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Power Rankings

Islanders still number one

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: November 26, 2019, 12:33 am ET

The standings remained the same at the top of the power rankings but Dallas made a huge climb up and deservedly so, as they are 12-1-1 in their last 14 after a horrible start to the season.

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1. New York Islanders

Record: 16-3-2 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -1)

New York defeated Metropolitan Division rival Pittsburgh twice this week before dropping an overtime decision to San Jose as they began a California trip. The Islanders are in Anaheim and Los Angeles this week before returning home to play Columbus. The Islanders are 15-0-2 in their last 17 games.

2. Washington

Record: 16-4-5 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -2)

The Capitals defeated Anaheim, lost to the Rangers in regulation and then lost in a shootout to Vancouver. The leaders in the Metropolitan Division play Florida, Tampa Bay and Detroit this week. They are 13-2-3 in their last 18 contests.

3. Boston 

Record: 15-3-5 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -3)

The Bruins won all three games last week, knocking off New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota. Boston plays Montreal twice this week as well as in Ottawa and at home to the New York Rangers. The Bruins were 1-2-3 heading into the week but certainly turned things around.

4. St. Louis

Record: 14-5-5 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -4)

The Blues beat Tampa Bay and Calgary before the Predators beat them Saturday. The Blues play four games this week including a return gig with Nashville, continuing on the road against Tampa Bay and Dallas and then returning home to face Pittsburgh. After winning six in a row, St. Louis has gone 2-2-2 of late. 

5. Edmonton

Record: 16-7-3 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Oilers traveled down south and beat San Jose, Vegas and Arizona but fell to Los Angeles. They take on Colorado as they finish their lengthy road trip before returning to play a home-and-home series against Vancouver. The Oilers have been quite strong this season, save for a 2-4-2 stretch from October 20-November 6.

6. Carolina

Record:15-8-1 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -7)

The Hurricanes took three-of-four games this week as they knocked off Chicago, Florida and Detroit and lost to the Flyers. It wasn’t the toughest of competition but the Hurricanes have now won six-of-their last seven games. They take on the New York Rangers, Nashville and Tampa Bay this week.

7. Dallas

Record: 14-8-2 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -18)

The Stars beat Vancouver, Winnipeg and Chicago this week. As they have won six games in a row. Dallas will try and continue the streak this week with games against Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis and Minnesota. The Stars are 12-1-1 in their last 14 contests.

8. Colorado

Record: 13-8-2 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Avalanche lost two-of-three this past week, defeating Calgary to open up the week but dropping games to Minnesota and Toronto. This week Colorado take on Edmonton once and Chicago twice. The Avs started the season red-hot at 7-0-1 but have cooled off considerably since.

9. Pittsburgh

Record: 12-7-4 (1-0-2)

(Last Week -9)

The Penguins lost in overtime to the Islanders twice before beating up on the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh faces Calgary, Vancouver, Columbus and St. Louis this week. The Penguins have lost only once in their last eight games in regulation time but before you rejoice, they have lost three games in extra time.

10. Tampa Bay

Record: 11-7-2 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -13)

The Lightning opened the week with a loss to the Blues but defeated Chicago and Anaheim to end the week. They have played a league-low 20 games but things start getting busy now as the play four times this week, facing Buffalo, St. Louis Washington and Carolina. The Lightning have won five of their last seven games and could finally be getting untracked after winning the Presidents Cup last 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.