NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 49-17-8
▲ 5
Four straight wins - the Caps are now eyeing a second straight Presidents’ Trophy. This could finally be their year.
2 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 42-29-4
▲ 2
Four straight wins - the Caps are now eyeing a second straight Presidents’ Trophy. This could finally be their year.
3 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 48-21-6
▼ 2
Chicago has to come back down to earth. In the wake of a five-game win streak, the Hawks have lost three of their last four games, but are still in solid position to claim the top overall seed in the Western Conference.
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 42-24-9
▼ 1
The Canadiens continue to prove their mettle, as they hold off the Ottawa Senators for the Atlantic Division lead.
5 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 49-19-7
▲ 2
It will be a tough week for Columbus as they face the Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Capitals.
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 46-18-11
▼ 4
It will be a tough week for Columbus as they face the Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Capitals.
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 39-29-6
▲ 1
The Bruins are playing great hockey in the post-Claude Julien era. Much credit goes to new head coach Bruce Cassidy.
8 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 41-23-11
▲ 5
The Ducks have won four straight and have a record of 8-1-1 in the last 10 games as they move into position to win a fifth straight Pacific Division title.
9 New York Rangers New York Rangers 46-26-4
▲ 1
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has returned to the lineup after battling injury. Forward Rick Nash enters the week having scored a goal in four straight games. Things seem to be coming together at the right time.
10 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 40-28-6
▲ 2
Just three more wins, and these Blues will be guaranteed at least a wild card playoff berth.
11 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 39-25-11
▲ 3
Preds have won four straight and have a record of 7-1-2 as they round into postseason form.
12 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 41-25-8
▼ 3
In the month of March, Ottawa faced the division-rival Montreal Canadiens three times, and lost all three. This is simply not good enough.
13 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 41-25-9
▲ 2
The Oilers have seven games left in their season, all of which are against Pacific Division rivals. This is going to be a tough way to finish the season, but a great opportunity to seize momentum.
14 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 43-22-6
▼ 3
With the most important part of the season looming, the Wild continue to play curiously mediocre hockey. The have lost three straight and eight of the last nine.
15 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 42-26-7
▼ 10
Just a couple weeks ago, the Sharks seemed to have a lock on the Pacific Division title. After six straight losses, they have now been overtaken by the Anaheim Ducks and may wind up being a wild card team.
16 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 33-27-14
▲ 9
The Hurricanes continue a most unexpected late-playoff push. If only they had not lost seven of 10 games in the month of February.
17 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 35-24-15
▼ 1
The Leafs enter the week with rookie forward Auston Matthews riding a five-game point streak, while the team maintains control of its playoff destiny.
18 New York Islanders New York Islanders 35-28-12
▼ 1
Playoffs are definitely possible, but it will be a heck of a struggle.
19 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 36-29-9
▼ 1
Tampa Bay began the week with a gutsy comeback from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bolts remain in the thick of the wild card playoff chase.
20 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 34-35-7
▲ 2
The drama is over. The Jets have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
21 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 35-32-7
▼ 2
How times have changed. The Kings have gone from winning the Cup twice in three seasons to - most likely - missing the playoffs twice in three seasons
22 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 35-32-8
▼ 2
In this season, which failed to live up to expectations, some will blame GM Ron Hextall, while others while blame Head coach Dave Hakstol. In the end, there is plenty of blame to go around.
23 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 32-32-12
▼ 2
Head coach Dan Bylsma has to be pleased with the effort this team is showing as the season winds down.
24 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 31-31-11
▲ 2
Florida beat Chicago 7-0 last week as Panthers fans got one final look at what could have been. Look for these toothless Panthers to seriously retool in the offseason.
25 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 31-33-11
▼ 2
Only three teams in the NHL have given up more goals this season.
26 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 30-36-9
▲ 3
The Canucks have a record of 2-6-2 in the last 10 games. Vancouver has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
27 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 31-32-12
▼ 3
Only four home games remain before famed Joe Louis Arena is closed for good. Twenty years ago in 1997, the modern-day Detroit dynasty began in earnest.
28 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 27-40-9
▼ 1
Just six games remain in what has been a nightmarish season for Arizona.
29 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 20-51-3
▼ 1
Colorado is riding a six-game losing streak, but may have a star emerging. Forward Sven Andrighetto has scored four goals in the last five games.
30 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 27-35-13
This team was not bad in the first half of the season, but the year 2017 has been rather unkind.


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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