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Power Rankings

Washington returns to the top

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: January 21, 2020, 12:58 am ET

The Capitals moved back to the top of the rankings with the Blues dropping to second overall. Tampa Bay finally moved back into the top-five at the expense of the New York Islanders while Florida and Columbus jumped up five spots to numbers 10 and 12 respectively.

This week I also looked at each team’s shots on goal leader. I thought more teams would be led by defensemen but it was only three teams (St. Louis, Carolina and Nashville) who are led by defensemen. Even Brent Burns, who has had at least 300 shots on goal in each of the last four seasons, does not lead the Sharks this season.

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1. Washington

Record: 33-11-5 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -3)

The Capitals won out this week, defeating Carolina, New Jersey and the New York Islanders. They do not play this week. Alex Ovechkin leads the team as well as the NHL in shots on goal with 224.

2. St. Louis

Record: 30-11-8 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -1)

The Blues fell from the top spot after losing to Colorado in regulation time, losing in overtime to Philadelphia and beating Anaheim. They do not play this week. Alex Pietrangelo leads in shots on net with 155.

3. Boston 

Record: 28-10-12 (1-2-1)

(Last Week -2)

The Bruins knocked off Pittsburgh but also lost to the Penguins and Columbus as well as losing in a shootout to Philadelphia. Boston is home to Vegas in their only game of the week. David Pastrnak has 195 shots on goal for Boston this season.

4. Pittsburgh

Record: 31-13-5 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -4)

The Penguins defeated Montreal, Detroit and Boston while also losing to the Bruins. They go on the road to play Philadelphia in their only game of the shortened week. The injured Jake Guentzel, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, still leads the team with 127 shots on goal.

5. Tampa Bay

Record: 29-15-4 (2-1-0)

(Last Week – 6)

The Lightning defeated Los Angeles and Winnipeg and lost to Minnesota. They do not play this week. Nikita Kucherov has 142 shots on goal, two better than Steven Stamkos.

6. Colorado

Record: 27-15-6 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -8)

The Avalanche lost to Dallas in overtime and then knocked off San Jose and St. Louis at home this week. They host Detroit in their lone contest. Nathan MacKinnon has 221 shots on goal.

7. New York Islanders

Record: 28-15-5 (1-3-1)

(Last Week -5)

New York played five times and it was not a good week for the Islanders who beat Detroit, lost a pair to the New York Rangers and also were defeated by Washington. They capped the week off, losing in an eight-round shootout to Carolina. They play the Rangers for the third time in eight days Monday. Brock Nelson has 131 shots on goal to lead the Islanders.

8. Dallas

Record: 27-17-4 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -7)

The Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche to start the week but losses to Buffalo and Minnesota put a big damper on the rest of the week. They do not play this week. Tyler Seguin has 173 shots on net.

9. Carolina

Record:27-16-2 (1-2-1)

(Last Week -9)

The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders, lost in overtime to Anaheim and lost outright to Washington and Columbus. They host Winnipeg this week. The injured Dougie Hamilton leads the team in shots on goal with 170.

10. Florida

Record: 26-16-5 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -15)

The Panthers won both games this week, beating Los Angeles and Detroit. They are on the road for a pair, facing Minnesota and Chicago. Mike Hoffman has 127 shots on net, three better than Aleksander Barkov and four up on Evgenii Dadonov.

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.