NHL Power Rankings: Week 25

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

With the playoffs just a week away, the power rankings are reflective on the actual NHL standings. Teams continue to be bunched together as they look to improve on seeding. The Capitals remain atop the rankings, but the field that follows is a crapshoot.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 49-17-3-5
-250 Washington
It would take a lot to go wrong for the Capitals not to finish with the top spot in the regular season. Is this finally the Caps year?
2 2 same 46-18-6-5
-247 Pittsburgh
The Penguins just simply have ran out of time for the top spot in the Metropolitan. A battle for home ice with the 3rd place Blue Jackets is now their main focus.
3 4 up 1 48-21-5-1
-243 Chicago
Chicago continues to keep their distance with 2nd place Minnesota. They’re quietly picking apart opponents and are once again poised for a deep playoff run thanks to their strong defensive presence.
4 3 down 1 48-19-5-2
-240 Columbus
Columbus failed to capitalize on two huge games against Washington and Pittsburgh. Now, they’re forced to shift the focus a bit and just look to find their groove again as they’ve dropped 3 straight.
5 6 up 1 42-24-7-2
-235 Montreal
All of a sudden, this Montreal team is not one you want to face. Montreal has caught some fire and with G Carey Price (2.21 GAA) playing at a very high level, this team will be tough to beat.
6 7 up 1 44-24-5-2
-232 Minnesota
Minnesota has responded in a big way to their losing streak They’ve solidified themselves in that 2nd spot, but their first round opponent still sits between the Blues and Predators, which will be no easy task either which way.
7 5 down 2 41-25-6-2
-230 Ottawa
Ottawa has tapered off and now finds themselves in a real heated battle in the Atlantic. Sitting in 2nd with 94 points, a 5 game losing streak saw them allow Boston and Toronto to sneak within 1 point.
8 9 up 1 39-30-4-2
-227 Boston
Look out! The Bruins have looked extremely impressive winning 6 straight games. In all 6, they’ve allowed 2 goals or less.
9 10 up 1 46-26-1-3
-225 NY Rangers
The Rangers have just simply ran out of time in hopes of catching the top 3 in the division. Still, with this team averaging well above 3 goals per game, they have the potential to cause some fits in the playoffs.
10 11 up 1 41-23-8-3
-223 Anaheim
Anaheim is holding on for dear life right now in the Pacific. A huge part of their success and need for that top spot comes from their home record, where they are 27-8-2-2.
11 8 down 3 42-29-2-2
-220 Calgary
The Flames could arguably be lower considering they sit in 4th place in the Pacific. They’re falling and falling with some speed as back to back losses to division leader Anaheim really has them stumbling.
12 12 same 42-26-6-1
-217 San Jose
The Sharks lead by 5 points over Calgary for the 3rd spot, but more importantly sit tied for 2nd with the Oilers. Home ice, with an outside shot at the top spot remains on the line here in the final week for the Sharks.
13 14 up 1 40-28-5-1
-215 St. Louis
St. Louis is right in the thick of that mess in the Central Division. They currently hold the third spot by just 1 point, but a pair of winnable road games await in the balance.
14 13 down 1 38-25-7-4
-210 Nashville
Nashville has failed to take advantage of any opportunities, as they’ve dropped 4 of their last 5, scoring just 1 goal in each contest.
15 15 same 41-25-4-5
-205 Edmonton
The Oilers are catching some fire at the right time. It’s now the battle for home ice with San Jose that remains unsettled as they get set to battle the Sharks on the road Thursday night.
16 16 same 35-24-7-8
-200 Toronto
The Maple Leafs are consistently putting together winning weeks. They trail both Ottawa and Boston by just one point, but a tough homestand awaits with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, and Columbus all coming to town.
17 17 same 36-29-6-3
-195 Tampa Bay
The Lightning are just running out of time and steam. Injuries and their inability to find any sort of big run this season is going to cost them.
18 19 up 1 35-32-4-4
-190 Philadelphia
Philadelphia will have one last chance to play the spoiler role as they get a shot at Columbus coming up. The Flyers are still grinding, which makes them a team you do not want to see right now.
19 18 down 1 35-32-3-4
-185 Los Angeles
The injury to Jonathan Quick in the season opener really set the tone for the Kings season. Lackluster offensive production, along with some poor stretches have doomed this team.
20 20 same 35-27-8-4
-180 NY Islanders
The Islanders can point to their 25th ranked scoring defense as the main reason why they’ll be watching the playoffs from home this season.
21 24 up 3 34-35-6-1
-170 Winnipeg
Winnipeg has just been a middle of the pack team all season long. They’re looking to take some momentum into the offseason, as they’ve won 5 straight and get a pair of playoff teams to close the season out with.
22 22 same 31-32-6-6
-160 Buffalo
The Sabres jump a spot mostly because a majority of the teams to follow them have been horrendous as of late. Buffalo is right there with them though, but still does boast that profitable ATS record.
23 21 down 2 33-30-5-6
-150 Florida
The Panthers were once looking like a team that would shock many this season. However, now they’re just trying to find the win column.
24 23 down 1 33-27-8-5
-145 Carolina
Carolina’s home/away discrepancy is just so interesting. They’re dominant at home, but a mess on the road.
25 25 same 31-33-9-2
-140 Dallas
This is a young team with a lot of growing pains endured here in 2017.
26 26 same 30-32-12-0
-130 Detroit
The Red Wings disappointment will linger for a while of seeing their playoff appearance run come to an end this season.
27 27 same 30-36-7-2
-125 Vancouver
The Canucks have dropped 5 straight games and it looks as if they’ve phoned it in here in the 2016-2017 season.
28 28 same 27-35-11-2
-120 New Jersey
New Jersey’s 2.2 goals per game is one of the worst marks in the NHL.
29 29 same 27-39-7-2
-110 Arizona
The Coyotes have played in many close games against playoff teams over the past few weeks. One to highlight is a 6-3 win over the Capitals on 3/31.
30 30 same 20-51-2-1
-110 Colorado
Wins over St. Louis and Chicago have shown this Avalanche team, that has been horrible all season long, has some heart inside of them.
31 31 same 0-0-0-0
1 Vegas

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.

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