NHL Power Rankings: Week 12

By Brandon Shively - Covers Expert

Tampa Bay, Vegas, and Washington continue to lead the pack and look like the clear front runners here thus far into the NHL season. The middle of tier has been a constant shuffle as teams like Chicago and Pittsburgh are trying to find their groove. With the All Star break approaching, now is the time to really push as teams work to solidify their stances at the trade deadline.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 31-10-1-2
-250 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay has had various players step up this season. Mikhail Sergachev in particular has really filled the void with Victor Hedman out.
2 2 same 29-11-1-2
-247 Vegas
Jonathan Marchessault has been sneaky good this season, tallying 41 points to lead the team.
3 3 same 28-14-2-1
-245 Washington
Alexander Ovechkin is on a different level right now. Imagine if he was getting the supporting cast to chip in scoring wise?
4 5 up 1 26-11-2-4
-243 Nashville
The Predators 13-4-0-2 home record is proving once again Nashville will be a tough place to play come playoff time.
5 6 up 1 26-13-6-1
-240 Winnipeg
The Jets rank 4th in scoring offense and 12th in scoring defense. This team has come a long way from last season.
6 4 down 2 24-15-5-0
-237 Los Angeles
Jonathan Quick deserves a lot of credit here given the Kings hold the top defense in the NHL.
7 7 same 27-17-3-0
-235 St. Louis
The absence of Jaden Schwartz is certainly a big one for the Blues. However, they continue to find a way to grind wins out thanks to Vladimir Tarasenko.
8 9 up 1 25-10-6-2
-233 Boston
The Bruins are the hottest team in the NHL right now. A tough home loss on Monday, but they still managed to grab a point.
9 12 up 3 26-17-2-1
-230 Dallas
Dallas just continues to find ways to win games and do it very quietly. That in Boston on Monday was extremely impressive given the success the Bruins have had.
10 11 up 1 25-17-3-1
-225 Toronto
Auston Matthews has tallied 6 goals in 9 games since returning. Look out for the Maple Leafs.
11 14 up 3 24-17-4-1
-220 Minnesota
Minnesota has gone 6-2-2 over their last 10 as they continue to lean on their surprising defense this season.
12 10 down 2 25-18-0-3
-215 Columbus
The offensive production continues to be a concern for this Blue Jackets team. The trade deadline may be the time to go out and grab a scorer.
13 13 same 24-13-4-2
-210 San Jose
San Jose has had a solid mixture of veterans and a youthful core. However, production wise, they still need more offensively as they rank 20th in the NHL.
14 8 down 6 23-12-4-4
-205 New Jersey
Six straight losses has to make you wonder if a free fall is ahead for the Devils?
15 16 up 1 23-19-3-1
-200 NY Islanders
If they had any sort of defense, they would certainly be a top 10 team.
16 18 up 2 22-17-5-1
-195 Chicago
Last place isn’t quite what anybody expected from this team. However, they continue to just linger and stay within potential striking distance.
17 19 up 2 24-20-2-1
-190 Pittsburgh
Sidney Crosby is heating up and so are the Penguins. Don’t look now, but they’re making their finally making their push.
18 23 up 5 25-16-1-3
-185 Calgary
The Flames have finally found their touch from last season, as they’ve captured seven straight wins.
19 21 up 2 24-16-2-1
-183 Colorado
No idea where this seven game winning streak came from, but this team is no longer in pushover status.
20 15 down 5 23-17-1-4
-180 NY Rangers
34.2 shots against per game is simply a recipe for disaster.
21 20 down 1 21-16-4-5
-170 Anaheim
This team is doing what veteran teams tend to do. Just hang around as they look to mark a run at a top 3 spot in the division.
22 17 down 5 20-17-5-3
-165 Carolina
Back in the cellar of the Metro, the Canes are in a lot of trouble as the top tier in this division remain red hot.
23 22 down 1 20-16-5-3
-155 Philadelphia
The Flyers have both a winning home and away record, along with a positive goal differential. Yet, they still manage to find themselves in the bottom tier.
24 25 up 1 18-19-3-3
-150 Florida
The Panthers are still one of those teams looking to find their identity. While they’re on the outside looking in, they aren’t far from playoff contention.
25 24 down 1 20-23-2-1
-140 Edmonton
If only Connor McDavid had a supporting cast, things could be totally different right now for Edmonton.
26 27 up 1 18-19-6-1
-130 Detroit
While they have only scored 117 goals this season, Detroit continues to find various ways to grab points. Andreas Athanasiou is one player to watch, as he continues to get a real shot here with the Wings.
27 26 down 1 18-21-4-2
-125 Montreal
A lot of distracting pieces here as trade rumors have started surrounding this Montreal team.
28 26 down 2 18-21-3-3
-120 Vancouver
Despite a baffling home record, the Canucks sit just 11 points out of the 3rd place in the Pacific.
29 29 same 15-18-4-5
-115 Ottawa
Expect lots of moving parts from the Senators here at the trade deadline.
30 30 same 11-24-8-1
-105 Buffalo
Just 99 goals this season is by far the lowest in the NHL.
31 31 same 10-28-5-3
110 Arizona
They’re right there with Buffalo now. Don’t be shocked to see them jump up for the first time all year soon if they continue to at least remain competitive in games.

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 spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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