NHL Power Rankings: Bruins vault to No. 1
NHL Power Rankings: Week 16
The Bruins haven't lost a game in regulation since Dec. 14, and are suddenly three points away from Tampa Bay for the division lead with a game in hand.
31. Buffalo Sabres (11-26-9, 31 points)
The Sabres have given up seven goals in two of their last four games, something they hadn't done all season before that. The trade deadline can't come soon enough for a team that has juicy assets and could help reignite some excitement in Buffalo by collecting young talent and draft picks.
(Last week: 30)
30. Arizona Coyotes (11-28-9, 31 points)
The Coyotes had a season-high 44 shots in a 5-2 road win over St. Louis on Saturday, their first regulation victory since Dec. 27. Christian Dvorak, an Illinois native, had two goals in that win. He has six points in seven games this month after having just two in 13 December games.
(Last week: 31)
29. Ottawa Senators (15-20-9, 39 points)
The Senators had a season-low 18 shots in a 4-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday, which is unacceptable for a team that has Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Derrick Brassard, Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene on it.
(Last week: 29)
28. Montreal Canadiens (19-22-6, 44 points)
On his third team this season, Antti Niemi finally recorded his first win of the campaign when he stopped 24 of 26 shots (.923 save percentage) in a 3-2 win over Washington on Friday. Man has it been a trying year for the former Stanley Cup winner.
(Last week: 28)
27. Vancouver Canucks (18-23-6, 42 points)
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are reportedly looking to play at least one more season after this year, but the question is, will it be in Vancouver? It's hard to envision that happening for both sides. As weird as it would be to see them in a different jersey, the Canucks are in rebuild mode and the Sedins will probably be more inclined to join a team that would give them one last real shot at a Stanley Cup.
(Last week: 26)
26. Detroit Red Wings (18-20-7, 43 points)
With almost a month to go until the trade deadline and teams starting to figure out whether they'll be buyers or sellers, interest surrounding Mike Green should start to pick up. It would be wise for a buyer to get out in front of the bidding way and snag him, especially if you're looking for power play help.
(Last week: 24)
25. Florida Panthers (19-20-6, 44 points)
Evgenii Dadonov's point streak is up to six games, and it's included a pair of multi-point games. He has six points during that span after scoring just seven points in his previous 20.
(Last week: 25)
24. Edmonton Oilers (21-23-3, 45 points)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sustained cracked ribs and will miss 5-6 weeks because of it, which is pretty much the dagger on their playoff chances, right? Well, they've won three in a row, including an overtime victory in Vegas so maybe not so fast...
(Last week: 27)
23. Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-8, 50 points)
It looked like the Hurricanes were turning the corner in December when they won seven of eight games, but since then they're 3-6-1 and simply haven't gotten the consistent scoring or goaltending required to be a playoff team.
(Last week: 23)
22. Chicago Blackhawks (22-18-6, 50 points)
The highlight of the week for the Blackhawks was Patrick Kane getting his 800th career NHL point in a three-point effort and scoring at least 20 goals in each of his 11 seasons. The lowlight? There were several, including the lack of progress surrounding Corey Crawford and a 7-3 loss to the Islanders on home ice out of the break.
(Last week: 18)
21. New York Islanders (24-20-4, 52 points)
In 49 career NHL games, Ryan Pulock had never recorded more than two points in a game. On Saturday in a 7-3 win over Chicago, he had five. And it's even crazier when you consider he had just nine points in 33 games on the season entering that matchup.
(Last week: 22)
20. New York Rangers (24-19-5, 53 points)
Henrik Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history to register at least 20 wins in 13 straight seasons at any point in his career, and the sixth ever to reach the 20-win mark in 13 or more seasons overall, according to the league's PR department. Future Hall of Famer. But perhaps more importantly, will he get a Stanley Cup before his career is over?
(Last week: 21)
19. Anaheim Ducks (22-17-9, 53 points)
Special teams hasn't been great for the Ducks over the last several games. They're 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) on the penalty kill in their last four games and 3-for-21 (14.3 percent) on the power play in their last nine.
(Last week: 19)
18. Pittsburgh Penguins (25-21-3, 53 points)
The Penguins' road struggles continued on their West Coast trip, but the good news is they'll play eight of the next 11, including the next four, at home, where they are 15-7-1 compared to 10-14-2 on the road.
(Last week: 17)
17. Philadelphia Flyers (23-16-8, 54 points)
After starting the season 2-5-1, Michal Neuvirth has won his past three starts and owns a .955 save percentage in five appearances since the calendar flipped to 2018.
(Last week: 20)
16. Minnesota Wild (25-17-5, 55 points)
Nobody has allowed more goals in the third period than the Wild, who have given up 63 this season. They've given up 65 in the first two periods combined.
(Last week: 15)
15. Los Angeles Kings (25-17-5, 55 points)
The Kings ended a six-game losing streak by rallying from 2-0 down to score four unanswered goals in a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday. It helped that they went 3-for-3 on the power play.
(Last week: 9)
14. Columbus Blue Jackets (26-18-3, 55 points)
You do not want to take the Blue Jackets into a shootout. They lead the league with six shootout wins, and picked up another one on Thursday against Dallas.
(Last week: 12)
13. Toronto Maple Leafs (26-17-5, 57 points)
The Maple Leafs placed Morgan Reilly on injured reserve, which is the last thing that blue line needed. It also eliminates him as a possibility to be Victor Hedman's replacement in the NHL All-Star Game this coming weekend.
(Last week: 10)
12. New Jersey Devils (24-13-8, 56 points)
Taylor Hall is feeling it right now. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in a seven-game point streak, and has helped the Devils win two of their past three games after dropping the previous six. But he'll miss the next two games with a hand injury, so they'll need to find some scoring elsewhere.
(Last week: 11)
11. St. Louis Blues (28-18-3, 59 points)
Jake Allen has one win in his last 10 appearances. Before that, he had won four in a row. It's been the Carter Hutton show as of late.
(Last week: 8)
10. Calgary Flames (25-16-5, 55 points)
The Flames came out of their bye week with a 2-1 overtime loss to Winnipeg, which was the first game of a stretch where they will play six of seven at home, where they are 12-11-1 compared to 13-5-4 on the road.
(Last week: 7)
9. San Jose Sharks (26-14-6, 58 points)
After losing three straight, the Sharks have won six of their past seven games and Joe Thornton continues to climb in the all-time rankings. His two-point night in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Rangers moved him into sole possession for 16th with 1,426 points.
(Last week: 13)
8. Dallas Stars (27-17-4, 58 points)
The Stars scored seven goals in a big win over Buffalo to conclude their four-game road trip with a 3-0-1 record. They haven't lost back-to-back games since Dec. 7 and 9. The Ken Hitchcock effect is in full swing.
(Last week: 16)
7. Colorado Avalanche (26-16-3, 55 points)
The Avalanche have won NINE in a row, and have a plus-23 goal differential over that stretch. Nathan MacKinnon has scored a goal in five straight, and has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in a nine-game point streak. What a run he's led them on.
(Last week: 14)
6. Washington Capitals (28-15-5, 61 points)
Braden Holtby led all goaltenders with nine shutouts last season. He's still searching for his first one this year though.
(Last week: 3)
5. Winnipeg Jets (28-13-7, 63 points)
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside all 29 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over Vancouver on Sunday to improve to 17-1-1 with a 2.06 goals against average, .932 save percentage and three shutouts at home this season.
(Last week: 6)
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (31-12-3, 65 points)
The Lightning recently started a stretch where they'll play 13 of the next 17 on the road, including eight in a row which started with a 5-2 loss in Minnesota for their third consecutive defeat, which is their longest losing streak of the season.
(Last week: 1)
3. Nashville Predators (28-11-6, 62 points)
After going 2-4-2 in their previous eight games, the Predators have strung together five straight victories. A good response after it looked like they would struggle without Filip Forsberg.
(Last week: 4)
2. Vegas Golden Knights (31-11-4, 66 points)
It's Jan. 22 and the Vegas Golden Knights are sitting atop the NHL. Wonder what the odds in Vegas were on that before the season.
(Last week: 2)
1. Boston Bruins (27-10-8, 62 points)
The Bruins extended their point streak to 16 games with a 4-1 win over Montreal on Saturday, and it's the second time in four years they've done that. Tuukka Rask is 13-0-2 over that span. What a bounce-back he had from the start of the season when it looked like there was a goaltending competition between he and Anton Khudobin.
(Last week: 5)