NHL Power Rankings - All 31 Teams: 1/20/20
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Power Rankings for All NHL Teams
It has been a week since our last NHL Power Rankings and a lot has changed since then. This Power Rankings list was extremely tight, as even if teams played well, they still may have moved down because other teams played even better. With teams gaining or losing ground in the standings, it is time for us to take a look.
1. Washington Capitals 33-11-5, 71pts - (Previous Ranking: #1)
The Caps have won three straight and just completed an amazing comeback over their Metropolitan division foe New York Islanders for a 6-4 victory on the road.
2. St. Louis Blues 30-11-8, 68pts - (Previous Ranking: #3)
After a four-game win streak, the Blues have lost two in a row, but they are still in great shape in the standings and should feel confident heading into the All-Star break.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins 31-13-5, 67pts - (Previous Ranking: #6)
Quite honestly the hottest team in the league, the Penguins came back from a 3-0 deficit to the Bruins to win 4-3 at home. They have a solid cushion in the second slot in the Metro division.
4. Boston Bruins 28-10-12, 68pts - (Previous Ranking: #2)
Fun fact, the Bruins have lost all seven games that went into the shootout this season. Other than that, the Bruins have played well, despite a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh.
5. Tampa Bay Lightning 29-15-4, 62pts - (Previous Ranking: #4)
Tampa heads into the All-Star break after a powerful 7-1 road win at the hands of the Jets. This Tampa team is scary and could leapfrog some teams ahead of them pretty soon.
6. Colorado Avalanche 27-15-6, 60pts - (Previous Ranking: #9)
Back-to-back wins for the Avs have them 2nd in the Central Division and in a great spot with the Red Wings coming to town.
7. New York Islanders 28-15-5, 61pts - (Previous Ranking: #5)
The Islanders have lost some heartbreakers this week, a 3-2 loss to the Rangers and 6-4 loss to the Caps were both games they could/should have won, or at least gotten a point out of. They need to figure it out after the All-Star break, as they are in a bit of a slump recently.
8. Dallas Stars 27-17-4, 58pts - (Previous Ranking: #8)
A 7-0 blowout loss to the Wild does not mesh with how the Stars have played this season, leading the league in goals against. They are only two points behind the Avalanche in the Central Division and are still in a good spot in the standings.
9. Columbus Blue Jackets 26-16-8, 60pts - (Previous Ranking: #19)
Woah! Here comes Columbus! The biggest jump on the Power Rankings, the Blue Jackets have mixed fantastic defense and goaltending (three shutouts in the last five games) with timely scoring to win five straight.
10. Philadelphia Flyers 26-17-6, 58pts - (Previous Ranking: #15)
The Flyers have won three of four games and their offense has been very consistent after their 1-0 shutout loss to the Lightning. Since then, the Flyers have scored 15 goals in only four games.
11. Vancouver Canucks 27-18-4, 58pts - (Previous Ranking: #16)
The Canucks have won four of five games and they have been playing both great offense and defense. Defense and goaltending were the question marks for this team, but if they can play like they are now for the rest of the way, watch out.
12. Florida Panthers 26-16-5, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #18)
The Panthers electric offense has led them to a four-game winning streak where they have scored 21 goals in four games. They are now in 3rd in the Atlantic Division standings.
13. Edmonton Oilers 26-18-5, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #14)
The Oilers are heading into the All-Star break riding a two-game win streak by beating the Predators and the Coyotes. Connor McDavid is one special hockey player and he has led his team significantly this season.
14. Carolina Hurricanes 28-18-3, 59pts - (Previous Ranking: #7)
Carolina desperately needed the shootout win over the Islanders, as lucky as it may have been. It is very fitting that Justin Williams won it for them in the SO.
15. Toronto Maple Leafs 25-17-7, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #11)
The Maple Leafs have dropped two straight games, both to Western Conference teams (Blackhawks and Flames). Their defense has been atrocious as of late.
16. Arizona Coyotes 26-20-5, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #13)
The Coyotes have lost two in a row and are not going into the break feeling too hot. Although they are still in second in the Pacific Division, the Yotes need to break out of their recent slump when they return on the 29th.
17. Vegas Golden Knights 25-19-7, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #12)
The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Senators, but then dropped another game to the Montreal Canadiens. Vegas is one of four teams fighting for position in the Pacific.
18. Calgary Flames 26-19-5, 57pts - (Previous Ranking: #10)
The Flames have a bad tendency of losing to bad teams, as they were losers to the Senators and Canadiens this week. They are tied with Arizona, Vegas, and Edmonton for 2nd in the Pacific.
19. Chicago Blackhawks 24-20-6, 54pts - (Previous Ranking: #23)
The Hawks are winners of five straight games in which their offense has been soaring. They have outscored the opposition 22-9 on their streak.
20. Winnipeg Jets 25-20-4, 54pts - (Previous Ranking: #17)
Winnipeg has been up and down all season, as after an impressive 4-0 win over Vancouver, the Jets went and lost 7-1 at home to the Lightning.
21. New York Rangers 23-20-4, 50pts - (Previous Ranking: #20)
Although the season has been a disappointment for the Rangers, they can at least enjoy a back-to-back sweep over their cross-town rival New York Islanders.
22. Buffalo Sabres 22-20-7, 51pts - (Previous Ranking: #25)
Overall, Buffalo has been playing better hockey as of late, winning three of their last four games. They are young and promising, but this season has not been their year.
23. Minnesota Wild, 22-20-6, 50pts - (Previous Ranking: #22)
The Wild have won two games vs strong teams (Lightning and Stars) at home recently, which is a positive for a team desperate for positives.
24. Montreal Canadiens 22-21-7, 51pts - (Previous Ranking: #26)
Two nice wins over Vegas and Philly and four wins in their last five are not too shabby for Montreal, who has actually looked impressive recently.
25. Nashville Predators 22-18-7, 51pts - (Previous Ranking: #21)
This has been a very disappointing season for the Predators, as not much has gone their way. Although they are not terrible, this team was supposed to do big things this year, and it just has not worked out that way.
26. San Jose Sharks 21-25-4, 46pts - (Previous Ranking: #24)
Read “Nashville Predators” and add a three-game losing streak.
27. Anaheim Ducks 19-24-5, 43pts- (Previous Rankings: #30)
Quack quack, the Ducks have won two in a row and have moved three spots up in the Power Rankings. They will play the role of spoilers for the rest of the season.
28. New Jersey Devils 17-24-7, 41pts - (Previous Ranking: #27)
The Devils have lost three in a row and have been absolutely destroyed doing so. They are being outscored 17-6 in their three-game slide.
29. Los Angeles Kings 18-27-5, 41pts - (Previous Ranking: #28)
Four losses in a row to Eastern Conference teams on the road are what was expected from LA. This team has a long road ahead of them on the path of rebuilding.
30. Ottawa Senators 17-23-8, 42pts - (Previous Ranking: #29)
The painful nine-game losing streak had finally ended as the Sens will enter the break with a win they needed to end the madness.
31. Detroit Red Wings 12-33-4, 28pts - (Previous Ranking: #31)
Detroit sports are not in a good spot right now. The Pistons, Lions, Tigers, and of course Red Wings are all very, very bad teams.