NHL Power Rankings: Week 26

By Will Rogers - Covers Expert

The St. Louis Blues held off the hard-charging Pittsburgh Penguins to finish the regular season atop the Covers NHL Power Rankings. It's playoff time so we'll see how these numbers hold up when the pressure rises.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 47-23-5-4
(35-44-0)
-210 St. Louis
The Blues take the No. 3 seed despite finishing with the second most points in the West and draw the Blackhawks in the opening round. St. Louis went 3-2 versus Chicago this season but won the two most recent meetings.
2 2 same 46-25-4-4
(35-44-0)
-205 Pittsburgh
The Penguins are one of the hottest teams in hockey heading into the playoffs and rallied for the No. 3 seed in the East. But Pittsburgh is still waiting for top goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to return from a concussion.
3 6 up 3 48-23-7-2
(40-40-0)
-203 Dallas
The Stars finished the season strong after a rotten second half to the schedule. Dallas gets a Minnesota team heading into the opposite direction in the first round.
4 3 down 1 44-24-6-4
(36-42-0)
-200 Anaheim
The Ducks finished the schedule with a statement win in a possible Stanley Cup final preview versus Washington. Anaheim faces Nashville in the opening series but did lose two of three versus the Preds this season.
5 4 down 1 46-26-5-2
(34-45-0)
-195 Chicago
The defending Cup champs slide to the No. 6 spot in the West and a date with the rival Blues. The Blackhawks won just nine times in their final 21 games of the season.
6 5 down 1 55-17-4-2
(36-42-0)
-193 Washington
Many sportsbooks have Washington as their odds on favorite to hoist Lord Stanley this postseason. The Capitals have been plagued with issues in past playoffs, so it will be interesting to see if they live up to this added pressure.
7 9 up 2 46-27-3-2
(28-50-0)
-187 Los Angeles
The Kings face a familiar foe in the opening round, taking on the Sharks. Los Angeles will be looking to goalie Jonathan Quick to carry the team in the playoffs once again.
8 8 same 44-29-3-3
(37-42-0)
-185 San Jose
The Sharks played one of the softest schedules to end the season but did take a big win over Los Angeles in that span. San Jose won three of its five showdowns with L.A., which it plays in the opening round.
9 7 down 2 45-28-2-3
(32-46-0)
-177 Tampa Bay
No Stamkos is a huge hit to the Bolts’ playoff chances but the rest of the roster is getting healthy. There is plenty of fight in this team which relied more on defense than offense this season.
10 11 up 1 39-26-5-8
(44-34-0)
-170 Philadelphia
The Flyers were dead in the water two months ago. Philadelphia fought its way into the postseason, closing out the schedule with two huge wins to grab the eighth and final playoff ticket.
11 10 down 1 44-25-6-3
(39-39-0)
-165 Florida
The Panthers have a nice mix of veteran leadership and young legs, which can pay off in the playoffs. Florida is a +700 underdog to win the East despite taking the No. 2 spot.
12 12 same 43-26-7-2
(37-41-0)
-160 NY Rangers
The Blueshirts have a tough matchup in the first round versus a red-hot Pittsburgh squad. New York lost three of its four matchups with the Pens this season.
13 13 same 42-26-4-5
(31-46-0)
-155 NY Islanders
The Isles are +135 dogs against Florida in the first round. New York has just four wins in its last 16 games against the Panthers, including a two losses in three meetings this year.
14 17 up 3 36-34-3-6
(40-39-0)
-145 Ottawa
The Senators ended up being the best team north of the border and gave their loyal bettors one last big payday, with a 6-1 win over the Bruins as +244 moneyline dogs.
15 18 up 3 41-30-7-1
(36-43-0)
-143 Boston
Speaking of Boston, the Bruins suffered the worst late-season collapse in the NHL this year. The B’s finished with three wins in their final dozen games to slide out of the playoff picture.
16 16 same 40-28-6-5
(29-50-0)
-140 Detroit
After making a push for the playoffs and earning the fifth seed in the East, the Red Wings are short +135 series underdogs versus the Stamkos-less Lightning in the opening round.
17 20 up 3 31-39-4-4
(42-36-0)
-130 Columbus
The Blue Jackets gave NHL bettors a nice sendoff, winning four of their last five and earning 3.41 moneyline units in that home stretch.
18 14 down 4 39-36-4-0
(46-33-0)
-125 Colorado
Colorado crumbled under the prospect of a playoff spot, losing six straight to end the year. The Avalanche were outscored 25-12 in that span and played Over in five of those contests.
19 15 down 4 38-31-9-2
(39-41-0)
-120 Minnesota
The Wild are in the postseason but just barely. Minnesota dropped five in a row to end the year, and was outscored 16-6 in that stretch. Dallas is a hefty -235 series favorite versus the Wild (+190) in the opening round.
20 19 down 1 39-26-12-2
(33-46-0)
-115 Nashville
The Predators have a first-round date with the Ducks, and long trips to California. Nashville was solid at home but boasts an 18-16-7 record on the road. The Preds did, however, take two of three meetings with Anaheim this season.
21 22 up 1 33-40-3-3
(40-39-0)
-105 Calgary
Things are looking up for the Flames. This is a scrappy young team that looked like a postseason contender at times this season. Calgary won three of its final four games and the loss was in overtime to the Kings.
22 29 up 7 32-39-5-3
(40-39-0)
103 Winnipeg
The Jets left it all on the ice in the home stretch of the season. Winnipeg won four straight to close out the schedule, earning +7.17 units for moneyline bettors during that span.
23 21 down 2 33-35-4-7
(52-27-0)
107 Buffalo
The Sabres weren’t as bad as expected this season, as evidenced by their NHL-best 54-28 puckline record.
24 25 up 1 36-37-3-3
(40-39-0)
110 Montreal
With Carey Price missing the majority of the season, Habs fans are more than willing to forgot the 2015-16 NHL season. Without their top puck stopper, Montreal finished as the top Over bet in hockey at 40-29 O/U.
25 24 down 1 37-34-2-6
(50-29-0)
115 New Jersey
Just behind the Sabres in terms of puckline record were the Devils, who went 51-31 against hockey’s version of the spread.
26 26 same 34-29-11-5
(49-30-0)
120 Carolina
A lot of question in Carolina this offseason – the biggest of all: Is the team moving to Quebec City?
27 23 down 4 35-36-6-1
(45-33-0)
125 Arizona
The ax fell on GM Don Maloney after nine seasons in the desert. The rush is one to find a new GM before the draft in June.
28 27 down 1 28-39-5-6
(49-29-0)
130 Toronto
One win in the final six games completed the Leafs’ tank job for last place. Now that Toronto has finally done something right, the franchise can build on that momentum.
29 28 down 1 29-36-9-4
(39-39-0)
135 Vancouver
The Canucks don’t end up dead last in the final rankings thanks to a win over the Oilers in the “Toilet Bowl” season finale.
30 30 same 30-43-5-2
(47-33-0)
137 Edmonton
Edmonton may not have finished last in the NHL but with all that young talent, this really should have been a turn-around year for the team. Connor McDavid’s 48 points in 45 games were impressive.

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.