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Dunkel NHL Rankings - Wednesday April 28, 2021

NHL Previews

The final two weeks of the National Hockey League regular season have arrived. We are looking forward to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things may look different this postseason, but in the end, the action will still be outstanding. The NHL Dunkel Index Rankings have been updated with games through Tuesday. Be sure to check them out, and see where the teams have moved from one week to another!

Storms Arise at the Top

The top of the rankings are full of storms: a Hurricane, an Avalanche, and Lightning. The Carolina Hurricanes have the top spot with their 74 points. What a transformation this team has made. They continue to win hockey games and look like a contender out of the Eastern Conference as the postseason arrives. The Hurricanes have the best goal differential in the league, at +42 as well. They come in ahead of Colorado, who lost back to back games to a desperate St. Louis Blues team over the weekend. Colorado is four points behind Vegas in the West Division. If the postseason started today, the Avalanche would get Minnesota in Round one. The Lightning comes in third, Vegas fourth, and the Florida Panthers fifth. Those five teams have already clinched a postseason birth. Minnesota is the 6th team to seal their spot. The WIld come in 6th in the rankings.

Blues Make a Push

The 2019 Stanley Cup Champions made a push with back to back wins over Colorado over the weekend. The Blues moved into the Top 20, with their 21-19-6 record on the season. The Blues, more importantly, moved ahead of the Coyotes for the final playoff spot in the West. St. Louis is ahead by a single point but has three games in hand. The Blues are followed in the rankings by the Canucks, Coyotes, Kings, Flames, and Red Wings. All of those teams appear to be missing the postseason in 2021.

East Jumbled Mess 

While the East may look like a jumbled mess, it’s a competitive and successful jumbled mess. The top four teams in the division all of 62+ points on the season. Fifth seeded New York is just 4 points back of Boston, with 58 points. Time is running out for the Rangers, but you never know. None of the four teams at the top of the division have sealed their postseason berth as of Wednesday morning. The rankings show how competitive it is - Pittsburgh comes in 7th, the Capitals are 9th, the Rangers sit at 10th, while the Islanders are 13th, and the Bruins 14th. It will be fun to see what happens in the final 10 games of the season for this division.

Two Team Race for the Bottom

The bottom of the rankings and the bottom of the standings really have come down to just two teams. The Buffalo Sabres have 33 points, and the Anaheim Ducks have 35 points. They are 31st and 30th in the rankings, respectively. While crazy things can happen, the Devils, who are ranked 28th, and the Senators, who are 29th, are likely not going to fall below those two. The Devils have 37 points, and Ottawa sits at 40.

Once again, be sure to stop by and take a look at our NHL Rankings, and see where your favorite team lands. Enjoy the week of hockey!

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