NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Week 4 Poll

October 30th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
The 2016-17 NHL regular season is more than 10 percent over, and for some teams, it's more than that. As October draws to a close, it’s fair to say it’s still too early to call some things, but the trends we’re seeing are increasingly reflective of reality.

Already, for example, the Montreal Canadiens are 10 points clear of the playoff bubble in the East. If last year’s numbers hold, they only need to put together a modest 33-27-13 record the rest of the way to make the postseason. That’s seven games below .500.

This is also the most exciting time of the year in the power rankings because we still aren’t sure about teams. The Edmonton Oilers hold first place in the West; is it a sign of the club’s rebuild finally turning a corner or a false dawn? What about the Nashville Predators, pegged by many as a contender but who have started the year with an ugly 2-5-1 run?

To try and answer these questions and many others, we’ve turned to our expert panel. Adrian Dater, Steve Macfarlane, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram and yours truly all took the time to go through the league and ...

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