NHL Power Rankings 2017-18
NHL Power Rankings (Updated 1/15/2018)
Taking you through the ups and downs of the NHL season. Which teams are hitting their stride and which teams are struggling?
31. Buffalo Sabres
Winless no more! The Sabres finally won their first game in 2018 on Jan. 11. It took them six games.
30. Arizona Coyotes
Anthony Duclair is 22-years old and already has a 20-goal season under his belt. It seems real early for a rebuilding team to give up on a player like that.
29. Vancouver Canucks
Good news, the Canucks have won two straight! It's just too bad they lost 12 of 15 before those two wins.
28. Ottawa Senators
The Senators have stopped the bleeding with three wins in their last four games, but the damage has already been done. They sit second to last in the East, ahead of only Buffalo.
27. Florida Panthers
Florida is really trying to pull back into playoff contention going 6-3-1 in its last 10 games, but it is a steep hill to climb and it may already be too late.
26. Montreal Canadiens
Marc Bergevin still believes the Canadiens can make the playoffs. They won't, but he has to believe that. His job may well depend on it.
25. Carolina Hurricanes
What a blow to the Hurricanes if they lose Sebastian Aho to injury.
24. Detroit Red Wings
Even with five wins in seven games, the Red Wings are still a .500 team.
23. San Jose Sharks
With 1,421 points, Joe Thornton passed Adam Oates for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time points list.
22. Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid has reached the 200-point mark and he did it on his 21st birthday. It took him only 173 games to get there.
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky started both games of a back-to-back for the Blue Jackets to finish off the week. Granted, they were heading into the bye week, but you have to wonder if starting the Bob shows there may be a bit of panic in Columbus. What's worse is that it didn't work. The Blue Jackets lost to both Buffalo and Vancouver and that's four points they really should have had.
20. Anaheim Ducks
The good news for Anaheim is that they are only 2 points out of a playoff spot. The bad news is that they will have to pass four teams to get there.
19. New Jersey Devils
Are the Devils coming back down to Earth? They were one of the surprise teams this season, but now have lost six straight.
18. Chicago Blackhawks
The trade for Anthony Duclair looks like a saavy deal that will pay off big-time for Chicago down the road.
17. New York Islanders
Don't start engraving Brock Boeser's name on the Calder Trophy just yet. Mathew Barzal recorded his second five-point game of the season (2 goals, 3 assists) in a blowout win over the Rangers. He is the only player in the NHL this season that has at least two five-point games. The rest of the NHL combined has seven.
16. Minnesota Wild
Everytime you start to believe in the Wild, they give you a stinker like a 7-2 loss to Colorado or an overtime loss to Vancouver.
15. New York Rangers
New York did not enter the bye week on a high note with five losses in eight games. They did not come out of the bye week any better with a regulation loss to the Penguins.
14. Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles started the season 11-2-2. It looked like they were going to coast to a Pacific Division title. Now they're sliding with eight losses in 12 games and sit in third place.
13. St. Louis Blues
With 10 losses in 15 games, the Blues have slid from first in the Central to third.
12. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are surging with four straight wins and Sean Couturier is leading the way. He has multiple points in all four wins including two goals in each of his last three outings. Per Elias, Couturier is now the fourth player in franchise history to score multiple goals in three consecutive team games.
11. Dallas Stars
One player who must have been happy for the bye week? Ben Bishop. He started the last 10 games going into the bye week and started in Dallas' first game back.
10. Calgary Flames
Seven wins and counting for the Flames who have suddenly climbed to second place in the Pacific.
9. Colorado Avalanche
With a record of 23-16-3, the Avalanche have already elcipsed last season's win total when they went only 22-56-4.
8. Winnipeg Jets
Who thought the Jets would be leading the Central Division midway through the season?
7. Nashville Predators
Five games without Filip Forsberg now and the Predators are 3-1-1.
6. Toronto Maple Leafs
A young Toronto team seems to have hit the mid-season wall. The Leafs have only two wins in their last seven games and both came in a shootout.
5. Washington Capitals
The Caps just keep finding ways to win. They have six wins in the last seven games. In those six games, they have a shootout win, two overtime wins, a blowout win and a come-from-behind buzzer-beater win in which the last game came with less than two seconds to go in regulation.
4. Boston Bruins
The Bruins are enjoying a 12-game point streak. Those aren't just loser points either as they have gone 9-0-3.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins
Well, who didn't see this coming? After questions over whether the Penguins would even be in the playoffs this season began to arise, Pittsburgh is suddenly back on track with four straight wins. Sidney Crosby is fueling the surge with 11 points in those four wins.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
Victor Hedman was having a Norris-worthy season. Now the Lightning will have to get by without him for the next three to six weeks.
1. Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights are on pace for 120 points. Just let that sink in.