NHL Power Rankings: Week 17

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

The NHL is back from its All-Star Weekend in Columbus and it's the Ducks that retain the top spot while the Predators and Red Wings follow closely behind.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 31-10-2-4
-210 Anaheim
The Ducks came out of the break the same way it entered as they beat up on Vancouver on the road.
2 2 same 30-10-2-3
-205 Nashville
Nashville has lost the services of MVP candidate Pekka Rinne for a few weeks due to injury but is still piling up wins.
3 4 up 1 27-11-2-7
-200 Detroit
The Red Wings have won three in a row and now sit on top of the Atlantic division with a game in hand on Tampa Bay.
4 5 up 1 31-14-0-1
-198 NY Islanders
It is pretty nice to see the battle of New York back in full swing again as the Islanders took out the Rangers in convincing fashion this week.
5 3 down 2 30-14-0-4
-195 Tampa Bay
A loss to Carolina is a bit of a head scratcher but it just goes to show the parity of the NHL these days.
6 6 same 29-13-2-2
-190 St. Louis
The Blues haven’t played since the last time I did these rankings so it’s hard to see them moving up or down.
7 7 same 29-13-2-1
-185 Montreal
The Habs have won three in row and have a big time rematch with the Rangers’ team that kicked them out of the playoffs last spring.
8 8 same 26-14-4-4
-180 Winnipeg
The Jets blew two leads against a Crosby and Malkin-less Penguins in the first game back from the break. We will give them a mulligan here though as they have been so good lately.
9 9 same 30-15-1-1
-175 Chicago
The Hawks face a stiff test on a current California road trip. Something tells me they are going to be alright though.
10 10 same 26-12-4-4
-170 Pittsburgh
The Penguins beat the Jets without Crosby but then get smoked on the road immediately after in Washington with Crosby. Go figure professional sports.
11 11 same 27-13-0-4
-165 NY Rangers
The Rangers have a big meeting with the red hot Habs this week as they try and bounce back from a lull in the schedule.
12 12 same 25-16-2-5
-160 Boston
The Bruins find themselves right back in the middle of the Eastern Conference thanks to a great run before the All-Star Break.
13 13 same 25-17-2-4
-155 San Jose
The Sharks are 14 points back of first place in the Pacific Division but sit in second thanks to an Anaheim team that is just running away with it.
14 14 same 24-13-5-4
-150 Washington
Caps star Alex Ovechkin has 15 goals in 17 games and now leads the NHL with 29.
15 16 up 1 25-19-2-1
-145 Calgary
Super rookie Johnny Gaudreau was an All-Star last weekend and kept it up with another couple points in a win over Buffalo on Tuesday.
16 15 down 1 26-16-2-1
-140 Vancouver
The Canucks were shut out in their own building by the Ducks in their first game back from the break and it was not pretty as the boo-birds were flying from their usually faithful fans.
17 19 up 2 20-15-5-7
-135 Los Angeles
The Kings’ come from behind win at home over Chicago on Wednesday may be just what this team needs to make a run at the playoffs. We have seen this movie before.
18 17 down 1 20-18-6-4
-130 Colorado
The Avs pulled out a single point in Nashville thanks to another late goal with their goalie pulled. This team is starting to get some of that magic back from last season but will it be enough.
19 18 down 1 20-14-4-6
-125 Florida
The Panthers fought hard but lost a 5-4 thriller to the Red Wings in their first game back from the break.
20 21 up 1 19-18-5-4
-120 Ottawa
The Senators have been idle since the last power rankings but move a spot up because of failures of other teams.
21 22 up 1 20-22-2-1
-115 Columbus
The Blue Jackets hosted the All-Star game in fine fashion and then doubled up nicely with a big win at home.
22 23 up 1 20-20-4-2
-110 Minnesota
Devan Dubynk just might be the answer for the Wild as they are finally receiving some stability in net after the injury to Darcy Keumper.
23 20 down 3 21-18-6-1
-105 Dallas
The Stars have two more games out East before heading home in a road trip that has also seen the team lose two straight.
24 24 same 19-22-2-5
-100 Philadelphia
Winners of two in row, the Flyers aren’t giving up as we enter the stretch drive of the NHL regular season.
25 26 up 1 17-22-2-6
100 New Jersey
The Devils have won two in row and will have to make it another five if they want to get back into playoff contention.
26 25 down 1 22-23-2-1
105 Toronto
The Leafs have scored an average of just 0.86 goals per game during a seven game losing streak.
27 27 same 16-25-1-4
110 Carolina
The Canes have put together a nice stretch of games with seven wins in their last nine games but still are likely lottery bound.
28 28 same 16-25-2-3
115 Arizona
The Coyotes have four more games on this Eastern road trip that started out with an OT loss in Philly.
29 29 same 12-26-6-3
120 Edmonton
The loss to Minnesota on Tuesday was typical in another losing season for the Oilers.
30 30 same 14-30-2-1
125 Buffalo
12 losses in a row and counting as Buffalo stays out West for a grueling road trip.

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.