NHL Power Rankings: Here come the Blackhawks
NHL Power Rankings: Week 11
After losing five in a row, the Blackhawks have strung together five consecutive wins and find themselves back in a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
31. Arizona Coyotes (7-23-5, 19 points)
The Coyotes have lost six straight, and recorded a season-low 17 shots on goal in their most recent 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. We didn't think it was possible to go backwards after the offseason they had.
(Last week: 31)
30. Buffalo Sabres (8-18-7, 23 points)
Jack Eichel registered his first career NHL hat trick, finished with four points and 11 shots on goal yet the Sabres still lost 5-4 in overtime to Carolina on Friday. He did everything he could to win that game for a struggling team. It's got to be frustrating.
(Last week: 30)
29. Ottawa Senators (11-13-7, 29 points)
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he has no plans to sell the team, but could be open to relocating. Not exactly the kind of things you want to hear as an Ottawa fan hoping to re-sign Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene to a long-term extension.
(Last week: 29)
28. Florida Panthers (12-16-5, 29 points)
The Panthers didn't do 27-year-old rookie Harri Sateri any favors in his first career NHL start between the pipes, getting outshot 40-18 in a 5-2 loss to Vegas.
(Last week: 28)
27. Detroit Red Wings (12-13-7, 31 points)
The Red Wings are 2-5-5 in their last 12 games after starting the season 10-8-2. Since Nov. 18, only the Senators (25) have scored fewer goals than the Red Wings (26).
(Last week: 27)
26. Vancouver Canucks (15-15-4, 34 points)
The only thing keeping Canucks fans interested in this season is the emergence of their young guns, particularly Brock Boeser, but he suffered a foot injury Sunday night and it's unclear how much time he'll miss — if any, at all. It's even tougher to swallow when you consider Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat are already out with long-term injuries.
(Last week: 20)
25. Edmonton Oilers (14-17-2, 30 points)
Cam Talbot returned Saturday, and the Oilers beat the Wild 3-2. Adam Larsson will return Monday and Andrej Sekera is also inching closer to a return. Here comes the turnaround?
(Last week: 25)
24. Colorado Avalanche (15-15-2, 32 points)
Gabriel Landeskog had a hat trick and two assists but it still wasn't enough to beat Tampa Bay 6-5 on Saturday. Tough luck.
(Last week: 24)
23. Montreal Canadiens (14-15-4, 32 points)
The Canadiens opened a seven-game road trip with a 3-0 loss in Ottawa on Saturday, and it could be a long trip. They are 5-8-1 on the road compared to 9-7-3 at home.
(Last week: 22)
22. Philadelphia Flyers (14-11-7, 35 points)
The Flyers are the fifth team in NHL history to win five or more in a row immediately following a winless stretch of at least 10 games, according to Elias, joining the 1966-67 Maple Leafs, 1992-93 Flames, 1994-95 Blackhawks and 2005-06 Sharks. Brian Elliott has allowed just two goals or fewer in six of his last seven starts after giving up at least three goals in each of his previous four.
(Last week: 26)
21. Carolina Hurricanes (14-11-7, 35 points)
Bill Peters finds himself alternating back and forth between Scott Darling and Cam Ward in goal. Not an ideal situation, especially when you're playing in the league's most competitive division.
(Last week: 23)
20. Anaheim Ducks (14-11-8, 36 points)
The Ducks have picked up at least a point in seven consecutive games (3-0-4). Normally, leaving those extra points on the table is hard to swallow but the fact they're racking up some points is a positive because this team is decimated.
(Last week: 21)
19. Calgary Flames (17-14-3, 37 points)
The Flames are 3-4-2 in the month of December after going 8-4-1 in November. Sam Bennett accounted for four points in a 6-1 win over Vancouver on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak for Calgary.
(Last week: 17)
18. Boston Bruins (15-10-5, 35 points)
David Pastrnak's point streak has reached 11 games, tying Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos for the longest streak recorded this season. The Bruins have allowed a power-play goal in each of their last three games, however, after going 12-for-12 in their previous four games.
(Last week: 15)
17. Pittsburgh Penguins (17-14-3, 37 points)
The Penguins have killed off 23 straight penalties in eight straight games this month, but the power play is 0-for-10 in its last three games after it scored a goal in four straight. The good news is, Matt Murray is back and that should help provide some stability between the pipes.
(Last week: 10)
16. Minnesota Wild (17-13-3, 37 points)
The Wild are 1-for-21 on the power play in their last 10 games, but they've killed off 19 straight penalties in their past four. They were 6-1-0 before dropping back-to-back games to Edmonton and Chicago over the weekend.
(Last week: 18)
15. Dallas Stars (18-14-2, 38 points)
Kari Lehtonen became the 33rd goaltender in NHL history to earn 300 career NHL wins, and joined Miikka Kiprusoff (319) as the only Finnish goaltenders to accomplish that feat as well.
(Last week: 16)
14. Chicago Blackhawks (17-11-5, 39 points):
Patrick Kane has exploded for four goals and three assists in his last four games while Corey Crawford improved to 9-0-2 with a 1.98 goals against average and .938 save percentage in his last 11 starts to help the Blackhawks win five in a row. That's more like it.
(Last week: 19)
13. San Jose Sharks (17-10-4, 38 points)
The Sharks have earned at least a point in five straight (3-0-2), and Brent Burns has now had two-goal games twice within a week after he struggled to score just one in the first two months of the season. When it rains it pours.
(Last week: 14)
12. New York Rangers (18-12-3, 39 points)
The Rangers won back-to-back games against Los Angeles and Boston, and went a combined 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) on the power play after they had gone 3-for-31 (9.7 percent) in their previous 13 games.
(Last week: 13)
11. New York Islanders (18-12-3, 39 points)
Josh Bailey has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak, and netted his first career NHL hat trick in a 6-4 loss to Columbus on Thursday. He's tied for third in the league with 40 points. Who could've predicted that?
(Last week: 11)
10. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-1, 41 points)
Yup, the Maple Leafs are missing Auston Matthews right about now. They've lost three straight, and have been outscored 10-3 during their losing streak. William Nylander and Mitch Marner have to pick up the slack. They've combined for only seven goals this season, and it's not enough for a team looking to become true contenders.
(Last week: 7)
9. New Jersey Devils (18-9-5, 41 points)
The Devils picked up five out of a possible six points last week, and got a three-point effort from Brian Boyle in Friday's 5-2 win over Dallas. That started the first of a six-game homestand, where they are 8-5-2 compared to 10-4-3 on the road.
(Last week: 12)
8. Winnipeg Jets (19-10-5, 43 points)
The Jets were crushed at home by the Blackhawks 5-1 then got shut out by St. Louis 2-0 on Saturday, but salvaged the week by blanking St. Louis the very next night 4-0. They play Nashville on Tuesday in what just may be the Game of the Week.
(Last week: 6)
7. Columbus Blue Jackets (20-12-1, 41 points)
Brandon Dubinsky suffered a broken orbital bone in his face during a fight with Zack Kassian during Tuesday's game, and it will force him to miss 6-8 weeks. Ouch. Next man up for the Blue Jackets.
(Last week: 5)
6. Los Angeles Kings (20-10-4, 44 points)
The Kings are hard to figure out. They'll win multiple games in a row, then lose multiple in a row and right now they've lost three straight after putting together an eight-game winning streak before this stretch.
(Last week: 3)
5. Washington Capitals (21-12-1, 43 points)
The Capitals had their four-game winning streak snapped last week against the Islanders, but they got over it quickly by starting another streak of three in a row. Alex Ovechkin's overtime winner on Saturday put him at 21 for his career, which is a new NHL record.
(Last week: 9)
4. Vegas Golden Knights (21-9-2, 44 points)
The Golden Knights are 6-0-1 in their last seven games after losing their previous three games, and rallied from 2-0 down by scoring five unanswered goals in a 5-2 win over Florida on Sunday. Their 13 wins at home is the most of any NHL team.
(Last week: 8)
3. St. Louis Blues (22-11-2, 46 points)
After winning four straight, the Blues have dropped three of their last four games and have been shut out in two of those losses. Jaden Schwartz's absence is certainly being felt, but so was Alex Pietrangelo's and he's back after missing four games with a lower-body injury.
(Last week: 4)
2. Nashville Predators (21-7-4, 46 points)
The Predators won all three games of their mini Canadian road trip, and outscored their opponents 13-1 over that stretch. Juuse Saros had a 46-save performance in Thursday's 4-0 win against Edmonton for his first shutout of the season. He's now 3-0-1 with a .952 save percentage in his last four starts after starting the season 0-3-0 and a .817 save percentage in his first three.
(Last week: 2)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-6-2, 50 points)
The Lightning have won seven straight, and Brayden Point has recorded at least a point in each of them. He also scored a goal in five consecutive games during that stretch, and potted the game winner in three straight as well. In addition, Mikhail Sergachev became the fourth rookie defenseman in NHL history with five game-winning goals in a season, and he's done it through only 32 games.
(Last week: 1)