All 31 NHL groups have reached the official halfway level of their season, so as well as to this week’s up to date rankings, we’re providing our tackle which groups will end underneath or over their present projected factors tempo.

How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings mirror which groups voters assume would win head-to-head matchups. Greater-ranked groups are favored over lower-ranked groups. A run of wins does not assure a leap, and a few losses does not assure a fall.

Earlier rating: 1

Factors tempo: 130. The Lightning are on tempo for the perfect common season for the reason that Pink Wings amassed 131 factors in 1995-96. They seem to be a full-on juggernaut, however there is a cause nobody has cracked 130 factors in 23 years. Below.

Earlier rating: 2

Factors tempo: 109. The Leafs had been a 105-point group final season, so this mark could be very a lot in attain. So long as goaltender Frederik Andersen stays regular (and wholesome), this group will hit 110 factors or higher. Over.

Earlier rating: 5

Factors tempo: 109. The Flames are for actual, and that plus-31 aim differential is not only a product of better-than-expected goaltending. (And a .902 save share is forward of the place we thought they’d be.) Getting to 108 factors within the wacky West is a tall order, however they’re 100 p.c a 100-point group. Below.

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Earlier rating: eight

Factors tempo: 104. Due respect to the Sharks’ latest roll and the return of Erik Karlsson to public adulation, however I can not belief a group with a .893 save share to keep on this tempo. Nonetheless, it is a playoff group, for certain. Below.

Earlier rating: 6

Factors tempo: 104. The Predators had been a 117-point group final season, and this present tempo comes after three months of great accidents to prime gamers like Filip Forsberg and P.Okay. Subban. A totally armed and operational Predators group will energy previous this present tempo. Over.

Earlier rating: four

Factors tempo: 109. This is able to be forward of the place the Capitals completed final season. As Alex Ovechkin confirmed along with his All-Star Recreation choice, Washington is aware of that sluggish and regular can win the race once more. Below.

Earlier rating: three

Factors tempo: 109. The Jets are at this tempo with Connor Hellebuyck taking part in to a .909 save share and Patrik Laine with one aim since Dec. 16. These tendencies are going to reverse, and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff goes to pull off one other Paul Stastny-esque transfer on the deadline. Over.

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Earlier rating: 9

Factors tempo: 103. The Knights are in all probability a group that lands at round 100 factors, but when there’s something we have discovered previously yr, it is to not guess in opposition to Vegas. Over.

Earlier rating: 10

Factors tempo: 103. The goaltending has figured itself out, Sidney Crosby is taking part in at an MVP degree they usually’re on an 11-2-Zero roll. To cite an historical advert marketing campaign for an grownup beverage: Watch out for the Penguins. Over.

Earlier rating: 7

Factors tempo: 103. The Bruins and Leafs will flip-flop within the standings, with Toronto getting the No. 2 seed and residential ice and Boston getting proper round 103 factors. Conservatively, we’ll say they’re only a shade beneath it. Below.

Earlier rating: 11

Factors tempo: 100. The groups chasing the highest three within the Metropolitan are beginning to shut the hole a bit. We’re a bit fearful about what GM Jarmo Kekalainen does with Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. The Jackets have been a 100-point group solely as soon as in franchise historical past. John Tortorella has hit that quantity solely 3 times in 14 full seasons as an NHL coach. Below.

Earlier rating: 14

Factors tempo: 100. The Islanders are driving the PDO practice this season (102.82 in mixed capturing and save percentages). They’re an incredible story, they usually might very nicely be a playoff group, however they’re in all probability additionally crossing the end line with double-digit factors. Below.

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Earlier rating: 12

Factors tempo: 99. Are the Sabres going to have a 37-point enchancment from final season? No. However they are going to have a 30-plus-point enchancment, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Below.

Earlier rating: 18

Factors tempo: 93. If group president Jim Lites can savage his greatest gamers in profanity-laced tirades to the media each month or so, they’re cash. (Additionally, it will be an enormous assist if Ben Bishop retains doing what he is been doing.) Over.

Earlier rating: 13

Factors tempo: 89. This tempo has steadily decreased previously two weeks, because the Avs have tried the whole lot, together with breaking apart their heralded prime line. The West is an absolute meat grinder, however I believe the Avs can get again round that 95-point plateau. Over.

Earlier rating: 15

Factors tempo: 95. Center of the pack in offense and protection, however not too reliant on one line to carry them. Claude Julien is a stealth Jack Adams candidate for squeezing as a lot juice out of this group as he has. Below.

Earlier rating: 17

Factors tempo: 88. It is a Bruce Boudreau group, which suggests it’s going to finally exceed expectations and find yourself in a playoff spot even when it has no enterprise being there. Over.

Earlier rating: 16

Factors tempo: 86. The Geese have come again down to earth with the rate of Skylab, as John Gibson’s again strains from carrying the sixth-worst possession group and second-worst offensive group to the playoff bubble. We had been proper about Randy Carlyle, you guys. Below.

Earlier rating: 19

Factors tempo: 80. The Canucks are a group with some true offensive dynamos, however one which has bother stopping each shot makes an attempt and objectives from opponents. That is, like, an 82-point group, however one which’s not less than going to be thrilling to watch at the same time as their playoff hopes fade. Over.

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Earlier rating: 23

Factors tempo: 88. I refuse to imagine that we’re witnessing one more season of unbelievable possession numbers which are submarined by both horrible goaltending or invisible offense. This yr, it is the latter, because the Canes have a 7.three capturing share, worst within the NHL. Ugh … however they’re higher than 88 factors. They’ve to be. Over.

Earlier rating: 22

Factors tempo: 82. Enjoyable reality: Ken Hitchcock hasn’t had a group end with a factors share decrease than .625 since his ultimate marketing campaign with the Blue Jackets. It is going to occur this season, for certain, however the Oil are going to be higher than 82 factors in Peter Chiarelli’s swan tune. Over.

Earlier rating: 21

Factors tempo: 82. Certainly one of my chillier freezing chilly takes is that the Panthers can be a 100-point group this season, which they most actually is not going to be. Until, in fact, they go on some ridiculous profitable streak, on which I’ve now dolloped a freezing chilly tackle prime of a now-much-warmer take. Over.

Earlier rating: 20

Factors tempo: 80. This factors tempo does not have in mind the roster pruning that almost all actually will happen once more on the commerce deadline for the Rangers. Below.

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  • The downside to a muscular posterior? It is powerful to discover a pair of denims that can match. Connor McDavid and different NHL stars chronicle the battle.

  • Solely two goalies have won the Hart Trophy as MVP this millennium. Here is why the Geese goalie must be No. three, plus updates on all the opposite award races.

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Earlier rating: 26

Factors tempo: 76. If the Coyotes end with 76 factors, will probably be the primary six-point year-over-year enchancment that finally looks like a downgrade. Over.

Earlier rating: 24

Factors tempo: 76. Wait: Are you saying we should not anticipate a group with solely two true finishers at ahead and goaltending that is ranked 26th in save share will hit 97 factors once more? We nonetheless wager they recover from 80. Over.

Earlier rating: 28

Factors tempo: 71. Whereas doing as poorly as doable would behoove the Hawks in the long run, the actual fact is that this mixture of prideful veterans and younger gamers making an attempt to earn their maintain shall be higher than this present tempo by season’s finish. Over.

Earlier rating: 25

Factors tempo: 71. That is proper round the place we anticipate the Wings to find yourself earlier than a very, actually attention-grabbing summer season in Detroit when it comes to managerial choices. Eh, we’ll take the underneath for the sake of the draft. Below.

Earlier rating: 29

Factors tempo: 76. It is a misplaced season for the Blues, however one which’ll see them beat this present tempo. Maybe through copious quantities of begins for Jordan Binnington over Jake Allen. Over.

Earlier rating: 31

Factors tempo: 69. Who finally ends up with extra factors: the Kings within the standings, or their main scorer this season? In any case … Below.

Earlier rating: 27

Factors tempo: 69. Within the time it took you to learn this, the Flyers simply began 5 extra goaltenders. Over.

Earlier rating: 30

Factors tempo: 67. Hey, nice information, Colorado. Below.

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