NHL Power Rankings: Week 7

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

Not a whole lot of change at the top of our weekly NHL Power Rankings this week. The top 3 remain the same however the San Jose Sharks made a nice jump into the top 5 at the expense of the struggling Boston Bruins.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 14-3-1-1
(13-6-0)
-220 Montreal
It’s a tight race for the No.1 ranking, but I haven’t seen enough to de-throne the Canadiens. (Under 3-0 L3)
2 2 same 13-5-0-1
(13-6-0)
-215 NY Rangers
The Rangers remain the highest scoring team in the NHL. While regression is in store, ride the hot sticks while they are hot.
3 3 same 13-4-1-1
(9-10-0)
-213 Chicago
The Blackhawks just finished a 7 game road trip and now back at home. They will play the Rangers twice in the next 2 weeks.
4 7 up 3 9-8-1-0
(6-12-0)
-210 San Jose
The Sharks are allowing a league low 2.08 GAA.
5 5 same 11-5-1-1
(6-12-0)
-205 Washington
The Capitals have has an advantageous schedule so far.
6 6 same 11-4-2-1
(6-12-0)
-203 Pittsburgh
The Penguins played 6 of their L8 on the road. Now at home for 6 of their next 8.
7 4 down 3 11-7-0-0
(11-7-0)
-200 Boston
The Bruins are 1-3 their last 4 as a favorite. They have winnable games this week until @ Washington on 12/07.
8 10 up 2 10-6-2-1
(6-13-0)
-195 St. Louis
Blues 6-1 L7, losing a tough one to Washington on a tail end of a back to back.
9 14 up 5 7-7-1-2
(7-10-0)
-190 Nashville
Preds are 8-3 their L11 but need to learn how win on the road before climbing any higher.
10 12 up 2 10-7-1-0
(5-13-0)
-185 Ottawa
4-1 L5. Tough 3 game road trip upcoming.
11 15 up 4 10-4-2-0
(12-4-0)
-175 Columbus
Rank 4th in Goals scored per game and 4th in GAA
12 8 down 4 12-6-0-1
(9-10-0)
-170 Tampa Bay
0-3 L3 losing to Blue Jackets twice and giving up 3.8 GAA L5.
13 9 down 4 10-8-1-0
(11-8-0)
-165 Edmonton
Two losses against the Coyotes and then the Maple Leafs leave me scratching my head.
14 11 down 3 9-7-3-0
(11-8-0)
-160 Anaheim
The Ducks end a 3 game skid with wins over the Sharks and Canadiens.
15 13 down 2 9-7-1-0
(8-9-0)
-158 Minnesota
The Wild are on a rare 3-0 OVER run and having trouble winning on the road.
16 18 up 2 10-9-0-1
(11-9-0)
-155 Los Angeles
The Kings ended a 5 game winning streak, losing to the Sharks looking rusty after 3 days of rest.
17 23 up 6 8-10-1-0
(11-8-0)
-150 Detroit
The Red Wings have been playing a little better as things can only get better in Detroit.
18 16 down 2 9-5-3-0
(14-3-0)
-140 New Jersey
The Devils are 1-6 their L7 with a 3.8 GAA
19 17 down 2 10-8-0-1
(9-10-0)
-138 Florida
We shall see how the Panthers handle playing 9 of their next 10 on the road under new management.
20 25 up 5 9-10-2-0
(10-11-0)
-135 Winnipeg
The Jets playing good at home.
21 19 down 2 7-7-5-0
(7-12-0)
-133 Dallas
The Ducks last in the NHL in GAA at 3.29
22 21 down 1 6-8-2-2
(10-8-0)
-132 Buffalo
The Sabres got Eichel back but have a tough schedule coming up.
23 20 down 3 8-8-1-2
(8-11-0)
-130 Philadelphia
The Flyers remain a ‘win one- lose one’ type of team.
24 26 up 2 8-7-2-1
(12-6-0)
-128 Toronto
The Maple Leafs are 4-1 their L5 home games as scoring goals has not been a problem.
25 22 down 3 8-9-0-0
(7-10-0)
-125 Colorado
The Avalanche lost their first 3 home games on current 5 game homestand
26 24 down 2 7-6-3-1
(10-7-0)
-120 Carolina
The Hurricanes have their hands full over the next week.
27 27 same 7-10-1-1
(7-12-0)
-115 Vancouver
Defense is still horrific but the Canucks have scored 3 or more goals in 6 of their L8.
28 28 same 8-11-0-1
(8-12-0)
-110 Calgary
Rank 30th in Power Play and 29th in Penalty Kill %(UNDER 4-1 L5)
29 29 same 6-9-2-0
(12-5-0)
-105 Arizona
The Coyotes claim to fame so far is beating the Sharks twice. Other than that, they remain a bottom feeder.
30 30 same 5-8-2-2
(6-11-0)
-105 NY Islanders
The Islanders have had an easy schedule and it will get harder. Can things get any worse?

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.