NHL Power Rankings: Week 18By 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.
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The Caps have won five in a row, scoring a total of 18 goals in that winning streak.
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.
All eyes are on Tampa Bay and if the organization will pull the trigger on a trade for superstar Steve Stamkos.
The Blackhawks offense is cause for concern, scoring two of fewer goals in seven of their last eight games five of which were losses.
The Panthers third-ranked defense is crumbling, allowing 18 goals in the past five games, going 3-1-1 Over/Under.
Los Angeles is three games into a seven-game eastern road trip, highlighted by an OT win over the Rangers Friday.
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).
The Isles have outscored their opposition 18-5 during their three-game winning streak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Petr Mrazek has been a revelation for the Wings, leading the NHL in goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.933).
The Sharks love the road, going 18-8-2 away from home, and have an extended five-game road run ahead on the schedule.
Goaltender Karri Ramo is back on the shelf after colliding with Sharks Joonas Donskoi, leaving Calgary to rely on shaking veteran Jonas Hiller.
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.
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.
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.
The Preds have one win this month and have allowed 18 goals in those five February games.
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.
With one win in their last six games, the Coyotes have to be happy to see goalie Mike Smith back at practice. But hes still not expected back until late next month.
The Flyers have an important five-game road trip ahead. Philadelphia is just 11-12-3 away from home.
The Canes suffered back-to-back shootout losses but have points in five of their last six outings.
The Dion Phaneuf trade set the Canadian hockey world on fire. He gives the Sens a much-need locker room presence, something the team hasnt had since Chris Phillips retired.
The banged-up Canucks snapped a four-game skid with a pair of wins and somehow still sits in the playoff hunt.
The Jets have goalies Ondrej Pavelec back between the pipes. He hasnt seen action since a pair of wins way back in November due to a knee sprain.
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.
Connor McDavid has 12 points four goals, eight assists in his six games back from injury.
The Wild have dropped seven in a row, giving up at least four goals in six of those games.
Getting Phaneufs 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.