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 21-6-2
It’s an embarrassment of riches at center for the Lightning, including 21-year-old Brayden Point, who has 26 points in 29 games.
2 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 20-8-3
▲ 3
C Anze Kopitar continues to have a comeback season at age 30. He hasn’t been a point-per-game skater in six seasons, but he has 38 points in 31 games right now.
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 21-8-2
▲ 1
What a line! C Brayden Schenn, left wing Jaden Schwartz and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko have combined for 105 points so far.
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 20-10-1
▲ 6
Goaltender Frederik Andersen is 17-8-1 with a .922 save percentage this season. The Leafs basically stole him from Anaheim last year.
5 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 18-7-4
▼ 2
It looks like 23-year-old LW Filip Forsberg is here to stay, with 29 points in 29 games. He’s on pace for his best offensive season yet.
6 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 17-8-5
▼ 4
RW Blake Wheeler leads the NHL with 30 assists, and his career-best mark in the category is 52. That came two years ago, when he was 29 years old.
7 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 19-10-1
G Sergei Bobrovsky is 16-7-1 and gives up just 2.06 goals per game. You wonder how the Blue Jackets ever lose with him in the net.
8 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 16-10-3
▲ 4
Defenseman Brent Burns is struggling this season with a minus-10 rating right now and just 18 points in 29 games. He put up 76 points last season.
9 New York Rangers New York Rangers 16-11-2
▲ 6
G Henrik Lundqvist’s save percentage has improved every month of the season so far, and in December, it’s .931 currently.
10 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 19-9-1
▼ 1
G Malcolm Subban is 7-2-0 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA right now. He was 0-2-0 with a 5.81 GAA in his career coming into this season.
11 New York Islanders New York Islanders 16-10-3
▼ 3
C Mathew Barzal is just 20 years old, but he’s posted 28 points in 29 games so far. And he’s just fourth on the team in scoring.
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 14-11-5
▲ 9
G Corey Crawford needs to stay healthy or the Blackhawks are sunk. His .932 save percentage and 2.21 GAA equate to 13 of the team’s 14 wins.
13 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 14-9-4
▲ 1
RW David Pastrnak has 27 points in 27 games, and he’s only 21 years old. LW Brad Marchand is trying to keep up (23 points in 19 games) at age 29.
14 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 18-11-1
▲ 2
How did LW Alex Ovechkin get to be 32 years old? He hasn’t been a point-per-game player since 2015, but he’s on pace this year with 33 points in 30 games.
15 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 15-11-3
▲ 2
The Wild have the fourth-oldest roster in the NHL this year, with an average age of 28.8 years. It’s showing on the ice, as no one stands out on the team, really.
16 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 16-13-1
▼ 5
Sometimes you wonder just why the Bruins traded C Tyler Seguin. At age 26, he’s posted 28 points in 30 games for the Stars. Like Boston couldn’t use that right now?
17 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 11-11-7
▲ 11
The Flyers don’t have a problem scoring, but the goaltending needs help. Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth have combined for just a 2.76 GAA this season.
18 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 13-13-2
▲ 4
The Avs have a youthful core of skaters who can score, but the goalies — Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier — are giving up a combined 3.18 goals per game.
19 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 16-9-4
▼ 13
How did Edmonton let LW Taylor Hall get away? He has 29 points in 29 games for the Devils, on pace for his best season since 2013-2014.
20 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 12-11-7
▲ 4
G John Gibson is struggling for the Ducks, with a 2.96 GAA through 23 starts. Anaheim’s streak of five straight division titles is in jeopardy as a result.
21 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 14-12-4
▼ 2
RW Brock Boeser is 20 years old and the new leader of the Canucks, with 27 points in 27 games. C Bo Horvat has 20 points in 28 games and is just 22 years old.
22 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 11-10-7
▼ 2
The Hurricanes have the opposite problem that the Wild do. They’re the fourth-youngest team in the NHL with no standout players right now.
23 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 16-12-2
▼ 5
LW Johnny Gaudreau is 24 years old and has 37 points in 30 games, while C Sean Monahan is 23 years old and has 30 points in 30 games. That’s a nice core to build around.
24 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 16-12-3
▼ 11
The Pens’ top four skaters are all at least 30 years old, and the goalies stink in Pittsburgh right now — with a 3.20 GAA. The two-time defending champs are in trouble.
25 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 11-14-4
▲ 4
A trio of talented young skaters keeps the Panthers exciting right now, because the goalies aren’t very good. LW Jonathan Huberdeau, C Vincent Trocheck and C Aleksander Barkov have combined for 88 points so far.
26 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 13-14-4
▼ 3
It’s rough for the Habs right now, as no one seems to be able to score, and no one seems to be able to stop the puck, either.
27 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 12-16-2
C Connor McDavid has 35 points in 30 games, but he can’t do it alone. Blame the goalies and their 3.09 GAA right now.
28 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 11-13-5
▼ 2
How did LW Henrik Zetterberg get to be 37 years old? He scored 92 points in 75 games back in 2007-08, when the Wings last won the Cup.
29 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 9-12-7
▼ 4
Seems like there are a lot of teams with bad goaltending this season, as the Sens are also struggling with a 3.16 GAA as a team.
30 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 7-21-5
Yes, the Coyotes also have bad goaltending, with a 3.17 GAA right now, although their two primary guys are both under 3.00 for the season.
31 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 7-17-6
The Sabres need more Robin Lehner (2.91 GAA) and less Chad Johnson (3.64 GAA) right now. It could be that simple for Buffalo.

 

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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