NHL Power Rankings: Week 27

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16 teams are left to battle it out for the right to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup, so check our pre-playoff rankings! The Flyers get a nice boost after a few big wins to close out the regular season as The Habs drop a few places due to their less than impressive recent form which cost them home-ice in the first round.

NHL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 54-19-3-6
-202 The B's are favored to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup, but they draw a tough first round opponent in the Red Wings.
2 2 no change in rankings 52-23-4-3
-198 I'll give the Blues a pass for their late season swoon, as I still feel they're going to be awfully tough to beat in a seven-game series.
3 4 move up in rankings1 51-24-4-3
-192 Sidney Crosby has captured another scoring title, but he'll need to elevate his game even higher in order to restore glory in the Steel City.
4 3 move down in rankings1 46-21-7-8
-190 With Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back in the fold, the Blackhawks will be a different team when the puck drops on the postseason.
5 8 move up in rankings3 54-20-2-6
-189 The Ducks are the team to beat in the West...according to the standings at least.
6 5 move down in rankings1 51-22-2-7
-187 It's put up or shut up time for the Sharks as they chase that elusive first Stanley Cup title.
7 9 move up in rankings2 52-22-4-4
-181 We'll see how the Avs youthful roster handles the pressure of hosting an opening round playoff series.
8 7 move down in rankings1 46-28-2-6
-175 Unless the Kings can suddenly rediscover their offense, they could be one-and-done in tough series with the rival Sharks.
9 6 move down in rankings3 46-28-5-3
-173 The Habs shifted into cruise control down the stretch, and lost home ice advantage in the first round as a result.
10 10 no change in rankings 46-27-3-6
-171 How far can Steven Stamkos carry the Lightning? This is a team that's depth-shy entering the postseason.
11 11 no change in rankings 45-31-3-3
-166 The Rangers may have home ice, but they'll undoubtedly have their hands full with a surging Flyers squad.
12 12 no change in rankings 39-28-6-9
-163 Detroit is thinking upset. The Wings might be the most talented eight-seed in recent memory.
13 16 move up in rankings3 42-30-2-8
-156 he Flyers proved they're capable of going toe-to-toe with the best, dumping Pittsburgh in overtime on Saturday.
14 13 move down in rankings1 43-27-4-8
-152 We're about to find out if the Wild's pre-trade deadline moves pay off with a deep playoff run.
15 14 move down in rankings1 40-31-6-5
-149 The Stars are going to need strong performances between the pipes if they're to have any shot at pulling off an opening round upset.
16 15 move down in rankings1 43-32-5-2
-143 Postseason hockey returns to Columbus, but the Jackets draw a tough opening round matchup against Pittsburgh.
17 19 move up in rankings2 38-30-3-11
-138 It was a case of too little, too late for Ovie and company this year.
18 18 no change in rankings 37-30-8-7
-134 While the 'Yotes are rarely true cup contenders, it is odd to not see them in the playoff field.
19 17 move down in rankings2 35-29-5-13
-129 It's likely the end of an era in New Jersey as Martin Brodeur may have played his final game in a Devils uniform.
20 20 no change in rankings 38-32-3-9
-122 If only the season were a couple of weeks longer, the Preds might have fought their way into a playoff spot.
21 23 move up in rankings2 37-31-7-7
-118 The Sens closed the regular season with five straight victories, but that's little consolation in an otherwise disappointing campaign.
22 22 no change in rankings 35-40-4-3
-115 Perhaps no team goes into the offseason more encouraged than the Flames, who turned in a surprisingly strong season.
23 21 move down in rankings2 38-36-4-4
-109 The Leafs have fallen hard since nearly springing the Game 7 upset in Boston last spring.
24 24 no change in rankings 36-35-4-7
-105 It's tough to envision any scenario where John Tortorella remains the Canucks bench boss entering the 2014-15 season.
25 25 no change in rankings 37-35-4-6
-101 Another year, another disappointed swarm of Jets faithful in Winnipeg.
26 26 no change in rankings 34-37-5-6
103 It was a down year on Long Island, but there's no question, the Islanders will be back in the playoff picture soon enough.
27 27 no change in rankings 36-35-7-4
108 Perhaps no team did less with more than the Hurricanes.
28 28 no change in rankings 29-44-6-3
111 Credit the Oilers for giving Ryan Smyth the send-off he deserved on Saturday night. A highlight of an otherwise dismal year in Oil Country.
29 29 no change in rankings 29-45-2-6
114 It's not easy to see the direction the Panthers are headed in, but they do have solid building blocks in place.
30 30 no change in rankings 21-51-5-5
119 The Sabres are going to need to make some savvy moves in order to return to contention in the next couple of years, and even that seems optimistic.

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.