NHL Power Rankings: Week 5

By Sean Murphy - My goals are simple: win and make consistent profit.

The San Jose Sharks are the big fish in our Power Rankings as they keep rolling and keep scoring. The surprising Avs move up five spots to No. 2, while the Pens drop down to No. 4.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 5 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 13-5-0-1
-208 San Jose
It's time to give the Sharks their due. These guys are regular season warriors. The playoffs...not so much.
2 7 up 5 13-3-2-0
-204 Colorado
Here's another 'give credit where credit is due' situation. The Avs are for real. At least for now.
3 5 up 2 8-3-3-1
-199 St. Louis
Surprise, surprise, the Blues are currently ranked second in the league in goals per game, averaging just under four.
4 1 down 3 14-6-3-0
-197 Pittsburgh
Something is lacking in the Penguins effort right now and it includes their star players.
5 4 down 1 16-6-1-0
-195 Anaheim
Credit the Ducks for bouncing back from a pair of ugly losses to knock off the Senators and Blue Jackets in back-to-back games.
6 3 down 3 13-4-3-2
-191 Chicago
The Blackhawks are far from invincible, as we witnessed in a pair of losses to the Lightning and Wild last week.
7 6 down 1 14-9-1-0
-187 Los Angeles
After a slow start, the Kings have gotten rolling with seven wins in their last nine games.
8 11 up 3 8-4-0-0
-184 Toronto
Friday's loss in Columbus stung, but it made Saturday's convincing win over the Penguins that much sweeter.
9 9 same 14-6-1-0
-181 Boston
The Bruins saw their four-game winning streak grind to a halt in a surprising home loss to the Devils on Saturday.
10 12 up 2 7-3-1-1
-178 Phoenix
It's been a while since I've had the 'Yotes ranked this high. I like the fight they show on a nightly basis.
11 16 up 5 8-4-0-1
-175 Vancouver
The Canucks have righted the ship with three-straight wins. Now comes the dreaded first game back home following a long, successful road trip.
12 10 down 2 13-7-1-0
-170 Montreal
The Habs had a lot going for them before dropping three of their last four games.
13 8 down 5 7-7-2-1
-167 Detroit
Talk about a tough stretch. The Wings have dropped four games in a row, scoring only five goals in the process.
14 17 up 3 12-7-3-2
-165 Minnesota
Minnesota finally appears to be putting it together on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
15 14 down 1 8-6-1-0
-161 Tampa Bay
Loaded with talent, the Lightning are finally living up to expectations. It remains to be seen whether they can keep it up.
16 13 down 3 4-5-1-1
-160 Ottawa
Inconsistency has plagued the Sens in the early going - a far cry from last season.
17 19 up 2 6-5-0-1
-156 Nashville
Saturday's blowout loss to the Blues notwithstanding, the Preds have been playing some of their best hockey of the young season lately.
18 15 down 3 5-6-0-0
-153 Washington
Ovie is on pace for a career year, but the rest of the Caps have been a mixed bag to put it mildly.
19 18 down 1 7-10-0-0
-148 Columbus
The Jackets have scored 15 goals in going 3-1 over their last four contests.
20 20 same 4-4-1-2
-144 Carolina
This ranking might be a little lofty for the 'Canes, especially with Cam Ward sidelined.
21 21 same 4-4-1-2
-140 NY Islanders
Long Island hasn't been kind to the Isles this season. They're just 2-5 on home ice.
22 23 up 1 5-6-1-1
-136 Winnipeg
You can at least see the wheels in motion as the Jets have recorded at least a point in four of their last six games.
23 22 down 1 6-8-1-1
-131 Dallas
While they've enjoyed a few outbursts in the first month of the season, there's not a lot to get excited about in Dallas right now.
24 24 same 5-4-1-1
-127 Calgary
Just when it looked like the Flames were about to go in the tank, they step up with a dominating 5-2 win over the Caps.
25 25 same 2-5-1-3
-123 New Jersey
Perhaps Saturday's win over the Bruins in Beantown will be of the galvanizing variety.
26 26 same 10-12-0-0
-118 NY Rangers
The Blueshirts will FINALLY make their home debut on Monday night against the Habs.
27 29 up 2 6-11-0-0
-114 Philadelphia
It took a while, but the Flyers finally have their first winning streak of the season.
28 28 same 3-8-1-1
-109 Edmonton
The learning process continues in Edmonton but patience is wearing thin.
29 27 down 2 3-7-0-2
-101 Florida
At least the Panthers have shown some fight, forcing a shootout in three of their last four games.
30 30 same 2-10-1-0
106 Buffalo
The rebuild is well underway with the Sabres dealing Thomas Vanek to Long Island on Sunday.
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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.