NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 47-14-10
▲ 1
The Preds jumped back on the winning wagon with three more victories last week. With 104 points, they have the best record in the NHL.
2 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 49-19-4
▼ 1
Strange week for Tampa Bay, giving up seven goals to Ottawa and then getting shut out at home against Boston. A win on Sunday over Edmonton clinched a postseason berth, though.
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 45-17-8
Four points behind the Lightning now with two games in hand, the Bruins are right there in the fight for the Atlantic Division title.
4 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 46-21-5
The Devils came to Sin City and scored eight goals last week, but by Sunday, Vegas had recovered enough to post a shutout victory of its own.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 43-19-10
After three straight defeats, the Jets got back on course with two wins to end the week. Winnipeg trails Nashville by eight points in the Central Division.
6 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 43-22-7
Locked into third place in the Atlantic, the Maple Leafs are riding a roller coaster lately after a W4, an L4 and now another W4.
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 41-24-7
Hanging on to that third spot in the Central is tough right now, but Minnesota is doing what it needs to do. Wins at both Vegas and Arizona were big last week
8 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 40-23-9
▲ 2
The Sharks needed the four wins they picked up last week to stay ahead of Anaheim and Los Angeles in the Pacific Division standings.
9 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 41-24-7
▼ 1
Here we go again. The Caps have a two-point lead over the Pens for the Metropolitan Division lead, but you know they’ll just end up in another second-round playoff matchup.
10 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 41-26-5
▼ 1
Losing to the Rangers last week, albeit in overtime, could come back to haunt the two-time defending champions in the division chase.
11 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 39-25-8
▲ 1
Three points behind Minnesota in the Central Division is still good enough to keep the Avs in the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
12 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 37-24-12
▲ 3
Three straight victories for the Ducks have them in third place right now in the Pacific, although the Kings are hot on their tail.
13 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 39-27-6
▲ 1
Who would the Kings rather face in the first round of the postseason? The Predators or the Sharks? That’s how important it is to finish third in the Pacific.
14 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 37-25-11
▼ 1
Just 3-6-1 over their last ten now, the Flyers have faded from their post-Super Bowl pace. They still hold third place in the Metropolitan Division, though.
15 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 39-28-5
▲ 2
The Blues have recovered a little bit to pull within a point of the Kings for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
16 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 39-28-5
▲ 3
Seven straight wins have vaulted the Blue Jackets to the top wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
17 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 38-27-8
▼ 6
With just two victories in the last ten games, the Stars are falling in the Western Conference standings. Dallas is tied with L.A. for points, but the Kings have a game in hand.
18 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 37-27-8
The Devils have the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference under control, although the Panthers are five points back with three games in hand.
19 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 35-27-7
▼ 3
If they keep winning, the Panthers can get into the postseason conversation. At this point, no other Eastern Conference team below has a realistic shot at the playoffs.
20 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 35-28-10
With just three wins over the last ten matchups, the Flames are losing their flicker late. They might need to win all nine of their remaining games to have a shot at the postseason.
21 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 31-30-11
The ‘Canes trail the Panthers by four points, and Florida has those three games in hand over Carolina, too. Time to start planning for next year.
22 New York Rangers New York Rangers 32-32-8
▲ 2
The Rangers have earned six points over their last four games, but it’s too little too late in New York.
23 New York Islanders New York Islanders 30-32-10
▼ 1
With just one victory in the last 12 games, the Islanders are sinking fast in the standings.
24 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 30-34-9
▼ 1
Last place in the Central is hard to escape when you have just three wins in the last 11 games.
25 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 31-36-5
Not much left to say about the Oilers this season, other than they be the most disappointing team in the league this year.
26 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 26-34-11
▲ 3
A three-game winning streak last week was nice, although it came to an end in Columbus on Saturday.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 26-34-12
Compounding the Stars’ misery last week has been the only bright spot in the Habs’ last eight games.
28 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 26-35-11
▼ 2
An L10 is never pretty, especially in Hockeytown. Can’t the Red Wings bring Steve Yzerman back to run the team?
29 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 25-38-9
▼ 1
Seems to be a recurring theme down this way in the rankings, as the Canucks have just one win in the last ten games.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 23-36-12
With a 1-1-1 mark so far on a six-game home stand, can that be considered a success for the Sabres?
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 23-37-11
After beating L.A. in a shootout last week, the ‘Yotes immediately lost to Nashville and Minnesota. Oh well.


About The Ranker:

Sam McPherson covered college hockey for USCHO.com in both Colorado and Michigan before later spending a lot of time writing about the San Jose Sharks from 2010 to 2015. He firmly knows the NHL is the purest professional sport left in North America this century. Follow him on Twitter @sxmcp as he covers a lot more than just hockey for various websites. 

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