NHL Power Rankings: Three-way blockbuster trade shakes things up
NHL Power Rankings: Week 5
The three-way blockbuster trade that sent All-Star center Matt Duchene to Ottawa affects both conferences, but how much?
31. Arizona Coyotes (2-12-1, 5 points)
The Coyotes won two games last week after going 11 straight without one to open the season. Antti Raanta is back and should help provide some stability in goal, and maybe some consistency as well.
(Last week: 31)
30. Buffalo Sabres (4-8-2, 10 points)
Benoit Pouliot had a three-point game in a 5-4 win over Arizona, but the Sabres followed that up by allowing four first-period goals in a 5-1 loss to Dallas. It's more of the same in Buffalo.
(Last week: 30)
29. Florida Panthers (4-7-2, 10 points)
Roberto Luongo returned after missing the last two and a half weeks with an injury, but the Panthers still fell to 0-2-2 in their last four games. They also will play six of their next seven on the road, which doesn't make life any easier.
(Last week: 26)
28. Edmonton Oilers (4-8-1, 9 points)
Connor McDavid oddly logged only 15:55 of ice time in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Detroit, his lowest amount since his rookie year and the first time he played fewer than 19 minutes this season. The Oilers will play nine of their next 11 games away from home, which may not be the worst thing for a team trying to find itself right now.
(Last week: 25)
27. Carolina Hurricanes (4-5-3, 11 points)
After starting the season 3-1-1, the Hurricanes are 1-4-2 in their last seven games. We're not sure what they could've done differently in their 5-3 loss to Colorado, though, after outshooting them 60-27.
(Last week: 22)
26. New York Rangers (6-7-2, 14 points)
Mika Zibanejad has three goals and five assists in his last six games after recording just two points in his previous five, helping the Rangers win three in a row.
(Last week: 28)
25. Anaheim Ducks (6-6-2, 14 points)
The Ducks are 0-2-1 since Ryan Getzlaf went down with an injury. Hard to overcome that, especially with Ryan Kesler already out. The good news is, they'll play their next five games at home as they look to steer things back into the right direction.
(Last week: 14)
24. Detroit Red Wings (7-7-1, 15 points)
After losing six straight, the Red Wings have won three of their last four games, which included a 4-0 win over Edmonton. Dylan Larkin is averaging nearly a point per game, and his shooting percentage is at only 5.4. He's taking big strides in his third NHL season.
(Last week: 27)
23. Boston Bruins (5-4-3, 13 points)
Brad Marchand has been added to the Bruins injury list, and won't play Monday against Minnesota. This team has had a star out of the lineup in seemingly every game so far this season, ranging from David Krejci to David Backes to Patrice Bergeron to Tuukka Rask.
(Last week: 19)
22. Minnesota Wild (5-5-2, 12 points)
The Wild haven't won more than two games in a row this season, but they also haven't lost more than two in a row either. They're just hovering around the middle of the pack. All four of their games this week will be on the road.
(Last week: 17)
21. Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-2, 16 points)
It's scary to think where the Blackhawks would be without Corey Crawford, who might be the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy. He was named the NHL's first star of the week after recording back-to-back shutouts and lowering his goals against average to 1.77 and save percentage to .945.
(Last week: 21)
20. Montreal Canadiens (6-8-1, 13 points)
Don't look now, but the Canadiens have won four of their last five games after starting the season 2-7-1. Charlie Lindgren was spectacular in a 2-0 win over Chicago on Sunday, recording 38 saves and improving to 4-0-0 with a 1.24 goals against average and .960 save percentage in his NHL career.
(Last week: 29)
19. Washington Capitals (7-6-1, 15 points)
The Capitals haven't scored a power play goal since Oct. 20, a span of six games. Fortunately for them, they haven't need it lately after winning three of their last four games and having scored 12 goals in those three wins.
(Last week: 24)
18. Colorado Avalanche (8-6-0, 16 points)
It was never a matter of if Colorado would trade Matt Duchene, it was when. We got our answer Sunday. What the Avalanche got in return looks like a Christmas list, and it was beneficial for all sides to get this done earlier than later.
(Last week: 18)
17. Nashville Predators (7-5-2, 16 points)
The Predators acquiring Kyle Turris without giving up any of their roster players is a huge win for a team in win-now mode, but also set up to have long-term success. They immediately become one of the deepest teams up the middle with Ryan Johansen, Turris, Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok/Colton Sissons. Good luck sizing them up, rest of the NHL.
(Last week: 12)
16. Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2, 16 points)
The Flyers have been shut out three times this season, but have three players that rank in the top 10 in the NHL's scoring race: Sean Couturier (18), Jakub Voracek (18) and Claude Giroux (17). Consistency is still an issue.
(Last week: 10)
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-7-0, 16 points)
The Maple Leafs are 2-6-0 after starting the season 6-1-0, a clear sign of growing pains for a young club looking to grow into a Stanley Cup contender. One particular example is Mitch Marner, who's had a tough start so far. He's been playing fourth-line minutes for weeks, has only seven points in 15 games and is a minus-8 rating.
(Last week: 6)
14. Calgary Flames (8-6-0, 16 points)
The Flames have won three in a row for the second time this season thanks to Mike Smith, who has a 2.32 goals against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout this season. He's a dark horse candidate for the Vezina Trophy.
(Last week: 20)
13. Vancouver Canucks (7-4-2, 16 points)
Brock Boeser became the third-youngest player in franchise history to net a hat trick, and has helped the Canucks pick up at least a point in six of their last seven games. Not done yet?
(Last week: 15)
12. Dallas Stars (8-6-0, 16 points)
Ben Bishop has allowed three or more goals in five of his last six appearances. He allowed only seven goals total in his first five starts.
(Last week: 13)
11. Ottawa Senators (6-3-5, 17 points)
Finally, the Senators put an end to the Matt Duchene sweepstakes by acquiring the All-Star center, who immediately becomes their best offensive weapon. It was a no-brainer trade for Ottawa, which hasn't had a No. 1 center for years. It should be fun watching Duchene and Erik Karlsson work their magic on the power play.
(Last week: 7)
10. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-2, 18 points)
Sidney Crosby hasn't scored a goal in eight straight games, and has only three assists during that span. When he's off, so are the Penguins, who are 1-3-1 in their last five.
(Last week: 9)
9. San Jose Sharks (8-5-0, 16 points)
And just like that, the Sharks are back to making some noise in the Pacific Division. They've won four in a row, with Martin Jones leading the charge. He was named the NHL's second star of the week after going 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
(Last week: 23)
8. New York Islanders (8-5-1, 17 points)
Mathew Barzal recorded five assists in a 6-4 win over Colorado on Sunday, becoming just the sixth rookie to record at least five points in a game since 2006-07, per Elias. Josh Bailey also has two goals and 14 assists during his nine-game point streak, and ranks ninth in the league with 18 points, helping the Islanders win six of their last eight contests.
(Last week: 11)
7. Vegas Golden Knights (9-4-0, 18 points)
The Golden Knights snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win in Ottawa on Saturday, where Maxim Lagace became the third goaltender to earn his first career NHL win this season for Vegas, joining Oscar Dansk and Malcolm Subban. Pretty remarkable how much early success Vegas has had despite a revolving door in goal.
(Last week: 4)
6. New Jersey Devils (9-3-1, 19 points)
The Devils won their first five road games to start the season, but have dropped their last two — a 6-3 loss to Edmonton and 5-4 shootout loss to Calgary. Taylor Hall scoring a goal in his old barn must've felt really good.
(Last week: 5)
5. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-3, 17 points)
The Jets have picked up at least a point in seven consecutive games, and are also 7-1-3 since dropping their first two games of the season in regulation. Mark Scheifele netted his second NHL hat trick in a 5-2 win over Dallas on Thursday while Connor Hellebuyck improved to 7-0-2 with a 2.24 goals against average and .932 save percentage this season. Have they officially arrived?
(Last week: 16)
4. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-4-1, 19 points)
Artemi Panarin hasn't scored a goal in nine straight games, but the Blue Jackets have found a way to keep trucking offensively and are 4-1-1 in their past six. That offensive depth wasn't there a year ago. Everybody's buying in.
(Last week: 8)
3. St. Louis Blues (11-3-1, 23 points)
The three leading scorers in the NHL: Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and ... yup, you guessed it: Jaden Schwartz.
(Last week: 3)
2. Los Angeles Kings (10-2-2, 22 points)
No Jeff Carter? No problem. The Kings haven't skipped a beat with their second-line center out of the lineup. Tyler Toffoli has stepped up on offense, scoring five goals since Carter's absence on Oct. 18.
(Last week: 1)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-2, 24 points)
The Lightning rank first in goals per game (3.87), eighth in goals against (2.73), third in power play percentage (28.8) and 11th in penalty kill percentage (82.5). And they are fully healthy, aside from Cedric Paquette, who's expected to return during their upcoming three-game road trip. There are simply no holes on this team right now.
(Last week: 2)