chicago Blackhawks have two skaters ranked in the top four despite losing their past five games, and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick finally relinquishes the No. 1 ranking among goalies.

These rankings are through Feb. 5. Total GVT might not equal the sum of the subcategories because of factors that aren't shown.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Evgeni Malkin, F, Pittsburgh Penguins     13.8       1.9    2.8   18.5

Comment: Malkin's 113 points in 2008-09 is the highest point total by any player in the past five seasons. While he's unlikely to beat it, a second scoring title is now within his grasp.

2.   Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago Blackhawks     11.3       3.5    0.6   15.3

Comment: The Blackhawks are going through a rough stretch, with five straight losses, including an 8-4 drubbing by Edmonton that featured Sam Gagner's eight-point night. Toews was injured on Jan. 21 and appears to be playing hurt.

3.   Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers     12.8       1.9    0.6   15.3

Comment: Giroux has fully bounced back from his concussion with eight points and 2.9 GVT in his past six games. With the Atlantic crown looking out of reach, the Flyers are already mentally preparing for the playoffs.

4.   Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks       12.0       3.6   -0.6   15.1

Comment: Hossa is one of the league's most dangerous scorers short-handed, with nine goals in the past three seasons, but the Hawks need help on their penalty killing, which ranks 27th at 78.3 percent.

5.   Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning    13.6       1.3   -0.8   14.1

Comment: Unfortunately, the Lightning's goaltending woes are detracting from another fine offensive season by Stamkos. Barring injury, Stamkos could hit 500 goals before his 29th birthday in 2019.

6.   Pavel Datsyuk, F, Detroit Red Wings       10.6       2.8    0.6   14.0

Comment: Datsyuk has been pointless for four games, but his 56 percent faceoff winning percentage and 20 minutes per game have helped keep the Wings atop the Western Conference.

	
7.   Patrik Elias, F, New Jersey Devils        10.0       2.3    1.1   13.5

Comment: Elias has 17 points in his past 13 games, and the Devils have won nine of them. Unlike last season, the Devils' second-half push is for playoff seeding and, in the best-case scenario, home-ice advantage.

8.   Ilya Kovalchuk, F, New Jersey Devils       8.1       0.6    4.2   12.9

Comment: The Kovalchuk is an incredible 8-for-9 in the shootout this season and may end up posting the best single-season shootout record since its inception seven years ago.

9.   Tyler Seguin, F, Boston Bruins             9.9       2.8    0.0   12.8

Comment: Seguin has cooled off a bit but could still easily triple his 22 points from last season. He has already doubled that amount in 24 fewer games.

 
10.  Joffrey Lupul, F, Toronto Maple Leafs      9.8       2.2    0.8   12.8

Comment: The Leafs have not made the playoffs since the lockout but are currently holding on to eighth place in the East, in large part thanks to Lupul's unexpected emergence as a top-10 scorer in the league.

Player Power Rankings: Goalies

These rankings are through Feb. 5. Total GVT may not equal sum of sub categories because of factors not shown.

Legend:

OGVT: Offensive GVT

GGVT: Goaltending GVT

DGVT: Defensive GVT

SGVT: Shootout GVT

GVT: Total GVT

Rank Player                                    OGVT/GGVT  DGVT  SGVT   GVT
1.   Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers      28.6     -0.1    1.1   29.6

Comment: Lundqvist has the best save percentage (.939) in the NHL and the highest GVT. For the first time in his illustrious career, he is clearly the best goaltender in the league.

 
2.   Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings       28.9      0.0   -1.1   27.8

Comment: Quick continues his heroics -- his save percentage in 12 games since the new year is .943. Unfortunately the Kings have managed only 1.9 goals per game during that stretch.

3.   Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins               20.4     -0.7    2.2   21.9

Comment: Thomas has been in the news a lot for non-hockey reasons, but in fact he's been barely an average goaltender for the past month and a half, with only a 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage since late December.

4.   Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators        19.0     -0.8    1.9   20.2

Comment: Nashville is white-hot right now. Rinne has won his past 11 games, all in regulation, by a combined score of 42-17. He has a 1.55 GAA and .951 save percentage during that period.

5.   Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings         15.1      1.3    2.8   19.1  

Comment: I don't want to jinx him, but Howard is on track for one of the five highest goaltender win totals in history. With his quality play and the team in front of him, he continues to win roughly three out of every four starts.

A version of this story originally appeared at ESPN Insider Insider.

Tom Awad is an author of Hockey Prospectus. You can contact Tom by clicking here or click here to see Tom's other articles.

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