NHL Power Rankings 2017-18
NHL Power Rankings (Updated 10/23/2017)
Taking you through the ups and downs of the NHL season. Which teams are hitting their stride and which teams are struggling? Find out where all the teams stand in the NHL Power Rankings.
31. Arizona Coyotes
Eight games into their season and the Coyotes still have yet to win a game. That's really all you need to know about this team right now.
30. Montreal Canadiens
Blame Carey Price all you want, but it's not his job to score goals. The Canadiens' offense is non-existent.
29. Buffalo Sabres
It's more of the same for the Sabres. They came into the season with high expectations and it already looks like they will fall short again.
28. Colorado Avalanche
Despite a tough week, the Avalanche actually look somewhat competitive this year. Well, competitive as in "not a dumpster fire of embarrassment" like they have been so that's progress.
27. Detroit Red Wings
Don't pay attention to how bad this team is, check out their shiny new arena! That's going to be a running theme for the Red Wings this season.
26. Anaheim Ducks
How on Earth does a team lose to both Colorado and Buffalo in the same week? Anaheim's only wins this season are against Arizona, the Islanders and Montreal. Maybe the Ducks aren't as good as we all thought.
25. Minnesota Wild
It's a small sample size, but in his four appearances this season Devan Dubnyk has struggled immensely with a 3.80 GAA and .888 save percentage. If he doesn't improve, Minnesota's goose is cooked.
24. Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks have won three out of their last four and that makes us so proud that we are going to put this hot streak right up on the refridgerator for everyone to see! Yeah, this team still isn't very good
23. New York Rangers
Few teams have had a worse start to the season than the Rangers. I wonder what their pitch to Colorado for Matt Duchene will be....
22. Calgary Flames
Five games in, Jaromir Jagr is already on injured reserve. No one can play forever. Let's just hope we get to see plenty more of him in what will most likely be his final season.
21. Edmonton Oilers
Hey, Carey Price? Connor McDavid feels your pain. McDavid may well be the best player in the NHL, but his Oilers are slumping and he is getting little help from his teammates out on the ice.
20. Washington Capitals
There was one player on defense the Caps could not afford to lose: Matt Niskanen. Now with him on LTIR, Washington is left with two rookies playing significant roles on the blue line.
19. Florida Panthers
A rough start to the season for Florida is not helped by a hand injury that has landed Roberto Luongo on IR.
18. San Jose Sharks
A sluggish start has some wondering if Pete DeBoer could be on the hot seat. That makes sense considering it's his fault Joe Thornton is 38, Joe Pavelski is 33 and Brent Burns is 32.
17. Boston Bruins
The Bruins couldn't get consistent backup goaltending behind Tuukka Rask last season, but they need it now with Rask out indefinitely with a concussion. Anton Khudobin is performing admirably with a 3-2-0 record, 2.97 GAA and .910 save percentage, but Boston needs Rask back as quickly as possible.
16. New York Islanders
No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract. No, the Islanders are not thinking about John Tavares' contract.
15. Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina has a lot of talent on its blue line, but there are definitely some chemistry issues those defensive pairings still need to work out.
14. Nashville Predators
It's great that Nashville has such an awesome home-ice advantage, but this team needs some wins on the road. The Predators are 3-0-0 at home and 1-3-1 on the road in their first eight games.
13. Winnipeg Jets
The Jets look like they've turned things around after a horrible start and they did it by turning to Connor Hellebuyck in net. Steve Mason could not stop a beach ball right now.
12. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are absolutely contenders in the Metropolitan Division, but losses to Tampa and Los Angeles hint that they may not be among the top teams in the league just yet.
11. Chicago Blackhawks
A 3-0-1 start made us all believe it was the same ol' Blackhawks, but they have gone only 2-2-1 since leaving us all wondering who the real Chicago is.
10. Dallas Stars
Looks like having a dependable starting goalie is important in the NHL. Who knew? It took Dallas a few years to accept that reality, but the Ben Bishop deal is already looking like a good one for the Stars.
9. Ottawa Senators
An overtime loss to the red hot Devils and a 6-3 win over Toronto shows the Senators can hang with anyone.
8. Philadelphia Flyers
It's going to be hard to know how the Flyers stack up in the East for a long time for one weird reason: the schedule. Only 10 of their first 33 games come against Eastern Conference foes.
7. St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz has been incredible to start the season and sits third in the NHL in points with 13 after nine games.
6. Vegas Golden Knights
First Marc-Andre Fleury, now Malcolm Subban. The Golden Knights' start to the season has been nothing short of spectacular, but it is hard to see how this team can continue to overachieve with both of their top two netminders injured.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
How important is a backup goalie to a team? The Penguins are 0-3 and have been outscored 22-6 in games Antti Niemi has started.
4. New Jersey Devils
The Devils have been one of the biggest surprises of the NHL in the early season, but an injury to Cory Schneider threatens to erase their great start.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
What an incredible start to the season for Nikita Kucherov who has 10 goals and 16 points in just nine games.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have the top offense in the NHL and that's with Mitch Marner on the fourth line due to a "slump." Yikes. What will this team look like when he's firing on all cylinders?
1. Los Angeles Kings
Seven games into their season and the Kings still have yet to lose a game in regulation. That's really all you need to know about this team right now.