NHL Power Rankings: Week 7

By Will Rogers - Covers Expert

There is a new No. 1 in our Week 7 NHL Power Rankings as the New York Rangers take the top spot from the Montreal Canadiens who are really beginning to miss Carey Price.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 14-2-1-1
-215 NY Rangers
New York gave up only six total goals in the first six games of its current nine-game winning streak, but has allowed a total of seven goals in the past three games.
2 4 up 2 14-4-0-0
-205 Dallas
Dallas gets a bump because it’s winning, but is still off the Rangers’ pace as the Stars have knocked off weaker foes like Winnipeg, Minnesota and Buffalo.
3 1 down 2 13-3-1-1
-197 Montreal
Cracks are beginning to show in the Habs, who have allowed 13 totals goals in the past three games. Carey Price can’t come back soon enough.
4 5 up 1 11-4-1-0
-190 Washington
Evgeny Kuznetsov is helping take the scoring load off Alex Ovechkin, with five points in his last six games.
5 7 up 2 10-3-2-1
-185 Nashville
Inconsistency on offense has burned the Preds this past week, scoring seven goals against the Sens and Jets but only one in a shootout loss to the Leafs.
6 2 down 4 11-5-1-0
-183 St. Louis
St. Louis opens an extended road trip with three games in four nights, traveling to Columbus, Minnesota and New York.
7 8 up 1 11-6-0-0
-175 Los Angeles
The Kings have a similar schedule as the Blues, out East and playing three games in four nights with trips to Detroit, Carolina, and Florida.
8 10 up 2 10-7-1-0
-173 Chicago
The Blackhawks have their offense back, netting four goals in each of their last three games. Chicago is now ranked 10th in scoring in the NHL after sitting near the bottom of the stat to start the year.
9 9 same 10-7-0-0
-165 Pittsburgh
The Penguins will be without oft-injured defenseman Olli Maatta for an extended period. That’s horrible news for a team that’s given up 17 goals over its last five games.
10 12 up 2 10-6-0-1
-155 New Jersey
The Devils keep on climbing in our rankings, but something needs to be done with an offense averaging a league-low 25.8 shots per game.
11 6 down 5 10-3-3-0
-150 Minnesota
The Wild take a plunge this week after losing two straight and edging a terrible Carolina team 3-2 in overtime. Minnesota is 7-1 at home but has just three wins on the road.
12 13 up 1 9-6-2-1
-145 NY Islanders
New York is in the middle of a tough stretch of schedule that has the Islanders playing seven of 11 games away from Brooklyn. Next up: a home and home set with the Canadiens.
13 11 down 2 8-7-1-0
-137 Boston
The offense is no longer able to make up for a laundry list of injuries on the blueline. Boston is giving up 3.2 goals a night – 27th in the NHL.
14 23 up 9 9-8-0-0
-125 San Jose
The Sharks are the big winners in this week’s rankings, making a significant jump thanks to three straight road wins. San Jose has a tough end to this away slate, with three games in four nights.
15 14 down 1 5-8-3-1
-120 Anaheim
The Ducks have just one win in their last five outings – coming against Carolina – and have given up 16 total goals in that skid. Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s top penalty kill (89.9%).
16 17 up 1 8-8-1-0
-117 Detroit
The Red Wings are getting healthy. First, they welcomed Pavel Datsyuk back last week and now they expect Brad Richards to return this Friday.
17 16 down 1 8-8-1-1
-115 Winnipeg
Manitoba was a sight for sore eyes after the Jets got smashed on the road, losing each stop of a four-game road trip. Winnipeg was outscored 21-8 in that span.
18 19 up 1 8-5-1-3
-105 Ottawa
The mudslinging has started early in Canada’s capital, with GM Bryan Murray blasting his soft blueline. At least the power play looks good, scoring on half of their last 14 man-advantages.
19 26 up 7 7-9-1-0
-103 Colorado
Nathan McKinnon is on fire, registering points in eight of his last 10 games and moving to ninth overall in the points race.
20 20 same 8-8-1-0
-100 Buffalo
The Sabres had won six of eight before dropping back-to-back games. Dan Bylsma’s young team has a gauntlet ahead with St. Louis twice, Dallas and Nashville in the next four games.
21 18 down 3 9-7-1-0
105 Arizona
Arizona could be running low on energy after playing four of five on the road, and wrapping up two more away games this week. The Coyotes are, however, 6-4-1 as visitors heading into Thursday’s game in Montreal.
22 22 same 7-7-2-1
110 Florida
The Panthers, who took a home-and-home set against the rival Lightning, will be without defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for two to four weeks.
23 21 down 2 8-8-1-2
113 Tampa Bay
The Bolts found themselves on the losing side of their state rivalry and have a daunting sked ahead with the likes of the Rangers, Kings, Capitals and Islanders on the docket.
24 30 up 6 6-12-0-0
115 Columbus
A significant jump for the Blue Jackets who have leaned on special teams to climb out of the basement with three straight wins.
25 15 down 10 7-6-5-0
120 Vancouver
The Canucks, who were No. 15 last week, nosedive 10 spots after running out of gas at the tail end of an extended road trip. We kind of saw this coming.
26 27 up 1 6-12-0-1
125 Calgary
The Flames have gotten good work from goaltender Karri Ramo, who is settling in after some rough patches following the injury to Jonas Hiller.
27 24 down 3 6-8-3-0
130 Philadelphia
The Flyers blew a late lead against the Kings and lost in a shootout. Philadelphia did, however, hold their own in the opening period this past week – something they’ve struggled with.
28 29 up 1 5-9-1-3
140 Toronto
The Maple Leafs are showing signs of life, with wins in four of their last five contests. Tyler Bozak has two goals and five assists in that span.
29 25 down 4 6-9-2-0
145 Carolina
The Canes have dropped four in a row, including two in extra time, getting outscored 13-5 in that span. Carolina has peppered opposing goalies with 30.6 shots per game but only have an average of 1.6 goals to show for it.
30 28 down 2 6-12-0-0
147 Edmonton
The Oilers sink to the bottom of the NHL power rankings. Edmonton is 3-7 on the road and plays four of its next five away from home.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.