NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 26-8-5
▲ 1
Pittsburgh enters the week riding a five-game win streak. The stars have aligned to give the hockey world a Wednesday matchup between the Pens and Washington, who have won six straight.
2 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 28-7-4
▼ 1
Last week, the Blue Jackets had their franchise record win streak snapped at 16 games. Now they can focus on just being the best they can be, and possibly winning the tough Metropolitan Division.
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 26-9-5
▲ 3
The Caps started the week by thumping Montreal, 4-1. This ran their win streak to six games and counting.
4 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 24-14-2
▲ 1
The Sharks are steadily beginning to separate themselves from the pack. When healthy and playing in rhythm, this is the best team in the Western Conference.
5 New York Rangers New York Rangers 28-13-1
▼ 1
The Blueshirts soldier on, despite being without the services of forwards Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad, as well as defenseman Marc Staal. Injuries are taking a toll.
6 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 25-9-5
▼ 3
A tough week will see this team face Montreal, Dallas and Chicago. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk (.939 save percentage, 1.8 goals against average) continues to impress.
7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 26-12-5
▲ 1
Having been out since mid-December, future hall-of-fame forward Marian Hossa is finally back in the lineup. Since his return, the Hawks have been on a three-game win streak.
8 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 25-10-6
▼ 1
Montreal started the week by being thoroughly outplayed in a home loss to the Washington Capitals. This week will also bring big games against Minnesota and the New York Rangers.
9 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 21-14-5
▲ 7
The Blues are a playoff team, but their goal differential of -4 on the season may indicate that there are some deeper problems.
10 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 21-14-4
▲ 3
These Senators are what they are - a highly entertaining rollercoaster ride with unpredictable dips and hills.
11 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 21-13-8
The Ducks are a solid team with solid goaltending, but neither John Gibson nor Jonathan Bernier have proven they are truly “big-time” netminders.
12 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 21-17-5
▼ 3
The resolve shown by the Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011 seems to have dwindled over the last few seasons. Expect some changes at the trade deadline.
13 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 22-19-2
▼ 1
The Flames were recently shutout by a Winnipeg team that was without star forward Patrik Laine. These are the types of games the Flames need to learn to win if they are to remain in the hunt.
14 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 21-14-7
▲ 1
Oilers are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. They may finally be getting back to playing some consistently good hockey.
15 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 18-13-8
▲ 2
The Maple Leafs are for real. Playoffs are a realistic possibility, rookie forward Auston Matthews is the real deal, and dreams are alive.
16 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 18-15-7
▼ 6
For the Hurricanes, home ice dominance (12-4-1) comes hand-in-hand with away game woes (6-11-6). Two of the very few bright spots to come out of this season: Forward Jeff Skinner appears on pace for his usual high-20s goal production and Cam Ward has had a recent resurgence (2.28 GAA, .915 Save Percentage).
17 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 19-19-4
▼ 3
It’s quite puzzling: The Bolts have now lost four straight while being outscored 22-9 over that stretch. Poor fundamentals are sinking this ship.
18 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 21-15-6
▲ 1
By only winning two of their last 10 games, the Flyers have effectively nullified the 10-game win streak that preceded their recent slide.
19 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 20-19-3
▲ 6
A recent six-game win streak has the Canucks sitting on the fringes of the Pacific Division race. Getting there was one thing, staying there will be a whole other struggle.
20 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 20-17-4
▼ 2
Although he may be the best two-way center in the game, team captain Anze Kopitar has to be more of an offensive threat. The Slovenian star has only scored four goals thus far.
21 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 18-16-8
▲ 2
Goaltender Roberto Luongo came here with a shot to return to his roots and reestablish himself amongst the elite netminders. This team is not helping his cause.
22 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 17-16-8
▼ 2
The Stars are still having to fight and claw for every victory. Head coach Lindy Ruff is having a difficult time instilling the strong work ethic for which his Buffalo Sabres teams were once known.
23 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 16-18-8
▲ 4
After winning back-to-back games, the Devils are now enduring a three-game losing streak in which they have been outscored 9-3 and shutout once.
24 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 17-16-7
▼ 3
Continuing to struggle without injured defenseman PK Subban, the Preds have fallen behind both Vancouver and Winnipeg in the Western Conference wild card race.
25 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 17-18-5
▼ 3
The Red Wings are still slowly sinking in the East. Making the playoffs for 25 straight years is a heck of a run, but all good things must come to an end.
26 New York Islanders New York Islanders 15-15-8
▼ 2
The Islanders have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, although their goal differential of -11 may be reason for a glimmer of hope.
27 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 20-20-3
▼ 1
Rookie forward Patrik Laine was on pace for 40 goals before sustaining a concussion during a road loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Jets’ road to redemption just got a lot tougher.
28 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 15-15-9
▲ 1
The Sabres will probably miss the playoffs yet again, but currently have the satisfaction of being ahead of both the Islanders and Red Wings in Eastern Conference standings
29 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 13-25-1
▼ 1
At this point, the only goal this team can possibly have is to not finish last overall in the league.
30 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 12-22-5
Veteran forward Shane Doan has always been loyal to the Coyotes. That said, given the team’s recent struggles, would anyone really blame the 40-year-old for leaving the team and going to a contender 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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