NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 39-16-4
▲ 3
Three straight wins at home last week means the Golden Knights are taking care of business.
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 36-13-8
Saturdays have become unkind to the Bruins. A loss to the Sabres in the previous week and now a loss to the Canucks?
3 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 39-17-3
▼ 2
Three losses in four games since the last rankings have the Lightning in a bit of a funk. They have three games on the road this week, too.
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 35-14-9
▼ 1
After five straight overtime games, the Predators must have been tired. They lost in regulation to both Calgary and Detroit at home.
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 35-15-9
Three straight wins for the Jets have stabilized things. That’s good, because eight of the next 11 matchups are on the road.
6 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 36-20-5
▲ 1
The Leafs finished a five-game home stand last week with five wins, although they did lose on the road in Pittsburgh immediately thereafter.
7 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 34-18-7
▼ 1
How did the Caps manage to allow seven goals to the Blackhawks on Saturday? Better yet, how did Chicago hold Alex Ovechkin without a shot?
8 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 34-21-4
Ranked tenth in goals scored this season, the Stars have scored just four times in the last three games. That needs to change.
9 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 32-19-8
▲ 1
After losing to Arizona at home on Tuesday, the Sharks recovered to beat Vancouver and Dallas in San Jose. Now, they hit the road for four straight.
10 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 35-22-4
▲ 6
In the first 40 games this year, the Pens posted a 19-18-3 record. Since then, Pittsburgh is 16-4-1, with those 21 games all coming in 2018.
11 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 34-22-4
▼ 2
A little bump in the road here for the Blues, who have lost three straight while scoring just five times combined. The next four are against teams in the Top 12, too.
12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 32-20-7
▼ 1
A three-game road swing through the Big Apple starts on Monday for the Wild. Then it’s back home for the San Jose and St. Louis.
13 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 30-19-10
▲ 2
Securing 13 points out of a possible 14 over a seven-game stretch helps anyone’s season. And it’s all happened to the Flyers since the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
14 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 31-20-8
▲ 4
The rollercoaster ride continues for the Devils. Starting on December 15, it’s been W5, L6, W2, L4, W3, L4 and W5. We’re dizzy here, too.
15 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 32-22-5
▼ 3
Just 2-3 so far on a seven-game road trip that finished this week in Chicago and Winnipeg, the Kings have dropped to fifth place in the Pacific Division.
16 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 30-21-9
▼ 3
After winning four of six on the road, the Flames came home and promptly lost to the Panthers, giving up six goals in the process. Not good.
17 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 30-20-11
Somehow, the Ducks have bullied their way into the third Pacific Division playoff spot, even though they’re very inconsistent. Says more about the other teams, really.
18 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 31-23-4
▼ 4
Losing at home to the Oilers is worse when you have to go on the road to Canada for the next three.
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 29-25-5
The losses are piling up in Ohio, and losing consecutive home games to the Pennsylvania teams has to burn in Columbus. Ouch.
20 New York Islanders New York Islanders 29-26-6
▲ 2
Consecutive 3-0 wins over the Rangers at home and the Hurricanes on the road could almost make one believe the Isles had some momentum.
21 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 25-27-8
▲ 2
Snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over Washington on Saturday is not how the Blackhawks drew up their 2018 plan(s).
22 New York Rangers New York Rangers 27-28-5
▼ 1
Since the calendar turned on January 1, the Rangers are just 7-15-0. That includes a New Year’s Day win over Buffalo.
23 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 27-23-10
▼ 3
Alternating three-game streaks, winning and losing, for almost the last month now hasn’t helped the Hurricanes one bit.
24 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 26-24-6
Winners of seven in their last nine, nothing the Panthers do seems to matter at this point in the season.
25 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 24-25-9
Even MLB Spring Training won’t help Detroit sports fans forget about the Red Wings. But maybe the Pistons can make the NBA postseason.
26 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 24-30-4
▲ 1
They ended an L6 on Sunday in Denver with a win over the Avs, but the Oilers definitely need some new goaltenders for next season.
27 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 23-30-6
▲ 1
How do you score four goals on eight shots in 20 minutes against Tuukka Rask? Ask the Canucks, who pulled off the feat Saturday at home.
28 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 22-29-7
▼ 2
For the fourth time this season, the Habs have lost at least five straight. That’s a recipe for disaster in any sport.
29 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 21-28-9
Winners of six in the last nine, this is as good as it gets for the Senators in 2017-2018.
30 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 17-32-10
▲ 1
The ‘Yotes are riding a four-game win streak, currently, their best of the season. They have five more at home coming up to extend it.
31 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 17-32-11
▼ 1
Losing young star center Jack Eichel to an injury for an extended period of time only adds insult to another season of Buffalo misery.


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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