There are all types of pressures in hockey. Sometimes it is there to encourage extra out of a participant. Other occasions, pressure is a optimistic reflection of what promise lies in potential.
The NHL has turned the web page to this remaining month of the common season. As it goes, we’ll be watching how one participant from every membership handles the weight of just a little added expectation — good, dangerous or (perhaps) ugly.
How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors charges groups in opposition to each other — making an allowance for sport outcomes, accidents and upcoming schedule — and people outcomes are tabulated to supply the record featured right here.
Note: Previous rating for every team refers to the final version, printed March 30. Points paces are via Tuesday’s video games.
Previous rating: 1
Points proportion: 0.757
Next seven days: @ WPG (Apr. 8), @ EDM (Apr. 9)
Player under pressure: Josh Manson. Manson arrived in Colorado just a few weeks in the past, however the pending UFA already stated he hopes to stay round long run. In that case, Manson should preserve upping the ante. The 31-12 months-previous blueliner is a depth piece for the Avs, and every shift should be significant. Colorado is primed for a Stanley Cup run, and the way Manson contributes will start figuring out his future.
Previous rating: 4
Points proportion: 0.743
Next seven days: vs. BUF (Apr. 8), @ NSH (Apr. 9), vs. ANA (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Ben Chiarot. It’s not all choosing on the new guys, I swear. Like it or not, Florida swung arduous on the Chiarot commerce — and each side want a robust return. Chiarot, one other pending UFA, is enjoying for his subsequent contract, and with Aaron Ekblad unavailable, Florida is relying on the new arrival to fill in the gaps now and into playoffs. Great expectations and alternative.
Previous rating: 2
Points proportion: 0.700
Next seven days: vs. BUF (Apr. 7), vs. NYI (Apr. 8), vs. ANA (Apr. 10), @ NYR (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Max Domi. The lack of Jesperi Kotkaniemi impacts Carolina’s ahead depth, particularly as a result of Kotkaniemi was used each at heart and on the wing. Enter Domi, who came visiting in a commerce from Columbus and has been working his approach into a pleasant position. Can Domi increase that now, and show — with free company looming — he could be an higher-echelon, prime-9 skater every evening?
Previous rating: 3
Points proportion: 0.659
Next seven days: @ ANA (Apr. 6), @ SJ (Apr. 7), @ SEA (Apr. 9), vs. SEA (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Ryan Carpenter. Sean Monahan had season-ending hip surgical procedure. Calgary ought to give Carpenter the first crack at changing him as fourth-line heart. After rolling out and in of the Flames’ lineup, Carpenter has a golden alternative to be a constant contributor and with free company looming, that is a fascinating (albeit extra pressure-packed) place to be.
Previous rating: 9
Points proportion: 0.686
Next seven days: @ DAL (Apr. 7), vs. MTL (Apr. 9), vs. BUF (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Jack Campbell. Campbell’s rib harm was woefully timed, in the center of each a contract 12 months and a tough stretch of particular person performances. Well, the Maple Leafs’ All-Star netminder is again in the crease, simply as Petr Mrazek went down long run due to a groin ailment. Campbell was improbable in his first two video games again this week; can he preserve that up in a crowded April schedule? The pressure is on.
Previous rating: 7
Points proportion: 0.674
Next seven days: @ WSH (Apr. 6), vs. BOS (Apr. 8), vs. BUF (Apr. 10), @ DAL (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Ondrej Palat. March wasn’t precisely sort to the Lightning or Palat. The pending UFA managed simply 4 assists in 18 video games, whereas Tampa suffered a stretch of successful simply 4 of 11 video games. The team sport has rebounded, however absolutely the Lightning want extra from Palat. Tampa is aware of higher than most that it is all fingers on deck when the playoffs are approaching.
Previous rating: 8
Points proportion: 0.659
Next seven days: @ STL (Apr. 8), vs. LA (Apr. 10), vs. EDM (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Cam Talbot. Everyone loves the pressure of competitors. Especially once you’re a team on hearth (like the Wild are). Marc-Andre Fleury has landed in Minnesota. For Talbot, it could (and may) add just a little juice. He has been the Wild’s incumbent most of the season, and Fleury’s presence is added motivation to remain on prime of his sport. It undoubtedly appears to be working to this point.
Previous rating: 10
Points proportion: 0.664
Next seven days: @ TB (Apr. 8), @ WSH (Apr. 10), vs. STL (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Jeremy Swayman. It has been a stellar season for Swayman, however he has hit a little bit of a tough patch. The rookie goalie recorded a dissatisfying .893 save proportion and three.10 objectives-in opposition to common in March. April is jam-packed for everybody, and the Atlantic Division playoff-seeding battle is actual. Swayman shall be a significant factor in figuring out the place Boston finally ends up.
Previous rating: 5
Points proportion: 0.676
Next seven days: vs. PIT (Apr. 7), vs. OTT (Apr. 9), vs. CAR (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Andrew Copp. Copp is going through all method of pressure in New York. The Rangers acquired him to be that lacking piece, a places-them-over-the-prime distinction-maker. There’s simply valuable little time for Copp to construct chemistry with the likes of Artemi Panarin and different potential linemates earlier than the playoffs. Every sport from now till then would require Copp’s greatest efforts.
Previous rating: 15
Points proportion: 0.613
Next seven days: @ LA (Apr. 7), vs. COL (Apr. 9), @ MIN (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Mikko Koskinen. Unlike his goalie associate Mike Smith, Koskinen is not signed previous this season. How he performs down the stretch, individually and in serving to Edmonton glide into playoffs, will assist decide the place his future lies. Koskinen’s previous 4 stats, nonetheless, have not been nice: 2-1-0, .884 SV%, 3.74 GAA. That will not do.
Previous rating: 11
Points proportion: 0.638
Next seven days: vs. SEA (Apr. 6), vs. MIN (Apr. 8), vs. NYI (Apr. 9), @ BOS (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Jordan Binnington. What has gone improper for Binnington? Ville Husso took over as the Blues’ starter in internet, comprehensible given Binnington’s final look resulted in 4 objectives allowed on 13 pictures. This is simply the first season of Binnington’s six-12 months, $36 million extension. The pressure is excessive to supply some return on funding right here.
Previous rating: 6
Points proportion: 0.648
Next seven days: @ NYR (Apr. 7), vs. WSH (Apr. 9), vs. NSH (Apr. 10), @ NYI (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Kasperi Kapanen. Since Jan. 25, Kapanen has scored two objectives and picked up six factors. That’s poor even with out the added weight of a contract 12 months. Kapanen had a lot potential and promise when the season began. This subsequent month (and past) should be the place he reveals it once more.
Previous rating: 13
Points proportion: 0.597
Next seven days: vs. EDM (Apr. 7), @ MIN (Apr. 10), @ CHI (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Adrian Kempe. The Kings are (surprisingly?) nicely positioned in the Pacific Division race. It’s time Kempe joined the rush. Prior to Saturday’s sport in Winnipeg, Kempe had scored just one non-empty-internet aim in 17 tilts. That hit-and-miss manufacturing is not the desired vibe for considered one of L.A.’s offensive stars, not with one other perhaps-magical postseason run upcoming.
Previous rating: 17
Points proportion: 0.578
Next seven days: vs. VAN (Apr. 6), vs. ARI (Apr. 9), @ VAN (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Jack Eichel. Times are tense in Vegas, which is going through an uphill battle to make the playoffs. Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty (amongst others) are nonetheless out. The Golden Knights acquired Jack Eichel for a cause — to make them elite. And Eichel is the league’s most distinguished present participant to have by no means seen the postseason. Both sides profit from Eichel discovering one other gear.
Previous rating: 12
Points proportion: 0.609
Next seven days: vs. TB (Apr. 6), @ PIT (Apr. 9), vs. BOS (Apr. 10), vs. PHI (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Vitek Vanecek. We know Washington will make playoffs, however Vanecek has a key position in figuring out how confidently the Capitals arrive there. He simply gave up 4 objectives on 13 pictures to Minnesota and has been quite unspectacular total these days. Backup Ilya Samsonov is not breaking down the door to take over. This subsequent month is essential for Vanecek to showcase how constant he could be and choose the Capitals again up.
Previous rating: 16
Points proportion: 0.601
Next seven days: vs. TOR (Apr. 7), vs. NJ (Apr. 9), @ CHI (Apr. 10), vs. TB (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Denis Gurianov. Dallas wants Gurianov. No team in the playoff hunt has fewer 5-on-5 objectives this season than the Stars. Gurianov has had success there, sitting tied for sixth on the team in 5-on-5 factors (23). Plus, Gurianov’s seven factors in his previous 15 video games had been all at even energy. The challenge is Gurianov’s current underwhelming play (and wholesome scratch). Will that gentle a fireplace under him?
Previous rating: 14
Points proportion: 0.609
Next seven days: @ OTT (Apr. 7), vs. FLA (Apr. 9), @ PIT (Apr. 10), vs. SJ (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Mattias Ekholm. Roman Josi wants assist propping up Nashville’s protection. The Preds’ playoff hopes rely upon it. Since mid-March, Nashville is prime 10 in objectives in opposition to and prime 5 in pictures in opposition to. Their blue line has been hit by waves of harm, and people nonetheless standing — like the veteran Ekholm — are under pressure to climate this storm earlier than Nashville capsizes.
Previous rating: 18
Points proportion: 0.529
Next seven days: @ VGK (Apr. 6), @ ARI (Apr. 7), vs. SJ (Apr. 9), vs. VGK (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Brock Boeser. Boeser is lastly off the will-he-or-will not-he-be-traded curler coaster. Now it is all aboard the what-will-Boeser’s-next contract-be practice. How a lot religion can the pending RFA provide to Vancouver’s administration via April that can set each side up for a mutually helpful negotiation? Boeser must be feeling some weight about what’s to return.
Previous rating: 22
Points proportion: 0.529
Next seven days: @ CAR (Apr. 8), @ STL (Apr. 9), vs. PIT (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Mathew Barzal. There’s pressure on the Islanders to complete this season with pleasure, as said final week by Barzal himself. New York has had a disappointing season, and Barzal asserted that playoff-caliber hockey down the stretch will illustrate that his membership is constructing towards chasing a Stanley Cup. Now, Barzal can comply with that up by showcasing his personal offensive abilities in April.
Previous rating: 19
Points proportion: 0.543
Next seven days: vs. DET (Apr. 6), vs. COL (Apr. 8), @ OTT (Apr. 10), @ MTL (Apr. 11)
Player under pressure: Pierre-Luc Dubois. Dubois’ manufacturing has slowed these days (he has one aim and 4 factors since mid-March), which is not the excessive be aware on which he needs to finish this common season. There’s one other contract negotiation on the horizon for Dubois when he turns into a RFA this summer time. The route Winnipeg is heading in organizationally appears murky. It could be greatest if Dubois makes use of the subsequent month to showcase his offensive facet once more. But no pressure, proper?
Previous rating: 23
Points proportion: 0.507
Next seven days: vs. PHI (Apr. 7), @ DET (Apr. 9)
Player under pressure: Jack Roslovic. It’s not simply that Roslovic is a pending RFA. It’s that the Blue Jackets aren’t going to make playoffs (once more) and a few overhauls really feel inevitable. What will that imply for the native product? Roslovic has tallied solely two objectives since March 10 and is vulnerable to defensive errors. Being a constant, optimistic contributor in what’s left of Columbus’ season may help arrange Roslovic for his subsequent chapter. Time to take benefit.
Previous rating: 20
Points proportion: 0.479
Next seven days: vs. CGY (Apr. 6), @ PHI (Apr. 9), @ CAR (Apr. 10), @ FLA (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Trevor Zegras. Anaheim’s not on the playoff observe. So, the pressure is on for Zegras to maintain having enjoyable and executing these spotlight-reel strikes as solely he can. Regardless of the Ducks’ station, Zegras could be very a lot in the Calder Trophy race, too. Keeping his spirits excessive the remainder of the approach shall be enormous.
Previous rating: 21
Points proportion: 0.486
Next seven days: vs. CGY (Apr. 7), @ VAN (Apr. 9), @ NSH (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Tomas Hertl. You’re proper; Hertl already signed his large eight-12 months extension. No extra pressure there, proper? Here’s the factor: Hertl is now a face of the franchise, and as soon as once more, San Jose goes to overlook playoffs. Hertl has to guide the cost in displaying Sharks followers there’s gentle at the finish of this tunnel, that good players are prepared to hold San Jose again to prominence in the Western Conference. The course of begins now.
Previous rating: 29
Points proportion: 0.421
Next seven days: vs. SEA (Apr. 7), vs. DAL (Apr. 10), vs. LA (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Dylan Strome. Strome has labored arduous to show his season round. Achieving prime-line standing will profit the pending RFA come summer time (particularly with arbitration rights). Strome’s focus now could be leveraging a possibility with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat as greatest he can over the subsequent dozen video games, to plant himself in the greatest negotiating plot.
Previous rating: 30
Points proportion: 0.350
Next seven days: @ NJ (Apr. 7), @ TOR (Apr. 9), vs. WPG (Apr. 11)
Player under pressure: Jeff Petry. Canadiens GM Kent Hughes did not commerce Petry in March — however he hasn’t dominated out doing so come summer time. So every sport from now till the finish of April is like an open audition for groups which may covet his providers. Time to place that greatest foot ahead.
Previous rating: 25
Points proportion: 0.450
Next seven days: @ WPG (Apr. 6), vs. CBJ (Apr. 9), vs. OTT (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Moritz Seider. The Calder Trophy has been Seider’s to lose this season. Now, it is crunch time. The Red Wings’ prime-flight defenseman has been sensational, however Zegras and Toronto’s Michael Bunting have compelled their approach into the working. Detroit will not make the playoffs, however Seider can use his remaining video games to cement that Rookie of the Year standing.
Previous rating: 26
Points proportion: 0.393
Next seven days: @ CBJ (Apr. 7), vs. ANA (Apr. 9), @ WSH (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Ivan Provorov. Provorov did it to himself. The Flyers’ defenseman has garnered more and more optimistic consideration, resulting in a “extra, please” state of affairs. Consistency is the key for Provorov, and whereas Philadelphia’s season has gone down the tubes, there’s time for Provorov to shine in April. It could be the good segue into no matter Flyers administration has deliberate for the team’s bounce-again try subsequent season.
Previous rating: 27
Points proportion: 0.386
Next seven days: vs. MTL (Apr. 7), @ DAL (Apr. 9), @ ARI (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Damon Severson. Severson needs to be coming into the prime of his profession. He’s 27 and enjoying a distinguished position on the Devils’ blue line. But as his minus-4 outing in New Jersey’s blown 4-aim lead (and eventual loss) in opposition to Florida final week confirmed, Severson has some work to do. The defender is signed for one other 12 months however can show his continued worth via (a lot) higher showings to the finish of the Devils’ run.
Previous rating: 24
Points proportion: 0.444
Next seven days: @ CAR (Apr. 7), @ FLA (Apr. 8), @ TB (Apr. 10), @ TOR (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Colin Miller. There had been no takers for Miller at the commerce deadline. The 29-12 months-previous continues to be a pending UFA, staring down an unsure future. Will the Sabres have a spot for him amid their crew of up-and-comers? Can he nonetheless carve out a job in the league reflective of his present wage ($3.875 million per 12 months)? If Miller believes he can, the greatest place to show it’s on the ice this subsequent month.
Previous rating: 28
Points proportion: 0.350
Next seven days: vs. VAN (Apr. 7), @ VGK (Apr. 9), vs. NJ (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Jakob Chychrun. Chychrun is technically not a free agent, nevertheless it certain looks as if he’ll be relocated this summer time. It has been a down season for Chychrun on the ice, and he has run into well being points. How a lot of an impact will which have on potential commerce companions? His greatest plan of action: Be wonderful in April. But, no pressure.
Previous rating: 31
Points proportion: 0.420
Next seven days: vs. NSH (Apr. 7), @ NYR (Apr. 9), vs. WPG (Apr. 10), @ DET (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Chris Tierney. Tierney has these days been a wholesome scratch for considered one of the league’s worst groups. He’s additionally a 27-12 months-previous pending UFA. That’s a suboptimal mixture. How will Tierney navigate the pressure of working his approach again into an everyday spot with the Senators and displaying off nonetheless he can for that subsequent contract?
Previous rating: 32
Points proportion: 0.362
Next seven days: @ STL (Apr. 6), @ CHI (Apr. 7), vs. CGY (Apr. 9), @ CGY (Apr. 12)
Player under pressure: Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer should finish this season at a greater place than it began. The ups and downs he has gone thorough are nicely documented. He’s signed long run with the Kraken and ending this season robust could be a lift individually and for the team. That would go away everybody feeling good about the team’s netminding for subsequent season and past.