NHL Power Rankings: Golden Knights finally looking like favorites in the West

Top-heavy. Weak. Inconsistent. Wide open. All of those labels have been used to describe the NHL’s Western Conference this year, and all of them have merit. We’ve spent much of this year keeping a close eye on the conference standings and enjoying the parity (even though much of it is bad parity) while waiting for one or two teams to take over and establish themselves as Alpha. The Blues and Avalanche have been the closest candidates, but both have had ugly stretches that left us not so sure. 

Now, another contender has entered the discussion: The Vegas Golden Knights. 

After entering the season with high expectations, the Knights had a frustrating first half that ultimately cost head coach Gerard Gallant his job. But since bringing in Pete DeBoer to replace Gallant behind the bench, Vegas has found new life. Now, they’re hitting their stride and starting to look like the dominant team we thought they could be before the season.

But are they now the top dogs in the West? It depends who you ask. William Hill Sportsbook currently has VGK with the third-best odds to win the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as conference champions, but it’s close. Here’s how things sit right now:

However, given what we’ve seen from the Knights lately, they’re the top-ranked Western Conference team in this week’s edition of our Power Rankings. They’re getting hot at the right time and the numbers suggest they may be the conference’s biggest threat heading into the playoffs.

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