NHL Power Rankings Week 21: Oilers and Islanders Try, Can't Shake The Rankings

This week, things seem to be settling down. Not as much movement this week as prior weeks, while the Bruins and Canucks are running away in their respective Conferences.

Oh, and the Oilers and Islanders combined to get 13 out of a possible 14 points last week. Odd.

 

Eastern Conference

This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Bruins_medium 1 1 The Bruins put distance between themselves and the Flyers despite getting 3 out of 6 points, largely due to the Flyers slump. 1.823
Flyers_medium 2 2 Philadelphia only got two points out of a possible eight last week, and those two game against the Oilers. Time to right the ship. 1.564
Penguins_medium 3 3 The Penguins won in regulation for the first time in over a month. Yet they are still within striking distance due to the Flyers slump. 1.298
Canadiens_medium 4
6
Montreal moved up this week thanks largely to scoring four goals in three straight games on their way to getting all six possible points.
1.262
Capitals_medium 5
4
The Capitals won all three games last week even though it took a shootout over Tampa. They're again on top of the Southeast Division.
1.257
Sabres_medium 6
7
Buffalo moved up despite only getting 5 out of 8 points. They now sit one point up on Carolina for 8th place in the Conference.
1.147
Lightning_medium 7
5
The Lightning fell here, as they only got 1 point out of a possible 8. Somehow, they are still in a virtual tie atop the Southeast Division.
1.108
Rangers_medium 8
8
New York spanked the Flyers 7-0, but their position in the East is still a precarious 7th.
1.094
Hurricanes_medium 9
9
The Hurricanes only played twice last week, and they needed overtime to beat the Sabres. Not how to move up in the standings.
0.944
Maple_leafs_medium 10
11
Toronto got 5 of 8 possible points, but are still four points out of the playoffs with one more game played.
0.850
Thrashers_medium 11
10
The Thrashers lost to Ottawa last week. Enough said.
0.836
Panthers_medium 12
12
Florida lost to the Thrashers last week. But Tomas Vokoun beat the Blackhawks, so... cool.
0.775
Devils_medium 13
13
The Devils are two games below .500, yet there is still talk of them making the playoffs. Just. Stop.
0.721
Islanders_medium 14 14 New York got 7 out of a possible 8 points last week. Impressive. 0.694
Senators_medium 15 15 The Senators beat both the Devils and Thrashers last week. Cool. 0.581

 

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Canucks_medium 1 1 The Canucks are so far above the rest of the West, it's almost getting boring. Even with all their injuries. 1.732
Red_wings_medium 2 2 Detroit got two out of six points last week despite not winning a game. Thank you, Gary Bettman. 1.354
Blackhawks_medium 3
3
The Blackhawks got six of eight points and are now on the Red WIngs' trial. But they aren't likely to win the Central at this point.
1.343
Sharks_medium 4
5
San Jose got four of six points, but they lost to the Stars. Who desperately needed the points.
1.226
Coyotes_medium 5
4
The Coyotes got three points in three games, leaving them in 6th place. But they have two additional games played.
1.213
Kings_medium 6
6
Los Angeles also got three points in three games, but they're now in 8th place with a game in hand.
1.177
Flames_medium 7
7
The Flames are in the same position as Phoenix, but their seven shootout wins hurt them here.
1.165
Stars_medium 8
9
Dallas got 5 of 6 points last week, and are now two points up on 9th place with a game in hand. Didn't see that coming.
1.144
Predators_medium 9
8
The Predators got three out of six points on the road last week, leaving them one point out with an extra game played.
1.139
Wild_medium 10
10
Minnesota got 5 of 8 possible points, but they're only two points out with a game in hand on both Phoenix and Calgary.
1.075
Blue_jackets_medium 11
11
The Blue Jackets only got one point out of six last week. Sad, really.
0.995
Ducks_medium 12
12
Anaheim got four out of six points last week, and they somehow have games in hand. Only two points behind the Kings.
0.914
Blues_medium 13
13
The Blues lost to the Islanders 5-2 last week. Yup.
0.840
Avalanche_medium 14
14
Colorado was outscored 10-3 last week. By the Oilers and Wild.
0.786
Oilers_medium 15 15 The Oilers got all six points last week, winning all three games in regulation. And they only gave up four goals. Wow. 0.644

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