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 30-9-3
The Lightning lost twice in a row last week, which was a shocker. They have three in a row at home now before an eight-game road trip that will go into February.
2 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 29-10-2
An eight-game winning streak ended in St. Louis last week, but the Golden Knights recovered to win their next two. Halfway through the season, this expansion team has 29 wins.
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 23-10-7
▲ 3
The Bruins lost a two-goal lead against the Pens Sunday and dropped the game in overtime. That lapse ended a three-game win streak for Boston.
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 24-13-5
▼ 1
With four losses in their last six matchups, the Kings are struggling to find consistency right now. They are in the middle of a seven-day stretch without a game right now, too.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 25-11-7
▼ 1
Five wins the last six times out on the ice have the Jets moving up again. Only an OT loss to the Avs last week kept Winnipeg from a perfect week.
6 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 24-11-6
▼ 1
A nice road win in L.A. on Saturday salvaged a rough week for the Preds, who lost in Arizona on Thursday in OT.
7 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 26-16-3
After winning three straight, the Blues dropped back-to-back road games over the weekend in Philly and D.C., respectively, giving up ten goals combined.
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 25-16-2
Two consecutive shootout victories have stopped some bleeding for the Leafs, but that’s not the recipe for long-term success. Three more home games might be, though.
9 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 24-16-3
▲ 1
The Stars have won six of their last eight, and they have one more home game before hitting the road for four games in six days.
10 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 22-16-3
▲ 4
The Avs have won five straight, all at home, to take advantage of the schedule, and three of the next four are also on home ice, as well.
11 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 26-13-3
It’s been an up-and-down few weeks for the Caps, with a W4, an L3 and now another W4. With the Canucks up next at home, it should become a W5.
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 20-15-6
▲ 1
That six-game road trip now in the rear view, the Blackhawks get six of the next seven on home ice. The one away game is in Ottawa.
13 New York Rangers New York Rangers 22-15-6
▼ 4
They played back-to-back road games out west over the weekend, beating Arizona in a shootout and losing to Vegas in regulation. The Rangers scored just one regulation goal in each game.
14 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 21-13-6
▼ 2
The Sharks finished a five-game road trip with just one win, although they did pick up a few extra points in OT/SO losses as well. Nine of their next 13 are on the road, too
15 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 22-17-3
▲ 1
Giving up seven goals on the road to the Avs on Saturday was ugly, but Minnesota gets five of the next six at home to recover from that debacle.
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 22-11-8
▼ 1
Despite losing their last five straight now, the Devils still have picked up three points. Four of the five losses have been by a single score.
17 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 24-16-3
The NHL scheduling office is cruel to some teams and kind to others. Columbus hasn’t had more than two road games in a row since early November and won’t again until March.
18 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 19-15-9
▲ 1
The Ducks started a five-game road trip last week, and after beating the Canucks, they promptly lost to Edmonton and Calgary. The Kings and Avs are next.
19 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 19-15-8
▲ 1
Three victories in a row at home have the Flyers moving up, with 11 of their next 18 games on the road. Philly plays just one game this week, a road date with the Devils.
20 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 21-16-4
▲ 2
The Flames have followed up a three-game slide with a trio of wins since, but now Calgary hits the road for four straight games this week.
21 New York Islanders New York Islanders 21-18-4
▼ 3
The Isles snapped a five-game losing streak with a shootout victory over the Devils at home on Sunday. That was welcome relief with five of the next seven on the road.
22 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 19-14-8
▼ 1
The Hurricanes won one of three last week. They won with a shutout. In the two losses, they gave up a combined 12 goals. Feast or famine.
23 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 22-19-3
▲ 2
Three wins last week have the two-time defending champions rising right now. Six of the next eight games are home, too. Is this the moment for the Pens to make a move?
24 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 17-17-7
▲ 2
A Sunday loss at home to Tampa Bay ended a four-game win streak for the Red Wings. Two of those wins came against the Rangers and the Penguins.
25 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 17-18-6
▼ 2
Three straight defeats took some bite out of the Panthers last week. All three losses came on the road, and Florida has one more road game before returning home later in the week.
26 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 18-22-3
▼ 2
With a 1-5-1 mark in the last seven, the Oilers have lost momentum again. The one victory came in a shootout, no less. Road games in Nashville and Las Vegas loom ahead this week, too.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 18-20-4
▲ 1
After losing five consecutive games, the Habs somehow knocked off the Lightning in a home shootout. They followed that up with a victory over the Canucks.
28 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 14-17-9
▲ 1
Beating the Sharks and the Lightning in back-to-back home games may turn out to be the highlight of the Senators’ season.
29 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 16-20-6
▼ 2
Deep in a 2-10-2 slump right now, the Canucks have five more road games ahead over the next two weeks. It’s getting uglier.
30 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 10-27-6
They notched a nice overtime win at home over the Predators on Thursday. The Coyotes have three games this week, including two in a row against San Jose.
31 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 10-23-9
Four straight losses now keep the Sabres in the basement. But hey, if the Bills could make the NFL postseason...

 

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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