NHL Power Rankings: Week 18

By Will Rogers - Covers Expert

The Capitals have been one of league's best teams all season and have claimed the top spot in our latest NHL Power Rankings thanks to their latest five-game winning streak.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 35-8-3-1
-210 Washington
The Caps have won five in a row, scoring a total of 18 goals in that winning streak.
2 5 up 3 27-17-3-2
-205 NY Rangers
The Blueshirts make their best showing of the season, with New York winning seven of its last 10 and picking up points in eight of those games.
3 1 down 2 27-18-1-3
-200 Tampa Bay
All eyes are on Tampa Bay and if the organization will pull the trigger on a trade for superstar Steve Stamkos.
4 3 down 1 33-16-4-0
-197 Chicago
The Blackhawks offense is cause for concern, scoring two of fewer goals in seven of their last eight games – five of which were losses.
5 4 down 1 29-15-4-1
-193 Florida
The Panthers third-ranked defense is crumbling, allowing 18 goals in the past five games, going 3-1-1 Over/Under.
6 6 same 30-16-1-2
-190 Los Angeles
Los Angeles is three games into a seven-game eastern road trip, highlighted by an OT win over the Rangers Friday.
7 7 same 22-18-5-2
-185 Anaheim
The Ducks are on a similar trip as their California rivals, three games into a seven-game swing. But Anaheim is out west and is a much different team on the road (10-11-4) compared to home (16-8-4).
8 11 up 3 25-16-3-3
-180 NY Islanders
The Isles have outscored their opposition 18-5 during their three-game winning streak.
9 9 same 26-18-4-1
-173 Boston
Boston has won six of its last 10 and has points in seven of those games, thanks to strong road play that has the Bruins riding a five-game road winning streak into the weekend.
10 12 up 2 31-14-3-2
-170 Dallas
Look out. Dallas has found its scoring touch again, netting 18 goals in its last five games with the Stars going 4-1 in that span. All five contests went Over the total.
11 8 down 3 28-16-5-3
-165 St. Louis
After a long season of injuries, the Blues are starting to get bodies back, returning Jaden Schwartz Friday, and could be a team to watch once they get back to strength.
12 10 down 2 24-17-4-3
-160 Pittsburgh
After putting up 12 points in a four-game span, Sidney Crosby posted two goose eggs on the scoresheet. The Penguins desperately need their star to shine all the time.
13 15 up 2 25-16-5-3
-155 Detroit
Petr Mrazek has been a revelation for the Wings, leading the NHL in goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.933).
14 13 down 1 26-18-3-1
-153 San Jose
The Sharks love the road, going 18-8-2 away from home, and have an extended five-game road run ahead on the schedule.
15 18 up 3 21-24-1-2
-145 Calgary
Goaltender Karri Ramo is back on the shelf after colliding with Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi, leaving Calgary to rely on shaking veteran Jonas Hiller.
16 24 up 8 24-22-3-1
-140 Montreal
The Habs showed signs of life with three straight wins before dropping a weak one to Buffalo. Montreal has given up hope that G Carey Price will return this season.
17 23 up 6 19-27-3-2
-135 Columbus
The Blue Jackets have won three of four games and picked up points in all four, with three of those games going into shootout. Columbus can keep this going with three more games at home on the sked.
18 19 up 1 27-22-3-0
-130 Colorado
The Avalanche opened a stretch of five road games in six contests with back-to-back road wins at Detroit and Ottawa. Colorado is a solid road bet at 17-12 as visitors.
19 14 down 5 24-18-7-1
-123 Nashville
The Preds have one win this month and have allowed 18 goals in those five February games.
20 16 down 4 25-20-1-4
-120 New Jersey
Offensive woes are the calling card for the Devils, scoring two or fewer goals in five of their last six outings, with a 3-0-3 O/U record in that stretch.
21 17 down 4 24-20-4-1
-115 Arizona
With one win in their last six games, the Coyotes have to be happy to see goalie Mike Smith back at practice. But he’s still not expected back until late next month.
22 21 down 1 21-18-4-4
-110 Philadelphia
The Flyers have an important five-game road trip ahead. Philadelphia is just 11-12-3 away from home.
23 20 down 3 23-20-7-1
103 Carolina
The Canes suffered back-to-back shootout losses but have points in five of their last six outings.
24 22 down 2 23-21-2-4
105 Ottawa
The Dion Phaneuf trade set the Canadian hockey world on fire. He gives the Sens a much-need locker room presence, something the team hasn’t had since Chris Phillips retired.
25 26 up 1 20-19-9-2
110 Vancouver
The banged-up Canucks snapped a four-game skid with a pair of wins and somehow still sits in the playoff hunt.
26 27 up 1 22-24-1-2
115 Winnipeg
The Jets have goalies Ondrej Pavelec back between the pipes. He hasn’t seen action since a pair of wins way back in November due to a knee sprain.
27 28 up 1 20-26-1-3
120 Buffalo
Buffalo has been blasted for 16 goals in the last three games. The Sabres easily went Over in all three after posting just two Overs in the previous eight games.
28 29 up 1 19-26-4-1
125 Edmonton
Connor McDavid has 12 points – four goals, eight assists – in his six games back from injury.
29 25 down 4 23-17-7-2
130 Minnesota
The Wild have dropped seven in a row, giving up at least four goals in six of those games.
30 30 same 17-22-4-5
135 Toronto
Getting Phaneuf’s contract completely off the books is the biggest win the Leafs have had in months.

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.