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Power Rankings

Lightning hit top spot in rankings

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 18, 2020, 5:23 pm ET

The importance of scoring first is evident in the stats below despite what Boston has accomplished this season when not scoring first.

The Lightning move to the top of the standings in the power rankings, even though they are still second in the Atlantic Division, trailing the Bruins by three points with a game in hand.

Tampa Bay has been so hot of late (Andrei Vasilevskiy is 18-0-1 in his last 19 starts) that they have to be ranked at the top, regardless of the fact that the Bruins have won nine-of-10.

Washington dips to third as they have struggled of late and Dallas makes its first appearance in the top-five at number five.

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1. Tampa Bay

Record: 39-15-5 (4-0-0)

(Last Week – 3)

The Lightning defeated Columbus, Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Philadelphia this past week. They play all three on the road in the American southwest, taking on Colorado, Vegas and Arizona. Tampa Bay is 27-5-2 when scoring first.

2. Boston 

Record: 37-11-12 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -2)

The Bruins knocked off Montreal, Detroit and the New York Rangers in a perfect week. Boston are in Western Canada all week, playing Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Boston is 22-7-8 when scoring first. They are much better when they don’t with a 15-4-4 record.

3. Washington

Record: 37-16-5 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals defeated Colorado but lost to the New York Islanders and Arizona this week. Washington plays in Vegas and New Jersey and are home to Montreal and Pittsburgh. Washington is 21-3-3 when scoring first.

4. Pittsburgh

Record: 36-15-6 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -4)

The Penguins lost in overtime to Tampa Bay but closed the week with wins over Montreal and Detroit. Pittsburgh takes on Toronto twice this week as well as Buffalo and Washington. Pittsburgh is 21-3-3 when scoring first

5. Dallas

Record: 34-19-6 (3-0-1)

(Last Week -9)

The Stars defeated Carolina, Toronto and Montreal but dropped an overtime game to Ottawa. The Stars are home to Arizona, St. Louis and Chicago this week. Dallas is 20-4-3 when scoring first.

6. New York Islanders

Record: 33-18-6 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -7)

New York defeated Washington and Philadelphia but were then shut out by Nashville and Vegas. The Islanders play Arizona, Colorado, Detroit and San Jose this week. The Islanders are 21-7-3 when finding the back of the net first.

7. Colorado

Record: 33-18-6 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -5)

The Avalanche opened the week by shutting out Ottawa but then fell to Washington and Los Angeles. They are home to Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders before travelling to take on Anaheim and Los Angeles. Colorado is 25-6-5 when scoring first.

8. St. Louis

Record: 32-17-10 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -6)

The Blues had a tough week as their game with Anaheim was postponed due to the cardiac episode on the bench of St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. They then lost in overtime to Vegas and lost a home-and-home series to Nashville. This week St. Louis takes on New Jersey, Arizona, Dallas and Minnesota. St. Louis is 23-1-8 when scoring first.

9. Columbus

Record: 30-18-12 (0-1-3)  

(Last Week -8)

The Blue Jackets lost in overtime to Tampa Bay and Buffalo, in a shootout to New Jersey and just plain lost to the New York Rangers. Columbus plays the Flyers in a home-and-home series and then travel to Nashville. Columbus is 22-5-5 when scoring first.

10. Carolina

Record:33-21-4 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -10)

The Hurricanes lost to Dallas, were victorious over New Jersey and lost in overtime to Edmonton. This week they take on Nashville, the New York Rangers and Toronto.  Carolina is 23-3-2 when scoring first.

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.