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 14-2-2
▲ 2
With four straight wins, the Lightning have reached the pinnacle of the power rankings. Now, they have three straight at home to solidify the ranking.
2 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 11-4-2
▼ 1
Consecutive losses to the Lightning and the Sharks to end the week dropped the Kings a spot in our rankings. They’ll recover with three home games this week.
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 13-4-1
▼ 1
With a 9-2-1 record in the last 12 games, the Blues are cruising. Now, they have three road games north of the border to take on next.
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 12-7
▲ 10
Nothing like a four-game win streak to shoot a team up the rankings. The back-to-back wins over the Bruins on Friday and Saturday were sweet.
5 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 10-6
▲ 2
Winners of six in their last seven, the Sharks now have three in a row at home to keep momentum going in the right direction.
6 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 10-5-1
Just two victories in the last seven games for the expansion Golden Knights, but the team is hanging in there with two more on the road this week.
7 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 10-7-1
▼ 3
The Blue Jackets broke a four-game slide with a shootout win in Detroit on Saturday. You take the wins any way you can get them.
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 8-3-5
▲ 1
The Sens pulled off two wins in a back-to-back situation against the Avalanche last week. Two more games at home this week can keep Ottawa on the upswing.
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 9-6-2
▼ 4
With four of the next six on the road, the Isles need to build off Saturday’s road win in St. Louis. Three games in four nights will be a tough test, too.
10 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 11-4-2
▼ 2
They broke a four-game losing streak with two wins over the weekend, but the Devils still have three games to go on a four-game road trip.
11 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 9-4-3
▼ 1
Winning two of three on the road is always a good result, and now the Jets get to enjoy the comforts of home for three straight games.
12 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 9-5-2
▲ 5
Another W4 for another team, and Nashville is home for four of the next five with just a jaunt to Minnesota in the middle.
13 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 10-7-1
▲ 7
Wins in five of the last six have put the Caps back on track. Can they win a third straight President’s Trophy? Time will tell.
14 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 9-7
▲ 1
Three straight road games in just four days will test the mettle of the Stars this week. The reward is a home game against Edmonton on Saturday.
15 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 8-8-2
▼ 4
With just an overtime win in Carolina to show for the last four games out, Chicago needs to recover in a hurry before a three-game road trip starts this week.
16 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 9-7
▲ 7
Four wins in the last five have the Flames set up nicely for a six-game road trip that starts on Wednesday.
17 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 8-7-1
▼ 1
Losing three straight is never fun, and the schedule doesn’t get easier with a visit from the Caps and a trip to Nashville up next.
18 New York Rangers New York Rangers 9-7-2
▲ 6
Six straight wins have the Rangers on the rise. A trip to the Midwest is on deck with this week, with road games in Chicago and Columbus.
19 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 7-7-2
▲ 2
A split of the four-game road trip has to be considered a success, and now Minnesota gets three of four at home.
20 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 8-7-2
▼ 7
The Flyers beat the Wild on Saturday night at home, and the next game is against Minnesota on the road Tuesday. Why not just do a back-to-back?
21 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 7-7-3
▲ 4
The Ducks have lost five of the last six, and right now, they are seven points behind the Kings in the Pacific Division. That’s not good.
22 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 6-5-4
▲ 4
Losers of five in the last seven, including three in overtime/shootout situations, the Hurricanes do get five of the next seven at home. That can help.
23 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 8-8-2
▼ 1
Two losses to end the week stymied some momentum for the Red Wings. They have 12 of the next 14 games at home to get things right again.
24 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 8-7-2
▼ 12
With losses in five of the last seven games, the Canucks have to get some wins this week before a six-game road trip starts next week.
25 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 9-7-3
▼ 6
Two wins in the last eight games, with just two losses coming in OT, must mean the Pens are fatigued. Long playoff seasons come back to haunt you.
26 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 6-6-4
▼ 8
Three losses last week dropped the Bruins hard in the rankings. Now, four games in a row on the road await, including three in California.
27 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 8-9-1
▲ 1
Four wins in the last five still can’t get the Habs too far out of the basement here. Three more games at home this week might be able to do the trick, though.
28 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 6-9-2
▲ 1
The Oilers won the first two games of the road trip before dropping the last two. That really stifled their potential momentum. Now, bring on Vegas!
29 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 5-9-2
▼ 2
After a home game Tuesday against Dallas, the Panthers hit the road for five of the next seven. Not what they need now, after losing six of the last seven.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 5-9-3
They just can’t string together a series of wins, and now on a two-game slide, the Sabres have to visit Pittsburgh and Detroit this week.
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 2-14-3
It’s painful to watch now, as the Coyotes lost four straight last week. Now, they have four on the road in the next eight days. Ouch.


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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