NHL Power Rankings: Week 8

By Will Rogers - Covers Expert

The Washington Capitals make their way into the top three of this week's power rankings, while the Boston Bruins jump up six spots to sit at No. 7.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 15-3-1-1
-213 NY Rangers
Yeah, the Rangers lost 5-1 to Montreal. But the Habs lost Carey Price - again - keeping the Blueshirts on top of the rankings.
2 3 up 1 16-4-1-1
-210 Montreal
Price’s return was short lived. The Habs expect their star goalie to miss at least another week.
3 4 up 1 13-5-1-0
-205 Washington
The Capitals were so close to cracking the Top 2 but slide into the Top 3 as possibly the best two-way team in hockey, ranked fifth in scoring and goals against.
4 2 down 2 17-4-0-0
-200 Dallas
Falling Stars slide back a bit, even with a win over Washington. Dallas fell to a red-hot Sens squad, unable to score their way to a win like most nights.
5 9 up 4 12-8-0-0
-190 Pittsburgh
The Pens break into the Top 5. But the big news in Pittsburgh is a rumored rift between golden boy Sidney Crosby and former roommate/team owner Mario Lemieux.
6 6 same 13-6-2-0
-187 St. Louis
The Blues drop a touch after going 2-2 in their last four, with both losses coming in 4-3 overtime defeats.
7 13 up 6 10-8-1-0
-185 Boston
The Bruins are rolling with four straight wins. We gave them a deserved bump but two of those victories came against the lifeless Leafs. Just sayin’.
8 7 down 1 12-8-0-0
-180 Los Angeles
The road got the best of the Kings this week, but L.A. has four straight inside the Staples Center. The Kings have actually allowed 2.33 GAA at home compared to just 1.90 GAA on the road.
9 5 down 4 11-5-2-1
-177 Nashville
The Preds were blanked in three straight games before finally lighting the lamp three times in a close win over Buffalo. We would discount them further but they enjoy a cupcake schedule this week: Flyers, Sabres, Coyotes, and Florida.
10 18 up 8 10-5-2-3
-170 Ottawa
The hottest team in the NHL came out of nowhere with four wins, including a resume victory over Dallas. Ottawa has outscored opponents 19-7 during this streak.
11 8 down 3 11-8-2-0
-167 Chicago
Chicago avoided a disastrous road trip with a win over San Jose. The Blackhawks still have stops in Anaheim and Los Angeles, playing a packed three-in-four schedule out West.
12 14 up 2 13-8-0-0
-165 San Jose
San Jose swept a six-game road trip then stumbled versus Chicago in its first game home. The Sharks should get Logan Couture back from injury soon.
13 10 down 3 11-8-0-1
-160 New Jersey
After steadily climbing the past few weeks, the Devils drop after bad losses to the likes of Edmonton and Columbus. New Jersey have scored only seven goals in its last for games – going 1-3 in that span.
14 11 down 3 11-5-3-0
-157 Minnesota
The defense just isn’t there for the Wild this season, allowing 14 goals in their last five games with only one win in that span.
15 16 up 1 11-8-2-0
-155 Detroit
The Red Wings have registered points in five straight games heading into the Thanksgiving break. Detroit is getting back to full strength and it’s showing on the scoreboard.
16 23 up 7 10-9-1-2
-147 Tampa Bay
There’s the Bolts we know and love. Tampa Bay snapped a lengthy skid with three straight wins, allowing only two goals in those victories. The Lightning boast the second best defense in the NHL - 2.1 GAA.
17 15 down 2 7-10-3-1
-140 Anaheim
The Ducks have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games. Given that pattern, Anaheim should follow a loss to the Coyotes with a win over the Blackhawks next, right? Ducks are great at treading water.
18 12 down 6 10-8-2-1
-135 NY Islanders
The Isles epic slide continues, with N.Y. running into Montreal twice then beating up on Philadelphia. Any team would dread the road, but with the way the Islanders are playing Brooklyn, they’ll welcome a two-game swing to Florida.
19 21 up 2 10-9-1-0
-125 Arizona
The Coyotes stunned Montreal as +175 underdogs and then picked up a win over Anaheim. Arizona has a chance to build momentum with two home stands before a big five-game road trip to begin December.
20 17 down 3 10-9-1-1
-120 Winnipeg
The Jets allowed nine goals in their last two games, a far cry from the defensive style hockey bettors are used to with Winnipeg. The Jets have allowed 3.2 goals a game – 29th in the NHL.
21 24 up 3 8-14-0-0
-112 Columbus
The Blue Jackets keep clawing their way out of the NHL basement one game at a time. Columbus has a tough test ahead, with Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Montreal – all ranked in our Top 6 this week.
22 25 up 3 8-8-6-0
-105 Vancouver
The Canucks have improved but need more from their special teams. Vancouver has killed off less than 80 percent of its opponent’s power plays, giving up nine short-handed goals.
23 19 down 4 7-12-1-0
105 Colorado
Colorado has a home game versus Winnipeg before hitting the highway for four games out East. The Avalanche are just 2-6-1 inside the Pepsi Center, so this might be a good thing.
24 26 up 2 8-12-0-1
110 Calgary
Goaltender Karri Ramo has kept Calgary competitive despite a weak blueline and penalty kill that ranks dead last in the NHL.
25 29 up 4 7-10-2-1
115 Carolina
The Canes have points in four straight including wins over L.A. and Edmonton. Carolina has made opponents work for their goals, limiting teams to 25.6 shots/game – best in the NHL.
26 22 down 4 8-8-3-1
125 Florida
With an offense failing to net more than one goal in three of its last four games, Florida is shaking up its forward corps, mixing up lines and bringing up bodies from the farm.
27 27 same 6-9-4-1
127 Philadelphia
Philly needed overtime to edge the Hurricanes, picking up its only win in the past five games. The Flyers have been outscored 13-6 in that stretch.
28 20 down 8 8-10-1-1
133 Buffalo
Slow starts have bogged down the Sabres maturation. Buffalo is 2-9-2 when allowing the first goal but 6-3 when getting on the board before its opponent.
29 28 down 1 7-10-1-3
137 Toronto
Back-to-back games with a red-hot Bruins team didn’t do the Maple Leafs any favors. A leaky blueline is allowing 31.4 shots a game and putting added stress on promising goaltender James Reimer, who is nursing a sore leg this week.
30 30 same 7-12-1-0
145 Edmonton
Edmonton opened a five-game road trip with two losses, and now must travel to Detroit, Pittsburgh and Toronto for three games in four nights.

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.