NHL Power Rankings: Golden Knights remain unstoppable
NHL Power Rankings: Week 14
The Golden Knights have lost in regulation just once since Dec. 1, and are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
31. Buffalo Sabres (10-23-9, 29 points)
The Sabres have taken a lead into the second period just seven times in 42 games this season. They've won only one of those, which is the fewest among any team.
(Last week: 30)
30. Arizona Coyotes (10-27-6, 26 points)
The Coyotes are 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) on the power play in their last four games. They were 4-for-37 (10.8 percent) in their previous 14.
(Last week: 31)
29. Edmonton Oilers (18-22-3, 39 points)
After winning four straight and appearing to turn things around, the Oilers have dropped six of their last seven games and it's officially starting to feel like they're toast this season.
(Last week: 25)
28. Vancouver Canucks (16-20-6, 38 points)
The Canucks are 2-10-2 in their last 14 games, and have a goal differential of minus-29 over that stretch.
(Last week: 27)
27. Ottawa Senators (14-17-9, 37 points)
The Senators have been shut out seven times this season, but put up back-to-back six spots in a 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks on Friday and 6-3 win over the Lightning on Saturday in a rare offensive outburst.
(Last week: 29)
26. Montreal Canadiens (18-20-4, 40 points)
Took a trip to Montreal over the week and was able to witness this Save of the Year submission by Carey Price in overtime. Can't stop watching it.
(Last week: 28)
25. Florida Panthers (17-18-6, 40 points)
The Panthers can't get home fast enough. Their five-game road trip got cut to four after weather postponed Thursday's game in Boston, but they've dropped three in a row (0-2-1) on the road, where they are 7-12-3 compared to 10-6-3 at home.
(Last week: 24)
24. Detroit Red Wings (17-17-7, 41 points)
Jimmy Howard has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last six starts, and helped the Red Wings win four in a row before missing Sunday's game with a lower-body injury. Fortunately for Detroit, he's expected to be back in goal after the bye week.
(Last week: 26)
23. New York Islanders (21-18-4, 46 points)
A couple weeks ago the Islanders were fighting for first in the Metropolitan Division. Now? They've lost five of their last six games, and are outside of the playoff picture. There's no margin for error.
(Last week: 16)
22. Philadelphia Flyers (19-15-8, 46 points)
The Flyers have outscored their opponents 16-8 during their three-game winning streak, and are also 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) on the power play over that span.
(Last week: 23)
21. Calgary Flames (21-16-4, 46 points)
Jaromir Jagr's time with the Flames is coming to an end, and you have to wonder if that'll be it for the 23-year veteran.
(Last week: 22)
20. Carolina Hurricanes (19-14-8, 46 points)
The Jekyll and Hyde season continues for the Hurricanes, who lost 5-4 in overtime to Washington on Tuesday, shut out Pittsburgh 4-0 on Thursday then lost 7-1 to Boston on Saturday.
(Last week: 17)
19. Pittsburgh Penguins (22-19-3, 47 points)
Sidney Crosby has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last two games after recording only seven points in his previous 14. That's more like it.
(Last week: 21)
18. Chicago Blackhawks (18-14-6, 46 points)
The first line of Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Vinnie Hinostroza has combined for 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in four games since becoming a trio, helping the Blackhawks go 3-1-1 over their last five contests. Nick Schmaltz has also erupted for eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last six, and has scored a goal in three straight.
(Last week: 18)
17. Anaheim Ducks (19-15-9, 47 points)
Think about this: Antoine Vermette is among the best faceoff men in the league with 479 wins (sixth overall) and a 59.6 win percentage, yet he's playing wing right now on the first line. That's how deep Anaheim is up the middle with a healthy lineup consisting of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Adam Henrique and Derek Grant.
(Last week: 15)
16. Minnesota Wild (22-17-3, 47 points)
Are things turning around for the Wild? They've won four of their last six games, and Zach Parise made his season debut last week to add some offensive pop to the top six.
(Last week: 19)
15. San Jose Sharks (21-13-6, 48 points)
The Sharks have the second-best penalty kill percentage (84.0) in the league, but they've given up a power play goal in six straight games, going 14-for-20 (70 percent) over that span.
(Last week: 13)
14. Colorado Avalanche (22-16-3, 47 points)
Mikko Rantanen has three straight multi-point games (three goals, five assists), and hasn't gone more than a game without registered at least a point since Nov. 18-19. Jonathan Bernier has also helped backstop the Avalanche to a five-game winning streak after recording a 1.60 goals against average, .957 save percentage and a shutout this past week.
(Last week: 20)
13. Dallas Stars (24-16-3, 51 points)
The Stars are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games and have a plus-12 goal differential over that span. They've also scored a power-play goal in eight of their last 11 games after doing so just twice in their previous 13.
(Last week: 14)
12. New York Rangers (22-15-5, 49 points)
Ondrej Pavelec has had some tough luck this season. His record is 3-5-1 in 10 appearances despite owning a .926 save percentage.
(Last week: 12)
11. Columbus Blue Jackets (24-16-3, 51 points)
The Blue Jackets are no longer the 31st ranked power play team! The Sabres dropped to dead last with a 12.4 percent success rate, two decimal points fewer than Columbus (12.6).
(Last week: 11)
10. New Jersey Devils (22-11-8, 42 points)
The Devils have lost five consecutive games (0-2-3) after previously winning five in a row. They've allowed a power-play goal in four of those five, which is uncharacteristic for a team that ranks sixth in penalty kill percentage (83.3).
(Last week: 7)
9. Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-2, 52 points)
The Maple Leafs have pulled into a three-way tie with the Lightning and Islanders for the league lead with 95 goals during 5-on-5 play. They scored two big ones in the third period Saturday against Vancouver, rallying from 2-0 down to beat the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout.
(Last week: 9)
8. St. Louis Blues (26-16-3, 55 points):
After losing five of their previous six, the Blues have picked up at least a point in three of their last five games (3-1-1). Part of that has to do with Paul Stastny, who has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games after going pointless in his previous four.
(Last week: 10)
7. Los Angeles Kings (23-11-5, 53 points)
Goal differential by period for the Kings: minus-5 in the first, minus-2 in the second and plus-32 in the third.
(Last week: 4)
6. Boston Bruins (23-10-7, 53 points):
Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL's first star of the week after scoring five goals and adding two assists in three games, helping the Bruins extend their point streak to 11 games (8-0-3). He also matched a career high for goals (4) and points (5) in a 7-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
(Last week: 8)
5. Nashville Predators (24-11-6, 54 points)
Ryan Ellis is back, and it didn't take long for him to shake off the rust. He scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes, then assisted on what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over Los Angeles.
(Last week: 3)
4. Winnipeg Jets (25-11-7, 57 points)
Connor Hellebuyck is 7-3-5 with a 2.59 goals against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout in 16 appearances on the road. At home? He's 16-1-1 with a 2.17 goals against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 19 appearances. He's helped the Jets pick up 11 out of a possible 12 points in their last six games.
(Last week: 6)
3. Washington Capitals (26-13-3, 55 points)
Seven of the last nine games the Capitals have played in have gone to overtime, and they've won five of those. They're making sure not to leave any points on the table. They've also won four games in a row for the third time in the last month and are back in a familiar spot atop the Metropolitan Division.
(Last week: 5)
2. Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2, 60 points)
Remember when we thought the inaugural season couldn't get any better for the Golden Knights after they went 15-9-1 in their first 25 games? Well, they're 14-1-1 since then and are heading into their bye week with a comfortable seven-point lead in the Pacific Division with a game in hand.
(Last week: 2)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (30-9-3, 63 points)
The Lightning became the first team this season to earn 30 wins and set a franchise record by reaching that mark in only 42 games, beating their previous record in 2014-15 after winning 30 in 48 contests.
(Last week: 1)