NHL Power Rankings: The Bruins are ranked No. 1 with Eastern teams dominating the top five
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It might be the Boston Bruins. It could be the New Jersey Devils.
Or it could be another team.
But one thing is for sure: Whoever makes it out of the Eastern Conference this spring will be a handful in the Stanley Cup Final.
Each of the top four teams in the NHL overall standings heading into Wednesday night from the East, and the fifth-best team in the conference — the Tampa Bay Lightning — have reached the championship rounds in each of the past three seasons, winning two cups.
The abundance of the Majors in the midseason league is reflected in the latest edition of the Power B/R ratings, which put the Bruins ahead for the 10th straight week ahead of an All-Eastern package in the top five completed by the Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Our committee awarded 32 points to 1st place and 1 point to 32nd for coming up with the weekly list. The team’s ranking from the past week and how it moved is listed along with each updated position. Scroll to see where your favorites landed, and drop a thought or two of your own in the comments.
Numbers 32-26: Blue Jackets, Ducks, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Sharks, Canucks, Canadiens
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32. Columbus Blue Jackets (last week: 31 / move: -1)
The loss in Nashville on Tuesday was the fifth in six games and 14th in 17 overall for the Blue Jackets, who have scored just three goals three times in their last nine games, and dropped to 30th in NHL scoring.
31. Anaheim Ducks (last week: 29 / Move: -2)
It’s never a good sign when long losing streaks start piling up, but such is the case for Anaheim City, whose loss Tuesday at Philadelphia gave it three streaks of five or more this season.
30. Chicago Blackhawks (last week: 32 / move: +2).
The season was a bit of a mess, but the Blackhawks showed their mettle with four wins in five games, including a defeat of visiting Buffalo where they tied the game in the last minute and won in overtime.
29. Arizona Coyotes (last week: 30 / movement: +1).
The shootout win was as good as any for the Coyotes, who ended their 9-game winning streak by defeating Detroit on Tuesday at home. “It may not be Picasso, but you have to find a way,” says coach Andre Turenne He said.
28. San Jose Sharks (last week: 27 / Move: -1).
The Sharks are 28th overall, but general manager Mike Greer said he had no clue about the Tanks. “It’s not something I believe in.” Tell the athlete. “We will try to win matches up to the 82nd game.”
27. Vancouver Canucks (Last Week: 26 / Move: -1)
General Manager Jim Rutherford, a three-time Cup-winning executive, went public and suggested it would take “General Surgery” To get back to fit with the team that entered Wednesday 12 points off the pace of the playoff game.
26. Montreal Canadiens (last week: 28 / Move: +2)
Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat of Winnipeg handed the injury-hit Canadians a winning streak for the first time since late November and extended their recent streak of success to four wins in six matches.
Numbers 25-21: Flyers, Senators, Red Wings, Sabers, Panthers
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25. Philadelphia Flyers (last week: 25 / move: 0)
The Flyers checked a pair of boxes Tuesday at home with Kevin Hayes hitting his first NHL triple-double in a 5-2 defeat of Anaheim and John Tortorella (692) ranking 12th on the all-time coaching wins list.
24. Ottawa Senators (Last Week: 24 / Move: 0)
The Senators rejected a streak of four wins in five games with four losses in their next five games, scoring just 10 goals (five in the only win) and being shut out twice.
23. Detroit Red Wings (Last Week: 22 / Move: -1)
Goaltending is the final scapegoat for the Red Wings, who have fallen three straight and six of eight – allowing four or more goals six times and falling to 22nd in the league with a 3.40 goals-against average.
22. Buffalo Sabers (last week’s 19 / Move: -3)
The Sabers lost back-to-back against Florida and at Chicago, but Tyge Thompson became just the fourth player in team history to score 16 goals in his first 20 road games and ranks third in the league overall with 32 goals.
21. Florida Panthers (last week: 23 / move: +2)
Allowing two power-play goals contributed to a 5-4 loss in Toronto on Tuesday and has been a season-long problem for the Fanthers, who have a penalty kill rate of 75.4 percent — 21st in the league.
Numbers 20-16: Blues, Predators, Islanders, Avalanche, Flames
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20. St. Louis Blues (last week: 21 / move: +1)
The Blues are 5-3 since losing both Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) and Ryan O’Reilly (foot) in a game on Dec. 31, but Tarasenko may be poised to bounce back after full training on Sunday.
19. Nashville Predators (last week: 15 / move: -4)
Kevin Lankinen stepped in on Tuesday against Columbus and kept the Predators’ goal-kicking magic alive with a 39-save win. Nashville has allowed two fewer goals in five of seven games.
18. New York Islanders (last week: 18 / Move: 0)
The 4-3 loss to Washington on Monday was tough because it came after New York held a 3-0 lead and even harder because it kept the Islanders on the outside sidelines for the Eastern Playoff race ahead of Wednesday.
17. Colorado Avalanche (last week: 17 / move: 0)
The odds seem against it, but if the Avalanche — who rolled in Wednesday below the cut line — miss the playoffs, they will become the fourth Cup champions to miss the next tournament.
16. Calgary Flames (Last week: 16 / Move: 0)
A 2-1 loss in Nashville on Monday marked a choppy end to a five-game road trip in which the Flames (2-1-2) had six points out of a possible 10. Calgary has points in 17 of 23 games since Dec. 1.
Numbers 15-11: Penguins, Capitals, Kings, Oilers, Rangers
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15. Pittsburgh Penguins (last week: 14 / move: -1)
Goalkeeper Tristan Jarry is absent since suffering an injury during the Winter Classic, and the Penguins have been 3-3 in their first six games without him with a 3.17 goals-against average.
14. Washington Capitals (last week: 12 / move: -2)
The OT victory against the Islanders in New York was the only positive win of the week for the Capitals, who were down three of four and went into Wednesday with just four points before snapping the game.
13. Los Angeles Kings (Last Week: 10 / Move: -3)
The loss to New Jersey ended their three-game winning streak, but Drew Doughty tied Rob Blake for most multi-point games by a Kings defenseman and Anni Kopitar became the Kings fourth with 200 home runs.
12. Edmonton Oilers (last week: 20 / move: +8)
It’s been a follow-up pendulum week for the Oilers, who have won four in a row and in the Pacific Division—including three on the road and two against teams (Vegas, Seattle) above them in the standings.
11. New York Rangers (last week: 11 / Move: 0).
Wing Chris Kreider hasn’t played since Jan. 10 due to an upper-body injury, but sending Ryan Carpenter to Hartford from the AHL seems to indicate Kreider will return Thursday against Boston.
Numbers 10-6: Wild, Golden Knights, Kraken, Stars, Gates
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10. Minnesota Wild (last week: 13 / move: +3)
Proper goaltending and solid road play led the Wild to a 6-1-2 drive away from home, including two wins from Filip Gustavsson in which he stopped 53 of 56 shots—a save percentage of 0.946.
9. Vegas Golden Knights (Last Week: 6 / Move: -3)
The Golden Knights are in turmoil, losing three of four and being eliminated for the first time on Monday against Dallas. Defenseman Alec Martinez left that game due to an undisclosed injury.
8. Seattle Kraken (Last Week: 7 / Move: -1)
The Kraken became the first team in NHL history to sweep a road trip of at least seven games and win eight straight games overall before ending the week with back-to-back losses to Tampa Bay and Edmonton.
7. Dallas Stars (last week: 4 / action: -3)
Coach Peter DeBoer’s return to Vegas ended in success, thanks to guard Jake Oettinger’s 27 saves, who ranks third in the league in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
6. Winnipeg Jets (last week: 8 / move: +2)
The loss in Montreal ended a streak of three straight wins and eight in 10 games for the Jets, but Kyle Connor scored his 200th career goal and became the second fastest in franchise history (429 games) to get there.
Numbers 5-1: Maple Leaves, Lightning, Tornadoes, Devils, Bruins
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5. Toronto Maple Leafs (last week: 2 / move: -3)
The Maple Leafs ended a short skid with a win over Florida, and Mitch Marner reached the franchise scoring records with a point in his 19th straight home game, surpassing Darryl Sittler’s 1977-78 mark.
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (last week: 9 / move: +5)
The Lightning started the Western swing of five games with wins over St. Louis and Seattle while allowing only three goals on 48 shots. Their goals against average (2.86) since January 1 is ninth in the league.
3. Carolina Hurricanes (Last Week: 3 / Move: 0)
Tornadoes It can add a postseason punch In Vancouver’s imminent free agent, Bo Horvat, is pictured, according to TSN’s Pierre Lebrun. “Many people like hurricanes as an occasion for Horvat,” he said.
2. New Jersey Devils (last week: 5 / move: +3)
The Devils are the most exciting team in the league this week, rallying to beat San Jose on Monday for their fifth straight win overall and seventh straight on the road. Their 18-2-1 road record is the best in the league.
1. Boston Bruins (last week: 1 / action: 0)
Two straight wins at the end of the ratings week put the Bruins to 34-5-4, which is expected to go to 64 wins if they keep up their pace in 42 games. If so, they will surpass the league’s regular season record for wins (62).
Accurate stats as of Tuesday, January 17th.