NHL Power Rankings: Week 25

By AAA Sports - Covers Expert

Thanks to a four game winning streak and the best home record in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning take over the top spot in the Power Rankings. The Canadiens climb up a couple of spots to take No. 2.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 45-21-2-5
-215 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay returns to the top spot on this rankings list thanks to a four game winning streak and the best home record in the NHL.
2 4 up 2 46-20-4-3
-210 Montreal
Montreal became the first team in the NHL to reach the 100 point total thanks in large part to top MVP candidate Carey Price.
3 1 down 2 46-18-2-5
-205 NY Rangers
The Rangers are about to get Henrik Lundqvist back and it could put them over top as they go for the President’s trophy with 10 games remaining.
4 2 down 2 45-21-3-4
-200 St. Louis
The Blues snapped a three game losing streak with a nice come from behind win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
5 8 up 3 40-25-5-2
-195 Minnesota
Minnesota is arguably the hottest team in the league right now and they took both games out east in Toronto and New York before returning home for a very important home stand.
6 6 same 43-22-3-3
-190 Chicago
The Hawks had a letdown in Philadelphia on Wednesday night but are playing well overall.
7 5 down 2 46-21-2-5
-185 Anaheim
The Ducks play four of their next five games against teams that won’t be in the playoffs and the soft scheduling could help them make a run at the President’s trophy.
8 7 down 1 44-21-3-5
-180 Nashville
The Predators have scored four wins in their last seven games and look like they are ready for the stretch drive into the playoffs after a weird seven game losing streak.
9 11 up 2 42-26-2-2
-175 Vancouver
Winners of three in a row and seven of 10, the Canucks are looking like a lock to make the playoffs and be a tough out at this time of the year.
10 14 up 4 36-24-5-6
-170 Ottawa
The Senators have won seven in row and are the talk of the NHL as they have now moved ahead of the Boston Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
11 9 down 2 44-25-1-3
-165 NY Islanders
It has been a rough couple weeks for the Islanders and the team is no longer in the conversation for winning the Metropolitan Division.
12 15 up 3 34-23-7-7
-160 Los Angeles
The Kings showed they still have a lot of dangerous bite to their game with back-to-back crucial wins over the strong New York teams.
13 12 down 1 39-21-2-9
-155 Detroit
The Red Wings have struggled of late but it has mainly been because of a tough schedule and a key injury to Pavel Datsyuk. They should bounce back this week.
14 16 up 2 39-24-6-4
-150 Washington
The Capitals are treading water but if they aren’t careful, they will have the surging Ottawa Senators passing them in the standings.
15 17 up 2 37-23-7-5
-145 Winnipeg
The Jets are doing what they can to take that last playoff spot but are in tough with the Kings and the Flames nipping at their heels.
16 18 up 2 39-27-4-2
-140 Calgary
It looks like the race for the final playoff spot in the West is going to literally come down to the last game and the Flames are smack dab in the think of it.
17 10 down 7 40-22-4-6
-135 Pittsburgh
The Penguins have lost six of eight coming into Thursday’s action and just do not look like a team that will compete for the cup.
18 13 down 5 36-25-3-9
-130 Boston
Last year’s President’s trophy winners are in serious danger of missing the playoffs with the Ottawa Senators on such a hot run and the team dealing with yet another big injury in Dougie Hamilton.
19 22 up 3 34-28-7-3
-125 Dallas
Kari Lehtonen has won nine straight road starts, the first Dallas goalie to do so in franchise history. Nice run by the Stars lately but it’s too little too late.
20 21 up 1 33-25-4-10
-120 Florida
With the Bruins and Senators streaking, the Panthers need to win out and probably get some help to make a playoff spot.
21 19 down 2 33-26-8-4
-115 Colorado
The Avs lost three crucial games this past week when they couldn’t afford to lose any if they wanted a playoff spot.
22 20 down 2 35-29-3-5
-110 San Jose
Heads are going to roll in the off season for both the Sharks brass and the roster as this talented team grossly underperformed this year.
23 26 up 3 33-35-2-2
-105 Columbus
The Jackets have won four in a row and are doing a great job at playing spoiler against a lot of teams looking to get playoff spots in both conferences.
24 23 down 1 29-29-7-9
-100 Philadelphia
The Flyers lost leading scorer Wayne Simmonds and top defender Andrew MacDonald on Wednesday night for the rest of the season and would be better off not winning any more games really.
25 24 down 1 31-30-4-7
100 New Jersey
The Devils are destined to miss the playoffs for a third straight year after their magical run to the finals with then captain Zach Parise.
26 27 up 1 20-39-6-7
105 Edmonton
The Oilers have been competing with strong teams at this time of the year so you can consider that a step in the right direction for the young squad.
27 25 down 2 26-35-3-7
110 Carolina
The club has managed only four goals on the skid, dropping its season average to 2.24 -- fourth-worst in the NHL.
28 28 same 27-40-3-3
115 Toronto
The effort level just isn’t there every night for the Leafs players who just want this season to end. Fade them accordingly.
29 30 up 1 21-44-3-5
120 Arizona
The Coyotes get a win out of nowhere in Detroit, showing there is some life in the desert dogs. Let’s be honest though, why win at all at this point?
30 29 down 1 20-45-2-5
125 Buffalo
The Coyotes and the Sabres meet twice in the next five games. The Conner McDavid/Jake Eichel loser is winner bowl.

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.