Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 0-0
▲ 9
The Capitals have added key pieces for a Cup run, "Mr. Game 7" Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie, to an already formidable team. They're young, skilled, have a true No. 1 goalie in Braden Holtby and have probably learned enough from their previous playoff failings to win it all this year. Oh yeah, and that Ovechkin guy is pretty good, too.
2 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 0-0
▲ 1
Lots of turnover for the Ducks this offseason but they seem to be a better group because of it. Losing Matt Beleskey hurts, but Carl Hagelin and reliable defenseman Kevin Bieksa were big scores for the Ducks, who are poised to be the team to beat in the West this year.
3 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 0-0
▼ 1
A pretty ho hum offseason for the Lightning was definitely a good thing for the defending Eastern Conference champs. The Steven Stamkos contract situation might be a distraction moving forward, but this team is a year more mature and they have some playoff experience under their belts now, which means they should be primed for another great season.
4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 0-0
▲ 5
Remember, these are power rankings, not last year's standings. The Blackhawks will be good, but they won't be as good as last year. They just can't be after losing Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad, Brad Richards, Antoine Vermette, Johnny Oduya and others.
5 New York Rangers New York Rangers 0-0
▼ 4
After coming up a game short of their second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance, the Rangers didn't do much of anything to bolster their roster this offseason. They are going to be counting on their young talent maturing to get them over the hump this year. That and Henrik Lundqvist of course.
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 0-0
▲ 9
The addition of Phil Kessel is going to pay immediate dividends for the Penguins. They won't have any trouble scoring goals with Crosby, Kessel and Malkin, but can their defensemen stay healthy and play at a high level? If so, the Penguins will be a force in the East this year.
7 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 0-0
This year's Blues look very similar to the 2014-15 version if you sub in Troy Brouwer for T.J. Oshie, and that's both a good thing and a bad thing. The Blues still need to lock down a starting netminder or they can look forward to another disappointing Stanley Cup Playoffs.
8 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 0-0
▼ 3
Carey Price. The Canadiens are a mediocre team without him and a true Cup contender with him. His .933 save percentage and his 1.96 goals-against from last year are just absurd. The Canadiens might still lack the scoring depth to support him fully, unless Alexander Semin can turn back the clock to 2009-10.
9 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 0-0
▲ 8
What's not to like about this team? Snagging Brandon Saad was a huge deal and if this team can put last year's injury-plagued season behind them they should be major players in the Metro division this year.
10 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 0-0
▲ 2
Last year teams learned early not to sleep on the Preds. Then the Preds basically fell asleep at the wheel and had the misfortune of playing the Blackhawks in the first round. Not ideal. Still, the Preds are talented, and should challenge the Blues and Blackhawks for the top spot in a tough Central division.
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 0-0
▲ 10
Only the Tampa Bay Lightning scored more goals than the Stars last year, and with the signing of Patrick Sharp, who will be playing alongside Tyler Seguin and Art Ross winner Jamie Benn, they should be scoring at a crazy clip. Problem is they'll need every goal they can get. Their blue line isn't the strongest even witht he addition of Johnny Oduya, and Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi will likely battle for the No. 1 spot in net all year.
12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 0-0
▼ 8
The Wild will once again be a good hockey team. As evidenced by these rankings, the Blackhawks will be better, so the Wild should seriously consider doing EVERYTHING possible to avoid playing the Blackhawks for the fourth postseason in a row. Expect the Wild to make the playoffs and expect their seeding to depend entirely on which Devan Dubnyk shows us - last year's version or the 2013-14 one.
13 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 0-0
▲ 5
The Kings will be good, but their lack of depth at forward is disconcerting. Christian Ehrhoff should help fill the void Slava Voynov left, but they will need more goal support to get back into the playoffs this season. Will be interesting to see how Milan Lucic fits in this year.
14 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 0-0
▼ 6
The Flames were one of the more captivating stories of last season, but with playoff appearances come expectations. Dougie Hamilton joining a healthy Mark Giordano on the blue line is huge for this team and Johnny Gaudreau should only get better, giving the Flames a real chance to build on last year's special season.
15 New York Islanders New York Islanders 0-0
▼ 2
There's a lot to like about the Islanders yet again and there's little doubt that they'll find their way into the playoffs this year. But the question still remains whether Jaroslav Halak is the guy to take them to the next level. If he can be first half of last year Halak this season as supposed to 2015 playoffs Halak, the Isles will shoot up these rankings and stay there.
16 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 0-0
▼ 10
Can the Senators capitalize on last season's unbelievable 23-4-4 final 31 games? The Sens will be a playoff bubble team again this year, and we'll have to see how the two-headed monster in net of Craig Anderson and last year's hero Andrew "Hamburglar" Hammond fair before making any judgments.
17 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 0-0
▲ 3
The future is bright for the Panthers, but is the future now? Last year's run towards the postseason that came up just eight points shy makes me think so if Aaron Ekblad, Nick Bjugstad and the rest of the Panthers' young talent can continue to improve. That and if Roberto Luongo and the ageless Jaromir Jagr can continue to defy father time.
18 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 0-0
▼ 4
The Jets are a mean team, and will make life miserable for any team they face this year. But being swept out by the Ducks last year proved that being big and mean only gets you so far. The Jets still lack that scoring punch they need, and even though they're great defensively and should be again, they are still a few pieces away from truly contending.
19 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 0-0
▼ 3
The Jeff Blashill era is set to begin in Detroit and he's got some big shoes to fill. Not to mention the fact that he has a 25-year playoff streak to continue. The Red Wings have the talent to get there and new arrivals Brad Richards and Mike Green will help. But injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen combined with some big questions in net leave Detroit on the bubble of the playoffs in a talented Eastern Conference.
20 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 0-0
▲ 5
The Sharks are an interesting team. Giving the 'C' to Joe Pavelski and stripping Joe Thornton along with bringing in Peter DeBoer behind the bench shows this team is moving in a different direction in years past. Then there's Martin Jones, the young goalie replacing Antti Niemi who was the apple of GM Doug Wilson's eye this offseason. Change isn't a bad thing for a team that has struggled mightily in the playoffs in recent years and missed out on them all together last year.
21 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 0-0
▲ 9
Believe it or not, but the Buffalo Sabres could be playing important games in 2016. Their rebuild on the fly effort landed them Ryan O'Reilly and goaltender Robin Lehner, not to mention a hopefully reinvigorated Evander Kane. Add in Jack Eichel, the pot of gold at the end of the Sabres rainbow of tanking, and this team should be significantly better than last year.
22 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 0-0
▼ 3
The Bruins are extremely thin on the blue line even if you assume Zdeno Chara returns to form after an injury-plagued 2014-15 campaign. The perfect antidote for a weak blue line is a strong Tukka Rask, who might have to bail out his young defensemen a bunch this year if the Bruins are going to compete for a playoff spot.
23 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 0-0
▼ 12
The Canucks might have a hard time replacing guys like Kevin Bieksa, Zach Kassian and Nick Bonino. Their an older team with a shrinking window, that quite frankly isn't that wide anyway. Best case scenario is they sneak into the playoffs but they won't be able to compete in the West this year, or in the near future.
24 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 0-0
▼ 1
The Flyers cut ties with coach Craig Berube this offseason, but more importantly they cut ties with their heinous contract with Andy MacDonald. Otherwise, the Flyers look much the same. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek can carry this team a decent ways, but probably not far enough to get them into the playoffs.
25 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 0-0
▲ 3
The winners of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes are trending in the right direction. McDavid will be a joy to watch all year long, while former Ranger backup goalie Cam Talbot should provide the stability the Oilers have been looking for in goal. It would take a masterful/miraculous job by Todd McLellan to get this team into the playoffs this year, but in a year or two that will be expected of this young, talented team.
26 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 0-0
▼ 4
After a sophomore slump in year two with Nathan MacKinnon, both the team and the franchise's cornerstone player are hoping to rebound. This year's Avalanche will probably fall somewhere in between the 2013-14 division winning team and last year's seventh place squad.
27 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 0-0
If anyone can extract the best from this Leafs team, it's Mike Babcock, but that's probably too tall an order for this season. As has been acknowledged by Babcock himself, it'll be a process in Toronto, but Babcock can make the Leafs competitive. It's a near guarantee they finish better off than last season when the team flat out quit on Randy Carlyle - that's about the only certainty in Toronto at the moment.
28 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 0-0
▲ 1
Coach Dave Tippett is preaching patience and fans definitely should heed that warning. The Coyotes have a bunch of young stars that will be put to the test this year in hopes of moving the Coyotes closer to being a competitive team once again.
29 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 0-0
▼ 3
Unfortunately for Devils fans, they are one of the few teams in the league that really have nothing going for them right now. They don't have much in the way of young talent and their current roster won't be competitive in the Eastern Conference this year. It's going to be a long one for Devils fans, one that hopefully ends with Auston Matthews in New Jersey
30 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 0-0
▼ 6
Questions surround both Staal brothers and their aging goalie Cam Ward, once the hallmarks of the Hurricanes. Carolina still has a long way to go before being considered a competitive team and are the current favorites to win the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.


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