NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 29-9-6
▲ 2
The Caps outscored opponents 40-11 during a nine-game win streak before losing a 8-7 OT thriller to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. This highly entertaining team is capable of great things.
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 28-9-5
▲ 4
Recently, head coach Bruce Boudreau called out backup netminder Darcy Kuemper. This seems to be the only real weakness on the roster, as the Wild has really hit stride.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 27-12-6
▲ 5
Canadiens have lost two of three. The Habs will have to adjust to life without sparkplug forward Brendan Gallagher, who is out due to a fractured bone in his hand.
4 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 28-7-4
▼ 2
Canadiens have lost two of three. The Habs will have to adjust to life without sparkplug forward Brendan Gallagher, who is out due to a fractured bone in his hand.
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 27-11-5
▼ 4
The Penguins had a big come-from-behind win over the Capitals to end a three-game skid. There may not be a hockey fan alive who is not anticipating the Metropolitan Divisional playoffs.
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 26-16-2
▼ 2
Games against the LA Kings on Wednesday and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday should be two of the more entertaining contests this week.
7 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 24-13-9
▲ 4
The Ducks are steadily working their way up the ladder in the Western Conference and may very well win the Pacific Division for a fifth straight season.
8 New York Rangers New York Rangers 28-15-1
▼ 3
Star netminder Henrik Lundqvist will need to be on his game until the All-Star break as capable backup Antti Raanta sits out to nurse an injury. On the bright side, forward Mika Zibanejad is expected back this week after breaking his leg in November.
9 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 27-14-5
▼ 2
Their last two losses were an ugly 6-0 loss to Washington and a 3-2 loss to the division rival Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks need to tighten things up.
10 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 23-15-7
▲ 4
Forward Connor McDavid leads the NHL in overall scoring, but the complementary goal scoring of forwards Patrick Maroon (18 goals) and Leon Draisaitl (16 goals) should not be overlooked.
11 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 20-13-8
▲ 4
With two straight wins and a record of 8-1-1 in the last 10 games, this is looking more and more like a playoff team.
12 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 23-20-3
▲ 1
Over the last 10 games, the Flames have allowed more than three goals, just once. This team is on the right track.
13 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 23-16-5
▼ 4
This being his last year at the helm, it’s beginning to look like head coach Ken Hitchcock will not get that fairy tale ending to his tenure as the Blues coach.
14 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 21-15-7
▲ 2
Canes have won four straight, but have games against Pittsburgh, Columbus and Washington coming up this week. If the Canes are not for real, they will soon be exposed.
15 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 22-18-4
▲ 5
With forward Tyler Toffoli on injured reserve, fellow forward Tanner Pearson has stepped up and scored six goals in his last 10 games. In the Western Conference, only Colorado and Arizona have scored fewer goals this season than have the Kings.
16 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 21-14-4
▼ 6
Sens continue to have plenty of ups and downs. Hopefully this week they will be trending up as they go on a three-game road trip. The team will face St. Louis, Columbus and Toronto.
17 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 23-19-5
▼ 5
In what has been an uncomfortable season, forward David Pastrnak has recently gone missing in action. The 21-year old Czech Republic phenom has 19 goals this season, but has not scored in his last 14 games.
18 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 21-20-4
▼ 1
Tampa is still searching for the right chemistry. In the Eastern Conference, only the Philadelphia Flyers have allowed more goals this season.
19 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 20-16-7
▲ 5
Having won three straight, the Preds look like they are adjusting to life without injured star defenseman P.K. Subban. In the process, they are now firmly back in the playoff mix.
20 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 18-18-9
▲ 3
Thanks to some substandard play by some of the other Eastern Conference hopefuls, the Devils still have lingering playoff hopes.
21 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 20-17-8
The search goes on, but the Panthers have yet to rediscover the magic formula that made last season so special.
22 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 18-19-8
With a recent 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, it is time for a reality check. The Stars have allowed more goals than any team in the Western Conference.
23 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 22-18-6
▼ 5
The bad habits which plagued the Flyers early on in the season are officially back. Shaky goaltending combined with a lack of consistency have left this team reeling.
24 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 20-19-6
▼ 5
On the heels of a six-game win streak, the Canucks have now lost four straight. This team really was starting to look promising.
25 New York Islanders New York Islanders 17-17-8
▲ 1
It is just amazing how indifferent management seems to be regarding the plight of this sinking ship.
26 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 19-19-6
▼ 1
The Wings have lost five of the last 11 games since goaltender Jimmy Howard went on injured reserve. They still have an outside shot at the postseason.
27 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 15-15-9
▲ 1
In one of the few bright spots for this team, forward Evander Kane has scored five goals in his last 10 games.
28 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 20-23-4
▼ 1
The Jets are feeling the effects of the loss of rookie forward Patrik Laine. After being on the fringes of the playoff race, they have now lost four straight.
29 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 13-23-6
▲ 1
The Coyotes give up a league-worst 33.8 shots per game. Perhaps this is why goaltender Mike Smith is going to the All-Star game.
30 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 13-27-1
▼ 1
The Avs were outscored 31-15 while losing seven of the last eight games. The team can at least be happy for forward Nathan MacKinnon, who will be their lone representative in this season’s NHL All-Star game.


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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