NHL Energy Rankings 2021: Canadians do ‘All of the Proper Strikes’, Avalanche ‘The Pure’ in Movie Week
Three weeks are officially on the books for the NHL, and the action is already packed.
The teams are starting to split up, but the movements in the divisions are still fast and furious – and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are ridiculous not to say much more.
The Golden Globe nominees came out on Wednesday. What better way to look at this week’s power ranking than to pay homage to the television and film landscape?
Here’s a quick look at each team from a cinema’s perspective for week 3.
NHL Power Rankings 2021: Week 3
1. Montreal Canadiens: 7-1-2 (1st in the north)
Ranking list week 2: 1
GM Marc Bergevin did “All the Right Moves” in the off-season from Joshes (Allen and Anderson) to Tyler Toffoli, who, if you didn’t know, LOVES to play his ex-boyfriends. In five games against the Canucks, he has eight goals and 11 points.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs: 7-2-1 (2nd in the north)
Ranking list week 2: 3
Joe Thornton to his children: “Carpe diem. Seize the day guys. Make your life extraordinary. “
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3. Philadelphia Flyers: 7-2-1 (1st in the east)
Ranking week 2: 8
No need to stretch here. Pick a Rocky quote – any Rocky quote – and it will work.
4. Washington Capitals: 6-1-3 (2nd in the east)
Ranking list week 2: 4
Zdeno Chara is literally every parent in any movie who is inundated by their kids towards the end of the film, and everyone gets the feel.
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5th Colorado Avalanche: 7-3-1 (2nd in West)
Ranking week 2: 6
Imagine: Roy Hobbs is lying in a hospital bed. He’s getting better. Years later he signs with the Knights. He goes into the light with a monster home run and the Knights win the NL pennant and everyone is happy.
The Avs are Roy Hobbs – it’s unreal how injuries continue to mess up this squad – and in the end, they’re likely to hit the lights at the end of the season.
6. Vegas Golden Knights: 5-1-1 (4th in West)
Ranking list week 2: 2
Marc-Andre Fleury to Robin Lehner: “You are so money and you don’t even know it.” Robin Lehner to Marc-Andre Fleury: “You are so money and you don’t even know it.”
7. Boston Bruins: 6-1-2 (3rd in the east)
Ranking list week 2: 7
David Pastrnak missed the Bruins’ first seven games. He comes back and scores three points in two games. After the game, he slams the puck on the glass and says, “How do you like these apples?” (Not really, but he should have).
8. Carolina Hurricanes: 6-1-0 (1st in Central)
Ranking week 2: 23
The hurricanes are Judd Nelson in “The Breakfast Club”: rebels who are misunderstood but go out of the building with a fist pump.
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9. St. Louis Blues: 7-2-1 (1st in West)
Ranking week 2: 12
St. Louis is like Kramer: Bursting through, the real star of the show, and when the time comes they hit 100 percent their seats. “Gold Jerry. Gold!”
10. Tampa Bay Lightning: 5-1-1 (4th in Central)
Ranking week 2: 10
The defending champions ride a wave in an “endless summer”.
11. Florida Panthers: 5-0-1 (2nd in Central)
Ranking week 2: 11
Leslie Knope once said: “Nobody achieves anything alone.” The Panthers prove this with a widespread offensive game.
12. Columbus Blue Jackets: 4-4-3 (5th in Central)
Ranking list week 2: 9
The Blue Jackets are John Wilson: they just try to play hockey but it all becomes a story and in the end we all learn a lot.
13. Dallas Stars: 5-1-1 (3rd in Central)
Ranking week 2: 5
When they’re on, the stars are like “The Sopranos” – ridiculously good. The only question is, will we be disappointed in the end?
14. Pittsburgh Penguins: 5-4-1 (4th in the east)
Ranking week 2: 13
“You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.”
15. Winnipeg Jets: 6-3-1 (3rd in the north)
Ranking week 2: 14
The real north. (Obviously we had to go with “Game of Thrones” here.) Hmm, is Pierre-Luc Dubois the Arya Stark this team needed all along?
16. Edmonton Oilers: 6-6-0 (4th in the north)
Ranking week 2: 24
“I am a golden god.” Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl – the reader’s choice.
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17th Vancouver Canucks: 6-7-0 (5th in the north)
Ranking week 2: 25
Do you know the scene in “Pretty Woman” in which Julia Roberts walks into the store where she couldn’t go shopping the day before after a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive? “Big mistake. Big. Huge,” she says to the saleswoman.
That’s all for Jim Benning, who hasn’t signed Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev and Troy Stecher.
18. Minnesota Wild: 6-5-0 (3rd in West)
Ranking week 2: 18
The Wild are like Richard Castle: you never know what you’re getting, they’re a bit awkward (but they usually figure it out), and sure to be pretty to look at … in those cute reverse retros.
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19. New York Rangers: 3-4-2 (8th in the east)
Ranking week 2: 28
It was a roller coaster week for the Rangers. The question now is: what is this team? If you’ve seen In and Of Itself you know that this is a tough, multi-faceted question.
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20. Calgary Flames: 4-4-1 (6th to the north)
Ranking week 2: 20
“Beauty and the Beast” sums up the flames perfectly this year. When they play high quality, energetic hockey, that’s a thing of beauty – but it’s a rarity these days, and that’s a beast.
21. New Jersey Devils: 4-3-2 (5th in the east)
Ranking week 2: 15
It starts with Jack. It ends with Jack. And a lot happens in between. We all knew Jack Hughes was good and he’s definitely showing it in 2021.
22. Nashville Predators: 4-5-0 (7th in Central)
Ranking week 2: 19
The Predators are like Ross from Friends. Lovable and someone you want to root for but so, so flawed.
23. Buffalo Sabers: 4-4-2 (6th in the east)
Ranking week 2: 21
One of the most famous scenes from “I Love Lucy” is when Lucy and Ethel stand in front of a conveyor belt and everything is in order – and then the chocolates that they have to wrap come faster and faster and cannot keep up. The Sabers are Lucy and Ethel: everything starts out great, but then it becomes difficult to deal with.
24. New York Islanders: 3-4-2 (7th in the east)
Ranking week 2: 17
“You can’t handle the truth,” said Lou Lamoriello. You had to improve the offensive swing on this list and you didn’t.
25. Los Angeles Kings: 3-4-2 (6th in West)
Ranking week 2: 22
“King Arthur” has arrived. May his government be plentiful.
26. Arizona Coyotes: 3-5-1 (7th in West)
Ranking week 2: 26
“So what you are saying is that we are at this level, but we have to get at this level.”
27. Chicago Blackhawks: 3-4-4 (6th in Central)
Ranking week 2: 29
Do you remember the things Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones do to erase people’s memories on Men in Black? The Blackhawks may want one of these at the end of the season.
28. Anaheim Ducks: 4-5-2 (5th in West)
Ranking week 2: 16
A friend who is a big Mighty Ducks fan told me that this team was like the ducks in the first film – before Bombay. Side note: This comparison does not include John Gibson.
29th San Jose Sharks: 3-5-0 (8th in West)
Ranking week 2: 27
Dear Doug Wilson, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
30. Detroit Red Wings: 2-6-2 (8th in Central)
Ranking week 2: 30
The Red Wings are stuck in The Upside Down. Will they be barb or will they be hoppers? We will see.
31st Ottawa Senators: 1-8-1 (7th in the north)
Ranking week 2: 31
In “The Lion King”, Rafiki holds Simba up for everyone to see. Simba is Tim Stützle. He is the future of the senators, and if you saw his target the other night, you know it only takes him some time to become king.