NHL Power Rankings: Week 21

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

The Predators retain the top spot in this week's rankings, while the Los Angeles Kings make a huge leap to No. 4 and a few teams, including the Blues, drop down a few spots.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 40-13-2-5
-210 Nashville
The Preds continue to be the best team in the NHL thanks to a near perfect 26-3-1 home record and the best defense core in the league.
2 3 up 1 38-16-3-2
-205 Montreal
Carey Price is putting an MVP type season together with 31 wins, a 1.90 GAA average and .935 percentage heading in Thursday’s game with Columbus.
3 5 up 2 39-20-0-2
-200 NY Islanders
The Islanders continue to wow the hockey world with their consistency and have done it without the services of top winger Kyle Okposo. Nick Leddy signing a long term deal is just another in a series of strong moves by GM Garth Snow.
4 16 up 12 28-18-5-7
-190 Los Angeles
The defending champs have skyrocketed up these power rankings thanks to an eight game win streak and multiple big time wins against conference opponents.
5 7 up 2 37-19-2-4
-185 Tampa Bay
It is home sweet home for the Lightning who hosts four of the next five games in Florida after playing a long stretch in the west on a tough road trip.
6 12 up 6 36-16-1-5
-180 NY Rangers
The Rangers are arguably the hottest team in the East and continue to show it even without their best player Henrik Lundqvist.
7 8 up 1 37-16-2-5
-175 Anaheim
The Ducks have righted the ship with three wins in four games after some struggles on a road trip and have finally settled down with John Gibson as the starter with Frederik Andersen on the shelf with a neck injury.
8 2 down 6 38-17-2-2
-170 St. Louis
Head coach Ken Hitchcock laid into this team after a home loss to Montreal on Tuesday and we will see how the Blues respond with three of the next four games against teams with a losing record.
9 10 up 1 34-17-4-5
-165 Pittsburgh
The Penguins have a tough stretch of games ahead against rival Columbus followed by the dreaded trip out west to face the California trips.
10 9 down 1 33-18-6-4
-160 Washington
The Capitals have the leading goal scorer and the leading point scorer in Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
11 4 down 7 33-14-2-8
-155 Detroit
The Red Wings are currently in the meat grinder that is the road trip that goes through California. They will be happy to get home to face some of the weaker sisters in the East.
12 6 down 6 35-20-2-3
-150 Chicago
The Hawks lost two embarrassing games outright to Boston and Colorado and then found out leading scorer Patrick Kane will likely miss two months of action. Bad news is an understatement.
13 15 up 2 34-22-2-1
-145 Vancouver
Eddie Lack gets the starting role as Ryan Miller has been confirmed to be out 4-6 weeks now. The Canucks have won seven of ten in the meantime.
14 14 same 31-21-5-2
-140 Minnesota
The Wild are still red hot but a loss to Edmonton at home was brutal in their race to snag one of the last spots in the Western Conference.
15 13 down 2 30-20-7-4
-135 Winnipeg
GM Kevin Chevaldayoff hasn’t stopped making moves this trade deadline, acquiring Sean Bergenhiem and Jiri Tlusty this week. They are all in this year.
16 11 down 5 32-23-3-1
-130 Calgary
The Flames got a much needed win in New Jersey on Wednesday and sit in a playoff spot for now.
17 19 up 2 30-23-3-5
-125 San Jose
San Jose has now fallen to 10th in the Western standings and will have to play catch up the rest of the way.
18 18 same 29-21-3-6
-120 Boston
The Bruins looked to have turned a corner with a win over Chicago to end a road trip but then fell flat on their faces at home against Vancouver.
19 22 up 3 24-23-5-5
-115 Ottawa
Ottawa kept its slim playoff hopes alive this week with three straight wins behind rookie goalie Andrew Hammond. They still have a large portion of a tough western road trip left to go.
20 17 down 3 26-21-4-8
-110 Florida
The Panthers are hanging tough in the East with a close race against Boston for the final Wild Card spot. Florida has done it despite a minus-24 goal differential rating.
21 21 same 26-23-7-4
-105 Colorado
The Avs looked like they might be a team that could make one last run at the playoffs but managed to win just four of last ten. It is starting to become bleak for last year’s central division winners.
22 23 up 1 26-23-4-7
-100 Philadelphia
The Flyers have picked up points in eight of their last ten games but will need to go on an incredible run the rest of the way to get a playoff spot this season.
23 24 up 1 24-26-3-6
100 New Jersey
Legend Jaromir Jagr finally admitted this week that he isn’t necessarily a fit in the future plans for the rebuilding Devils. We all knew that already though Jaromir.
24 20 down 4 27-24-7-2
105 Dallas
The Stars get an impressive win over St. Louis this week and will need a lot more just like that if they want to keep pace with the LA Kings.
25 25 same 26-28-2-2
110 Columbus
The season can’t end soon enough for the Jackets who just can’t catch a break with injuries. They will probably be sellers at the ever approaching trade deadline.
26 26 same 21-30-2-5
115 Carolina
The Canes officially started their sale of players with a trade on Wednesday to send Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg for prospects.
27 28 up 1 17-34-6-4
120 Edmonton
The Oilers getting a win over old Pacific division rival Minnesota had to feel good for a team that hasn’t seen good things happen of late.
28 29 up 1 24-31-2-3
125 Toronto
The selling has started for the Leafs who shipped off Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson in the past week. When do the bigger names move is what everyone in the hockey word wants to know.
29 30 up 1 17-38-2-3
130 Buffalo
The Sabres are playing for next year but have jumped up a spot because they have not been the worst team in the league thanks the play of the desert dogs.
30 27 down 3 20-32-2-5
135 Arizona
Losers of seven in a row, the Coyotes are getting blown out in nearly every game these days. This team might have the worst record in the league when it is all said and done but we are sure the Sabres will have something to say about it too.

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.