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Daily Faceoff's Weekly NHL Risers and Fallers

The trade deadline has come and gone, and there have been some significant movers in this week's power rankings. While there are no new teams in the top-10, there was a lot of movement within that group.

Last week's biggest riser, the New York Islanders, continues to move up the depth chart, moving up five spots this week in the power rankings.

The New Jersey Devils continue to fall, having struggled to find their footing after a puzzling trade deadline. Were they buyers? As they acquired Jake Allen and Kappo Kahkonen? Or were they sellers? Deciding to sell Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller?

With help from our friends at Daily Faceoff, let's take a look at the biggest risers and fallers in their weekly power rankings.

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Let's dive in!


Minnesota Wild

23rd -> 17th (+6)

Last Week's Record: 2-0-1. +5 points.

Thursday: 5-2 win over Arizona Coyotes (26th)

Friday: 2-1 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche (8th)

Sunday: 4-3 overtime win over the Nashville Predators (11th)

Division Standings: Fifth in the Central (+1), 16 points behind the Colorado Avalanche.

Wild Card Standings: Third in the Wild Card (+2), six points behind the Vegas Golden Knights.

Player of the Week: Brock Faber

For a rookie, the ice time that Faber has earned is truly impressive. In three games last week, he averaged 26:05 minutes per game - nearly half the full 60-minute game. In games 63-65 of an NHL career, this stat line is shocking.

Faber scored two goals and had one assist, with a +4 rating this week. He also cleared his shots on goal line in one of the games, averaging 1.3 shots-per-game.

An honourable mention here goes to John Hynes after the incredibly risky move to pull the goaltender in overtime, and possibly jeopardize one point for two points. What a perfectly placed shot from Matthew Boldy to solidify the two points and win.  

 Wild's Week 23 Schedule: Arizona Coyotes (26th), Anaheim Ducks (30th), St. Louis Blues (24th)

Edmonton Oilers

10th -> 6th (+4)

Last Week's Record: 2-1-1. +5 points.

Tuesday: 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins (4th)

Thursday: 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets (28th)

Saturday: 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres (25th)

Sunday: 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (23rd)

Division Standings: Second in the Pacific (-), 10 points behind the Vancouver Canucks.

League Standings: Tenth in the league (-), 11 points ahead of the Florida Panthers.

Player of the Week: Connor McDavid

How could the player of the week not be McDavid in the Oilers' first week on the risers list?

McDavid scored one goal, which turned out to be the game-winning goal against the Penguins, had five assists, and had a +4 rating in 22:11 minutes of ice time per game. Shots on goal bettors would have covered this line in two of four games this week.

Oilers' Week 23 Schedule: Washington Capitals (18th), Colorado Avalanche (8th)


Detroit Red Wings

16th -> 22nd (-6)

Last Week's Record: 0-3. 0 points.

Wednesday: 7-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (7th)

Friday: 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes (11th)

Saturday: 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights (24th)

Division Standings: Fifth in the Eastern (-1), two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wild Card Standings: Third in the wild card (-2), tied in points with the New York Islanders.

Let Down of the Week: Lucas Raymond

Raymond would go this week pointless, finishing with a -6 rating in 17:10 of ice time. Since Dylan Larkin's injury, the Red Wings must turn to Raymond to carry that second line, so to see him have a week like this and the Red Wings go winless, it's clear why he made this list. Shots on goal bettors would have cashed his over in just one game this week, averaging 1.0 shot per game.

Red Wings' Week 23 Schedule: Buffalo Sabres (25th), Arizona Coyotes (26th), Buffalo Sabres (25th), Pittsburgh Penguins (23rd)

Pittsburgh Penguins

20th -> 23rd (-3)

Last Week's Record: 1-3. +2 points.

Tuesday: 5-3 win to the Columbus Blue Jackets (28th)

Thursday: 6-0 loss to the Washington Capitals (18th)

Saturday: 5-1 win to the Boston Bruins (4th)

Sunday: 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers (6th)

Division Standings: Seventh in the Metropolitan (-), 10 points behind the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wild Card Standings: Seventh in the wild card (-1), eight points behind the New York Islanders.

Let Down of the Week: Sidney Crosby

I hate doing this. Crosby has carried the Penguins this season, but last week was a bad week for himself and the team. It was the first season since Crosby has been in Pittsburgh that they sold assets at the deadline.

Crosby finished with just one point and an -8 rating in 19:14 of ice time. The Penguins were shut out twice and only mustered up four goals in their four games this week, so it was difficult for Crosby to make a difference. Shots on goal bettors would have cashed their bet in one of the four games this week, averaging 3.0 shots per game.

Penguins' Week 23 Schedule: Ottawa Senators (27th), San Jose Sharks (32nd), New York Rangers (7th), Detroit Red Wings (22nd)

Week 23 lookahead

Excuse me, how many games do the New York Rangers play this week?

The New York Rangers were tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they lost three spots in this week's rankings. This week's schedule may continue that trend.

The Rangers have a five-game week this week, with two back-to-backs. They played just two games last week and finished the week 1-1, so the make-up games this week make sense.

Here are the Rangers recent records against this week's opponents.

  • The Rangers have won two straight against the New Jersey Devils.

  • The Rangers have won two of their last three against the Carolina Hurricanes.

  • The Rangers have won three straight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Rangers have won three straight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • The Rangers have won two straight against the New York Islanders.

Consider the Rangers' moneyline this week during this pivotal Eastern Conference stretch.

Tage Thompson Shots on Goal Props

The Buffalo Sabres and Tage Thompson have some juicy matchups for shots on goal bettors, specifically the centre position. The Sabres' opponents this week are the Detroit Red Wings (twice) and the New York Islanders.

The Detroit Red Wings are allowing the second most shots on goal to centres over their last 10 games, averaging 13.8 per game. Looking at their full-season splits, they don't dip much farther than this, as they give up the third most shots to centres, averaging 11.8 per game.

The New York Islanders are allowing the second most shots on goal to centres on the season, averaging 12.0 shots per game. The Islanders have been more defensive lately, as they allow the 22nd most shots to the position, averaging 9.8 shots per game.

Thompson's shot on goal line is usually set at 3.5. He has cleared this line in eight of his last twelve games, averaging 4.3 shots per game. With this good of matchups throughout this week and his shooting volume lately, he could co over this number this week.

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