2019-20 NHL Power Rankings: Where does each team stand with playoffs nearing?
2019-20 NHL Power Rankings
Every team goes through ups and downs in an 82-game regular season and sometimes, the standings are not the most accurate depiction of who the best and worst teams actually are. Check out the latest NHL Power Rankings for a snapshot of how all the teams in the league stack up for the week. (Updated 3/9/2020)
31. Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo has not earned a single point since the trade deadline.
30. Detroit Red Wings
Detroit could win every single game for the rest of the season and still finish with only 63 points. Last year, the Ottawa Senators finished last in the NHL with 64.
29. San Jose Sharks
Is this how it will end for Joe Thornton? A complete whimper from the Sharks?
28. Montreal Canadiens
Montreal has won only four of its last 13 games and has been outscored 8-1 in its last two.
27. Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim has four wins in 11 games, but those four wins have been against Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Colorado and Toronto.
26. Chicago Blackhawks
Any team on the outside of a playoff spot that still thinks it is in the hunt can't lose in regulation to Detroit. That's an automatic disqualifier.
25. Ottawa Senators
While the Senators remain a mess off the ice in every sense of the word, on the ice they are much better than anyone anticipated.
24. Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus has won only three of its last 15 games and two of those wins have been against Vancouver.
23. New York Islanders
Does anyone in the east actually want a wild card spot? The Islanders don't seem to after six straight losses.
22. Los Angeles Kings
Everyone wants to make the playoffs, but it can be pretty freeing when you're already out of it and can just focus on playing hockey. Just ask the Kings who have won five straight.
21. Florida Panthers
It looks like the Panthers are going to miss the playoffs again and they have only themselves to blame. There is no excuse for a team with that much talent to play this badly.
20. Toronto Maple Leafs
The California gauntlet is always tough, but all three California teams are bad this year. Toronto just went to the Golden State and lost to all three, earning only a single point and scoring three total goals.
19. New York Rangers
If the Rangers somehow manage to reach the playoffs, Artemi Panarin has to be on the short ballot for the Hart.
18. Arizona Coyotes
Winnipeg, Minnesota and Nashville are all three teams that have been counted down and out at some point this season. Now all three are ahead of the Coyotes in the standings. It is getting harder and harder to think Arizona is going to climb out of this and into a playoff spot.
17. New Jersey Devils
With the Rangers fighting for a playoff spot, you know it must have felt pretty good for the Devils to win in Madison Square Garden.
16. Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks are struggling and, with a very crowded Western Conference race, there's a chance they could slip out of the playoffs completely.
15. Nashville Predators
Fighting for a playoff spot, the Predators came up with two huge shutout wins in a home-and-home against Dallas.
14. Minnesota Wild
Kevin Fiala is red-hot right now with 14 points in eight games.
13. Pittsburgh Penguins
Sure, the Penguins snapped their six-game losing streak with two straight wins, but those wins were against Ottawa and Buffalo. As soon as they played teams with an actual pulse again, they kept right on losing.
12. Carolina Hurricanes
Since both James Reimer and Petr Mrazek went down with injuries, Carolina has a combined save percentage of .891. Seems like they could have used a goalie at the trade deadline.
11. Washington Capitals
The Capitals look like a great team when they play the Penguins and really bad when they play anybody else.
10. Winnipeg Jets
We should be talking more about Kyle Connor. At just 23 years old, he has 36 goals and a five-game goal streak.
9. Dallas Stars
Dallas was making a real push for second place in the Central, but that is probably not going to happen after losing five straight.
8. Calgary Flames
Calgary is the only team in the top three in any division with a negative goal differential.
7. Edmonton Oilers
When Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid can combine for 10 points in a game like they did against Nashville, Edmonton is tough to beat. The real question for this team, as it has been all season, is do they have enough depth around Draisaitl and McDavid?
6. Tampa Bay Lightning
Over the course of a week, the Lightning and Bruins split and that is with the Lightning playing without Steven Stamkos. These guys are still contenders even with Stamkos out injured.
5. Las Vegas Golden Knights
The Pacific is the Knights' to lose. They have always been the best team in the division, it just look until now for them to play like it.
4. Colorado Avalanche
Colorado is 8-1-1 in its last 10 even with their top goalie Philipp Grubauer out injured.
3. Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia has won nine straight and is making a serious push for the Metro crown.
2. St. Louis Blues
The Blues have won nine of their last 10 with the lone loss coming to New Jersey of all teams.
1. Boston Bruins
Sign me up for a seven-game series between Boston and Tampa Bay.