NHL Thanksgiving Power Rankings see Leafs and Rangers break top five

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Nov 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Jason Spezza (19) shoots the puck against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has hit the all important Thanksgiving mark. As teams across the league continue to assess where they are, many general managers have identified key areas they would like to improve.

Are trades coming soon? That remains to be seen, but let’s take a look at the latest DGH Power Rankings to see who is in the top five.

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Daily Goal Horn’s Top Five Teams

October’s top five teams:

  • Carolina Hurricanes 9-0-0
  • Florida Panthers 8-0-1
  • Edmonton Oilers 8-1-0
  • Calgary Flames 6-1-2
  • St. Louis Blues 6-1-1

November’s top five teams:

  • Florida Panthers 14-2-3 ⬆️
  • Carolina Hurricanes 14-3-1 ⬇️
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 14-6-1 (New)
  • New York Rangers 12-4-3 (New)
  • Calgary Flames 12-3-5 ⬇️

DGH NHL Power Rankings

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Nov 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) celebrates with New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) after his game-winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers: After head coach Joel Quenneville resigned due to his involvement in the Blackhawks scandal from 2010, many believed the Panthers would take a step back. Despite losing Aleksander Barkov to injury they keep humming and are still a perfect 11-0-0 at home. Interim head coach Andrew Brunette has done a great job and the team has won 4 in a row and riding a 6 game point streak.

Carolina Hurricanes: A recent hiccup of two straight losses (one in OT) drops the Canes a peg. Coach Rod Brind’Amour has his charges holding the top spot in a competitive Metro Division with 5 wins in their last 8 contests (5-2-1).

Toronto Maple Leafs: Who taught the Leafs how to play defense overnight? Toronto struggled out of the gate, but coach Sheldon Keefe has the team more committed to defense and it’s paying off in wins. In the team’s last 13 games, they have lost in regulation just twice. They are 9-2 in November.

New York Rangers: Early in the season, the Blueshirts were buoyed by the extraordinary goaltending of Igor Shesterkin. While he’s still playing well, the Rangers have found a way to lower chances against and get more of their own. Coach Gerard Gallant’s team has won 6 of their last 7 games, with points in 8 of 10 contests this month. They are two points out of first in the Metro.

Calgary Flames: Darryl Sutter hockey is reigning supreme in Alberta, Canada as they sit a point above the Oilers. Calgary has been absolutely hard to play against physically this season. They have won 4 straight, and 5 of their last 7 games with a point in each contest.