NHL Power Rankings: Week 16

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

There may be no team hotter heading into the All-Star Break than the Detroit Red Wings, who have won five-straight. On the flip-side is the Blackhawks, who limp into the break in need of a change.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 30-10-2-4
(16-30-0)
-210 Anaheim
The Ducks haven’t lost since last week’s power rankings and head into the All-Star break with a couple of blowout wins.
2 1 down 1 30-10-1-3
(20-24-0)
-205 Nashville
Nashville took a couple hits with a trip out East, losing to the hot Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens. Still they sit nicely on top of the Central division by three points and a game in hand.
3 8 up 5 29-14-0-4
(19-28-0)
-200 Tampa Bay
If this is a down year for Ben Bishop then how scary would this team look with a great season from their number one.
4 11 up 7 26-11-2-7
(23-23-0)
-198 Detroit
The Red Wings keep on winning with a beautiful combination of veteran and youngsters as they head into the break on league high five-game winning streak.
5 5 same 30-14-0-1
(21-24-0)
-195 NY Islanders
The Islanders lost to the Habs in Montreal which isn’t a shocker but the team is still riding high going with seven wins and just one regulation loss in the last 10 games.
6 4 down 2 28-13-2-2
(24-21-0)
-190 St. Louis
The Blues are tied for second in the NHL at 3.13 goals per game and tied for tops on the power play at 25.2 percent. With Brian Elliot back and healthy, this team is primed for a big second half.
7 7 same 28-13-2-1
(26-18-0)
-185 Montreal
The Habs beat the Metropolitan leading Islanders earlier this week and then followed it up with a win over the Central leading Nashville Predator. It is pretty impressive for a team with no real scoring depth.
8 16 up 8 25-14-4-4
(28-19-0)
-180 Winnipeg
The Jets served noticed again to the rest of the league that they are for real with another win in Chicago. The Central division has become a four headed monster this year.
9 3 down 6 28-15-1-1
(16-29-0)
-175 Chicago
It was a mixed bag week for the Hawks heading into the break as they lost to Edmonton and Winnipeg but beat up on Pittsburgh and Arizona on the other hand.
10 6 down 4 26-12-3-3
(19-25-0)
-170 Pittsburgh
The Penguins have hit the injury bug again as Evengi Malkin and Kris Letang suffered injuries in a physical game against rival Philadelphia Tuesday night.
11 9 down 2 26-13-0-4
(24-19-0)
-165 NY Rangers
The Rangers got an impressive win over Pittsburgh this week after losing to the Islanders in a battle for New York. The speed is back for this team and they should have a great second half.
12 12 same 24-16-2-4
(19-27-0)
-160 Boston
The Bruins were beat up and tired in Colorado but pulled out a single point thanks to all-world play from Tuukka Rask who has been their one constant this year.
13 13 same 24-16-2-4
(18-28-0)
-155 San Jose
The Sharks got an impressive win over rival LA last night and sit a distant second in the Pacific Division on the Ducks who are running away with it.
14 10 down 4 24-13-5-3
(21-24-0)
-150 Washington
The Capitals have been a nice story for the first half as Barry Trotz has made his mark. We’ll see if Alex Ovechkin and company and keep it up.
15 14 down 1 25-15-2-1
(20-23-0)
-145 Vancouver
The Canucks had a decent road trip with wins over Carolina and Florida but got blown out in Tampa to finish it up. Vancouver sits in a decent spot in the middle of the Pacific division thanks to games in hand on San Jose, Calgary and LA.
16 19 up 3 24-18-2-1
(29-16-0)
-140 Calgary
The play of Joni Ortio has some people in Calgary wondering if they could trade starter Jonas Hiller for a player that could help them in the stretch drive.
17 21 up 4 19-17-6-4
(28-18-0)
-130 Colorado
Patrick Roy and the Avs are up their old tricks with pulling out victory in the jaws of defeat. A nice run of points have them right back in the playoff hunt after a dismal first quarter of the season.
18 15 down 3 20-13-4-6
(24-19-0)
-130 Florida
The Panthers didn’t have a great week but still sit in playoff contention heading in the second half of the season.
19 18 down 1 20-14-4-7
(18-27-0)
-125 Los Angeles
The losses keep piling up for the Kings but we keep waiting for that “usual” second half surge from the defending cup champions. Will it come this year?
20 17 down 3 21-17-6-1
(19-26-0)
-120 Dallas
Only three teams have allowed more goals than the Stars but somehow they are still in a race as the second half of the season is upon us.
21 22 up 1 18-18-4-4
(29-15-0)
-115 Ottawa
The Senators have been inconsistent all season and it showed again this week with nice wins over Montreal and Toronto sandwiched around a loss to Carolina.
22 23 up 1 19-21-2-1
(24-19-0)
-110 Columbus
The hockey world will turn its’ attention to Columbus for the All-Star game but the Jackets’ fans thoughts are elsewhere as Sergei Bobrovsky got hurt last night and that could spell doom for any playoff chances if it is long term.
23 27 up 4 20-19-4-1
(19-25-0)
-105 Minnesota
They won two in a row with the arrival of Devan Dubnyk and fought hard for an extra point in Detroit. Great news Mike Yeo as his team was spiraling out of control with six straight losses.
24 25 up 1 18-21-2-5
(25-21-0)
100 Philadelphia
No matter where the Flyers are in the standings, they get up for a rivalry game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
25 20 down 5 22-21-2-1
(26-20-0)
100 Toronto
Leaf Nation is in full panic mode as their squad has lost six in row and are badly in need of the all-star break. Looks like interim head coach Pete Horachek has his work cut out for him.
26 24 down 2 16-22-2-6
(22-24-0)
105 New Jersey
The Devils just can’t seem to put any sort of run together and you have to wonder what kind of fire sale will happen on trade deadline day.
27 28 up 1 15-25-1-4
(28-17-0)
110 Carolina
The Canes have shown that they won’t give up with wins over Toronto and Ottawa this week.
28 26 down 2 16-24-2-3
(22-23-0)
115 Arizona
The Coyotes have had a dismal season and you have to wonder if Mike Tippet’s job is on the line as things continue to spiral in the desert.
29 29 same 11-26-6-3
(26-20-0)
120 Edmonton
A couple of signature season wins for the Oilers give the faithful something to cheer about. Still it might be better served to just hope for losses the rest of the way this team.
30 30 same 14-30-2-1
(23-24-0)
125 Buffalo
11 losses in a row is a perfect reason to be the last place team in any NHL power rankings.

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.