Week 8

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

Sidney Crosby and the mighty Pens hang onto top spot in this week's Power Rankings, while a select few teams have seemingly fallen off a cliff two months into the season.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 13-4-1-1
-210 Pittsburgh
Sidney Crosby went eight games without a goal but still the Penguins continue to roll with spread out scoring and a +26 goal differential.
2 3 up 1 16-6-1-0
-200 Montreal
Winners of eight of their last 10, the Habs are showing that last year’s consistency was no fluke.
3 7 up 4 14-6-0-1
-195 Vancouver
Radim Vrbata looks like a great fit with the Sedins as the Canucks continue to rack up wins and points.
4 4 same 13-5-1-1
-190 Nashville
Even in one of the toughest divisions in the NHL this Predators team continues to impress with a whole new regime.
5 9 up 4 14-6-0-0
-185 NY Islanders
There is no hotter team in the league right now than the Isles who have won five straight, including a back-to back-set with the Penguins.
6 2 down 4 14-6-0-2
-180 Tampa Bay
An 8-2-2 home record has the Lightning looking like the beast of the East in the Atlantic Division.
7 8 up 1 13-4-2-3
-175 Anaheim
Corey Perry is done with the mumps and is finally looking like himself again as the Ducks have won three in row after a short rough patch last week.
8 5 down 3 14-6-0-1
-170 St. Louis
This beast in the West is just quietly winning hockey games on strong defense and timely scoring which is no surprise with Hitch at the reigns.
9 10 up 1 13-9-0-0
-165 Boston
Don’t look now but the Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and Zdeno Chara could be on his way back soon.
10 13 up 3 12-8-1-0
-160 Chicago
Winners of seven of ten, the high flying Hawks showed their might on a Western Canadian road trip with only one setback to the red-hot Canucks.
11 11 same 11-6-2-2
-155 Los Angeles
The Kings are nearly impossible to beat at the Staples Center where they are 10-2-1 in front of the Hollywood crowd.
12 14 up 2 10-9-1-2
-150 Winnipeg
The Jets are quietly road warriors to start the season with a 8-4-2 record outside of Manitoba.
13 12 down 1 11-8-0-0
-145 Minnesota
It’s night and day the difference between this team on the road and at home. The Wild are 7-2 in their friendly confines while just 5-7 away.
14 15 up 1 10-5-2-3
-143 Detroit
Pavel Datysuk has 13 points in just 11 games played. Therein lies the problem for the Red Wings as the full team has played in 22.
15 6 down 9 13-7-1-1
-140 Calgary
Jiri Hudler has 20 points in 23 games. That is how well things are going for the Flames in the early going.
16 22 up 6 9-8-1-2
-135 Washington
New head coach Barry Trotz has his team treading water and Alex Ovechkin is finally scoring again in an up and down first quarter of the season.
17 17 same 9-7-0-4
-130 NY Rangers
It’s been a very inconsistent first quarter of games for the blue shirts who have yet to make that Western road swing.
18 20 up 2 9-11-1-1
-125 Arizona
The Coyotes are finally starting to show some life with points in four of their last six games.
19 23 up 4 9-6-2-2
-120 Ottawa
The Senators survived a road trip out West and are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
20 24 up 4 11-8-1-1
-115 Toronto
It’s really hard to pinpoint this inconsistent team and I think it’s going to be that way all year for Randy Carlyle and MLSE group.
21 21 same 10-9-0-4
-110 San Jose
This team just can’t buy any puck luck early in the season as he constantly out performs its opponent but is just .500 on the year.
22 26 up 4 7-5-3-3
-105 Florida
Roberto Luongo is down with an injury and you probably will see a drop in the rankings by this time next week.
23 19 down 4 6-11-1-2
-100 Carolina
The Canes made a little run to get themselves back into it but are still struggling to score goals for goalie Cam Ward.
24 28 up 4 8-9-3-1
100 Dallas
The Stars have won three in a row as the combo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have contributed a lot in outscoring their defensive woes lately.
25 16 down 9 8-9-0-2
105 Philadelphia
The Flyers need to pick it up away from friendly confines with just a poor 2-7-1 record on the road this season.
26 18 down 8 9-9-1-2
110 New Jersey
Cory Schneider made a franchise record 20 consecutive starts early this season and that is saying something when you know he succeeded legendary Martin Brodeur.
27 25 down 2 7-9-3-2
112 Colorado
Patrick Roy has finally got this team playing better but it's still a far cry from last season’s showing to date.
28 27 down 1 6-13-1-1
115 Buffalo
This team is fighting hard for really nothing as it will end up on the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a poor roster and destiny.
29 29 same 6-13-1-1
117 Edmonton
Rumors of a big and badly needed trade for an Oilers club that still doesn't have a win versus a Western Conference opponent this season.
30 30 same 6-12-1-1
120 Columbus
Sergei Bobrovsky is back on the case but the Jackets just have too many holes up front thanks to injuries to the center position.

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.