NHL Power Rankings: Week 27By Will Rogers - Covers Expert
After a brief appearance at the top of the Power Rankings, the Minnesota Wild drop to No. 2 as the New York Rangers take over the top spot and head into the postseason with the President's Trophy in tow.
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Alain Vigneault will become just the second coach in NHL history to win three Presidents Trophies thanks to the Rangers locking it up the best record in the league this week.
Still sizzling hot, the Wild have won 11 straight road games and figure to be one of the toughest outs in these upcoming playoffs.
Fingers crossed that the Lightning will have the services of starting goalie Ben Bishop to start the playoffs this year. Last years injury to their starter spelled a quick end to the postseason.
Will the Canadiens finally lock up that top spot in the Atlantic Conference they were gunning for at the start of the season?
The Blues are in the driver seat to win the toughest division in hockey with just two games remaining on the schedule.
The Predators have a real shot at winning the ridiculously tough Central division with just two games remaining. Tell anyone that before the season started and they would have had you committed.
The Ducks recent slump has cost them the Presidents trophy but they can still lock up the West with a good finish in the last couple games.
The Capitals shut out the Bruins 3-0 on Wednesday and in doing so, they not only swept their season series with the Bruins, they shut them out in all three games.
Without the top scorer Patrick Kane, the Hawks have struggled to score recently and it could really be a problem heading into a first round matchup with either Nashville or St. Louis.
The Canucks finally clinched a spot in the playoffs but still have just one win in regulation time in their last seven games.
The Flames refuse to quit in their improbable quest for a playoff spot and are on the verge with a critical head-to-head with the defending champs coming this weekend.
The Senators scored an improbable come from behind win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday but will it be enough after squandering points to rival Toronto this past week.
No team in the NHL is hotter than Columbus to finish the season but its too bad that early injuries ended any postseason run for the Jackets.
Winners of three in row, the Jets control a lot of their own fate now as a postseason spot looms large.
Pavel Datysuk is back and helped the Red Wings stay alive for a playoff spot but its no secret that the Red Wings are struggling to win right now.
For whatever reasons, the Bruins struggle against the Capitals but no matter, it looks like last years Presidents trophy winners are going to have to wait till the last game to see if they are going to be a part of this post season.
The Islanders were literally seconds away from clinching a playoff spot until goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed a stinker from around 50 feet out to lose outright in game against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
It looks like the defending champs now need help if they are going pass Winnipeg or Calgary for a spot in the postseason. We have seen it before from the Kings but this year it feels different.
Jamie Benn has scored 11 points in his last five games to pull into a tie for first for the NHL lead in points. It is the only thing the Stars are playing for at this point.
The Sharks have a shot to play spoilers for rival LA on the final game of the regular season and boy it could turn out to be some good theater.
The Panthers fizzled out at the end of the season and it really came down to injuries to the most important position in hockey-goaltending.
Last week I said the Penguins were limping into the playoffs, this week--we have to say they are hoping to make the playoffs thanks to a dreadful slide that has seen the Penguins fall into a wild card spot.
It was a step backwards this year for Patrick Roys club that was the toast of the NHL last season.
The Flyers have played great spoilers this last week with wins over the Islanders and the Penguins. Still, it looks like an overhaul will be needed in the offseason.
The Oilers got their most impressive win in about five years on Tuesday night when they beat the defending champs in regulation time in an ultimate spoiler game.
Right now all we know is that the Devils have a true number one goalie but that isnt enough to make the NHL playoffs right now.
In 2015, hockeys most prestigious team, the Leafs, are 1-21-3 on the road- enough said.
The Canes just lost to the Buffalo Sabres which should tell you everything you need to know about where this team is right now.
Will the Sabres get Conner McDavid to go with Evander Kane or Jack Eichel?
How do I rephrase this question? Do the Coyotes get Conner McDavid or Jake Eichel in this years upcoming NHL draft?
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.