NHL Power Rankings: Week 8

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

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
Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 move up in rankings2 13-3-2-1
-204 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 move up in rankings3 14-3-2-2
-201 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 move down in rankings2 14-5-0-0
-198 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 move up in rankings2 14-4-1-2
-195 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 move down in rankings1 12-8-0-0
-190 What's wrong with the Penguins? They've looked lost over the last couple of weeks - at both ends of the rink.
6 2 move down in rankings4 15-5-0-2
-187 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 move up in rankings1 14-6-0-1
-186 Ben Scrivens has filled in admirably for an injured Jonathan Quick, keeping the Kings more than just afloat in the Pacific.
8 9 move up in rankings1 12-6-0-1
-183 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 move down in rankings2 13-3-1-4
-178 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 move up in rankings2 13-4-1-3
-174 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 move down in rankings1 12-7-0-1
-170 The Leafs are facing some adversity right now, but did respond well with a home win over the Sabres on Saturday night.
12 13 move up in rankings1 14-6-0-0
-167 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 move up in rankings2 12-8-0-1
-164 Keep an eye on the Capitals. They've quietly put together a terrific run, notching seven wins in their last nine games.
14 11 move down in rankings3 11-8-1-2
-160 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 move up in rankings3 10-10-0-0
-157 New York continues its ascent, but did suffer a brief hiccup in a 1-0 home loss to the Kings on Sunday.
16 16 no change in rankings 10-9-0-2
-152 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 move up in rankings4 11-7-1-1
-147 Break up the Stars. Dallas has won six of its last seven games, with all of those victories coming away from home.
18 14 move down in rankings4 9-5-3-4
-142 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 move down in rankings2 8-8-1-3
-139 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 move up in rankings3 7-8-1-4
-135 New Jersey breaks into the top 20 thanks to three quality wins over its last four games.
21 19 move down in rankings2 9-9-0-2
-131 Perhaps a dominating win over the Blackhawks will help right the ship in Nashville.
22 25 move up in rankings3 10-10-1-1
-128 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 move up in rankings3 7-10-1-1
-124 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 move down in rankings2 8-10-1-2
-120 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 move down in rankings5 7-10-2-1
-117 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 move up in rankings1 8-8-1-3
-112 Carolina has started to turn the corner, posting four wins in its last six games.
27 24 move down in rankings3 6-11-2-1
-106 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 no change in rankings 5-15-1-1
-102 Oilers fans are hoping a win over the rival Flames will help jump-start this sagging squad.
29 29 no change in rankings 5-16-1-0
104 The Sabres have new management, a new head coach, and hopefully a new outlook.
30 30 no change in rankings 5-12-1-3
108 Credit the Panthers for battling this past week, picking up big upset wins over the Ducks and Avalanche.
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