Starting this Friday and most Fridays throughout the 2022-2023 regular season, our site will be doing a “Central Division Power Rankings” article where we will highlight the top three teams in the Winnipeg Jets division for the past week.
This article will show how the Jets’ divisional foes are doing and will recap the past week around the Central Division, from the past Friday through Thursday night.
Since this is the first week, here are the power rankings for the Central Division through the first month of the season.
The Winnipeg Jets crack the top three in the Central Division power rankings for the first month of the 2022-2023 season
Below is our first power rankings for the Central Division this season:
Although the Avalanche currently occupy the fifth spot in the Division, they are ranked third in our rankings.
The defending Stanley Cup Champions sit six points behind the first placed Stars, but the Avalanche have two games in hand on Dallas.
So far this season, Colorado has had their best performances versus division opponents. The Avalanche have a 2-0-1 against the Central with their only division loss coming in overtime against the Jets.
With the Winnipeg Jets 2022 offseason, I don’t think many people would have believed that the Jets would be sitting two points behind first place with a game in hand on the Stars at the beginning of November.
Although a small sample size, the Jets have played well against their own division. In four games against their central division foes, Winnipeg has picked up six of a possible eight points (3-0-1 record).
Also, the Jets have been without their head coach, Rick Bowness for most of the start of the season, and Nikolaj Ehlers was placed on the injured reserve since the Jets’ second game of the season.
Through today, the Stars have impressed in both divisional and conference games. The Stars have a perfect 4-0-0 record against the division and a 5-0-0 record against the Western Conference.
The Stars’ three regulation losses and one overtime loss have all come against Eastern Conference opponents.
Dallas’ 6-3-1 record currently has them sitting atop the division.
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This week will definitely be a good test for the Winnipeg Jets against their divisional counterparts. On Saturday afternoon the Jets will host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Canada Life Centre, then next Tuesday evening, the Jets will finish up their homestand with a matchup against the Dallas Stars.