After five straight weeks at No. 1, the Montreal Canadiens slid to No. 3 as the New York Rangers went on what looks to be a franchise-record tear.
Sure, the Canadiens have been knocked out of top spot for the first time this season by a Rangers team that can’t seem to lose, but how about those Sabres? The organization was hoping to take baby steps toward respectability this season, but it’s on the verge or a man-sized leap. One key area of improvement: puck possession. According to War-on-ice.com, the Sabres have cranked their team Corsi up to 50.5% this season, a huge leap up from 37.5% in 2014-15. They’re also a +2.2 on shot differential, after being –11.4 last year. And with both Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian likely to return to action this week, their best hockey might still be ahead of them.
Biggest jump: Colorado Avalanche (29 to 20)
Biggest drop: Winnipeg Jets (12 to 23)