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Daily Faceoff's Weekly NHL Risers and Fallers

As the trade deadline quickly approaches, the top 10 teams have solidified themselves, as there was not much movement in the Daily Faceoff power rankings.

However, the Central Division saw a lot of bubble playoff teams move in opposite directions - one played themselves into a more comfortable position. At the same time, two have fallen farther and farther behind in the race.

Seeing how these rankings change after the top 10 teams move next week will be exciting, not only for their play this week but also due to any acquisitions they make by Friday's trade deadline.

With help from our friends at Daily Faceoff, let's take a look at the biggest risers and fallers in their weekly power rankings.

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Let's dive in!


New York Islanders

23rd -> 19th (+4)

Last Week's Record: 3-0. +6 points.

Monday: 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars (2nd)

Thursday: 5-3 win over Detroit Red Wings (16th)

Saturday: 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins (5th)

Division Standings: Fourth in the Metropolitan (+3), five points behind the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wild Card Standings: Third in the Wild Card (+3), eight points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Player of the Week: Brock Nelson

The New York Islanders stacked their top line when they elevated Brock Nelson to the top-line left wing alongside Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat. Nelson scored in two of the Islanders' three games, including a two-goal game against the Detroit Red Wings. Shots on goal bettors would have hit their bets in two of three games this week.

This was a big week for the Islanders as they got right back into the playoff race by beating three playoff teams. Seeing what general manager Lou Lamerello does at this Friday's trade deadline should be interesting.

Islanders' Week 22 Schedule: St. Louis Blues (24th), San Jose Sharks (31st), Anaheim Ducks (30th)

Nashville Predators

13th -> 11th (+2)

Last Week's Record: 3-0. +6 points.

Tuesday: 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators (27th)

Thursday: 6-1 win to the Minnesota Wild (23rd)

Saturday: 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche (9th)

Division Standings: Fourth in the Central (-), seven points behind the Colorado Avalanche.

Wild Card Standings: Second in the wild card (-), seven points ahead of the Calgary Flames.

Player of the Week: Juuse Saros

It was tough not to make Roman Josi the back-to-back player of the week, as he finished with three goals and seven points with a +7 rating.

Juuse Saros started and won all three games for the Predators this week. Saros has a combined 1.0 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage. With his play lately, Saros singlehandedly played himself out of the trade deadline rumours and put the Predators into a comfortable playoff spot.

Predators' Week 22 Schedule: Montreal Canadiens (28th), Buffalo Sabres (25th), Columbus Blue Jackets (29th), Minnesota Wild (23rd)


Minnesota Wild

20th -> 23rd (-3)

Last Week's Record: 1-3. +2 points.

Tuesday: 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (7th)

Thursday: 6-1 loss to the Nashville Predators (11th)

Saturday: 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues (24th)

Sunday: 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks (31st)

Division Standings: Sixth in the Central (-), eight points behind the Nashville Predators.

Wild Card Standings: Fifth in the wild card (-1), eight points behind the Nashville Predators.

Let Down of the Week: Filip Gustavsson

Filip Gustavsson started three of the Wild's four games this week and finished with a 1-2 record, allowing 12 total goals against. He failed to record an over .900 save percentage and finished the week with a combined 4.1 goals against average and .833 save percentage. The one win Gustavsson earned was against this week's 31st-ranked team, where he allowed three goals on just 15 shots on goal.

Wild's Week 22 Schedule: Arizona Coyotes (26th), Colorado Avalanche (9th), Nashville Predators (11th)

St. Louis Blues

21st -> 24th (-3)

Last Week's Record: 1-1-1. +3 points.

Tuesday: 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (8th)

Wednesday: 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers (10th)

Saturday: 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild (23rd)

Division Standings: Fifth in the Central (-), seven points behind the Nashville Predators.

Wild Card Standings: Fourth in the wild card (-1), seven points behind the Nashville Predators.

Let Down of the Week: Nick Leddy

It's an odd letdown of the week, but with the total ice time Leddy sees, you'd figure he would play a more significant role than he did. Leddy averaged 21:16 minutes over the three games this week, recording zero points, four hits, three blocks, and just one shot on goal in total, posting a 0 plus-minus rating. While Leddy didn't necessarily hurt his team, with that amount of ice time, you'd expect to see more on the stat sheet.

Blues' Week 22 Schedule: New York Islanders (19th), New Jersey Devils (18th), New York Rangers (5th)

Week 22 Lookahead

Ride the hot hand, target the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators continue to move up the Daily Faceoff power rankings as they've gone from 18th to 11th in just two weeks, and with this week's upcoming schedule, they could move even higher.

The Predators movement should come as no surprise when you win eight straight games. Their upcoming schedule is against teams that rank in the bottom 10 of this week's power rankings. Here is the current record the Predators have over their opponents this week:

-3-1 over the last four games against the Montreal Canadiens.

-2-0 over the last two games against the Buffalo Sabres.

-2-1 over the last three games against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

-3-1 over the last four games against the Minnesota Wild.

Keep an eye out for some value on their money line this week to ride their hot streak against opponents they've had success with.

Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators Shots on Goal props

This week, shots on goal bettors are spoiled rotten as two teams are set to embark on their California road trip; this week's beneficiaries are the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators.

The San Jose Sharks allow the second most shots on goal over their last 10 games, averaging 35.4 shots per game. Positionally, the Sharks allow the third-most shots to centres (14.4), 19th-most to wingers (10.6) and the most to defencemen (10.3).

The Anaheim Ducks allow the most shots on goal over their last 10 games, averaging 35.7 shots per game. Positionally, the Ducks allow the 14th most to centres (11.2), second-most to wingers (14.7) and the second-most to defencemen (10.2).

Consider the hot shooters of both the Stars and Senators this week in their games against both the Sharks and the Ducks.

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