NHL Power Rankings: Week 7

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 10 of their past 11, vaulting themselves into first in our Power Rankings. However, this week has been highlighted by some huge falls by both the Ducks and Maple Leafs.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 4 up 3 12-3-1-0
-210 Pittsburgh
The Penguins crushed the Habs in Montreal to help them move into the top spot and proving they are the hottest team in the NHL right now.
2 2 same 12-4-0-2
-205 Tampa Bay
Ryan Callahan looks like he’s finally fit in with great young talent in Tampa Bay, making Steve Yzerman look like he won the infamous Marty St. Louis trade.
3 5 up 2 14-4-1-0
-200 Montreal
The Habs just keep winning despite not having a ton of star power. Montreal could have been the number one team in these rankings if not for a blowout loss at to the number team.
4 7 up 3 11-4-1-1
-197 Nashville
Peter Laviolette has this team buying into this hard working system and it has shown with a great record and a +15 goal differential.
5 6 up 1 12-4-0-1
-195 St. Louis
This beast in the West is just quietly winning hockey games on strong defense and timely scoring which is no surprise with Hitch at the reigns.
6 10 up 4 11-6-1-1
-193 Calgary
The Flames are first in the NHL in third period goals and can no longer be looked at as an early season fluke.
7 3 down 4 12-6-0-0
-190 Vancouver
Everything was going right for the Canucks until they pulled a stinker at home to Arizona.
8 1 down 7 11-4-2-2
-188 Anaheim
A three game losing streak will have you fall from grace on these power rankings. The losses were all in OT though so it softens the blow for a very good Ducks team that just got Corey Perry back from the Mumps.
9 8 down 1 11-6-0-0
-185 NY Islanders
With the blowout win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, the Islanders have won six of seven overall. A back-to-back set with the Penguins next is going be interesting.
10 14 up 4 11-8-0-0
-180 Boston
The Bruins bounced back nicely from back-to-back bad losses with two really efforts against the Blues and Hurricanes. Don’t look now but the Bruins are making a run.
11 9 down 2 9-5-2-2
-175 Los Angeles
The Kings haven’t overpowered a lot of teams but you know they can with arguably a better team this year than last.
12 20 up 8 10-7-0-0
-170 Minnesota
The Wild has won three in a row and to none ones’ surprise it has coincided with the return of star winger Zach Parise.
13 13 same 10-7-1-0
-165 Chicago
The Hawks have a 3-4 record away from the United Center this season and seem to be sleep walking through the early part of the NHL schedule.
14 18 up 4 9-7-1-2
-160 Winnipeg
The Jets are staying in the thick of a very tough Western Conference and we have to give them credit for that.
15 16 up 1 8-4-2-3
-155 Detroit
If the Red Wings could only get a healthy Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for the entire year they would be one of the best in the league bar none.
16 11 down 5 7-7-0-2
-150 Philadelphia
The Flyers have not been getting the goaltending and that is why they have dropped over the past week in these standings. Steve Mason is the number one but isn’t playing like it.
17 19 up 2 7-6-0-4
-145 NY Rangers
The Rangers got another shutout, this time from back-up Cam Talbot as they continued their dominance over the Flyers at MSG.
18 22 up 4 8-8-1-1
-140 New Jersey
The Devils have lost two in a row and Cory Schnieder looks like he could finally use a night off as the team has played a ton of road games to start this season.
19 24 up 5 5-9-1-2
-135 Carolina
A nice comeback win in Dallas was a nice sign for a Canes team that is rising in the ranks. A even better sign was a three point effort from star Eric Staal.
20 26 up 6 8-9-0-1
-130 Arizona
Devan Dubnyk is 4-0-1 with a 2.13 GAA in five starts this season and it’s making up for a very slow start from starter Mike Smith who has a save percentage of under .900.
21 21 same 10-8-0-2
-125 San Jose
This Sharks team has had a tough schedule to start the season but you should never lose to teams like the Sabres when you have Stanley Cup aspirations.
22 15 down 7 7-7-1-2
-120 Washington
Inconsistency is everywhere on this team that is still trying to adjust to the new system Barry Trotz has implemented.
23 17 down 6 8-5-2-2
-115 Ottawa
The Senators have dropped four of five on a tough Western Canada road trip and now return home to face a strong Nashville side on Thursday.
24 12 down 12 9-7-1-1
-110 Toronto
The sky is falling in Toronto after back-to-back blowout losses to Buffalo and Nashville. Not as bad as the fans think it is but it’s really tough to put this team on these rankings with so much inconsistency.
25 28 up 3 6-8-3-2
-105 Colorado
Winners of two in row, Patrick Roy might finally be starting to push the right buttons for this slumping squad.
26 23 down 3 6-4-3-2
100 Florida
The Panthers, whose last four defeats have all come despite an advantage in shots, were outscored 4-0 in the second period and gave up three goals on six power plays.
27 29 up 2 4-13-1-1
105 Buffalo
Two wins in a row over the Leafs and Sharks? This team can’t even tank properly!
28 25 down 3 6-8-3-1
110 Dallas
The Stars are surrendering a Western Conference-worst 3.47 goals per game, allowing six in consecutive games.
29 27 down 2 6-10-1-1
115 Edmonton
The Oilers have yet to get a win over a western conference opponent and look to headed towards another lottery pick
30 30 same 6-10-1-0
120 Columbus
Sergei Bobrovsky is finally back and some of the other top forwards will be healthy soon so a rise in the rankings is likely to come down the line.

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.