The mathematical midpoint of the 2022-23 NHL common season is shut at hand, and a few groups have already performed of their forty first recreation. Feels like the proper time to take the temperature of every membership in opposition to their preseason over/below level projections from Caesars Sportsbook.
How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors charges groups in opposition to each other — making an allowance for recreation outcomes, accidents and upcoming schedule — and people outcomes are tabulated to supply the checklist featured right here.
Notice: Earlier rating for every group refers to the newest version, revealed Dec. 30. Factors percentages are by way of Thursday’s video games.
Earlier rating: 1
Factors share: 84.21%
Subsequent seven days: @ SJ (Jan. 7), @ ANA (Jan. 8), vs. SEA (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 97
Factors tempo: 138.1
Boston heard its offseason critics (Too previous! Too harm! Too far gone!) and issued a convincing rebuttal as the most important overachievers from their preseason tempo and this season’s present Stanley Cup favorites. The Bruins present no indicators of slowing both on the again of fantastic goaltending, depth scoring (which might be examined with Jake DeBrusk out) and lock-down protection.
Earlier rating: 2
Factors share: 71.79%
Subsequent seven days: @ CBJ (Jan. 7), vs. NJ (Jan. 10), @ CBJ (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 103.5
Factors tempo: 117.7
Carolina driving an 11-game win streak into the New 12 months is only one cause they’re second — behind Boston — in outpacing preseason projections. The Hurricanes have all of it, from a rookie phenom goaltender in Pyotr Kochetkov to balanced offense, strong particular groups and dominant protection. No marvel Carolina has recorded only one regulation loss since late November.
Earlier rating: 3
Factors share: 67.95%
Subsequent seven days: vs. DET (Jan. 7), @ PHI (Jan. 8), vs. NSH (Jan. 11), @ DET (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 107.5
Factors tempo: 111.4
Toronto is surpassing preseason estimates that did not even account for a logjam of defensive accidents. The Leafs weathered that storm with a surprisingly sturdy goalie tandem, high performances from their finest gamers and an enviable depth that has held up over time.
Earlier rating: 5
Factors share: 68.29%
Subsequent seven days: vs. LA (Jan. 7), vs. FLA (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 97
Factors tempo: 112.0
Vegas’ personal could not predict the affect new coach Bruce Cassidy, a wholesome Jack Eichel and a gradual Logan Thompson would have on their hometown group. The Golden Knights are opportunistic, with a depth of expertise to enhance the resiliency that is propelled their climb up the standings.
Earlier rating: 12
Factors share: 64.47%
Subsequent seven days: vs. TB (Jan. 6), vs. VAN (Jan. 8), @ DET (Jan. 10), @ BUF (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 88.5
Factors tempo: 105.7
Winnipeg is flourishing effectively past preseason expectations below new defensive-minded coach Rick Bowness, who has molded his group into one of many league’s stingiest golf equipment. That stored the Jets hovering by way of accidents, and several other gamers are eyeing a return in early 2023. That would put Winnipeg even additional forward.
Earlier rating: 6
Factors share: 65.38%
Subsequent seven days: vs. NYR (Jan. 7), @ CAR (Jan. 10)
Preseason O/U: 89.5
Factors tempo: 107.2
New Jersey steamrolled its approach by way of the league — and previous their projected factors tempo — with 21 wins in 26 video games to start out the season. The Devils have cooled since, they usually’re some of the spectacular overachievers from preseason estimates. New Jersey getting wholesome within the coming weeks may assist them surge again up league standings.
Earlier rating: 4
Factors share: 65.00%
Subsequent seven days: vs. FLA (Jan. 8), @ NYI (Jan. 10), @ NYR (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 93.5
Factors tempo: 106.6
Dallas could not assist hustling previous preseason projections with Jason Robertson main the cost. Robertson’s line with Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski has been among the many league’s finest, and the Stars’ veterans have shined in unexpectedly sturdy complementary roles. Dallas has rightly earned its status as a possible group to beat this season.
Earlier rating: 7
Factors share: 66.22%
Subsequent seven days: @ WPG (Jan. 6), vs. CBJ (Jan. 10), vs. VAN (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 103.5
Factors tempo: 108.6
Tampa Bay might need slipped off monitor throughout an early-season hunch. As an alternative, the Lightning bounced again to start outkicking their very own projected preseason protection. Brayden Level turning into one of many NHL’s hottest scorers helps, and Victor Hedman has been terrific. Tampa Bay seems to be more and more extra just like the group that repeated as Stanley Cup champions.
Earlier rating: 14
Factors share: 62.50%
Subsequent seven days: @ NJ (Jan. 7), vs. MIN (Jan. 10), vs. DAL (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 101
Factors tempo: 102.5
New York is sticking closest to its preseason tempo. However will that maintain true within the second half? December was the Rangers’ finest month up to now which may foreshadow an improved New York group shifting into that overachiever class.
Earlier rating: 9
Factors share: 62.16%
Subsequent seven days: @ BUF (Jan. 7), vs. STL (Jan. 8), @ NYR (Jan. 10), @ NYI (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 102.5
Factors tempo: 101.9
Minnesota’s lackluster October and early November put them off their predicted tempo. However the Wild have advanced into a greater group since then, one that might simply meet — or bounce forward of — these preseason projections, particularly if Kirill Kaprizov (great) and Marc-Andre Fleury (resurgent) persevering with main the best way.
Earlier rating: 13
Factors share: 60.98%
Subsequent seven days: vs. NSH (Jan. 6), vs. CBJ (Jan. 8), @ PHI (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 96.5
Factors tempo: 100.00
Washington’s streak by way of December has evened them out with the preseason odds after they have been effectively behind earlier this season. Continued sturdy play may have the Capitals pushing their tempo even increased. Washington boasts only one regulation loss in its final 13 video games, a budding younger goaltender in Charlie Lindgren and a bonafide famous person for the ages in Alex Ovechkin. Every thing out of the blue feels extra potential for Washington this season.
Earlier rating: 10
Factors share: 61.11%
Subsequent seven days: @ OTT (Jan. 7), @ MTL (Jan. 9), @ BUF (Jan. 10), @ BOS (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 79.5
Factors tempo: 100.2
Seattle is within the reverse of a sophomore hunch. Reasonably, the Kraken are certainly one of this season’s nice surprises, on the ice and in difficult their projected odds after a tough freshman exhibiting. Seattle’s dominant offense has hidden some deficiencies in aim, however the Kraken are on tempo in direction of an inaugural playoff berth come spring.
Earlier rating: 8
Factors share: 57.89%
Subsequent seven days: @ ARI (Jan. 8), vs. VAN (Jan. 10)
Preseason O/U: 100.5
Factors tempo: 94.9
Pittsburgh’s penchant in direction of feast-or-famine has put them barely off the mark. Living proof: a seven-game win streak by way of December bleeding into dropping six of seven. The Penguins can recalibrate by getting extra out of their backside six and wrangling constant goaltending from Casey DeSmith whereas Tristan Jarry offers with a lower-body damage.
Earlier rating: 11
Factors share: 59.52%
Subsequent seven days: @ VGK (Jan. 7), vs. EDM (Jan. 9), vs. SJ (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 94
Factors tempo: 97.6
Los Angeles is fortunate Pheonix Copley stepped up final month. If he hadn’t, the Kings might need glided off their above-average tempo. L.A. received there with out even one point-per-game ahead, both. The Kings have a by-committee strategy beginning with strong defensive particulars, a depth of contributions and now, constant work from Copley between the pipes.
Earlier rating: 15
Factors share: 55.41%
Subsequent seven days: @ EDM (Jan. 7), vs. FLA (Jan. 10), @ CHI (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 112.5
Factors tempo: 90.9
Colorado has tumbled away from their projected factors tempo. That may occur when a lineup is decimated by damage. The Avalanche will slowly get more healthy — Nathan MacKinnon’s latest return was a fine addition — however Colorado cannot wait for everybody to be wholesome to start out stringing some wins collectively. The Central Division is just too good.
Earlier rating: 20
Factors share: 55.56%
Subsequent seven days: vs. MIN (Jan. 7), vs. PHI (Jan. 9), vs. SEA (Jan. 10), vs. WPG (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 79
Factors tempo: 91.1
Buffalo misplaced its approach throughout an eight-game slide in November, however the Sabres’ have rebounded to development above preseason estimates. And that is no fluke, both. Buffalo leads the league in targets per recreation (3.94), has the second-ranked energy play (28.2%) and a blossoming famous person in Tage Thompson. Reaching the postseason this season isn’t any pipe dream for the Sabres.
Earlier rating: 17
Factors share: 57.50%
Subsequent seven days: @ CGY (Jan. 6), vs. DAL (Jan. 10), vs. MIN (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 90.5
Factors tempo: 94.3
New York has predictably hummed proper together with its preseason expectations. In any case, the Islanders have been largely banking on in-house enhancements driving their playoff hopes. The stacked Metropolitan will not make it a simple run, however New York is benefitting from wonderful goaltending and averaging 3.16 targets per recreation in assist that might maintain them above that projected curve.
Earlier rating: 19
Factors share: 55.13%
Subsequent seven days: vs. NYI (Jan. 6), @ CHI (Jan. 8), @ STL (Jan. 10), @ STL (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 103
Factors tempo: 90.4
Calgary was anticipated to be a Pacific powerhouse. The Flames’ offseason makeover prompted some sudden turbulence although — as did Jacob Markstrom’s early struggles — and Calgary has operated beneath its projected tempo. Nonetheless, the Flames’ newer bursts of consistency may have them again on monitor earlier than spring.
Earlier rating: 16
Factors share: 54.17%
Subsequent seven days: vs. FLA (Jan. 6), @ TOR (Jan. 7), vs. WPG (Jan. 10), vs. TOR (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 83.5
Factors tempo: 88.8
Detroit has bested the bookmakers’ predictions up to now after an aggressive offseason that has paid early dividends. Ville Husso is high 20 amongst league starters in save share (.908) and goals-against common (2.86), Dominik Kubalik and David Perron have added wanted offensive depth, and total, the Pink Wings are dedicated to raised group protection. That is how Detroit will maintain exceeding expectations, too.
Earlier rating: 18
Factors share: 55.00%
Subsequent seven days: vs. COL (Jan. 7), @ LA (Jan. 9), @ ANA (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 103.5
Factors tempo: 90.2
Edmonton’s preseason outlook did not account for Jack Campbell’s bafflingly poor play or the fast lack of Evander Kane to a scary wrist damage. So now the inconsistent Oilers haven’t solely fallen off tempo, however are barely holding a playoff spot. One thing’s received to vary for the Oilers to get on monitor.
Earlier rating: 23
Factors share: 54.05%
Subsequent seven days: @ WSH (Jan. 6), @ OTT (Jan. 9), @ TOR (Jan. 11), @ MTL (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 98.5
Factors tempo: 88.6
Nashville caught oddsmakers’ consideration regardless of that first-round playoff sweep final spring. However the Predators have not reached predicted heights, even with Filip Forsberg and his eight-year extension locked in. Nashville is bottom-five in scoring (2.63 targets per recreation) and top-tier skaters like Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen aren’t producing as anticipated. Getting again to the postseason means punching up their totals — quick.
Earlier rating: 24
Factors share: 52.56%
Subsequent seven days: @ MTL (Jan. 7), @ MIN (Jan. 8), vs. CGY (Jan. 10), vs. CGY (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 94.5
Factors tempo: 86.2
St. Louis is markedly beneath their anticipated tempo — however hey, it might be worse. The Blues went from dangerous early on to exhibiting flashes of excellence. However now they’re working with Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko on IR. How St. Louis responds to a different bout of adversity (can extra position gamers step up?) may inform the true story of their season.
Earlier rating: 22
Factors share: 48.72%
Subsequent seven days: @ DET (Jan. 6), @ DAL (Jan. 8), @ COL (Jan. 10), @ VGK (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 106.5
Factors tempo: 79.9
Florida is neck-and-neck with Columbus for the doubtful honor of lagging furthest behind their preseason factors tempo. The Panthers insist there’s nonetheless time to proper the ship, and doing so would take a mixture of effort, well being, elevated offense and constant goaltending.
Earlier rating: 25
Factors share: 51.32%
Subsequent seven days: vs. SEA (Jan. 7), vs. NSH (Jan. 9), @ ARI (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 84.5
Factors tempo: 84.2
Ottawa’s energetic offseason did not transfer the needle a lot for the sportsbooks — and the Senators have fallen proper consistent with their projected tempo. Ottawa’s damage points — significantly on the blue line — have not helped issues, however recently the Senators look extra cohesive. That is led to extra constant victories and a sample that may have Ottawa ending the marketing campaign as an overachiever if it retains up.
Earlier rating: 21
Factors share: 48.68%
Subsequent seven days: @ WPG (Jan. 8), @ PIT (Jan. 10), @ TB (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 92.5
Factors tempo: 79.8
Vancouver’s underperformance is not essentially so obvious when taken because of all of the off-ice drama. There was preseason drama round Bruce Boudreau’s long-term standing, questionable contract negotiations and what might be anticipated of Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. Seems, that was the tip on the iceberg on Vancouver’s quandaries. We’ll see how group president Jim Rutherford & Co. strategy commerce season to set the Canucks up for extra future success.
Earlier rating: 26
Factors share: 42.31%
Subsequent seven days: vs. STL (Jan. 7), vs. SEA (Jan. 9), vs. NSH (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 71.5
Factors tempo: 69.4
Montreal has regressed from a surprisingly sizzling begin to be only a bit behind its preseason tempo. However the Canadiens proceed to slide. Montreal was outscored 26-8 on a latest five-game skid, has one regulation win since Dec. 1 and too many passengers throughout. That system will not maintain Montreal forward of its curve.
Earlier rating: 27
Factors share: 47.44%
Subsequent seven days: vs. TOR (Jan. 8), @ BUF (Jan. 9), vs. WSH (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 73.5
Factors tempo: 77.8
Philadelphia is, basically, what the oddsmakers thought they’d be. Nothing mistaken with that. The Flyers will glide their approach into commerce season as a group trying to deal gamers, and see the place that takes them. Is it a rebuild? A retool? A lottery win for the No. 1 total decide? Time will inform.
Earlier rating: 30
Factors share: 32.43%
Subsequent seven days: vs. CAR (Jan. 7), @ WSH (Jan. 8), @ TB (Jan. 10), vs. CAR (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 81.5
Factors tempo: 53.2
Columbus’ season has defied even the oddsmakers’ comparatively humble projections. The Johnny Gaudreau bump was washed out by a tidal wave of accidents holding the Blue Jackets below water. Spotty netminding and averaging the second-highest pictures in opposition to per recreation (35.3) is a foul mixture, too. Columbus’ aim ought to be staying aggressive within the second half.
Earlier rating: 28
Factors share: 41.89%
Subsequent seven days: @ CHI (Jan. 6), vs. PIT (Jan. 8), vs. SJ (Jan. 10), vs. OTT (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 63.5
Factors tempo: 68.7
Arizona is on tempo now to exceed preseason projections — for which Karel Vejmelka and his wonderful play in web deserve credit score — however how lengthy will that final? And will that margin truly develop even additional? The Coyotes have been surprisingly aggressive till now, and if Jakob Chychrun stays on the group — and stays wholesome — Arizona ought to have a strong outlook on the remainder of this season.
Earlier rating: 29
Factors share: 39.74%
Subsequent seven days: @ ANA (Jan. 6), vs. BOS (Jan. 7), @ ARI (Jan. 10), @ LA (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 73
Factors tempo: 65.2
San Jose has stumbled off its preseason tempo, however maybe by a lesser margin than they may have if not for Erik Karlsson’s profession yr. Now, with the Sharks projected to be dealing gamers away come commerce season — and Karlsson within the combine as probably on the transfer — San Jose’s fall off monitor may turn out to be extra acute.
Earlier rating: 32
Factors share: 33.33%
Subsequent seven days: vs. SJ (Jan. 6), vs. BOS (Jan. 8), vs. EDM (Jan. 11)
Preseason O/U: 80
Factors tempo: 54.7
Anaheim wasn’t anticipated to be a playoff contender. And now the Geese — by advantage of incomes solely three regulation victories by way of their first 38 video games — are proper there with Florida and Columbus as slinking furthest off their preseason factors tempo. A silver lining? The Geese’ odds within the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes have significantly improved from a couple of months in the past.
Earlier rating: 31
Factors share: 27.03%
Subsequent seven days: vs. ARI (Jan. 6), vs. CGY (Jan. 8), vs. COL (Jan. 12)
Preseason O/U: 65.5
Factors tempo: 44.3
Chicago is extra all-in with its rebuild/fall for Connor Bedard than the sportsbooks thought. There have been low expectations for the Blackhawks going into this season, and nonetheless they’re high 5 amongst groups monitoring away from that preseason tempo. However given what Chicago is attempting to perform, possibly that is factor?