Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 17-4
▲ 1
The Stars are off to their best start in franchise history and have rattled off five straight wins after a loss to the Maple Leafs. Most impressively, they're beating teams even when they're not scoring four and five goals each night. They've scored three goals in each of their last four games and have won them all. This team is the real deal.
2 New York Rangers New York Rangers 16-3-2
▼ 1
The Rangers have lost just once in the month of November and are finding ways to win night in and night out. Henrik Lundqvist has been stellar, and Rick Nash is starting to find the back of the net as well.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 16-4-2
To say the Habs weathered the storm in Carey Price's absences would be putting it lightly. The Canadiens went 5-2-2 without the best goalie on the planet. They're set to take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night in a clash of the Eastern Conference Titans. How much they'll miss Brendan Gallagher moving forward will be interesting to see.
4 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 14-5-1
The Caps have recovered after a tough loss to the Stars to start their five-game homestand with wins over the Avalanche and the Oilers. Now that Alex Ovechkin has finally gotten No. 484 and the Russian NHLer record out of the way, expect him to start scoring at will.
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 14-6-2
The Blues have to be nothing short of ecstatic to be getting Paul Stastny back after he missed 16 games. The Blues have held their own with some key bodies out of their lineup but have lacked consistency of late, having gone just 3-3-1 in their last seven games.
6 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 13-8
▲ 1
Last week was a less than stellar one for the Kings. Lackluster losses to the Red Wings and the Hurricanes can't sit well with this group, but a 3-1 win over the Panthers, albeit an ugly, penalty-riddled one, has gotten them back on the winning track.
7 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 13-8
▲ 11
Well, you can't do a road trip and better than the Sharks just did one. Six games, six wins over six Eastern Conference opponents. And what a way to cap it off with a rousing four-goal third period against the Blue Jackets. Give this team a ton of credit for overcoming injuries and getting the job done.
8 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 11-5-3
Boy did the Wild need that win against Nashville. A 4-0 shutout gets them back in the win column after going 0-3-1 on a four-game road trip. Zach Parise will reportedly be back at some point next week for the Wild, who desperately miss their star forward.
9 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 11-8-1
▲ 1
The Devils keep on churning but is it sustainable? Their 5 v 5 possession numbers and other advanced stats suggest their due for a far, but Cory Schneider (2.05 GAA, .926 Save Percentage) and their power play unit (third in the league) suggest otherwise.
10 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 10-3-3
▼ 4
The Predators are snake-bitten of late. After hanging seven on the Senators and Jets over a week ago the Preds have just two goals in four games and have been shutout in the last three. They have two games left on their road trip against the Flyers and the Sabres, and if they can't find the net against those two teams I don't know what to tell you.
11 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 11-8-1
▲ 1
Outside of a tough loss to the Sharks the Bruins are riding high. Tuukka Rask has seemingly put a bad start behind him while the Bruins' top guys are playing well. Overshadowed by what Tyler Seguin is doing in Dallas, Loui Eriksson is putting together a nice campaign with nine goals and nine assists in 20 games.
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 11-8-2
▼ 3
If it weren't for Marian Hossa's goal and Corey Crawford's heroic save to beat Edmonton in OT this week would have been a trainwreck for the Hawks. They're dropped their last two after that game and have the likes of the Sharks, Ducks and Kings to wrap up their six-game road trip. Not an easy task for a team that isn't playing great hockey right now.
13 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 10-5-5
▲ 3
The Sens closed the book on their five-game home stand with back-to-back shutout wins. Now they hit the road against the Stars, Avs and Coyotes. Beating the Stars would take some doing, but points in two of three at least on this trip has to be on their minds.
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 11-8-2
So what if they had to go to OT, the Red Wings got a crucial win over the Blues and now get to enjoy a six-game home stand as a reward. If I were in Detroit, I'd grab a ticket to watch Dylan Larkin play. He might just be the Calder front-runner and is on a four-game goal streak right now.
15 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 10-9-3
▲ 2
Huge wins for the Lightning over the Rangers and Ducks, especially considering their injury report reads like an NHL all-star team. Two-thirds of the triplets line and heart and soul guy Ryan Callahan are all banged up but they're finding ways to get it done, which speaks to the depth of this team.
16 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 12-8
▼ 3
The Penguins are still having all sorts of trouble scoring goals. They're ranked 26th in the league in scoring, and a lot of that stems from their depth issues. Outside of their top line guys, who aren't lighting the lamp like they should either, their quality scorers are severely lacking.
17 New York Islanders New York Islanders 10-6-3
▼ 6
The Habs just have the Islanders' number. That's three losses to the Canadiens in November alone, including back-to-back ones this week. The Islanders need to put together a run or risk falling further behind the Rangers, Capitals and Habs in the Eastern Conference.
18 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 10-9-1
▲ 2
Just a brutal loss to the Jets - a short-handed goal in the third period - halted any momentum the Coyotes gained from a gritty 3-2 win over the Canadiens. This team is still overachieving big time this season, which means the future in the desert is bright.
19 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 7-10-4
▲ 5
The Ducks are definitely trending in the right direction, but still need to be better to squeeze back into a crowded Western Conference playoff picture. Corey Perry has turned it on of late, but we're still waiting for a Ryan Getzlaf sighting.
20 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 10-10-2
▲ 2
The Jets enjoyed home cooking against the Canucks and Coyotes for back-to-back wins after a six-game losing streak but squandered that momentum with a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche. Their top line has been one of the best in the league but they still lack the goaltending and scoring depth to be more than a .500 team, it seems.
21 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 8-9-4
November has been a forgettable month for the Panthers who have just three wins in 10 tries this month. The shine has worn off this team and their timing couldn't be worse, too. The team hits the road for five games after a home tilt against the Islanders.
22 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 8-8-6
▼ 7
The Canucks have been abysmal of late. They're just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games and are allowing goals at an unsustainable clip. They definitely don't have the offensive prowess to make up for it either.
23 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 7-9-5
The Flyers scoring woes don't seem to be relenting any time soon. Jakub Voracek still can't score and on top of that nobody outside of Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn has more than three goals this season.
24 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 7-9-1
▲ 1
The Avs are still wildly inconsistent and are just plain bad on the blue line. Nathan Mackinnon can't do it all for this team and it's shown time and again. Tyson Barrie needs some help back there ASAP.
25 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 8-14
▲ 1
The Blue Jackets are trending in the right direction, but did they dig themselves too deep of a hole? They're 8-7 under John Tortorella, but they'll need a big win streak to even out for their 0-8 start.
26 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 8-12-1
▲ 2
Things are looking up for the Flames of late. Besides winning three of four, they're allowing less goals, which has been a problem for them all season.
27 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 7-10-4
The Hurricanes have lost a lot of close games, but they're losses nonetheless. They're a better team than many expected and at least competitive night in and night out.
28 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 7-10-5
▲ 1
The Maple Leafs had a nice run, winning five of six before back-to-back (one in overtime) losses to the Bruins. They're definitely improving and buying in to coach Babcock's methods, which is a step in the right direction for sure.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 8-11-2
▼ 10
The Sabres weren't supposed to be a playoff team this year but they were supposed to be better than this, right? Jack Eichel hasn't been heard from in a while and this team flat out can't score right now. It's going to be a long season in Buffalo.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 7-13-1
Eventually all of these No. 1 picks have to start amounting to something, right? Connor McDavid being out is an excuse, but they need to be better than this or we might be looking at another No. 1 pick for the Oilers.


About The Ranker:

Bryan Altman is an Associate Producer and writer for CBS Local Sports. For some reason, he is an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams. Read more from Bryan here.

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