NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 39-13-6
▲ 1
The regular-season magic of head coach Bruce Boudreau, is in full effect. This team has become a juggernaut.
2 New York Rangers New York Rangers 38-19-1
▲ 1
The Rangers continue to hang around near the top of the Metropolitan Division. One of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, the Blueshirts also have a future hall of fame goalie. Anything can happen.
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 39-12-7
▼ 2
The Caps sputtered a bit and wound up losing two straight games coming off the NHL-mandated five-day bye. Expect them to find the chemistry again very soon.
4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 36-18-5
▲ 1
The Hawks have won six of their last seven, but will be tested this week. They have tough games against Minnesota and St Louis.
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 36-14-8
▼ 1
The Penguins are battling the Rangers and Caps for supremacy in the Metropolitan Division. It will only get more intense as the games become increasingly meaningful.
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 32-19-8
▲ 2
Having won three straight, the Oilers have four games against playoff teams coming up this week. This will provide a good test for this up-and-coming young team.
7 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 31-24-5
▲ 2
In the month of February, the Blues have won seven of 10 games while holding opposing teams to a grand total of just 16 goals. There is solid hockey being played in the Gateway City.
8 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 35-18-7
▼ 1
The Sharks have only emerged victorious in two of the last eight games, but only one loss was in regulation time. They continue to rack up points.
9 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 31-20-6
▲ 2
With the Canadiens floundering, Ottawa looks ready to take over the Atlantic Division.
10 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 30-23-6
▲ 4
Perhaps the players really had tuned out deposed head coach Claude Julien. Since his dismissal, the Bruins have outscored opponents 16-7 while winning four in a row.
11 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 28-22-8
▼ 5
Star defenseman PK Subban has six assists in the last five games. Though they have cooled off a bit recently, this team is still headed in the right direction.
12 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 37-16-5
There could be trouble brewing. Coming out of the five-day bye, Columbus will face the NY Islanders, NY Rangers and Montreal Canadiens - three games in four nights.
13 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 31-20-8
▼ 3
Over the course of the last 10 games, the Canadiens have a record of 2-7-1, a coaching change, and most recently, a three-game losing streak.
14 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 31-20-10
▼ 1
Inconsistent play from top players continues to plague this Anaheim team. The trade deadline could prompt some drastic measures from GM Bob Murray.
15 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 28-20-10
▲ 6
It has taken the better part of the season, but the Panthers are riding a five-game win streak and finally looking like a playoff team.
16 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 27-20-11
▼ 1
There is no room for complacency. The Leafs are in position to make the playoffs, but four other playoff hopefuls are within three points of them.
17 New York Islanders New York Islanders 27-21-10
These Islanders are playing inspired hockey. They are solidly back in the playoff race, but still have a long way to go.
18 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 29-26-4
▲ 1
The Flames will have a memorable stretch run as they try to hold off the L.A. Kings and Winnipeg Jets. There is plenty of intrigue here.
19 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 28-24-7
▼ 1
A goal differential of -25 this season says it all. Sometimes the team has defensive lapses; sometimes the goaltending is mediocre, but the overall problem remains.
20 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 28-26-4
▼ 4
Since their five-game win streak, the Kings have been outscored 22-11 while losing five of the last six games. Bad timing for a slump.
21 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 23-27-10
▲ 2
Only two wins in the last nine games. The Stars are beginning to look like they will be ‘sellers’ at the trade deadline.
22 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 26-24-10
▲ 4
It’s hard to believe, but as the week begins, these Sabres are just two points out of a wild card playoff spot.
23 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 26-24-8
▼ 1
In the Eastern Conference, only New Jersey, Detroit and Carolina have worse records than this star-studded Lightning team.
24 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 23-22-10
▼ 4
Losing 6-4 to the Islanders was a big missed opportunity. The Devils could have reinserted themselves in the East's playoff race with authority, but now need to string a run together over their last 20-plus games to make things interesting.
25 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 28-29-5
▲ 2
The Jets are still a hard-hitting team, but it may be time to think about moving more in the direction of a finesse team, as the current formula is not producing any consistently positive results.
26 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 24-25-10
▲ 3
Having missed the last two months due to injury, goaltender Jimmy Howard is finally nearing his return. This is the definition of “too little, too late.”
27 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 21-30-7
▲ 1
In the month of February, the Coyotes beat the Sharks, Penguins, Flames, Kings and Ducks by a combined score of 20-10. This may bode well for next season.
28 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 26-28-6
▼ 3
With the team having faded from the playoff picture while the trade deadline looms, the futures of Henrik and Daniel Sedin may be uncertain.
29 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 24-23-8
▼ 5
In the wake of a four-game losing streak, this hurricane has been downgraded to light rain.
30 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 16-38-3
The Colorado faithful may see an avalanche of players moving at the trade deadline.

 

About The Ranker:

Charles Smith Jr. spent his entire childhood in southern California before joining the military. Although passionate about all sports, his main focus is on ice hockey—a sport he has played and/or coached since 1975. In 1994, Mr. Smith created the sports talk show ‘INSIDE SPORTS,’ and also became a credentialed member of NHL media. All his latest articles and webcasts are available online at  www.Officialinsidesports.com 

You can reach Charles at Charles@Officialinsidesports.com and follow him on Twitter at @TheInsideSports

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