NHL Power Rankings

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 50-22-7
▲ 2
Chicago is primed and ready for another playoff run. The Hawks could supplant the Detroit Red Wings as the best modern-day dynasty since the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s.
2 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 52-18-8
▼ 1
This is quite simply the best Caps team of the Alex Ovechkin era. Head coach Barry Trotz has them playing great hockey. Braden Holtby is a great goaltender. No more excuses.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 42-24-9
▲ 1
Riding a five-game win streak, the Habs are playing their best hockey at the right time.
4 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 43-30-6
▲ 3
The Bruins are playing well enough that all true old-school hockey fans are anticipating yet another Boston/Montreal playoff series.
5 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 44-25-9
▲ 8
The Oilers had an uneven season, thus creating concerns about whether or not they were ready for primetime. After posting a 9-1-0 record in the last 10 games, those concerns are fading fast.
6 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 43-23-13
▲ 2
A few late game meltdowns are puzzling, but recent injuries to defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm may truly prove costly.
7 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 48-19-11
▼ 1
If this team gets back to full strength, they will be formidable come playoff time. In any case, they will need forward Phil Kessel (one goal in last 22 games) to break out of his slumber.
8 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 44-31-4
▼ 6
The Flames are young, fast and playing inspired hockey. Along with the Edmonton Oilers, this team has brought a lot of excitement back to the province of Alberta.
9 New York Rangers New York Rangers 47-26-6
Everyone in the organization feels the clock is ticking on star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. He has not only battled the injury bug, but also recently turned 35. This should be enough motivation to fuel a strong playoff run.
10 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 43-28-7
The Blues have been playing inspired hockey. The big question mark is in net. Goaltender Jake Allen has been solid, but is relatively unproven in the postseason.
11 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 40-28-11
Nashville has turned into “Smashville” at just the right time. This team may not make it all the way to the promised land, but come playoff time, they will be awfully tough to beat.
12 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 49-21-8
▼ 7
In the wake of a four-game win streak, Columbus has lost five of seven and are currently mired in a three-game losing streak. With playoffs looming, the team psyche seems a bit fragile. Bad timing.
13 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 39-24-15
▲ 4
A timely four-game win streak has rounded out an impressive 8-1-1 record over the last 10 games, but the Leafs will face the Caps, Bolts, Penguins and Blue Jackets in last four games of the season, and with a playoff berth at stake.
14 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 44-28-7
▲ 1
A timely four-game win streak has rounded out an impressive 8-1-1 record over the last 10 games, but the Leafs will face the Caps, Bolts, Penguins and Blue Jackets in last four games of the season, and with a playoff berth at stake.
15 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 39-29-10
▲ 4
It has been a trying season, but the Bolts are finishing strong. Upcoming key matchups with the Bruins and Maple Leafs will likely determine their playoff fate.
16 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 41-27-10
▼ 4
Sens were just losing key matchups, but have now begun playing consistently mediocre hockey. Presently, they are dealing with key injuries and a five-game losing streak. All these factors have left them fighting for their playoff lives.
17 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 46-25-8
▼ 3
The Wild have been playing curiously bad hockey. After looking like world-beaters for much of the regular season, a late season swoon has left them looking like an easy matchup for whomever they face in the postseason.
18 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 35-29-14
▼ 2
Canes played great hockey down the stretch, but it was too little, too late. There was no getting out of the pit they dug themselves into during the early part of 2017.
19 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 37-35-7
▲ 1
A four-game win streak may leave the Jets pondering what could have been. This should provide good motivation when they enter training camp for next season.
20 New York Islanders New York Islanders 37-29-12
▼ 2
A late-season injury to star forward John Tavares has contributed to playoffs hopes having gone from slim, to none.
21 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 37-34-7
Uneasy rests the head that wears the crown. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, the Kings have won just one playoff game, and have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.
22 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 32-36-11
▲ 3
Is it the coach? Is it the players? Is it the goaltending ? Take your pick, there are plenty of questions and lots of blame to go around.
23 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 38-33-8
▼ 1
The Flyers can still take pride in the 10-game win streak they posted in the first half of the season. Everything before and after that was mostly forgettable.
24 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 32-35-12
▼ 1
This is an up-and-coming team that is flying under the radar. Next season, the rest of the NHL should be careful to not take them too lightly.
25 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 30-39-9
▲ 1
There are many more questions than answers. In order to return this team to respectability, a major overhaul is needed.
26 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 33-35-11
▼ 2
Somewhere along the line, this team lost all chemistry and could not get it back.
27 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 29-41-9
▲ 1
The highlight of the week was beating the Los Angeles Kings and in the process, knocking their division rival out of the playoff hunt.
28 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 32-35-12
▼ 1
On April 8-9, the Red Wings will face the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils in what will be the final two games at famed Joe Louis Arena. The end of an era.
29 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 27-37-14
▲ 1
This was not a great team to begin with, but a nosedive during which they have lost six straight games and 18 of the last 20 is still rather shocking.
30 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 21-54-3
▼ 1
Forwards Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon are all still on the roster. Those are the building blocks for any hopes of a brighter future.

 

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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