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 31-10-3
The team gets a week to think about its home loss to the Flames before it hosts the Golden Knights. After that, there’s an eight-game road trip on the horizon.
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 24-10-7
▲ 1
With six days to think about an overtime loss to the Pens, the Bruins came back and beat the Canadiens in the OT shootout. Boston now has four games in a six-day span coming up.
3 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 29-10-3
▼ 1
The Golden Knights have ten road games in the next 12 scheduled contests, so it is a bit of a downer for them to have lost Saturday at home in OT to the Oilers.
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 24-14-5
A week off didn’t help the Kings, as they lost at home to the Ducks on Saturday night. Now they get the Sharks and the Pens at home this week before a “road” trip to Anaheim.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 26-13-7
A two-game losing streak isn’t the way the Jets want to be headed with three of the next four on the road. After that, though, Winnipeg is home for ten straight.
6 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 25-11-6
After last week’s win over Edmonton, the Preds are getting a week off before facing the Golden Knights on Tuesday. That will be the second contest of five straight at home.
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 23-16-3
▲ 3
Six straight victories have the Avs rolling, with the Ducks, Sharks and Rangers up next at home. After that, it’s six consecutive matchups on the road.
8 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 24-17-3
▲ 1
The Stars finished a six-game home stand with four wins and eight points, and now they have four on the road in the next six days. After that, Dallas is home again for eight of the following ten games.
9 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 25-17-3
▼ 1
The Leafs’ six-game game home stand isn't going so well, with three losses in five games so far. After a Tuesday tilt against the Blues, Toronto hits the road in Philly and Ottawa.
10 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 26-17-3
▼ 3
Three straight losses for St. Louis have been festering for the Blues, who got a week off after last Tuesday’s home loss to Florida where they coughed up seven goals.
11 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 28-14-3
The Caps have won five of six, the one loss a bad one at home to the Hurricanes. Washington is 14th in goals against this season so far, so keep an eye on that number.
12 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 25-16-4
▲ 8
Seven wins in a row now, including the last four on the road, have the Flames rising high in the Western Conference. How long can they keep it up with the next three at home?
13 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 24-17-5
▲ 2
The last two losses have come in OT, and the last two wins have been dominant defensive efforts. Win it in regulation should be the team’s motto right now.
14 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 22-13-6
The Sharks are ninth in the West right now, despite breaking a three-game slide on Saturday with a home OT win over Arizona. They now have three straight on the road.
15 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 20-15-8
▲ 4
Four consecutive wins have the Flyers on the Philly radar, right up there with the Eagles. But the team needs to score more goals to be more consistent.
16 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 22-17-6
▼ 4
Three games into a six-game stand, the Blackhawks are treading water. They have a four-game road trip when they’re done in the Windy City.
17 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 20-15-9
▲ 1
This road trip is going moderately well for the Ducks, as they have won two of four. The finale of the five-game swing in Colorado is Monday night. Then, it’s back home for five straight.
18 New York Rangers New York Rangers 22-17-5
▼ 5
Four losses in the last five games have sent the Rangers looking for answers. They gave up 12 combined in the last two losses, to the Isles and the Pens.
19 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 22-12-8
▼ 3
Six consecutive defeats for the Devils now means misery even if three of the losses have come in extra time. The schedule is a home-and-away yo-yo of games for the next month, too.
20 New York Islanders New York Islanders 22-18-4
▲ 1
After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Isles got six days off before putting up seven goals on the Rangers Saturday afternoon. If only every game could go that way!
21 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 25-18-3
▼ 4
Two losses to two of the worst teams in the league—Buffalo and Vancouver—made it a sour week for the Blue Jackets. They get the Stars and the Golden Knights next.
22 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 24-19-3
▲ 1
Four straight wins for the defending champs while allowing just eight total goals could mean things are trending up for the Pens, just in time to replace the Steelers in the city’s heart.
23 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 20-17-8
▼ 1
Despite losing four of the last five, the one win came over the Capitals on the road. The ‘Canes just aren’t scoring enough, and they’re not stopping the other team from scoring, either.
24 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 18-18-7
Five of the next six are in Motown, which might give the Red Wings a chance to bust a move this season. They’re just “there” right now.
25 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 18-19-6
Despite beating the Blues on the road with seven goals last Tuesday, the Panthers have lost four of the last five. They host the Golden Knights next.
26 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 20-23-3
The team salvaged a five-game road trip with wins in the final two games, over Arizona and Vegas. Now, the Oilers have five straight at home to build on that momentum. This could be the last chance for Edmonton.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 18-20-5
The Habs had a six-day rest period to prepare for their game against the Bruins, and Boston survived in the OT shootout. That may be the best the Canadiens can do this season.
28 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 18-21-6
▲ 1
Two wins over the weekend helped the Canucks stop the bleeding from five consecutive losses. Both came on the road against quality teams, in Columbus and Minnesota. Now, it’s on to Edmonton and Winnipeg!
29 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 15-18-9
▼ 1
Giving up eight goals to Chicago at home last Tuesday was ugly, but the Sens recovered immediately by beating the Leafs on the road the next night. How’s that for crazy inconsistency?
30 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 10-28-7
It’s a race of sorts for the No. 1 pick in the draft, and the ‘Yotes are doing their best to lose with a three-game slide right now.
31 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 11-24-9
Beating the Blue Jackets at home was a nice end to a five-game losing streak, but now the Sabres have four of the next five on the road.

 

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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