NHL Power Rankings: Wild holding their ground without Zach Parise


NHL Power Rankings: Wild holding their ground without Zach Parise

The Rangers have overtaken the Canadiens at No. 1 after extending their winning streak to nine straight games and increasing their point streak to 13 games.

Meanwhile in the West, the Wild continue to roll even without star forward Zach Parise, who's sidelined with a knee injury.

Check in with for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015-16 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5


Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 2

14-2-2, 30 points: The Rangers are on a nine-game winning streak and have picked up at least a point in 13 consecutive games. 

2   5

14-4-0, 28 points: Former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his last 10 games after recording just three points in his first eight.

3   1

13-3-2, 28 points: The Canadiens are 4-3-2 since their 9-0-0 start, but haven't lost any ground in the Atlantic Division and own a plus-24 goal differential, the second-best in the league.

4   3

11-4-1, 23 points: Alex Ovechkin needs to break Sergei Fedorov's record so the Capitals can get back to playing structured hockey.

5 4

11-5-1, 23 points: Colton Parayko quietly ranks fifth in the NHL's rookie scoring race with 11 points.

6 6

11-6-0, 22 points: Dustin Brown has only one goal this season, but the Kings are controlling 60.7 percent of shot attempts when he's on the ice at even strength.


10-7-1, 21 points: In the last two years, the Blackhawks are 31-8-4 from Nov. 15 through the end of December. Here's where they start to get hot.

8 10 

10-3-3, 23 points: No Zach Parise? No problem. The Wild are 3-0-1 since their star went down with a knee injury, and have scored 11 goals in those four games.


10-3-3, 23 points: The Predators scored seven goals in a game twice last week. They scored seven or more goals in a game two times in all of last season.

10 12 

10-6-1, 21 points:  Two wins over the Blackhawks in a week, and a shutout victory over the Penguins have the Devils making a case they could stick around longer than we expected.


10-7-0, 20 points: "We're mad at each other," Evgeni Malkin responded when asked what's wrong with the Penguins after scoring just one goal in their last two games. "We don't play hard." Yikes.

12 11 

9-6-3, 21 points: The Islanders hung their hat on puck possession last year, when they controlled 52.5 percent of shot attempts at even strength, which ranked fourth in the league. This season, they rank 19th at 49.2 percent.

13   15 

8-8-3, 19 points: Ondrej Palat, arguably the most underrated two-way forward in the league, could miss up to five weeks with a lower-body injury.

14 16 

8-5-4, 20 points: The Senators have given up a power play goal in each of their last four games, but their power play has scored six goals on 12 tries in those four games after going 5-for-41 (12.2 percent) in their first 13 contests.

15    17

8-7-1, 17 points: Tuuka Rask raised his goals against average to 3.02 and save percentage to .896, but he still has plenty of ground to make up to catch his career averages of 2.20 and .925.

16   20

9-8-0, 18 points: Two wins in their first two games of a six-game road trip. Put the Patrick Marleau trade talks on hold.

17   24 

9-7-1, 19 points: Just as many began to write off the Coyotes, they string together three straight wins against divisional opponents.

18   19 

8-8-1, 17 points: Pavel Datsyuk went scoreless in his first two games back, but he instantly gives the Red Wings much-needed depth up the middle, which should take some pressure off Henrik Zetterberg.

19   14 

5-8-4, 14 points: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler combined for six points in the Ducks' first 11 games. In six games since, they've accumulated 16 points.

20   23 

8-8-1, 17 points: The Sabres are 5-1-1 in their last seven games. The next four should give us an indicator of just how good they can be: vs. Dallas, at St. Louis, at Dallas, vs. St. Louis.

21   18 

7-6-5, 19 points: The Canucks are 1-3-1 on their current seven-game road trip with two games remaining in Montreal and Winnipeg.

22   21  7-7-3, 17 points:  The Panthers are hanging in without Aleksander Barkov, using a scoring-by-committee approach.
23   29 

7-9-1, 15 points: The Avalanche have a plus-10 goal differential during their three-game winning streak. Now that's more like it.

24   13 

8-8-2, 18 points: The Jets are 0-4-1 in their last five games, and have been outscored by 16.

25   22 

6-9-2, 14 points: What has happened to Jeff Skinner? Four points in 17 games for the former No. 7 overall pick in 2010.

26   30 

5-9-4, 14 points: James Reimer went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .952 save percentage last week, coming up big in road wins over Dallas and Nashville.

27   28 

6-12-0, 12 points: Former Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games after just five points in his first 11.

28   26 

6-12-0, 12 points: The Oilers trailed three different times against the Ducks and stole an overtime victory in a building they hadn't won since 2012.

29   25 

6-8-3, 15 points: The Flyers rank in the bottom seven of goals per game (1.88), goals against average (2.94), power play (14.3 percent) and penalty kill (76.2 percent).

30   27 

6-12-1, 13 points: A blue line with Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell should not be allowing an average of 3.74 goals per game.

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Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: