2016-17 Final NHL power rankings and playoff predictions

I’ve created somewhat elaborate spreadsheets to rank NHL, NCAA Men’s Basketball and Football, and NFL teams by averaging a number of basic and advanced statistics as well as power rankings produced by various experts. The NHL playoffs start tonight. Here is (1) how my spreadsheet ranks all of the teams in the lead, and (2) my predictions for what will happen in the playoffs:

NHL Power Rankings, 2016-17 (end of regular season)

  1. Washington
  2. Montreal
  3. Chicago
  4. Columbus
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Minnesota
  7. San Jose
  8. Edmonton
  9. Anaheim
  10. Boston
  11. Nashville
  12. NY Rangers
  13. St. Louis
  14. Toronto
  15. Calgary
  16. Tampa Bay
  17. Los Angeles
  18. Ottawa
  19. NY Islanders
  20. Philadelphia
  21. Winnipeg
  22. Carolina
  23. Dallas
  24. Florida
  25. Detroit
  26. Buffalo
  27. New Jersey
  28. Vancouver
  29. Colorado
  30. Arizona

2017 NHL Playoff Predictions

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:

Montreal Canadiens (1st in Atlantic, #2 in power ranking) vs. N.Y. Rangers (1st Eastern Conf. Wild Card, #12 in power rankings)

Prediction: Montreal in 7 games

Ottawa Senators (2nd in Atlantic, #18 in power ranking) vs. Boston Bruins (3rd in Atlantic, #10 in power rankings)

Prediction: Boston in 6 games

Washington Capitals (1st in Metro, 1st in Eastern Conf., 1st in NHL, #1 in power ranking) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (2nd Eastern Conf. Wild Card, #14 in power rankings)

Prediction: Washington in 5 games

Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd in Metro, #5 in power rankings, defending Stanley Cup Champions) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (3rd in Metro, #4 in power rankings)

Prediction: Pittsburgh in 7 games

Western Conference Quarterfinals:

Chicago Blackhawks (1st in Central, 1st in Western Conf., #3 in power ranking) vs. Nashville Predators (2nd Western Conf. Wild Card, #11 in power rankings)

Prediction: Chicago in 6 games

Minnesota Wild (2nd in Central, #5 in power rankings) vs. St. Louis Blues (3rd in Central, #13 in power rankings)

Prediction: Minnesota in 6 games

Anaheim Ducks (1st in Pacific, #9 in power rankings) vs. Calgary Flames (1st Western Conf. Wild Card, #15 in power rankings)

Prediction: Anaheim in 5 games

Edmonton Oilers (2nd in Pacific, #8 in power rankings) vs. San Jose Sharks (3rd in Pacific, #7 in power rankings)

Prediction: Edmonton in 7 games

Western Conference Semifinals

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild


Chicago in 6 games

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton in 7 games

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Montreal Canadians vs. Boston Bruins

Montreal in 5 games

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Washington in 7 games

Western Conference Finals

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Prediction: Chicago in 5 games

Eastern Conference Finals

Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Washington in 6 games

Stanley Cup Finals

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals

Washington in 7 games