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Power Rankings

Boston moves back into first in the rankings

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 25, 2020, 8:54 pm ET

As the NHL hits today’s trade deadline, it’s going to be a fight to the finish for some playoff berths. As such, let’s look at how many fighting majors each team has this season, courtesy of Hockeyfights.com.

Boston retakes the lead in the Power Rankings with Tampa Bay second and Washington remaining in third. Colorado moves into fourth and St. Louis jumps up into fifth.

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1. Boston 

Record: 39-12-12 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -2)

The Bruins knocked off Edmonton and Calgary before losing 9-3 to Vancouver. Boston takes on Calgary, Dallas and the New York Islanders this week. Boston players have dropped the gloves on 15 occasions.

2. Tampa Bay

Record: 40-17-5 (1-2-0)

(Last Week – 1)

The Lightning struggled this week for the first time since Christmas, losing in the American Southwest to Vegas and Arizona, after a 4-3 win over Colorado to start the road trip. This week the Lightning host Toronto. Chicago and Vancouver. The Lightning have been in 13 fights.

3. Washington

Record: 38-18-6 (1-2-1)

(Last Week -3)

The Capitals defeated Pittsburgh to end the week as the Alex Ovechkin race to 700 goals, finally ended with a loss to New Jersey. Montreal also defeated Washington but in overtime while the Caps lost in Vegas to start the week. Washington plays a pair against Winnipeg as well as taking on the Wild in Minnesota. The Capitals have fought 13 times.

4. Colorado

Record: 36-18-7 (3-0-1)

(Last Week -7)

The Avalanche opened the week with an overtime loss to Tampa Bay but then beat the New York Islanders, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Colorado plays Buffalo, Carolina and Nashville this week. The Avs are tied for eighth with 14 fights.

5. St. Louis

Record: 36-17-10 (4-0-0)

(Last Week -8)

The Blues had a perfect week, prevailing over New Jersey, Arizona, Dallas and Minnesota. St. Louis is home to Chicago, the New York Islanders and Dallas this week. The Blues have been given only six fighting majors this season.

6. Pittsburgh

Record: 37-18-6 (1-3-0)

(Last Week -4)

The Penguins split with Toronto and also lost to Buffalo and Washington. Pittsburgh makes their annual trip to California this week, taking on Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose. The Penguins are 24th in fights with seven.

7. Dallas

Record: 36-20-6 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Stars defeated Arizona and Chicago but lost an important contest against division rival St. Louis. Dallas is on the road for all three this week, taking on Carolina, Boston and St. Louis. The Stars have battled six times.

8. New York Islanders

Record: 35-20-6 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -6)

New York opened the week losing to Arizona and Colorado on the road and came home to beat Detroit and San Jose. The Islanders face the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Boston this week. The Islanders have been involved in 14 fights.

9. Philadelphia 

Record: 35-20-7 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -11)

The Flyers defeated Columbus twice as well as Winnipeg. Philadelphia is home to San Jose before playing a home-and-home series against the New York Rangers. The Flyers have been involved in only nine fights.

10. Vegas

Record: 34-22-8 (4-0-0)

(Last Week -17)

The Golden Knights defeated Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim in a perfect week. Vegas is home to Edmonton, Buffalo and Los Angeles this week. The Golden Knights have been embroiled in 10 fights this season.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.