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Power Rankings

Islanders Jump to the Top

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: November 18, 2019, 11:41 am ET

There is a new leader in this week’s Power Rankings as the New York Islanders, based on their 13-0-1 run in their last 14 games, are at the top of the standings, just ahead of divisional rival Washington.

The Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes made major moves up the rankings while Nashville and Vancouver tumbled downwards.

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1. New York Islanders

Record: 14-3-1 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -2)

New York won both this week and are 13-0-1 in their last 14. The Islanders defeated Toronto and then came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Flyers in a shootout. They face Pittsburgh in a home-and-home series and then travel to San Jose to start a California swing before Thanksgiving. New York has played only six of their 18 games on the road but are 5-1-0 away from the Island.

2. Washington

Record: 15-3-4 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals won twice this week, defeating Philadelphia and Boston in shootouts. They lost to Arizona in a shootout and lost to Montreal outright. This week they take on Anaheim, the New York Rangers and Vancouver. Washington has played 10 home games and 12 on the road and are 10-1-1 on visiting ice.

3. Boston 

Record: 12-3-5 (1-0-2)

(Last Week -3)

The Bruins lost a couple of shootouts to Florida and Washington and handled the Maple Leafs pretty easily. This week Boston takes on New Jersey on the road and then play Buffalo and Minnesota at home. Boston is 7-0-4 at home and 5-3-1 on the road.

4. St. Louis

Record: 12-4-5 (0-1-2)

(Last Week -4)

The Blues finally ran into some difficulty as they lost all three games, once in a shootout to Arizona, another in overtime to Columbus and were handed a 4-1 loss by Anaheim in St. Louis. The Blues take on Tampa Bay, Calgary and Nashville at home this week. St. Louis has been great on the road at 7-2-2 while they are 5-2-3 at home. 

5. Edmonton

Record: 13-6-3 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -5)

The Oilers started the week losing to San Jose, but beat Colorado at home before losing in overtime to the Stars. They face San Jose, Los Angeles, Vegas and Arizona on the road this week. Connor McDavid had 10 points in three games this past week. Edmonton has been strong at home with a 7-2-2 mark and have been better than okay on the road at 6-4-1.

6. Colorado

Record: 12-6-2 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Avalanche won two-of-three this week as they picked up wins over Winnipeg and Vancouver while losing to the Oilers. The Avs play in Calgary and Minnesota before returning home to play Toronto. The Avs have played only nine home games and are 6-2-1 while they are 6-4-1 on the road.

7. Carolina

Record:12-7-1 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -10)

After losing all three last week, the Hurricanes turned it around this week and beat Ottawa, Buffalo and Minnesota. They play four games as they are in Chicago and Detroit while at home to Philadelphia and Florida. Carolina is 7-3-0 in the friendly confines while that are 5-4-1 on the road.

8. Montreal

Record: 11-5-4 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -17)

The Canadiens defeated Columbus in a shootout, won outright in Washington and then dropped an overtime decision to New Jersey. Montreal plays in Columbus this week and then are home to Ottawa and the New York Rangers. Montreal has played well both at home and on the road as they are 6-3-1 at the Bell Centre and 5-2-3 on the road.

9. Pittsburgh

Record: 11-7-2 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -8)

The Penguins lost in overtime to the Rangers, lost in regulation to New Jersey and then returned home to wallop Toronto. Pittsburgh will play the Islanders in a home-and-home series and then take on the Devils again for the second time in a week. The Penguins have been solid at home with a 7-3-1 mark and are even away from home with a 4-4-1 record.

10. Winnipeg

Record: 12-8-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -15)

The Jets lost by a 4-0 count to Colorado to begin the week and then defeated Florida and Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State. The Jets finish their road trip this week with games in Nashville and Dallas before coming home to play Columbus. The Jets have been terrific away from home with a 7-3-0 mark but are only 5-5-1 at home.

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.