NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 New York Rangers New York Rangers 40-20-2
▲ 1
The Metropolitan division is so tough, that these Rangers might wind up being a wild card playoff team. Only two points separate second place from fourth place.
2 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 39-18-5
▲ 2
Winners of four straight. Remember, when the season began, this was looked at as a rebuilding year.
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 38-14-8
▲ 2
Injuries continue to be an issue, especially on the blueline. Defensemen Kris Letang, Trevor Daley and Olli Maatta are all fighting the injury bug.
4 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 40-14-6
▼ 3
There is no quit' in this team. Recent acquisition of former Coyotes forwards Ryan White and Martin Hanzal, will only make them stronger.
5 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 41-13-7
▼ 2
This week's upcoming battle with the New York Rangers, should be an epic clash of two high-scoring teams. Both also have great goaltending.
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 33-22-6
▲ 3
The talent is here, and on most nights, head coach Guy Boucher sees his team play great hockey. The addition of veteran forward Alex Burrows will add depth and toughness.
7 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 36-18-7
▲ 1
Sharks have a virtual lock on the Pacific division. At this point, their main opponent, is complacency.
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 31-22-9
▲ 3
Riding a three-game win streak, this team will really be tested in this week's tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks.
9 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 32-24-6
▲ 1
Since the coaching change, the Bruins continue to be one of the best teams in the NHL. They are 7-3-0 in the last 10 games, and are looking like a legit playoff team.
10 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 33-22-8
▼ 4
This is a good young team, but continue to be plagued by the little things which only experience can overcome.
11 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 31-25-5
▼ 4
Falling into some old habits, the Blues have lost three straight, including a big loss to Chicago. Playoffs are not guaranteed.
12 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 32-21-10
▲ 2
Adding Patrick Eaves, will add some much-needed depth up front, but the more pressing issue, is the health of goaltender John Gibson.
13 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 39-16-5
▼ 1
Have won four of last five games, including wins over the Rangers and Islanders. They may be heading in the right direction.
14 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 32-26-4
▲ 4
Getting hot at the right time. Flames have won four straight, while trying to hang on to a wild card playoff spot.
15 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 28-20-13
▲ 1
With 21 games to play, the Leafs have a one point lead in the wild card race. Finally, the Toronto faithful will have reason to cheer for this team in March and April.
16 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 34-21-8
▼ 3
Coaching changes, line-shuffling, minor trades. Nothing seems to be working, as Montreal continues to underachieve. Where would they be, without goaltender Carey Price?
17 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 30-27-5
▲ 3
Goaltender Jonathan Quick is back. So too, is a spark which had been missing for most of the season.
18 New York Islanders New York Islanders 29-22-10
▼ 1
Isles have battled their way to within one point of a wild card playoff berth. The final six weeks of the season, should be quite a ride.
19 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 28-23-10
▼ 4
A three-game losing streak, has all but nullified the advantage gained by the five-game win streak which preceded the slide.
20 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 28-25-8
▲ 3
Ben Bishop, gone. Brian Boyle, gone. General manager Steve Yzerman has begun to wheel and deal.
21 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 28-26-7
▼ 2
Buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? Curiously inconsistent and indifferent play has put Flyers management in a tough position.
22 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 28-29-6
▲ 3
Playoff hopes are still alive, but leapfrogging a red-hot Calgary team and a rejuvenated LA Kings team, will not be easy.
23 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 24-28-10
▼ 2
Patrick Eaves is gone and Jordie Benn is gone. Perhaps the fire sale has begun.
24 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 25-25-12
The season started off okay, then looked pretty good, but then went off a cliff.
25 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 26-26-10
▼ 3
For the first time in a long time, there is hope in Buffalo. Next season, a strong start, could get them back to the playoffs
26 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 26-28-6
▲ 2
With trade deadline approaching, the team has jettisoned veteran forward Alex Burrows. Who will be next?
27 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 24-26-10
▼ 1
The Wings have fallen hard, but they did have a heck of a run up until this season.
28 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 22-32-7
▼ 1
With the trade deadline coming up, the fate of forward Shane Doan, will soon be decided.
29 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 25-25-8
Free-falling Canes have lost six of last seven games.
30 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 17-40-3
Most intriguing storyline involves whether Jarome Iginla, Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog will be dealt at the trade deadline.

 

About The Ranker:

Charles Smith Jr. spent his entire childhood in southern California before joining the military. Although passionate about all sports, his main focus is on ice hockey—a sport he has played and/or coached since 1975. In 1994, Mr. Smith created the sports talk show ‘INSIDE SPORTS,’ and also became a credentialed member of NHL media. All his latest articles and webcasts are available online at  www.Officialinsidesports.com 

You can reach Charles at Charles@Officialinsidesports.com and follow him on Twitter at @TheInsideSports

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