NHL Power Rankings: Week 26

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The top is unchanged as the Bruins and Blues hold onto the top two spots, but despite injuries, the Blackhawks have played well and move into the No. 3 spot.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 27 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 53-18-3-4
(42-36-0)
-201 Not a banner week for the B's, but pound-for-pound, I still consider them the best team in hockey.
2 2 no change in rankings 52-19-4-3
(34-44-0)
-199 Ditto for the Blues. Off a tough week, they'll aim to right the ship with the postseason just over a week away.
3 6 move up in rankings3 45-19-7-8
(32-47-0)
-196 I love the way the Blackhawks have responded to adversity, rebounding from the losses of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to win three in a row.
4 3 move down in rankings1 50-24-3-2
(35-44-0)
-192 We've seen flashes of brilliance from the Pens lately, but they'll need more consistency in order to go on a deep playoff run.
5 4 move down in rankings1 49-21-2-7
(28-51-0)
-187 Regular season success means little to the Sharks, as the window is closing on an elusive Stanley Cup title.
6 8 move up in rankings2 45-27-4-3
(37-42-0)
-183 With seven wins in their last eight games, the Habs are peaking with the playoffs approaching.
7 5 move down in rankings2 45-28-2-4
(39-40-0)
-179 Off back-to-back losses, the Kings will have three opportunities to get back on track this week, culminating with a season-ending showdown with the rival Ducks.
8 7 move down in rankings1 50-20-2-6
(37-41-0)
-176 The Ducks have gone in a bit of a tailspin since notching their 50th win of the campaign, suffering losses against the Predators and Oilers.
9 10 move up in rankings1 50-21-3-4
(42-36-0)
-173 The Avs saw their six-game losing streak grind to a halt at home against the Penguins on Sunday night.
10 9 move down in rankings1 42-27-3-6
(42-36-0)
-171 Tampa Bay will wrap up the regular season by playing three of its final four games on home ice.
11 11 no change in rankings 43-31-2-3
(41-38-0)
-166 While the Rangers continue to play an airtight brand of defensive hockey, their offense has been lagging.
12 12 no change in rankings 37-27-6-8
(32-46-0)
-161 With all of their injuries, the Red Wings could have folded the tent. Instead, they've gone on a tear, winning four of their last five games.
13 14 move up in rankings1 40-26-4-8
(38-40-0)
-157 Minnesota has struggled on the road this season, but will benefit from playing three of its last four games on home ice.
14 17 move up in rankings3 38-29-6-5
(39-39-0)
-154 Even after a tough loss in Florida on Sunday, the Stars are still churning toward a playoff berth in the West.
15 19 move up in rankings4 40-31-5-2
(51-27-0)
-151 Inconsistency has plagued the Blue Jackets, and a tough schedule remains with three of their final four regular season tilts coming on the road.
16 13 move down in rankings3 40-29-2-7
(44-34-0)
-146 The Flyers have picked a bad time to start slumping. They've won just twice in their last eight games.
17 20 move up in rankings3 34-28-5-11
(37-41-0)
-142 The Devils haven't allowed more than three goals in a game since back on March 18th against Boston, collecting at least a point in eight of nine games since.
18 16 move down in rankings2 36-28-7-7
(36-42-0)
-137 Phoenix can't get out of its own way right now, dropping four games in a row while scoring just four goals in the process.
19 15 move down in rankings4 35-30-3-10
(35-43-0)
-131 The Caps have become an afterthought in the Eastern Conference, losing five of their last six games.
20 21 move up in rankings1 35-32-3-8
(39-39-0)
-126 It's probably a case of too little, too late for the Predators, as they dug too deep of a hole to climb out of.
21 18 move down in rankings3 38-33-4-4
(38-41-0)
-122 The Leafs playoff hopes were struck a major blow in Saturday's 4-2 home loss to the Jets.
22 23 move up in rankings1 33-38-4-3
(50-28-0)
-119 The Flames have a legitimate shot at cracking the top 20 before the regular season draws to a close.
23 22 move down in rankings1 33-31-7-7
(36-42-0)
-114 Despite ranking in the top 10 in goals per game, it looks like the Sens will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
24 24 no change in rankings 35-32-4-7
(33-45-0)
-109 Vancouver will look to finish the season on a high note, fresh off Saturday's impressive win over the Kings.
25 25 no change in rankings 35-34-4-6
(45-34-0)
-104 The Jets fan base is certainly deserving of a playoff experience, but it will have to wait for at least another year.
26 27 move up in rankings1 31-36-5-6
(42-36-0)
-101 It's hard to believe that just a year ago, the Isles gave the Penguins a major scare in the opening round of the playoffs.
27 26 move down in rankings1 34-33-7-4
(43-35-0)
103 It sounds like Canes head coach Kirk Muller could be on his way out at season's end.
28 28 no change in rankings 28-42-6-3
(40-39-0)
107 The Oilers certainly aren't rolling over, notching back-to-back wins over the playoff-hungry Coyotes and Ducks last week.
29 29 no change in rankings 28-43-2-6
(44-35-0)
111 The future is at least somewhat bright in Florida, more than we could say a couple of years ago.
30 30 no change in rankings 21-48-5-4
(44-34-0)
116 Where do the Sabres go from here? There will be plenty of questions to answer in the offeseason.
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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 moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.