NHL Power Rankings Week 19: Boston Takes the Top Spot; San Jose Gains

This week,the Bruins take over first place in the NHL, knocking the Flyers out of the top spot in the East for the first time since doing these power rankings.

In the West, the Coyotes maintain 3rd place as the Stars fall from 3rd two weeks ago to 11th this week.

 

Eastern Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Bruins_medium 1 2
The Bruins knocked the Flyers out of first place for the first time all year, and they did it by beating up on the Islanders and Senators. 1.801
Flyers_medium
2
1
Philadelphia got 5 of 8 possible points, but is now looking up at Boston's ridiculous 1.46 five-on-five goal ratio.
1.777
 Penguins_medium
3
3
The Penguins continue to fall towards the middle of the pack despite maintaining 3rd place. Injuries will do that.
1.304
Capitals_medium 4
4
Washington is gaining on the East's best, and they're only one point behind Tampa for the Southeast Division lead. All while getting some really poor luck.
1.239
Canadiens_medium 5
5
The Canadiens continue to linger, only getting 10 points in their last ten games. Holding steady.
1.142
Lightning_medium 6
6
Tampa Bay is barely holding onto the Southeast lead, but they have two games in hand on Washington. Somehow, they still have a minus-6 goal differential and a 0.95 five-on-five ratio.
1.127
Sabres_medium 7
7
The Sabres look primed for a run, as they are within striking distance of the playoffs. They have a better five-on-five ratio than the Rangers and Hurricanes, and at least 3 games in hand on both.
1.015
Rangers_medium 8
8
New York has only gotten 7 points in their last ten games, and they will need to do better if they want to stay ahead of the two teams on their heels.
1.013
Hurricanes_medium 9
11
The Hurricanes moved up despite only getting 9 points in their last ten games. Still, they're a good team who is right on the bubble.
0.930
Thrashers_medium 10
10
Atlanta continues to fall out of the playoff picture, and now they have to worry about their ownership situation causing the team to move. Ouch.
0.884
Panthers_medium 11
9
The Panthers have been passed in the standings by Toronto, which is pretty bad. Next week, they'll probably be passed by Toronto here too.
0.851
Maple_leafs_medium
12
12
Toronto is only one point out of 10th place in the East. Getting 14 points in ten games will do that.
0.807
Devils_medium 13
13
The Devils will not make the playoffs. They are on a ridiculous run, but they have gotten ridiculously lucky. Stop dreaming.
0.684
Islanders_medium 14
14
New York has earned 14 points in their last ten games. Good for them.
0.615
Senators_medium
15 15
The Senators are bad. Really bad.
0.522

 

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Canucks_medium
1 1
The Canucks have a pretty crazy plus-59 goal differential. They're still the class of the West.
1.755
Red_wings_medium
2
2
Detroit maintains their position, getting 6 out of eight possible points.
1.489
Coyotes_medium 3
3
The Coyotes stay in third, thanks to collecting 16 points in their last ten games.
1.298
Blackhawks_medium 4
5
Chicago is still in 10th place, but they're only two points out of fifth. Getting 6 points in the last four games is a good start.
1.227
Sharks_medium 5
9
The Sharks made a big move last week, collecting all six possible points. They're now in 4th place, collecting 16 points in their last ten games.
1.176
Predators_medium 6
6
Nashville is in 6th place in the West, and they've only scored 5 goals in their last three games. They will need better scoring if they want to keep winning.
1.152
Kings_medium 7
4
The Kings only got three points in their last three games, but they managed to climb into 8th place in the West. Only two points separate 5th from 11th in the West, with L.A. in the middle.
1.148
Wild_medium 8
10
Minnesota recorded 5 points in four games, but that was good enough to move up. They're atop the jumbled mess that is the West's playoff bubble.
1.099
Flames_medium 9
8
The Flames are still in a precarious position due to their games played, but four points in 3 games is not bad.
1.097
Blue_jackets_medium 10
11
Columbus is back in the playoff picture. And the Matt Calvert watch is still in force. Another goal, this one courtesy of Pekka Rinne
1.051
Stars_medium 11
7
The Stars continuing falling, and falling fast. Four goals in three games, all losses, and that will happen. They've now only collected three points in their last 10 games.
1.050
Blues_medium 12
13
St. Louis scored at least three goals in all four games last week, but only got four points. They'll need to shore up the defense if they plan to make up the 5 points between them and the playoffs.
0.966
Ducks_medium 13
12
The Ducks are still in the playoff picture, but with their hopes resting on Ray Emery, things may be fading fast.
0.917
Avalanche_medium 14
14
Colorado is falling just as fast as Dallas, but they started it a long time ago. Three points in ten games is very, very bad.
0.896
Oilers_medium
15 15
The Oilers can't even give Sheldon Souray away.
0.615

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