Loading scores...
John Carlson
Getty Images
Power Rankings

Capitals end the year still on top

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 30, 2019, 11:41 am ET

The Capitals remain the top team in the NHL but the Blues are gaining fast, after winning eight in a row. The Bruins and Islanders switched spots, while the Avalanche have dropped out of the top-five, replaced by Pittsburgh.

Editor's Note: Drafting is only half the battle. Dominate all season long with our Season Pass! Use our NEW Lineup Adviser, get our Weekly and Rest-of-Season rankings and projections, track all of your players and more on your way to a championship! Click here for more!  

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld's Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and @mfinewaxhockey on Twitter.

1. Washington

Record: 27-8-5 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals lost to Boston and Carolina but beat Columbus for the first time in three weeks. They face the New York Islanders, Carolina and San Jose this week. Lars Eller leads with 334 faceoffs won.

2. St. Louis

Record: 26-8-6 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -2)

The Blues were perfect again this week, defeating Los Angeles and Winnipeg twice as they have now won eight in a row. They are on the road for all three this week, in Arizona, Colorado and Vegas. Ryan O’Reilly has been a beast at the faceoff dot, winning 500 of 874.

3. Boston 

Record: 24-7-9 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -4)

After losing all three games in extra time the previous week, Boston won all three contests this past week, defeating Washington as well as Buffalo in a home-and-home series. The Bruins take on New Jersey, Columbus and Edmonton this week. Patrice Bergeron has won 406 draws despite missing nine games.

4. New York Islanders

Record: 24-10-3 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -3)

New York opened the week with a couple of losses to Columbus and Chicago before defeating Minnesota. They take on Washington, New Jersey and Toronto this week. Brock Nelson has won 334 faceoffs this season.

5. Pittsburgh

Record: 23-11-4 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Penguins beat Nashville twice this week. Pittsburgh is busy this week with games against Ottawa, San Jose, Montreal and Florida. Evgeni Malkin has won 238 faceoffs, nine more than Teddy Blueger.

6. Colorado

Record: 23-12-4 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -5)

The Avalanche split the week, beating Vegas, losing in a shootout to Dallas and losing outright to Minnesota. They face Winnipeg, St. Louis and New Jersey this week. Nazem Kadri has won 294 faceoffs while losing only 229.

7. Philadelphia 

Record: 22-12-5 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -8)

The Flyers sandwiched wins over the Rangers and Anaheim around a road loss to San Jose. They face Los Angeles, Vegas and Arizona this week as they continue their six-game road trip. Claude Giroux has won 436 of 707 faceoffs this season.

8. Carolina

Record:23-14-2 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -7)

The Hurricanes lost to Toronto and the Rangers on the road before returning home to knock off Washington. This week the Hurricanes face Montreal, Washington and Tampa Bay. Jordan Staal has won 416 faceoffs this season.

9. Dallas

Record: 22-14-4 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -12)

The Stars won both games this week as Colorado and Arizona both fell. They play Nashville in the Winter Classic and then are home to Detroit. Tyler Seguin has won 298 faceoffs while dropping only 214.

10. Tampa Bay

Record: 20-13-4 (3-0-0)

(Last Week – 14)

The Lightning won all three this past week, beating Florida, Montreal and Detroit at home. The Lightning are in Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Carolina this week. Steven Stamkos has win 248 faceoffs, eight more than Anthony Cirelli and 11 ahead of Brayden Point.

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.