NHL Power Rankings: Week 8

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There is a new team on top of the Power Rankings as they St. Louis Blues climb two spots. The Blackhawks are another big mover, despite being thumped by Nashville.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 8 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL
Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 13-3-2-1
-204 St. Louis
The merry-go-round at the top of the rankings continues. This week, the Blues take their turn, in spite of Sunday's ugly loss in Washington.
2 5 up 3 14-3-2-2
-201 Chicago
Chicago got slammed by the Predators in Nashville but it was still a fine week as they sandwiched that loss with wins over the Coyotes and Sharks.
3 1 down 2 14-5-0-0
-198 Colorado
Life at the top wasn't so great for the young Avs. They enter the new week riding a three-game losing streak.
4 6 up 2 14-4-1-2
-195 Arizona
The 'Yotes are another unlikely team in the top five but you can't argue with results, and they've been getting the job done all season, dropping only four of 21 games in regulation time.
5 4 down 1 12-8-0-0
-190 Pittsburgh
What's wrong with the Penguins? They've looked lost over the last couple of weeks - at both ends of the rink.
6 2 down 4 15-5-0-2
-187 Anaheim
Not a banner week for the Ducks, as they carry a three-game losing streak into Monday's road trip finale in Pittsburgh.
7 8 up 1 14-6-0-1
-186 Los Angeles
Ben Scrivens has filled in admirably for an injured Jonathan Quick, keeping the Kings more than just afloat in the Pacific.
8 9 up 1 12-6-0-1
-183 Boston
The B's saw their four-game winning streak grind to a halt in Ottawa. They'll close their road trip with stops in Carolina and New York this week.
9 7 down 2 13-3-1-4
-178 San Jose
San Jose has been good, but certainly not great in winning three of its last four games - two of those victories coming in overtime.
10 12 up 2 13-4-1-3
-174 Minnesota
Some probably have the Wild a little higher this week. With each of their last four wins coming by a single goal, I'm not sure how long they can keep up their surge.
11 10 down 1 12-7-0-1
-170 Toronto
The Leafs are facing some adversity right now, but did respond well with a home win over the Sabres on Saturday night.
12 13 up 1 14-6-0-0
-167 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay has managed to win two of three games in Steve Stamkos' absence, but the schedule gets tougher as the Lightning head west this week.
13 15 up 2 12-8-0-1
-164 Washington
Keep an eye on the Capitals. They've quietly put together a terrific run, notching seven wins in their last nine games.
14 11 down 3 11-8-1-2
-160 Vancouver
The Canucks can't get out of their own way right now, as they've dropped four in a row, scoring just four goals in the process.
15 18 up 3 10-10-0-0
-157 NY Rangers
New York continues its ascent, but did suffer a brief hiccup in a 1-0 home loss to the Kings on Sunday.
16 16 same 10-9-0-2
-152 Montreal
The Habs have won just once in their last four tries on home ice. Needless to say that's not sitting well with their critical fan base.
17 21 up 4 11-7-1-1
-147 Dallas
Break up the Stars. Dallas has won six of its last seven games, with all of those victories coming away from home.
18 14 down 4 9-5-3-4
-142 Detroit
While the Red Wings have lost six games in a row, it's worth noting that the last five have come by way of overtime or shootout.
19 17 down 2 8-8-1-3
-139 Ottawa
The Sens aren't playing bad hockey, but ugly home losses to the Flyers and Blue Jackets would seem to paint a much different picture.
20 23 up 3 7-8-1-4
-135 New Jersey
New Jersey breaks into the top 20 thanks to three quality wins over its last four games.
21 19 down 2 9-9-0-2
-131 Nashville
Perhaps a dominating win over the Blackhawks will help right the ship in Nashville.
22 25 up 3 10-10-1-1
-128 Winnipeg
After winning four games in a row, the Jets ran into a red hot Wild squad and fell by a narrow 2-1 margin on Sunday.
23 26 up 3 7-10-1-1
-124 Philadelphia
It seems that a winning attitude has returned to the Flyers dressing room, as they've collected at least a point in six of their last seven games.
24 22 down 2 8-10-1-2
-120 NY Islanders
Despite having a wealth of young talent, the Islanders haven't been able to put it together this season. Goaltending remains their number one issue.
25 20 down 5 7-10-2-1
-117 Columbus
It's been a truly disappointing start in Columbus. The Jackets were thinking playoffs, but that looks like a long shot - even if it is still early.
26 27 up 1 8-8-1-3
-112 Carolina
Carolina has started to turn the corner, posting four wins in its last six games.
27 24 down 3 6-11-2-1
-106 Calgary
The Flames are fading fast, and could find themselves at the bottom of the pile - where many had them ranked entering the season - before too long.
28 28 same 5-15-1-1
-102 Edmonton
Oilers fans are hoping a win over the rival Flames will help jump-start this sagging squad.
29 29 same 5-16-1-0
104 Buffalo
The Sabres have new management, a new head coach, and hopefully a new outlook.
30 30 same 5-12-1-3
108 Florida
Credit the Panthers for battling this past week, picking up big upset wins over the Ducks and Avalanche.
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