Amidst the action on the ice, Week 20 saw the Columbus Blue Jackets firing their general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, after years of both success and mystifying choices. Scoring was rampant, leading to multiple teams posting high goal tallies, setting the stage for potential shifts in the NHL Power Rankings as the trade deadline approaches.

By the Numbers
  • 9 teams posted nine goals in a single game, with three more scoring at least seven
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets moved down to 27th in the Rankings, while the Calgary Flames dropped to 24th and the Pittsburgh Penguins to 23rd
State of Play
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets fired general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, signaling the end of a tenure marked by both success and questionable decisions
  • Scoring surged, potentially leading to significant shifts in the Power Rankings as the trade deadline approaches
  • The Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins struggled, with uncertainties regarding their performance and potential trades
What's Next

Potential trade deadline moves and their impacts on team dynamics and the balance of power in the league are eagerly anticipated.

Bottom Line

The firing of Columbus Blue Jackets' general manager and the scoring spree have set the stage for a potential shakeup in the NHL Power Rankings, with all eyes now on the upcoming trade deadline and its potential ramifications on team strategies and performance.