NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 47-20-5
▲ 1
The Hawks lost just one game in the month of February and so far, just two games in the month of March. In all, they have won 17 of their last 20 contests.
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 45-17-9
▼ 1
Despite their injury-depleted roster, the Pens always come to play. In the 12 games since losing star defenseman Kris Letang, Pittsburgh has only three losses in regulation time.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 41-23-8
▲ 3
The Canadiens are finally rolling. Five straight wins, including the sweep of a weekend series vs. Ottawa, have this team right where they want to be.
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 41-27-4
▲ 4
There may still be some doubters, but these Flames have now won 13 of the last 15 games. Believe.
5 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 42-23-7
▼ 2
The Sharks have virtually locked up the Pacific Division title. Unless they want to chase Chicago for the No. 1 overall seed in the west, at this point there is little to play for on a nightly basis.
6 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 46-17-8
▲ 3
Alex Ovechkin finally ended his goal-scoring drought at 10 games, as the Caps stopped their losing streak at four games.
7 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 47-18-6
▲ 5
Four straight wins have put the Blue Jackets in position to win the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in franchise history.
8 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 38-28-6
▲ 3
The best thing Bruins management did this season was to fire the head coach, who now has Montreal playing great hockey. Chemistry is a strange thing.
9 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 39-24-8
▼ 5
Ottawa began to sputter as soon as they were in position to overtake Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead. Having lost four straight at this critical time, this team may not be ready for prime time.
10 New York Rangers New York Rangers 45-24-3
▼ 3
The Rangers are still hanging tough, despite having star netminder Henrik Lundqvist out of the lineup.
11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 43-22-6
▼ 6
After seemingly hitting a nice smooth rhythm, the Wild have now lost five straight and seven of the last eight. This woeful slide has cost Minnesota the Central division lead.
12 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 38-28-5
▲ 1
After a five-game losing streak left playoff hopes in doubt, the Blues turned things around by winning seven of their last eight.
13 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 38-23-11
▲ 1
While No. 1 netminder John Gibson battles injury, backup goalie Jonathan Bernier has gone 5-0-1 in his last six appearances, with a 1.50 goals against average and a .958 save percentage. Who is the real number one?
14 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 36-25-11
▼ 4
Playoffs were once in doubt, but now the future in Smashville is looking pretty bright.
15 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 39-24-9
▲ 2
Oilers need a strong finish in order to avoid finishing in a wild card playoff spot. A 1st round matchup with either Chicago or San Jose would be awfully tough.
16 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 33-23-15
▲ 2
Toronto is back to playing good hockey, but have tough matchups with Boston and Columbus coming up this week.
17 New York Islanders New York Islanders 33-26-12
▼ 2
This week, with a playoff berth at stake, the Isles will face the Rangers, Penguins and Bruins. That's about as tough as it gets.
18 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 34-28-9
▲ 1
Outscored 10-3 while losing two in a row, the Bolts need to turn it around post-haste.
19 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 34-31-7
▼ 3
Last week, crucial losses to both St. Louis and Calgary all but ended any realistic playoff hopes for the Kings.
20 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 33-30-8
The Flyers are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. Apparently, there were more problems than the acquisition of forward Valtteri Filppula could solve.
21 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 29-31-12
▲ 4
Forward Evander Kane has 25 goals in just 60 games played. Where might this team be, had he not missed 12 games due to injury?
22 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 32-33-7
▼ 1
The Jets flirted with the playoffs for quite awhile, but all good things must come to an end.
23 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 29-33-10
▼ 1
Head coach Lindy Ruff is used to getting so much more out of his players. Something is wrong here - look for big changes this offseason.
24 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 28-32-11
▲ 2
This week, Wings fans will fondly remember March 26, 1997 at Joe Louis Arena. McCarty vs. Lemieux: The fight that launched the Red Wings dynasty.
25 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 30-27-13
▲ 4
The Canes continue their puzzling inconsistency. Sandwiched in between losses to the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers were wins over Nashville and Minnesota.
26 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 31-29-11
▼ 3
Will 45-year-old future Hall of fame forward Jaromir Jagr return next season, or finally retire? That is about the only drama left for this team.
27 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 26-37-9
This week marks the beginning of a five-game road trip. After that, it will be time to start finalizing vacation plans.
28 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 20-48-3
The talent is here, but structure and discipline are not. The Avs seem to have problems similar to what the Edmonton Oilers had just couple of seasons ago.
29 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 28-34-9
▼ 5
Outscored 21-9 while losing six straight. It looks like these boys are ready for the season to be over.
30 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 26-33-12
The season started out with so much promise. It was tough to watch this squad fall so hard in the second half of the season.

 

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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