NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 5-0-1
▲ 14
They are loving the old school, hard-nosed defensive prowess of Shea Weber. Star goaltender Carey Price is also back in the lineup and life is good.
2 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 4-1-1
▼ 1
Vladimir Tarasenko is proving last season was not a fluke; the Russian star is leading the team in goal-scoring. On goal, Jake Allen has not been great, but has been good enough.
3 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1
▲ 6
Big test against Montreal coming up this week. Lightning can make a statement with a big win over their division rival.
4 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 3-1-1
▲ 2
It looks like last season may have been the beginning of something special. There is great chemistry going on here in south Florida.
5 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 3-3
▼ 2
The Sharks have cooled off a bit recently, but as is the norm, will be a tough regular season team. Defenseman Brent Burns is looking like he will make another run at the Norris trophy.
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 5-1
▲ 17
In the hearts of Oilers fans, Connor McDavid will never replace Wayne Gretzky. That said, it looks like he is well on his way to establishing his own legacy in Alberta. Enjoy the ride.
7 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 3-1-1
Caps are among the league leaders in fewest goals allowed. Head coach Barry Trotz has them again playing the responsible brand of hockey, which should lead to postseason success.
8 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2-1
▼ 3
This week, the Penguins faithful breathed a collective sigh of relief as team captain Sidney Crosby (concussion) was cleared for full-contact practice. It’s just a matter of time before he suits up.
9 New York Rangers New York Rangers 4-2
▼ 7
After a slow start to the season, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ended the week by stopping 53 of 57 shots in wins over Washington and Arizona. It looks like Hank is dialed in.
10 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 4-1-1
▲ 17
Vancouver has cooled a bit after winning the first four games of the season. If forward Brandon Sutter is for real, the Canucks could find their way back to the postseason.
11 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 3-2
The Bruins are once again amongst the league leaders in goals allowed. This is the disciplined brand of hockey that carried them to Stanley Cup glory in 2011.
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 3-3-1
Chicago is still one of the most exciting teams in the NHL, but heading into this week, only the Calgary Flames are yielding more goals per game. This is a tough way to live.
13 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 4-2
▲ 12
Detroit scored a big win over San Jose last week to make it four wins in a row. During the win streak, Wings allowed just five goals.
14 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 2-2-1
▼ 4
Their start has been rather indifferent, as the Stars have allowed more goals than they’ve scored. Last week ended with an ugly 3-0 shutout loss to Columbus.
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 3-2
▲ 4
Superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team in scoring and plus/minus rating. This team may be just a player or two away from becoming legitimate contenders.
16 New York Islanders New York Islanders 3-3
▼ 2
In the wake of losing Kyle Okposo to free agency, forward Andrew Ladd was the Isles’ big offseason acquisition. So far, Ladd has just one point and a plus/minus rating of -3 after six games.
17 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 2-3
▲ 7
With Jonathan Quick sidelined indefinitely, the goaltending is rather shaky. Up front, it is going to be tough finding production on the third and fourth lines. This could be a tough 50th anniversary season.
18 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 2-2-1
▼ 1
Newcomer Taylor Hall leads the team in goal-scoring. With a little luck (and discipline), the Devils might just stay in the mix.
19 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 2-3-1
▲ 7
The Ducks started slow, but now that Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are 1-2 in team scoring, things are looking better. Now, GM Bob Murray needs to somehow get defenseman Hampus Lindholm signed and back on the ice.
20 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 3-2-1
▼ 7
Coach Bruce Boudreau’s first campaign for a Central Division title has gotten off to a decent start. Traditionally a scoring-challenged team, the Wild are averaging over three goals per game by a committee of contributors (15 separate goal scorers) led by Eric Staal (3g).
21 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 2-3
▼ 13
Last week, there was plenty of blame to go around as the Predators endured a three-game losing streak. Although they soundly defeated Pittsburgh over the weekend, they are still a bit fragile.
22 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 2-3-1
▼ 6
The roster talent is there, but the consistency is not. The Flyers need to start taking full advantage of scoring chances. Also, both Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth need to be better in goal.
23 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 2-3
▼ 5
The Jets are playing just as woefully and wildly inconsistent as last season. Their only two victories were against Carolina and Toronto.
24 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 2-2
▲ 5
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is playing well, but is facing so many shots every night (almost 35 per game), that it goes virtually unnoticed. Columbus will flounder until team defense improves.
25 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 3-2
▼ 21
There is a lot of talent here—this team should be better. This may be the most confounding riddle in the NHL.
26 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 1-0
▼ 5
Goalie Mike Smith is injured. At least the team will have an excuse for a week or two. Not that Smith’s 3.27 goals against average this season was that impressive in the first place, but he is supposed to be the guy.
27 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 1-2-2
▲ 1
With Jeff Skinner, Teuvo Teravainen and Lee Stempniak up front, the Canes do have some great offensive potential. If and when they finally put it all together is anyone’s guess.
28 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 2-4-1
▲ 2
Last season, the Flames won 10 fewer games than the previous season. This season is looking like the decline may continue.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 1-1-3
▼ 7
It is a shame that sensational rookie forward Auston Matthews has to watch his efforts continually nullified by his team’s late game meltdowns.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 1-2-1
▼ 10
So far, the offseason acquisition of Kyle Okposo has not cured any ills. The endless search continues.


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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