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 15-3-2
Center Steven Stamkos has 35 points in just 20 games this season. Looks like he’s recovered from the injury that cost him most of last year.
2 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 15-5-1
▲ 1
Both left wing Jaden Schwartz and center Brayden Schenn are under the age of 27, and both have notched 26 points in 21 games this season so far to lead the Blues.
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 14-7
▲ 1
Second-year center Auston Matthews is just 20 years old, but he scored 40 goals last season. With 12 this year in just 17 games, he’s on a good pace to beat that mark.
4 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 12-4-3
▲ 7
Right wing Blake Wheeler has 20 assists in just 19 games, to go along with five goals scored. Eight of his assists have come on the power play.
5 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 12-6-1
▲ 1
Four different goaltenders have earned at least two wins apiece for the NHL’s expansion team. Considering Vegas has played just 19 games this season, that’s amazing.
6 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 12-7-1
▲ 1
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky led the NHL in save percentages and goals-against average last season on his way to winning the Vezina Trophy. His numbers this year (.933, 2.02) are better so far.
7 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 12-7-2
▼ 5
Center Anze Kopitar is 30 years old, but he’s playing like a younger man this year with 23 points in 21 games. He’s never averaged a point a game for a full season.
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 11-5-3
▲ 2
Left wing Taylor Hall was a point-per-game player with Edmonton in 2012-13 and 2013-14. He’s doing it again this year so far (20 points in 19 games).
9 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 11-6-2
▲ 3
Goalie Pekka Rinne may be 35 years old, but with a 10-3-2 record this season, he’s showing everyone there’s a lot left in the tank.
10 New York Islanders New York Islanders 11-7-2
▼ 1
The team currently has three skaters—center John Tavares, right wing Josh Bailey and left wing Anders Lee—posting more than a point per game.
11 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 11-8
▲ 5
Stellar left wing Johnny Gaudreau has 29 points in 19 games, including 20 assists. Nine of those assists have come on the power play.
12 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 11-9-1
▲ 1
Would it surprise you to know that Alex Ovechkin doesn't lead the team in scoring? That honor goes to center Evgeny Kuznetsov, with 23 points in 21 games. Ovechkin has just 20 points in 21 games.
13 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 11-8-3
▲ 12
Likewise, it’s neither Evgeni Malkin nor Sidney Crosby leading the Pens right now on the scoresheet. It’s 30-year-old right wing Phil Kessel, with 24 points in 22 games.
14 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 10-8
▼ 9
A pair of 28-year-old netminders in San Jose have combined for ten wins, a 2.13 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Kudos to Aaron Dell and Martin Jones.
15 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 10-8-1
▲ 2
Young center Nathan MacKinnon is just 22 years old, but he’s already notched 22 points in the first 19 games of the season. His career-best mark came in his rookie year (2013-14) when he scored 63 points.
16 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 10-8-2
▼ 1
Veteran goalie Corey Crawford is 33 years old, but where would Chicago be without his .933 save percentage and 2.19 GAA? He’s just 9-7 this year despite those numbers.
17 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 10-8-3
▲ 6
Two kids—center Dylan Larkin (20 points) and right wing Anthony Mantha (19 points—are the new faces for this storied franchise, as well as the team’s leading scorers right now.
18 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 10-9-1
▼ 4
Four different players have at least 18 points, as the Stars need offense to win. Left wing Jamie Benn (21), right wing Alexander Radulov (19), defenseman John Klingberg (19) and center Tyler Seguin (18) are doing all the scoring for Dallas.
19 New York Rangers New York Rangers 10-9-2
▼ 1
After a horrible October (3.21 GAA, .898 save percentage in ten games), 35-year-old goalie Henrik Lundqvist has turned it around this month (2.32, .927 in eight games).
20 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 9-6-4
▲ 2
Two goalies, average age 31, have combined for a 2.50 GAA and a .913 save percentage in Carolina this year. Scott Darling and Cam Ward are doing alright.
21 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 9-7-3
He may be 37 now, but goalie Ryan Miller still has it. With a 2-0-2 record and a 1.88 GAA, Miller is giving the Ducks quality minutes in net this season.
22 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 9-8-2
▼ 3
Goalie Devan Dubnyk is 8-6-1 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA. He also has two assists for the Wild this year. Not bad for a 31-year-old guy.
23 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 9-8-3
▲ 1
It’s hard to believe the Sedin twins are 37 years old, and now it’s 20-year-old right wing Brock Boeser leading the Canucks with 17 points in 17 games this season.
24 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 8-5-6
▼ 16
Veteran defenseman Erik Karlsson has 16 assists in just 14 games to lead the team in the category. He’s also averaging 25:11 of ice time per game.
25 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 8-7-4
▲ 1
With a 5-0-2 record, 31-year-old goaltender Anton Khudobin is playing really well right now (.935, 2.17) for the Bruins.
26 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 8-8-4
▼ 6
A trio of veteran scorers—right wing Jakub Voracek, center Sean Couturier and center Claude Giroux—are scoring more than a point a game for the Flyers right now.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 8-11-2
A 24-year-old goalie, Charlie Lindgren, has been the lone bright spot on this team with a .923 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA.
28 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 7-11-2
Third-year center Connor McDavid won the MVP last season with a 100-point season, and he’s on pace to do it again with 25 points in 20 games.
29 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 7-11-2
The team has three players under age 25 all posting more than a point per game so far this year, in center Vincent Trocheck, left wing Jonathan Huberdeau and center Aleksander Barkov.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 5-11-4
Left wing Evander Kane is just 26 years old, but he’s already played for teams in Atlanta, Winnipeg and now Buffalo. He is on pace for his best scoring season ever with 19 points in 20 games.
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 4-15-3
Is 19-year-old left wing Clayton Keller the future of the franchise? He has 18 points in 22 games on a dreadful team.

 

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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