NHL Power Rankings: Week 27

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

After a brief appearance at the top of the Power Rankings, the Minnesota Wild drop to No. 2 as the New York Rangers take over the top spot and head into the postseason with the President's Trophy in tow.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 4 up 3 50-21-2-5
(42-36-0)
-215 NY Rangers
Alain Vigneault will become just the second coach in NHL history to win three Presidents Trophies thanks to the Rangers locking it up the best record in the league this week.
2 1 down 1 44-26-5-3
(39-39-0)
-210 Minnesota
Still sizzling hot, the Wild have won 11 straight road games and figure to be one of the toughest outs in these upcoming playoffs.
3 2 down 1 48-24-3-5
(41-39-0)
-205 Tampa Bay
Fingers crossed that the Lightning will have the services of starting goalie Ben Bishop to start the playoffs this year. Last year’s injury to their starter spelled a quick end to the postseason.
4 3 down 1 48-22-5-5
(42-38-0)
-200 Montreal
Will the Canadiens finally lock up that top spot in the Atlantic Conference they were gunning for at the start of the season?
5 8 up 3 49-23-3-4
(37-42-0)
-195 St. Louis
The Blues are in the driver seat to win the toughest division in hockey with just two games remaining on the schedule.
6 7 up 1 47-22-4-6
(32-47-0)
-190 Nashville
The Predators have a real shot at winning the ridiculously tough Central division with just two games remaining. Tell anyone that before the season started and they would have had you committed.
7 5 down 2 50-23-2-5
(30-50-0)
-185 Anaheim
The Ducks recent slump has cost them the President’s trophy but they can still lock up the West with a good finish in the last couple games.
8 10 up 2 44-25-7-4
(39-41-0)
-180 Washington
The Capitals shut out the Bruins 3-0 on Wednesday and in doing so, they not only swept their season series with the Bruins, they shut them out in all three games.
9 6 down 3 48-25-3-3
(28-51-0)
-175 Chicago
Without the top scorer Patrick Kane, the Hawks have struggled to score recently and it could really be a problem heading into a first round matchup with either Nashville or St. Louis.
10 9 down 1 45-29-3-2
(39-40-0)
-175 Vancouver
The Canucks finally clinched a spot in the playoffs but still have just one win in regulation time in their last seven games.
11 14 up 3 43-29-4-3
(51-28-0)
-170 Calgary
The Flames refuse to quit in their improbable quest for a playoff spot and are on the verge with a critical head-to-head with the defending champs coming this weekend.
12 16 up 4 40-26-6-7
(48-31-0)
-165 Ottawa
The Senators scored an improbable come from behind win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday but will it be enough after squandering points to rival Toronto this past week.
13 18 up 5 39-35-2-2
(43-35-0)
-160 Columbus
No team in the NHL is hotter than Columbus to finish the season but its’ too bad that early injuries ended any postseason run for the Jackets.
14 17 up 3 40-26-7-5
(45-33-0)
-155 Winnipeg
Winners of three in row, the Jets control a lot of their own fate now as a postseason spot looms large.
15 13 down 2 41-25-3-10
(37-42-0)
-150 Detroit
Pavel Datysuk is back and helped the Red Wings stay alive for a playoff spot but it’s no secret that the Red Wings are struggling to win right now.
16 12 down 4 41-25-4-9
(29-50-0)
-145 Boston
For whatever reasons, the Bruins struggle against the Capitals but no matter, it looks like last year’s President’s trophy winners are going to have to wait till the last game to see if they are going to be a part of this post season.
17 11 down 6 46-27-1-5
(32-47-0)
-140 NY Islanders
The Islanders were literally seconds away from clinching a playoff spot until goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed a stinker from around 50 feet out to lose outright in game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
18 15 down 3 39-25-7-7
(32-46-0)
-135 Los Angeles
It looks like the defending champs now need help if they are going pass Winnipeg or Calgary for a spot in the postseason. We have seen it before from the Kings but this year it feels different.
19 19 same 38-31-7-3
(37-42-0)
-130 Dallas
Jamie Benn has scored 11 points in his last five games to pull into a tie for first for the NHL lead in points. It is the only thing the Stars are playing for at this point.
20 21 up 1 39-31-3-6
(35-44-0)
-125 San Jose
The Sharks have a shot to play spoilers for rival LA on the final game of the regular season and boy it could turn out to be some good theater.
21 22 up 1 36-29-5-10
(47-33-0)
-120 Florida
The Panthers fizzled out at the end of the season and it really came down to injuries to the most important position in hockey-goaltending.
22 20 down 2 42-26-5-6
(34-45-0)
-115 Pittsburgh
Last week I said the Penguins were limping into the playoffs, this week--we have to say they are hoping to make the playoffs thanks to a dreadful slide that has seen the Penguins fall into a wild card spot.
23 23 same 36-31-8-4
(47-32-0)
-110 Colorado
It was a step backwards this year for Patrick Roy’s club that was the toast of the NHL last season.
24 24 same 32-29-7-11
(44-35-0)
-105 Philadelphia
The Flyers have played great spoilers this last week with wins over the Islanders and the Penguins. Still, it looks like an overhaul will be needed in the offseason.
25 26 up 1 23-43-6-7
(45-34-0)
100 Edmonton
The Oilers got their most impressive win in about five years on Tuesday night when they beat the defending champs in regulation time in an ultimate “spoiler” game.
26 25 down 1 32-34-6-7
(41-38-0)
105 New Jersey
Right now all we know is that the Devils have a true number one goalie but that isn’t enough to make the NHL playoffs right now.
27 27 same 30-43-3-4
(44-36-0)
110 Toronto
In 2015, hockey’s most prestigious team, the Leafs, are 1-21-3 on the road- enough said.
28 28 same 29-38-4-7
(46-32-0)
115 Carolina
The Canes just lost to the Buffalo Sabres which should tell you everything you need to know about where this team is right now.
29 30 up 1 22-49-3-5
(43-36-0)
120 Buffalo
Will the Sabres get Conner McDavid to go with Evander Kane or Jack Eichel?
30 29 down 1 24-47-3-5
(36-43-0)
125 Arizona
How do I rephrase this question? Do the Coyotes get Conner McDavid or Jake Eichel in this year’s upcoming NHL draft?

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.