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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 55-17-6
The Washington Capitals cannot rest on their laurels after clinching the President’s Trophy and have gone 1-1-1 over the week since, but are likely to start resting players for their last couple games.
2 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 48-23-9
The Dallas Stars went 3-1-0 over the last week and play their last two games at home against opponents that may not have anything to play for, but they only cling to the Central Division lead by a tiebreaker.
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 48-23-9
The St. Louis Blues have the depth to endure the couple players lost to injury during the last week when they went 3-1-0 to stay in a tie atop the Central Division but probably have to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions in Chicago Thursday to avoid them in the first round.
4 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 46-25-8
▲ 3
No team is hotter than the Pittsburgh Penguins, stringing together two six-game winning streaks around a single regulation loss. Still, their sixth-ranked defense is better than the personnel would suggest and one wonders if they can maintain it.
5 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 44-25-10
▲ 1
The Anaheim Ducks are a game up to four-peat as Pacific Division champions in the regular season and have scored 3.51 goals per game after the midpoint of their season and are elite defensively, but lost two key players for the rest of the regular season.
6 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 46-28-5
▼ 2
The Los Angeles Kings went just 1-2-0 over the last week to drop a game back of their metro-area rivals, making winning the head-to-head matchup Thursday pivotal to their chances of winning the Pacific Division.
7 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 45-25-9
▲ 3
The Florida Panthers finally clinched a return to the Stanley Cup playoffs and are three points away from clinching the Atlantic Division with three games to go and an in-state rival that just lost its captain and best player.
8 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 46-26-7
▼ 3
Losing one of the best blue-line studs in the world for the rest of the regular season will not even hurt the sputtering Chicago Blackhawks in the standings, as they are one point away from being locked behind both teams ahead of them.
9 New York Rangers New York Rangers 44-26-9
▼ 1
The New York Rangers were 1-2 last week and Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in another loss, though perhaps he was only pulled to save him from the terrible defense he has in front of him.
10 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 44-29-6
▲ 1
The San Jose Sharks are likely locked into third place in the Pacific Division but may prefer it that way, no matter what they claim. They have a chance to finish with the best road record and second-worst home record in the NHL.
11 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 45-29-5
▼ 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning took a major blow in likely losing captain and sniper Steven Stamkos at least into the second round if not through the Stanley Cup finals and went 1-2-0 over the last week to plummet in the rankings.
12 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 39-26-14
The Nashville Predators have gone from hot to cold: 0-3-1 over their last four games. They need to be careful of not losing their edge after being mathematically locked into the top Western Conference wild card.
13 New York Islanders New York Islanders 43-26-9
The New York Islanders have a brutal schedule with eight games in under two weeks, but are off to a good start with a 3-1-0 record and they need just two points to clinch a postseason berth. Still, they will enter the playoffs with questions in net.
14 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 39-26-13
▲ 1
The Philadelphia Flyers went 2-1-0 over the last week and are actually 23-11-7 since trading away Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn. Because of it, the last Eastern Conference wild card is theirs to lose.
15 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 40-28-11
▲ 1
The Detroit Red Wings can almost ensure another postseason berth with wins over Philadelphia and Boston in successive games. The last Stanley Cup playoffs they missed was in 1990—the longest run in major professional sports.
16 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 41-30-8
▼ 2
The Boston Bruins have struggled and are now on the outside of the postseason picture. They could help themselves greatly by winning when they host Detroit Thursday, but are one of eight teams with a losing record at home.
17 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 38-31-11
The Minnesota Wild are two points from clinching the final Western Conference wild card despite losing three in a row, and are at home for the remaining two with a finale against a team that could technically still finish as the worst in the league.
18 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 34-29-16
▲ 1
The Carolina Hurricanes went 1-1-1 over the last week and were finally eliminated from the playoffs, but they could still reach 90 points and probably hold on for sixth place in the Metropolitan Division.
19 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 37-34-8
▲ 1
The New Jersey Devils got Cory Schneider back too late to stay in the playoff race, but remain a tough out because they are establishing a defensive foundation and have young players still eager to prove themselves.
20 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 39-36-4
▼ 2
The injury-ravaged Colorado Avalanche have been pushed to the brink of elimination with three straight losses, and their brutal schedule of nine games against playoff teams to end the season offers no help.
21 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 36-34-9
The Ottawa Senators will probably be the only Canadian team to even finish over .500 this season but has won all three games since being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
22 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 33-35-11
▲ 2
The Buffalo Sabres are relatively hot, going 2-0-1 over the last week, 4-1-1 in their last six games and earning at least a point in 12 of the 16 games after being sellers at the trade deadline.
23 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 36-37-6
Les Habitants de Montreal will do well to finish .500 in a season in that started with nine wins. Things are so bad they are resorting to a publicity stunt or feel-good move (depending on your level of cynicism) of calling up All-Star MVP enforcer John Scott.
24 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 35-37-7
▼ 2
The Arizona Coyotes went 1-2-0 over the last week and fell from as high as second place in the Pacific Division after Thanksgiving to almost certainly finishing under .500, but that should still be good for fourth place because of the lack of divisional depth.
25 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 30-36-13
▲ 2
The Vancouver Canucks ended their nine-game losing streak in style with wins over the top three teams in the Pacific Division, but are unlikely to finish higher than fifth and could fall back to sixth in its last two games.
26 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 32-39-8
▲ 2
The Winnipeg Jets went 1-1-1 over the last week and have earned at least a point in six of eight games to climb off the floor of league standings, but will finish at least two games behind any other Central Division team.
27 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 33-40-6
▼ 2
The Calgary Flames went 1-2-0 last week to fall back into sixth place but ensured they would finish ahead of their Alberta rivals with a 5-0 head-to-head win and they are still 7-5-2 in their last 14 games.
28 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 31-40-8
▼ 2
Like most of the bad teams in the league, the Columbus Blue Jackets went 1-2-0 over the last week to almost end any hopes they could even go .500 since making the change behind the bench for John Tortorella.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 28-40-11
The Toronto Maple Leafs went 1-3-0 over the last week to stay in the running for worst record in the league, but need to earn as few points as Edmonton in one more games played to get the best odds for first pick in the draft lottery.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 30-43-7
The Edmonton Oilers are on pace to get a fifth top overall pick in the last seven drafts because they have players that do not give consistent effort, and new head coach Todd McLellan dressed them down publicly for it.

 

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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