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Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 35-8-4
The Washington Capitals are the best all-around team and may have the President’s Trophy wrapped up by the first weekend in April.
2 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 33-16-4
The Chicago Blackhawks will have the best record in the Western Conference, because if they played a single game that both teams absolutely need to win, the other team loses.
3 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 31-14-5
▲ 1
The Dallas Stars are the most explosive offensive team and have two goalies capable of getting hot to survive even a brutal Central Division schedule.
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 30-16-3
▼ 1
The LA Kings are the class of the Pacific Division, play the kind of hockey that succeeds late in the season, and have the talent to win another Stanley Cup.
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 29-15-5
The Florida Panthers are probably not as good as their record and likely fall victim to improving Atlantic Division foes.
6 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 28-18-4
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference and its defending champion. They should at least win the Atlantic Division.
7 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 28-16-8
▲ 1
The St. Louis Blues are the shakiest team among the three in position for automatic bids from the Central Division, but they should be able to hold third place.
8 New York Rangers New York Rangers 27-17-5
▲ 1
The New York Rangers are making a move for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Metropolitan Division semifinals, perhaps hosting their neighbors.
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 25-16-6
▼ 2
The New York Islanders should be able to wrest second place from the Rangers thanks to greater flexibility to improve their roster.
10 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 26-18-4
▲ 2
The San Jose Sharks look like a solid bet for second place in the Pacific Division, but may get caught by an in-state rival with a smaller window and more urgency.
11 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 24-17-7
▲ 2
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have more urgency than the Rangers or Islanders, but shoring up its blue-line weakness is necessary to passing either New York team.
12 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 25-16-8
▼ 1
The Detroit Red Wings endured uncertainty in net and Pavel Datsyuk’s loss, giving him fresher-than-usual legs for a run to secure third place the Atlantic Division.
13 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 26-18-5
▼ 3
The Boston Bruins should have enough of a lead on their fiercest rivals to hang on for a wild card in the Eastern Conference.
14 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 24-18-8
▲ 5
The Nashville Predators are already gaining ground on other postseason contenders but probably started too late to land better than the top wild card.
15 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 22-18-7
▲ 3
The Anaheim Ducks will see their three-season run as Pacific Division champions end, but they’re among the best teams in the league when their scoring talent awakens.
16 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 27-22-3
▼ 1
The Colorado Avalanche have stormed into postseason position but have more of an eye on the future than others contending for a wild card.
17 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 23-18-9
▼ 3
The Minnesota Wild are struggling (1-6-1 in last eight) but were further back a year ago and still reached the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
18 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 25-20-5
▼ 1
The New Jersey Devils probably cannot gain ground on a wild card without a trade for immediate talent, something they are unlikely to do in a rebuild.
19 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 24-22-4
▼ 3
The Montreal Canadiens look lost without Carey Price and will probably be too far behind to land a wild card by the time he returns.
20 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 21-18-8
The Philadelphia Flyers will continue to loiter mostly above .500 despite the fifth-worst scoring and mediocre defensive rankings.
21 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 24-20-5
The Arizona Coyotes will prove their rebuild is ahead of schedule by battling for a postseason berth late into the spring but fall victim to improving Pacific Division rivals.
22 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 23-20-8
▲ 1
The Carolina Hurricanes have climbed above .500 for good despite being in the bottom half of the league offensively and defensively.
23 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 23-21-6
▼ 1
The Ottawa Senators made a postseason run from further back last spring but face stiffer competition this time around.
24 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 20-19-11
The Vancouver Canucks are barely contenders, tied with the fewest regulation wins (13) with two more points via overtime loss this season than any other team.
25 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 23-24-3
▲ 1
The Winnipeg Jets probably will know they are out of the postseason picture well enough by the trade deadline to make a move to improve their future.
26 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 21-24-3
▼ 1
The Calgary Flames just cannot get over .500 and probably are out of time to take advantage of the early struggles of the Pacific Division.
27 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 19-26-4
▲ 1
If the Buffalo Sabres could score (third-worst in the league), they would not be looking at another lottery pick this summer.
28 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 17-22-9
▼ 1
Every other team besides the Toronto Maple Leafs this season has at least two more wins, but they will avoid a last-place finish.
29 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 19-26-5
The Edmonton Oilers are already playing for the future but could crawl out of the bottom 20 percent of the league after Connor McDavid returns.
30 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 19-27-5
The Columbus Blue Jackets are more competitive since John Tortorella took over behind the bench, but they're still good for giving most of their opponents two points.

 

About The Ranker:

MJ Kasprzak was a community leader and featured columnist for Bleacher Report beginning in 2008 and has covered the San Jose Sharks and the rest of the NHL for Examiner.com since 2012.

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