NHL Power Rankings: Did Capitals send message with win over Tampa Bay?
NHL Power Rankings
The NHL is a long season full of ups and downs. The standings tell the story of the season as a whole, but no one keeps a consistent pace over the course of 82-games.
The NHL Power Rankings are here to help keep track of where each team stands from week to week and tell you which teams are red hot and which teams are slumping.
Updated: Monday, 4/1
31. Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres have won two games in the month of March.
30. Ottawa Senators
Ottawa has won three of the last four and still have the worst record in the league by a fairly wide margin.
29. New Jersey Devils
The Devils have won 10 games on the road this season. Ten.
28. Los Angeles Kings
The current playoff format stinks, but hopefully it will one day give us a Los Angeles - Calgary playoff series so we can see Drew Doughty vs. Matthew Tkachuk.
27. Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton has the franchise pieces in place to build around, but they have got to start shedding some of the contracts that are weighing this team down like an anchor.
26. Anaheim Ducks
Bob Murray has had seven weeks to study his team from behind the bench.
It is going to be fascinating to see what he learned this offseason.
25. Philadelphia Flyers
When it became clear that the Flyers were going to come up short of the playoffs, the bottom really fell out in Philadelphia.
The Flyers have lost four of their last five.
24. New York Rangers
Alexandar Georgiev has started four of the Rangers' last five games which really makes you wonder just what the future holds for Henrik Lundqvist.
23. Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson are going to be fun to watch next season.
22. Florida Panthers
There is too much talent on this team to not make the playoffs.
This has been a hugely disappointing season for the Panthers.
21. Chicago Blackhawks
A lot of things have gone badly for the Blackhawks this season, but one big one has been the penalty kill.
At 72.7-percent, Chicago is in danger of finishing with the worst penalty kill since 1989. In 1988-89, Toronto finished with a 72.7-percent penalty kill as well.
20. Detroit Red Wings
Give credit to the Red Wings for not mailing it in. They have won seven of their last eight games.
19. Minnesota Wild
A 4-0 shutout loss to Arizona may be the coffin nail for Minnesota's season.
18. Arizona Coyotes
A playoff spot was their's for the taking, but the Coyotes have lost six of their last eight games.
17. Montreal Canadiens
Montreal has won five of its last seven, but that still may not be good enough to get them into the playoffs.
16. Carolina Hurricanes
Is the magic starting to wear off for Carolina?
The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four.
15. Dallas Stars
With three wins in four games, Dallas now looks like a lock to earn the first wild card spot and stay in the Central Division for the playoffs, thus avoiding the Pacific.
14. San Jose Sharks
The Sharks were able to snap a seven-game losing streak, but they are ice cold at a time when most teams are hoping to get hot for the playoffs.
13. Nashville Predators
If Nashville isn't careful, they could get caught by St. Louis and lose home ice in the first round.
12. Winnipeg Jets
The only saving grace for a Winnipeg team that has lost four of its last five is that Nashville is struggling as well.
11. Colorado Avalanche
Philipp Grubauer is leading Colorado's turnaround and he may just lead them to the playoffs.
10. Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas is once again headed to the playoffs.
The job George McPhee and Co. have done building this team is nothing short of incredible.
9. Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto's defenive issues don't look so bad when John Tavares scores four times in a game. Otherwise, the defense is still an issue.
8. New York Islanders
New York is keeping things interesting in the Metropolitan Division with four wins in five games.
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
After some nervous moments after the trade deadline, the Blue Jackets have won five straight and have outscored their opponents 24-4 during that stretch.
6. St. Louis Blues
It is incredible to think that on Jan. 2, St. Louis was dead last in the NHL standings.
Now they have clinched a playoff berth and are making a real push to take second place in the Central.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
With four wins in five games, the Penguins are rounding into playoff form.
This is a dangerous team that no one is talking about.
4. Calgary Flames
The Flames have been the class of the West this season, but goaltending and special teams remain a clear weakness.
3. Boston Bruins
Why does home ice matter in the playoffs? The Bruins have won 12 of their last 13 at home.
2. Washington Capitals
The Caps are hoping they sent a clear message with a dominant win over Tampa Bay that they remain the team to beat as the defending champs.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have accomplished everything they possibly could in the regular season, but they will ultimately be judged by what they do in the playoffs.