NHL Power Rankings: Week 18

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

Different week, same story. The Washington Capitals are once again at the top of our NHL Power Rankings - nothing new, as they keep racking up wins. As for the rest of the league, the flip-flopping continues. No significant drops, but a few teams have soared, while a few others have fallen.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 36-11-2-4
(23-30-0)
-240 Washington
The Capitals are a perfect 6-0 in the month of February and have shown zero signs of slowing down. They’re creating a lot of space in the Metro division, the first time a team has taken real control.
2 3 up 1 34-12-3-2
(31-20-0)
-220 Minnesota
The Wild did drop an overtime loss to 2nd place Chicago, but they continue a homestand where they can really do some damage. 19-7-1-0 is not a fluke home record. Expect some damage from them here this week.
3 2 down 1 33-13-4-1
(22-29-0)
-220 Pittsburgh
The Penguins have alternated wins and losses over their last 4 games. A huge next couple days awaits them with Winnipeg and Columbus looming and the Red Wings in the distance.
4 5 up 1 32-17-4-1
(23-31-0)
-205 Chicago
The Blackhawks are surging. Winners of 5 straight games, including a victory over Minnesota, has this team poised for a run at the top spot in the Central.
5 6 up 1 33-18-0-1
(26-26-0)
-200 NY Rangers
The Rangers continue to climb the power rankings. New York has won 6 in a row and are playing just as well as anyone in the league right now. They’ve managed to get right back in the mess atop the Metro Division.
6 4 down 2 33-17-2-1
(20-33-0)
-190 San Jose
The Sharks finally put an end to their 4 game losing streak, but things haven’t been pretty for the Pacific leaders. A very winnable schedule is ahead of them, can they capitalize?
7 13 up 6 25-22-4-1
(17-35-0)
-180 St. Louis
The St. Louis Blues have been one of the most dangerous teams since replacing their head coach. The Blues have won 5 straight games and continue to their pursuit of grabbing a playoff spot.
8 9 up 1 29-18-4-4
(27-28-0)
-175 Edmonton
The Oilers are a team you simply do not want to face right now. Fresh off a win over Arizona, the Oilers continue to put the pressure on in the Western Conference.
9 11 up 2 22-21-8-2
(31-22-0)
-172 New Jersey
The Devils are winners in 3 of their last 4. However, they’ll need that kind of play over the next month plus if they hope to crash the playoff party in the Eastern Conference after digging a big hole early in the season.
10 7 down 3 25-19-5-3
(22-30-0)
-170 Nashville
The Predators are falling and now it’s a Wild Card spot they’re staring at. A big win over Dallas has them keeping pace in the division, but the red hot Blues jumped them and have them out of the top 3.
11 8 down 3 27-17-5-1
(28-22-0)
-165 Ottawa
After showing some playoff potential, things went a little south for Ottawa. They’re now clinging onto 2nd place in the division, with the calvary right on their heels.
12 12 same 33-13-4-1
(29-22-0)
-160 Columbus
The Jackets are a hard team to figure out. They have been up and down since the winning streak, but wins in 2 of their last 3 have them continuing their fight in the Metro.
13 16 up 3 26-23-4-2
(25-30-0)
-155 Boston
The Bruins enter their bye week with some solid momentum. Winners of 3 in a row and 6 of their last 8 have them right in the middle of the Atlantic playoff race.
14 15 up 1 23-19-5-5
(21-31-0)
-153 Florida
The Panthers have captured wins in 4 of their last 5. While they are still a ways away from being a legit playoff contender, finding them at good prices almost every night has been profitable for bettors.
15 10 down 5 22-18-7-3
(27-23-0)
-150 NY Islanders
Falling 5 spots may be a little harsh for the Isles. However, a 7-1 loss to Toronto and a giant gap to catch in the Metro has this team with no room for error.
16 18 up 2 28-16-8-2
(29-25-0)
-145 Anaheim
The Ducks gave Washington all they could handle and took down a very impressive Minnesota Wild team. They’re within striking distance of the Sharks with a pair of home games to deal with coming up.
17 14 down 3 27-25-1-2
(28-27-0)
-143 Calgary
The Flames drop 3 spots because of their latest struggle. Calgary had some serious momentum, but a home 5-0 shutout to the lowly Coyotes really hurts this team.
18 17 down 1 30-16-6-2
(32-22-0)
-140 Montreal
Montreal continues to fall. Another loss has them reeling. They don’t drop too far, given their holding onto a first place standing still.
19 19 same 24-17-3-6
(31-19-0)
-138 Toronto
Toronto continues to endure some growing pains. An impressive 7-1 win over the Islanders was followed up with a poor effort in Columbus.
20 22 up 2 21-20-5-5
(32-19-0)
-135 Buffalo
Buffalo is just one run away from jumping into the playoff race. The Sabres have rarely won when entering the 3rd down, but a comeback win over the Senators shows how good this team is playing.
21 21 same 23-24-4-2
(27-26-0)
-132 Tampa Bay
The Lightning have had an impressive 4 game run, winning 3 of them. Back to back road games really doesn’t bode well for them, as they only 11-4-3-2 away from home.
22 20 down 2 27-22-1-3
(25-28-0)
-130 Los Angeles
The fall continues for the Kings. Despite back to back shutouts, they did carry that momentum into the bye week.
23 24 up 1 26-20-3-4
(22-31-0)
-128 Philadelphia
The Flyers scoring issues are quite alarming, but a huge win over the Sharks has given them something to build off of.
24 23 down 1 22-21-9-0
(30-22-0)
-126 Detroit
Despite how bad this team has been, the Wings still boast one of the best ATS records.
25 26 up 1 25-26-3-1
(27-28-0)
-125 Winnipeg
The Jets jump a spot after a 5 goal showing against Dallas. Do they have a run in them? Knocking down that 3.2 goals against average is the first step to getting that run.
26 25 down 1 24-20-3-4
(30-21-0)
-122 Carolina
The unfortunate task of being in the Metro Division has the Canes looking up at a lot of teams. A crucial homestand awaits them.
27 27 same 17-28-5-1
(33-18-0)
-121 Arizona
Arizona went on the road and blanked Calgary after knocking off Pittsburgh. That’s about it for them as far as things going right this season.
28 28 same 23-23-4-2
(26-26-0)
-120 Vancouver
Getting home is on the minds of the Canucks. They’ll get a red hot St. Louis team, which likely is going to be the last thing they’re thinking about after what has been a ridiculously hard road trip.
29 30 up 1 14-33-1-1
(21-28-0)
-110 Colorado
Need a free win? Just look for Colorado on your schedule. Another losing streak continues for the Avs.
30 29 down 1 21-22-9-1
(20-33-0)
-110 Dallas
Dallas continues to be one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. Allowing 3 plus goals per game is a recipe for disaster.

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.