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-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 53-18-3-4
-201 Boston
Not a banner week for the B's, but pound-for-pound, I still consider them the best team in hockey.
2 2 same 52-19-4-3
-199 St. Louis
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 up 3 45-19-7-8
-196 Chicago
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 down 1 50-24-3-2
-192 Pittsburgh
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 down 1 49-21-2-7
-187 San Jose
Regular season success means little to the Sharks, as the window is closing on an elusive Stanley Cup title.
6 8 up 2 45-27-4-3
-183 Montreal
With seven wins in their last eight games, the Habs are peaking with the playoffs approaching.
7 5 down 2 45-28-2-4
-179 Los Angeles
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 down 1 50-20-2-6
-176 Anaheim
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 up 1 50-21-3-4
-173 Colorado
The Avs saw their six-game losing streak grind to a halt at home against the Penguins on Sunday night.
10 9 down 1 42-27-3-6
-171 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay will wrap up the regular season by playing three of its final four games on home ice.
11 11 same 43-31-2-3
-166 NY Rangers
While the Rangers continue to play an airtight brand of defensive hockey, their offense has been lagging.
12 12 same 37-27-6-8
-161 Detroit
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 up 1 40-26-4-8
-157 Minnesota
Minnesota has struggled on the road this season, but will benefit from playing three of its last four games on home ice.
14 17 up 3 38-29-6-5
-154 Dallas
Even after a tough loss in Florida on Sunday, the Stars are still churning toward a playoff berth in the West.
15 19 up 4 40-31-5-2
-151 Columbus
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 down 3 40-29-2-7
-146 Philadelphia
The Flyers have picked a bad time to start slumping. They've won just twice in their last eight games.
17 20 up 3 34-28-5-11
-142 New Jersey
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 down 2 36-28-7-7
-137 Arizona
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 down 4 35-30-3-10
-131 Washington
The Caps have become an afterthought in the Eastern Conference, losing five of their last six games.
20 21 up 1 35-32-3-8
-126 Nashville
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 down 3 38-33-4-4
-122 Toronto
The Leafs playoff hopes were struck a major blow in Saturday's 4-2 home loss to the Jets.
22 23 up 1 33-38-4-3
-119 Calgary
The Flames have a legitimate shot at cracking the top 20 before the regular season draws to a close.
23 22 down 1 33-31-7-7
-114 Ottawa
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 same 35-32-4-7
-109 Vancouver
Vancouver will look to finish the season on a high note, fresh off Saturday's impressive win over the Kings.
25 25 same 35-34-4-6
-104 Winnipeg
The Jets fan base is certainly deserving of a playoff experience, but it will have to wait for at least another year.
26 27 up 1 31-36-5-6
-101 NY Islanders
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 down 1 34-33-7-4
103 Carolina
It sounds like Canes head coach Kirk Muller could be on his way out at season's end.
28 28 same 28-42-6-3
107 Edmonton
The Oilers certainly aren't rolling over, notching back-to-back wins over the playoff-hungry Coyotes and Ducks last week.
29 29 same 28-43-2-6
111 Florida
The future is at least somewhat bright in Florida, more than we could say a couple of years ago.
30 30 same 21-48-5-4
116 Buffalo
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.