NHL Power Rankings: Week 13

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

The Washington Capitals and their seven game winning streak saw them rise from No. 5 to No. 1 in the most recent National Hockey League Power Rankings, followed closely by the surging Chicago Blackhawks. The previous No. 1, Columbus Blue Jackets, saw their 16 game winning streak snapped and stumbled to a 1-3 week and to the No. 5 spot in our rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 5 up 4 22-9-1-4
(12-24-0)
-220 Washington
The Capitals claim this week’s #1 ranking. They dethroned the Blue Jackets and are riding a current 7 game win streak and have only allowed 3 goals their last 4 games.
2 7 up 5 23-11-4-1
(18-21-0)
-215 Chicago
The Blackhawks are making a move toward the top and appear to be ready to challenge Columbus for the league’s best record. They do not play any ‘back to back’ games this month which is a big bonus also.
3 4 up 1 22-9-5-1
(24-13-0)
-205 Montreal
The Canadiens lost a tough game at home vs the Capitals but have been very successful on the road. This is the same team that has played very good at home. If they can get 100% healthy, the Canadiens have potential to land in the Stanley Cup Final.
4 3 down 1 25-8-4-1
(15-23-0)
-200 Pittsburgh
They enjoyed a full 7 days of rest to start the new year which is good because the Penguins started a road trip where they play 5 of their next 6 on the road. They have a big game on 1/18 @ Montreal that can implicate the rankings. Goalie Marc-Andre needs to step it up with Matt Murray still injured. Luckily, the Penguins are so gifted offensively to make up for it.
5 1 down 4 26-5-3-1
(23-12-0)
-190 Columbus
A 1-3 week for the Blue Jackets as the win streak was broken. What goes up must come down as the saying goes and the Blue Jackets are solid fade material right now.
6 2 down 4 23-9-2-2
(21-15-0)
-185 Minnesota
The Wild are 3-2 after their 12 game win streak was broken. The Wild have a tough 3rd game in 4 nights at the Blackhawks. The price might be chalky.
7 8 up 1 26-12-0-1
(22-17-0)
-183 NY Rangers
The Rangers are returning to full-strength and after a disappointing home loss vs the Maple Leafs capped a 2-2 start to 2017, it can’t happen soon enough.
8 6 down 2 23-13-1-0
(12-25-0)
-180 San Jose
The Sharks goaltending needs to step up this week having allowed 3 or more goals in 4 consecutive games
9 11 up 2 20-17-1-1
(20-19-0)
-175 Calgary
I like the Flames when Chad Johnson is in the net. The Flames have winnable upcoming home games. Their test will be on 1/14 when they play Edmonton, marking their 3rd game in 4 nights.
10 9 down 1 20-13-3-1
(18-19-0)
-165 Ottawa
The Senators responded with 9 goals in two home games vs the Penguins and Oilers. Saturday’s home game vs the Maple Leafs might be shaping up for a solid ‘OVER’ bet.
11 10 down 1 19-12-4-3
(20-18-0)
-160 Edmonton
Goalie Cam Talbot had a subpar week and the Oilers take a small slide. They should be able to rebound with 3 home games this week.
12 13 up 1 19-12-7-1
(21-18-0)
-158 Anaheim
The Ducks play 10 of 14 games at home in January. They have won 4 of their first 5 with incredible defense that had two shutouts. With a fairly easy schedule upcoming, the Ducks are poised to make a move upward.
13 12 down 1 19-13-4-1
(12-25-0)
-155 St. Louis
The Blues ended the month of December without winning two consecutive games. January features a stretch of playing 6 of 8 games on the road, including the tough 3 game trip through California.
14 17 up 3 20-15-3-1
(21-18-0)
-150 Boston
The Bruins offense finally woke up but the defense fell asleep and the goaltending was shaky. Now with a posted total of ‘5’, I will be taking a closer look at the ‘Over’.
15 15 same 18-15-1-3
(19-18-0)
-148 Los Angeles
The Blues ended the month of December without winning two consecutive games. January features a stretch of playing 6 of 8 games on the road, including the tough 3 game trip through California.
16 16 same 20-14-1-4
(17-22-0)
-145 Philadelphia
The Flyers have allowed the most goals in the NHL and they have been regressing over the last two weeks. Things don’t get any easier as they visit the Capitals Saturday, marking their 3rd game in 4 nights.
17 18 up 1 16-13-3-4
(22-14-0)
-140 Carolina
Big wins for Carolina last week. They face the Blue Jackets two more times this month.Add in the Capitals and Penguins and this team has their work cut out for them but the offense has appeared to wake up.
18 19 up 1 16-14-3-3
(15-21-0)
-137 Nashville
Perhaps the most disappointing team in the NHL so far, in my opinion, with or without Subban. There is value now in my opinion when the Preds play at home. After losing their previous 6 at home, they have won their last 2. The Preds have the talent to be a Top 10 team, but need to prove it.
19 14 down 5 17-12-2-5
(23-13-0)
-135 Toronto
Maple leafs have been a very trendy ‘Totals’ team this year and they are on a current 5-0 ‘OVER’ run. have gone Over. Toronto has a tough schedule this month. Follow the ‘Totals’ trend in Toronto games as that appears the best way to be profitable.
20 22 up 2 16-14-3-5
(17-21-0)
-130 Florida
The Panthers have been fighting and will be trying to win 3 consecutive games for the first time this season Friday at home against the Islanders. The Panthers hit the road next week for a tough road trip.
21 23 up 2 13-15-3-5
(21-15-0)
-125 Buffalo
The Sabres Ryan O’Reilly has been exciting to watch. The Sabres were solid last week but have a tough game Friday night at Carolina making it their 3rd game in 4 nights.
22 20 down 2 19-15-2-2
(20-18-0)
-123 Tampa Bay
The Lightning ended a 4 game skid with an expected win at home vs the Sabres. Goalie Ben Bishop made his return also on Thursday.
23 25 up 2 16-16-5-0
(21-16-0)
-120 Detroit
The Red Wings ended a 7 game road trip at Dallas Thursday. Their next 3 home games will not be a walk in the park facing the Penguins, Canadiens, and Bruins. The Red Wings have been trending ‘Over’ lately and I will be looking that way this upcoming week.
24 27 up 3 16-15-7-0
(13-25-0)
-118 Dallas
The Stars continue to underachieve. The defense remains horrid. They play at the Rangers on 1/17 marking their 3rd game in 4 nights and I will look at going ‘Over’ the total.
25 24 down 1 17-19-2-1
(17-22-0)
-117 Winnipeg
The Jets had a rough last week and their coach voiced his disappointment. I expect the Jets to respond with some stronger efforts.
26 21 down 5 17-18-2-1
(20-18-0)
-115 Vancouver
The Canucks come in this week on a ‘Heat Check’, winners of five straight, including 3 as a dog. They face some weak defenses over the next 10 days and could possible go on a strong run.
27 26 down 1 15-15-4-2
(18-18-0)
-113 NY Islanders
The Islanders scored only 3 goals in 3 games last week as the Under went 3-0. They will play @ Carolina on 1/14 making that a 3rd game in 4 nights possible fade spot.
28 28 same 14-16-5-2
(21-16-0)
-110 New Jersey
Tough 4 game trip this week at Edmonton, at Calgary, at Vancouver (3rd game in 4 nights), then a Minnesota. The Devils are respectable in the nets, but too inconsistent on offense.
29 29 same 11-21-4-1
(23-14-0)
105 Arizona
The Coyotes broke their 8 game losing streak against the Islanders. I honestly think the odds are becoming over-priced and there are going to be games where there is value on the Coyotes as an underdog. 8 game losing streak. No value in taking the Coyotes as an underdog currently. Either fade or Pass.
30 30 same 12-23-0-1
(14-22-0)
105 Colorado
The Avalanche are 4-16 their L17 games. They did break their 10 game losing streak at home vs the Islanders.

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.