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 48-17-4
▲ 1
The Lightning quietly have won nine of their last ten games to reach 100 points in the standings. The next four games are at home, too.
2 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 44-14-10
▼ 1
After winning ten straight games, the Preds finally lost a game on Saturday, at home, in a shootout. Nashville is on pace to set a team record for points in a season.
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 43-16-8
They saw a six-game winning streak go down hard in Chicago, of all places, on Sunday. Why? Perhaps it was just the one power-play chance, the lowest for Boston since February 1.
4 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 44-19-5
Just when you think Marc-Andre Fleury is getting tired, he posts 60 saves over two games, allowing only one goal. Then again, it was just Detroit and Buffalo.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 41-18-9
With nine wins in the last 12, the Jets were somewhat able to keep the Predators in sight. Now, Winnipeg has two games left against Nashville to try to catch them in the Central Division.
6 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 40-22-7
Surprisingly little noise has been made about how the Maple Leafs could break two droughts this spring. Toronto hasn’t won the Cup since 1967, and a Canadian team hasn’t won it since 1993.
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 39-23-7
▲ 1
Losing to Edmonton on Saturday was not a good sign for the Wild. The schedule ahead is tough, too, with 11 of the final 13 games against playoff contenders.
8 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 38-23-7
▼ 1
Half their remaining games are against teams at the bottom of the league, so the Caps have a great chance here to move up in the standings.
9 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 40-26-4
▲ 3
Meanwhile, the Pens play their next four against bottom feeders themselves. It’s a race in the Metropolitan Division for home-ice advantage.
10 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 36-23-9
Three points separate four teams in the race for second place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks currently sit atop that pile, but can they stay there?
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 38-25-6
▼ 2
The Stars lost the first matchup in a six-game road trip that features stops in Toronto, Winnipeg and Washington. When it’s over, they still have to play Boston, Philadelphia, Minnesota twice, San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Ouch.
12 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 36-24-8
▲ 2
The Avs snapped a three-game, overtime losing streak with a win on Saturday against Arizona. Nine of the final 14 games are against playoff contenders.
13 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 35-23-11
▼ 2
Snapping a five-game slide on Saturday with a win over Winnipeg was the good news. The bad news is seven of the next ten games are against teams fighting for postseason spots.
14 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 37-26-5
▲ 1
We’re not sure how the second-best team in the NHL when it comes to goal prevention managed to cough up seven scores at home to the Blues on Saturday, but the Kings now have three games to play in the next four nights.
15 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 34-23-12
▼ 2
The Ducks hold that important third spot in the Pacific Division right now, and they get the next four games at home. Can Anaheim hold off Los Angeles? Time will tell.
16 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 34-25-7
▲ 2
Charging to within a few points of the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers are on a 15-3-1 roll right now. Plus, they have a few games in hand.
17 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 36-27-5
▼ 1
Before the seven-goal explosion against the Kings, the Blues had not scored more than three goals in a game since February 9. Timing is everything.
18 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 35-26-8
▼ 1
They started off a six-game road trip nicely, with the shootout win in Nashville on Saturday. Now it’s on to the Pacific Division for four straight matchups.
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 36-28-5
▲ 1
Four straight victories have the Blue Jackets currently holding down that final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. Can they stay there?
20 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 34-26-10
▼ 1
Losing to the Islanders at home on Sunday is not how Calgary fights its way back into the playoff picture. The Flames are just 14-16-4 at home this season.
21 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 30-27-11
With just seven of their final 14 games against playoff contenders, the Hurricanes barely even have a chance to play spoiler this season.
22 New York Islanders New York Islanders 30-29-10
▲ 1
In the race to win New York City, the Isles have opened up a three-point lead over the Rangers. It’s also a race to stay out of the basement of the Metropolitan Division.
23 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 30-32-8
▲ 1
Getting a split in the home-and-home series with the Bruins has to be considered a win for Chicago at this point in a lost season.
24 New York Rangers New York Rangers 30-32-7
▼ 2
After the Rangers lost seven games in a row last month, they followed it up with three straight victories. Now, they’ve lost three consecutive games again. Ho hum.
25 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 30-34-4
▲ 2
The Oilers play their next four, and ten of their final 14 games, against postseason contenders. Edmonton can put the “oil” back in “spoil” now, right? No, we won’t quit the day job.
26 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 26-31-11
▼ 1
Losers of six consecutive games now, the Red Wings can’t even play the role of the spoiler properly. They’re on the road for the next week as the NCAA Tournament takes over their arena, too.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 25-31-12
▼ 1
A lot of losing streaks when you get this far down in the rankings. The Habs have lost four straight themselves, with the next six games against playoff contenders.
28 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 25-35-9
In losing their last three games, the Canucks have scored just three goals combined. Overall, Vancouver is 25th in the NHL this year when it comes to lighting the lamp.
29 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 23-33-11
The next five games are against teams fighting for playoff spots and/or positioning. Plenty of chances for the Senators to ruin someone else’s day.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 22-35-12
The Sabres are within a point of catching the Senators and moving out of the Atlantic Division basement. That’s interesting.
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 22-35-11
Likewise, the Coyotes are within four points of the Canucks now, with a game in hand, too. The race for the No. 1 overall pick is getting exciting!


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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