NHL Power Rankings: New Year's resolutions for all 31 teams
NHL Power Rankings: Week 13
Identifying each team's New Year's resolutions for 2018.
31. Arizona Coyotes (9-27-5, 23 points)
Convince Oliver Ekman-Larsson to sign a long-term extension, or look to trade him.
(Last week: 31)
30. Buffalo Sabres (10-20-9, 29 points)
Determine whether another rebuild is on the horizon and start selling off parts to speed it up.
(Last week: 30)
29. Ottawa Senators (12-17-8, 32 points)
Lock up the core (Matt Duchene, Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone) long term or clear the decks for a full rebuild.
(Last week: 29)
28. Montreal Canadiens (16-19-4, 36 points)
Find a No. 1 center and make sure not to waste any more of Carey Price's prime years.
(Last week: 25)
27. Vancouver Canucks (16-18-5, 37 points)
Continue building around Brock Boeser up front, and eventually finding a top line center to play with him for the next decade.
(Last week: 27)
26. Detroit Red Wings (15-16-7, 37 points)
Scrap the idea of a rebuild on the fly and bottom out in hopes of increasing your lottery chances.
(Last week: 28)
25. Edmonton Oilers (17-19-3, 37 points)
Stay healthy, find a solid backup goaltender to help take the workload off Cam Talbot and try making a Stanley Cup run before Connor McDavid's $12.5 million contract kicks in.
(Last week: 22)
24. Florida Panthers (17-16-5, 39 points)
Patch up the defense, start searching for a long-term replacement for Roberto Luongo in goal and add quality depth players to a young core that's ready for the next step.
(Last week: 26)
23. Philadelphia Flyers (16-14-8, 40 points)
Stay patient with the developments of Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov, and make sure not to hinder their growth.
(Last week: 22)
22. Calgary Flames (19-16-4, 42 points)
Resolve the messy arena situation.
(Last week: 21)
21. Pittsburgh Penguins (19-18-3, 41 points)
Make a few trades to salvage chances at a three-peat or recharge mentally and physically after playing almost three full seasons worth of hockey in two years and prepare for another Stanley Cup run in 2019.
(Last week: 20)
20. Colorado Avalanche (19-16-3, 41 points)
With Nathan MacKinnon breaking out into a superstar and Mikko Rantanen taking the next step, start shoring up the defense around Tyson Barrie.
(Last week: 23)
19. Minnesota Wild (20-16-3, 43 points)
Hope Zach Parise can return to form and guide the Wild to a sixth straight playoff berth.
(Last week: 18)
18. Chicago Blackhawks (18-14-6, 42 points)
Get more production out of the power play and seek external scoring help to balance out on all four lines. (NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers doled out five New Year's resolutions for the Blackhawks as well, which you can see here).
(Last week: 16)
17. Carolina Hurricanes (18-13-7, 43 points)
Acquire a top six center/forward that can help take Carolina's offense to the next level.
(Last week: 19)
16. New York Islanders (20-15-4, 44 points)
Re-sign John Tavares, or invite a bidding war at the trade deadline before risking losing him for nothing.
(Last week: 15)
15. Anaheim Ducks (18-14-8, 44 points)
Get healthy and stay healthy.
(Last week: 17)
14. Dallas Stars (22-15-3, 47 points)
Continue to buy in on Ken Hitchcock's coaching philosophy and become a defensively responsible team.
(Last week: 13)
13. San Jose Sharks (20-12-4, 44 points)
Seek to trade Joe Thornton or become buyers for one final run with the longtime Shark.
(Last week: 12)
12. New York Rangers (21-13-5, 47 points)
Work to acquire a top six center and clinch home ice advantage, because winning on the road seems like a monumental task for the Rangers this season.
(Last week: 14)
11. Columbus Blue Jackets (22-15-3, 47 points)
Fix the 31st ranked power play.
(Last week: 8)
10. St. Louis Blues (24-15-2, 50 points)
Get Jaden Schwartz healthy.
(Last week: 6)
9. Toronto Maple Leafs (23-15-2, 48 points)
Add a top-four defenseman to compliment a top five offense.
(Last week: 10)
8. Boston Bruins (21-10-6, 48 points)
Keep building around Charlie McAvoy on the blue line, and seek to add pieces for a sneaky deep playoff run.
(Last week: 11)
7. New Jersey Devils (22-10-6, 50 points)
Be aggressive — but not overly — at the trade deadline and eye a deep playoff run in a wide open Metropolitan Division.
(Last week: 7)
6. Winnipeg Jets (23-11-6, 52 points)
Win a playoff round and get Winnipeg excited about the future.
(Last week: 9)
5. Washington Capitals (24-13-3, 51 points)
Avoid the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
(Last week: 5)
4. Los Angeles Kings (23-11-5, 51 points)
Keep chasing another Stanley Cup, then take advantage of Dustin Brown's career year and seek to trade his contract in the offseason before giving Drew Doughty a blank check.
(Last week: 4)
3. Nashville Predators (23-10-5, 51 points)
Give Smashville what they want: A Stanley Cup parade down Broadway.
(Last week: 3)
2. Vegas Golden Knights (26-9-2, 54 points)
Pick a direction on Year 1: Either you're all in or stay the course and get something in return for pending unrestricted free agents, don't try to do both.
(Last week: 2)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (28-8-2, 58 points)
(Last week: 1)