NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 38-14-3
After starting the week losing by four to the Oilers on the road, the Lightning came back home to win twice and restore their normal momentum.
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 34-12-8
▲ 1
Three wins on the road during the last week still can’t explain how the Bruins lost at home to the Sabres in regulation on Saturday.
3 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 33-12-9
▲ 1
Four straight games now, all on the road, the Preds have gone to overtime. The 2-0-2 mark in those four games can’t be complained about in Nashville.
4 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 36-15-4
▼ 2
Since winning an eighth straight game on January 2, the expansion team in Sin City has posted just a 9-6-4 record. The Golden Knights might be slowing down a bit.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 32-15-9
Two home losses in a row have stunted the flow in Winnipeg. The Jets are a mere 3-2-1 on this current home stand, with four more games remaining.
6 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 32-17-6
The Caps have a four-game road trip coming up, so losing at home in overtime to the Red Wings on Sunday was disappointing.
7 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 33-19-5
▲ 4
Winners of seven in the last eight, the Leafs have scored 16 goals in their last three games combined. Each was a victory, of course.
8 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 33-20-4
▲ 2
It’s tough when you botch a five-game win streak by losing at home by six goals to the Canucks. Now, here come the Blues.
9 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 34-21-3
▼ 2
Up and down week here. Lose to the Wild by four, beat the Avs by five, beat the Jets by three and lose to the Pens by three. Anyone else dizzy?
10 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 30-18-8
▼ 2
On Thursday, the Sharks blew a third-period lead at home by coughing up three goals to the Golden Knights. But they recovered to win two over the weekend.
11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 30-19-6
▲ 3
A 3-0 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday surely helped erase the bad taste left by an overtime loss at home to the Coyotes on Thursday.
12 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 30-20-5
▲ 1
Seven-game road trips this time of year are painful. The Kings are in the middle of a 13-game stretch where 11 matchups are on the road. Five more away from L.A. to go!
13 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 29-19-8
▲ 2
Speaking of road trips, the Flames are 3-1 so far on the their six-game adventure away from Alberta. Boston and Nashville await, however.
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 30-21-4
▼ 2
The Avs are ninth this season in goal scoring, but they’re just 17th in goals allowed. Colorado needs better balance if it wants to make the postseason.
15 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 28-19-9
▲ 4
Winners of four games last week, the Flyers also handed the Golden Knights a rare loss in Sin City on Sunday. So much for the Vegas Flu!
16 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 31-22-4
▲ 1
Over the last 15 games, the Pens have been held under three goals just twice. That’s why they’re 11-3-1 in those matchups.
17 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 27-19-11
▼ 1
Since the team is 18th in both goals scored and goals allowed, it’s surprising to see them still in the hunt for a Pacific Division postseason slot.
18 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 27-20-8
▼ 9
The Devils beat the Red Wings on December 27, but from that point on, New Jersey has gone 5-11-2. The team needs to pick it up, quick.
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 28-23-4
▼ 1
How do you end a five-game losing streak? You beat the Devils, of course. By five goals!
20 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 26-21-9
▲ 3
The Hurricanes have been outscored by 15 goals this season despite playing the most average schedule in the NHL. Think about that for a moment.
21 New York Rangers New York Rangers 27-24-5
▲ 1
They opened a four-game road trip with a 3-1 in Winnipeg on Sunday. That’s the way to turn this ship around.
22 New York Islanders New York Islanders 27-24-6
▼ 1
Surprisingly, the Isles have scored the second-most goals in the NHL this year. Want more shock? They’re dead-last in goals allowed this season.
23 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 24-23-8
▼ 3
It might be time to stick a fork in the Blackhawks’ “dynasty” as the team has lost five straight now. Can’t complain about three Cup titles since 2010, though.
24 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 23-23-6
They lost a four-game win streak by losing to the Kings at home on Friday night, and now the Panthers hit the road for five straight in Canada starting Monday night.
25 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 22-23-9
Captain Henrik Zetterberg is 37 years old, and he is second on the team in scoring with 39 points this season. When he retires, the Wings truly will be full of fresh faces.
26 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 22-26-7
▲ 1
The Habs just never recovered from that early seven-game losing streak that left them in a serious hole to begin the season, did they?
27 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 23-27-4
▼ 1
On tour last week in California, the Oilers came up 0-3 against the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. Time to close the book on 2018 in Edmonton.
28 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 22-28-6
The good news is that the Canucks ended a four-game losing streak with a big 6-0 win in Dallas on Sunday. The bad news ... well, only Arizona is worse in the Pacific Division.
29 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 19-26-9
The Sens are 28th in goal scoring and 29th in goals allowed. This is right where they belong.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 16-30-10
In the four seasons since realignment, the Sabres have finished eighth, eighth, seventh and eighth in the Atlantic Division. They’ll finish eighth again this year.
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 13-32-10
Please explain how it is possible for an NHL team to score just 129 goals in 55 games so far this season. Arizona has just four players in double-digit goal scoring right now.

 

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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