NHL Power Rankings 2017-18
NHL Power Rankings (Updated 3/19/2018)
Taking you through the ups and downs of the NHL season. Which teams are hitting their stride and which teams are struggling?
31. Detroit Red Wings
No team has had a worse month than Detroit and it's not close.
30. Vancouver Canucks
With no Brock Boeser, the ship, it be sinking.
29. Montreal Canadiens
Where will Max Pacioretty be playing hockey next season?
28. New York Islanders
The playoffs aren't going to happen for the Islanders this year. That means the entire organization must be focused 100-percent on re-signing John Tavares.
27. Carolina Hurricanes
Who would have thought a team in the playoff hunt would collapse after a late-season GM change?
26. Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago is going to have to think very hard on how they can fix their roster next season. Is it time to tear it all down?
25. Buffalo Sabres
In the final year of his contract, did Robin Lehner do enough to show he's a starting goalie in the NHL?
24. Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid is the best player in hockey, but get out of here with that Hart Trophy talk. The Oilers are a terrible team near the bottom of the standings. Saying a team near the bottom would be at the bottom without McDavid is not a compelling MVP argument.
23. New York Rangers
Will Henrik Lundqvist still be a Ranger next season?
22. Ottawa Senators
Only 11 games left until this disaster of a season gets put out of its misery.
21. Dallas Stars
Getting Ben Bishop was supposed to solve all of Dallas' problems and yet they find themselves now battling for their playoff lives and look like they are collapsing.
20. Arizona Coyotes
Having an epically bad start to the season and then playing well enough to screw themselves out of a chance to draft franchise defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the most Coyotes thing ever.
19. Calgary Flames
How many times can Glen Gulutzan vent on his team before they begin to tune him out? You can't just keep going to that well and expect it to work over and over again.
18. Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have only two wins in five games and those wins came against Vancouver and Detroit. At thsi rate, they could get pushed out of the playoffs altogether.
17. Philadelphia Flyers
The hot and cold Flyers lost seven of eight, but stopped the bleeding with back-to-back wins over the weekend. The problem is with how well Columbus, New Jersey and Florida are playing, a playoff spot is not guaranteed for Philadelphia.
16. St. Louis Blues
The Blues may have traded away Paul Stastny, but don't count them out of a playoff race just yet. They have rebounded well after a seven-game losing streak and are making a real push.
15. Anaheim Ducks
Is John Gibson durable enough right now for a playoff run? Anaheim's entire season may depend on the answer to this question.
14. Colorado Avalanche
There are a lot of Hart Trophy candidates out there, but if the Avalanche make the playoffs, Nathan MacKinnon has to be among the favorites, right?
13. Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin is just the 20th player in NHL history to score 600 goals and it could be a long time before we see anyone score that many again. Hockey fans should appreciate just how impressive an achievement 600 goals truly is.
12. Minnesota Wild
Two straight wins on the road, including a win over Vegas, is a good step forward for a Minnesota team that has struggled away from home this season.
11. San Jose Sharks
After scoring four goals against Calgary, it certainly seems as if Evander Kane is fitting in well with his new team.
10. Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones is making a late run at the Norris Trophy. He's red hot and so are the Blue Jackets.
9. Florida Panthers
The Panthers are ready to strike and seize a playoff spot. They just need one of the playoff teams ahead of them to stumble because right now those wild card teams are doing just enough to stay out of Florida's reach.
8. Vegas Golden Knights
Marc-Andre Fleury is only the third active goalie to reach 400 wins.
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs keep winning even without Auston Matthews or Frederik Andersen.
6. New Jersey Devils
The Devils were faced with an impossible road trip that many thought would sink their season. Four games in, New Jersey is 3-1-0.
5. Winnipeg Jets
The Jets have already set a new franchise record for home wins in a season. It's almost as if they did not have a strong home presence in Atlanta....
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
As well as the Penguins are playing, they need a healthy Matt Murray to make a real push for their third straight Stanley Cup.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
Since Andrei Vasilevskiy complained about fatigue, it really has been evident in his game. He looked like the runaway winner for the Vezina for much of the season. Now, not so much.
2. Boston Bruins
Is Boston actually the best team in the Atlantic?
1. Nashville Predators
The Predators became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot this season.