NHL Power Rankings: Week 1

By Will Rogers - Covers Expert

The young Tampa Bay Lightning, who were oh so close to the Stanley Cup last season, look to take that final step and begin this season atop our first edition of NHL Power Rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 same 0-0-0-0
-205 Tampa Bay
The Bolts stand pat with their roster, hoping this group can continue its high level of play and get back to the final. As long as Steve Stamkos is finding the back of the net, Tampa Bay will always have a chance.
2 same 0-0-0-0
-200 Anaheim
The Ducks know time isn’t on their side when it comes to another Stanley Cup push. Anaheim added Carl Hagelin to go along with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but their goaltending situation may be their undoing again.
3 same 0-0-0-0
-190 Los Angeles
L.A. looked great in the preseason and once again will be a tough team to score on. The Kings are hoping an extended offseason – thanks to not making the postseason – will give them the rest they so desperately needed.
4 same 0-0-0-0
-184 St. Louis
The regular season hasn’t been the issue for the Blues, who continue to come up short in the playoffs. St. Louis is one of the best road bets in hockey and should hold that value again this season.
5 same 0-0-0-0
-180 Washington
Alex Ovechkin is still an elite talent and has some players around him in additions T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams. Those new faces will have to make up for Nicklas Backstrom, who is still healing from hip surgery.
6 same 0-0-0-0
-175 NY Islanders
The Isles are putting it all together behind John Tavares and goaltender Jaroslav Halak. New York debuts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and that high-scoring style should win over a new fan base.
7 same 0-0-0-0
-174 NY Rangers
Have the Blueshirts missed their chance at Stanley Cup glory? The bulk of last year’s roster returns and the weight of the franchise falls on the shoulders of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist once again.
8 same 0-0-0-0
-170 Montreal
Carey Price is the best goaltender in the league and that’s always worth a bet. The Habs brought in free agent Alexander Semin to help put some pucks in the other net, something Montreal struggled with.
9 same 0-0-0-0
-161 Detroit
Jeff Blashill takes over in Hockey Town after 10 seasons under Mike Babcock. The Red Wings were very impressive in the preseason but this club is relying on some older bodies, and won’t have Pavel Datsyuk back until December.
10 same 0-0-0-0
-160 Chicago
The defending champs are the odds on favorite to win the Cup again – but we’re not totally convinced. They dealt Patrick Sharp to Dallas but have plenty in reserve. The big issue is Patrick Kane’s off-ice problems and how much that will impact the franchise.
11 same 0-0-0-0
-153 Winnipeg
While we like what we see from the Jets, Winnipeg may be the odd team out in the Western Conference. The Jets are improving but find themselves in a crowd of potential playoff contenders, but they’re among the grittiest teams in the NHL.
12 same 0-0-0-0
-148 Columbus
Columbus brings in Brandon Saad and Gregory Campbell on offense, hoping to give the team some depth and protection from injuries, which severely hampered this team’s progression last season. The Blue Jackets could be a nice sleeper early on in the schedule.
13 same 0-0-0-0
-147 Pittsburgh
The Penguins added another weapon in Phil Kessel this offseason and he showed up in the preseason for three goals. There’s no shortage of goal scoring but that hasn’t always been enough for Pittsburgh.
14 same 0-0-0-0
-140 Nashville
Nashville is up-and-coming, hoping to improve after a positive 2014-15. The Predators just need to stay healthy after injuries slowed down a hot run in the middle of winter.
15 same 0-0-0-0
-138 Dallas
Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns come over from the Cup-winning Blackhawks, giving Dallas some experience. The Stars have a ton of talent on offense but little between the pipes, could be a nice Over team early on.
16 same 0-0-0-0
-137 Minnesota
The Wild became a contender once goaltender Devan Dubnyk came over from Arizona in January. Minnesota was great in preseason play and will be a tough team to score against, back by a solid blueline and an exciting young goalie.
17 same 0-0-0-0
-132 Calgary
The Flames were one of the most fun wagers in the NHL last season thanks to their late-gamer heroics. Calgary has plenty of potential but can get bullied by bigger teams.
18 same 0-0-0-0
-126 San Jose
San Jose starts the season on the wrong foot after Raffi Torres was handed down a historic 41-game suspension for a dirty hit this preseason. The Sharks have a new head coach in Peter DeBoer, who is trying to keep this club relevant in the West.
19 same 0-0-0-0
-120 Ottawa
Goaltender Andrew Hammond runs the risk of a sophomore slump after a sizzling rookie season. The Senators have a potent offense, with the defensemen able to contribute as well, with the likes of Erik Karlsson prowling the blueline. Nice value with this young team.
20 same 0-0-0-0
-113 Philadelphia
Dave Hakstol takes over behind the bench in Philadelphia, coming out of the college ranks. The Flyers will look to Steve Mason behind the pipes to keep them in a lot of games.
21 same 0-0-0-0
-112 Boston
After missing the postseason Boston pushed the panic button, brought in new GM Don Sweeney along with plenty of new faces. Despite the overhaul, the Bruins still lean heavily on Zdeno Chara, who is banged up to start the year.
22 same 0-0-0-0
-105 Edmonton
It’s a complete overhaul in Edmonton, with a new GM, new head coach, and new star player. Rookie Connor McDavid has that Sidney Crosby buzz about him and joins a young and talented – and underachieving - Oilers roster.
23 same 0-0-0-0
101 Colorado
The Avs went through a major roster overhaul this offseason, with the focus on improving the defense in front of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Colorado will struggle to score, making for some close, low-scoring games.
24 same 0-0-0-0
107 Vancouver
Can the Canucks remain relevant for one more run? The Sedins are aging by the shift as is veteran goaltender Ryan Miller. Vancouver could be fade bait early and often.
25 same 0-0-0-0
109 Florida
The Panthers have a young and talented defense, which is breathing new life into Robert Luongo. Florida doesn’t have much going the other way, and that lack of scoring opens value for Unders.
26 same 0-0-0-0
114 New Jersey
Betting on the Devils may be even worse than watching them. New Jersey is in rebuild mode under a new GM and a new head coach in John Hynes.
27 same 0-0-0-0
115 Carolina
You can’t win if you can’t score, and Carolina has plenty of trouble finding the back of the net. The Hurricanes could be a fire sale come trade deadline time.
28 same 0-0-0-0
121 Buffalo
Dan Bylsma is trying to jump start the Sabres scoring attack after a horrible offensive effort last year. Buffalo has some young pieces to build around and it looks like the offense will tow the load for this team.
29 same 0-0-0-0
124 Toronto
Can Babcock save all in Toronto? The Maple Leafs have their man behind the bench but not much on the ice.
30 same 0-0-0-0
130 Arizona
Another season at the bottom should fast track the Coyotes move from Glendale. There are plenty of top prospects bouncing around this organization but nothing that will save this team’s season.

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.