NHL Power Rankings: Week 15

By Dave Cokin - Covers Expert

The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to claim the top spot in the rankings, with three Canadian teams lining up behind them. The struggling Anaheim Ducks have fired their coach and take the bottom spot in the rankings this week. Check back next week for updated rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-OT-SOL (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 43-11-3-1
(43-15-0)
0 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is clear as the team to beat.
2 2 same 36-18-3-0
(36-21-0)
0 Toronto
Improved defense with the Muzzin deal.
3 3 same 34-16-3-4
(34-23-0)
0 Calgary
If goalie play holds, the best in the West.
4 6 up 2 36-19-2-1
(36-22-0)
0 Winnipeg
Still looking strong but Laine needs to step it up.
5 5 same 34-21-4-1
(34-26-0)
0 Nashville
This team's best play is still ahead of them.
6 8 up 2 34-17-4-3
(34-24-0)
0 San Jose
No real weaknesses, recent play encouraging.
7 11 up 4 34-17-1-5
(34-23-0)
0 NY Islanders
Climb up the ladder continues, a dark horse at the very least.
8 4 down 4 30-20-5-2
(30-27-0)
0 Pittsburgh
Solid as always but a notch below East top two.
9 10 up 1 32-17-6-2
(32-25-0)
0 Boston
Might drop a bit with Pastrnak injury.
10 7 down 3 32-19-6-1
(32-26-0)
0 Washington
Defensing champs are showing some positive signs.
11 13 up 2 32-21-2-1
(32-24-0)
0 Columbus
But will Panerin and Bobrovsky avoid being dealt?
12 17 up 5 31-19-7-0
(31-26-0)
0 Montreal
Stopped being a surprise quite a while ago.
13 9 down 4 31-24-3-1
(31-28-0)
0 Vegas
Need a sniper to booster struggling offense.
14 22 up 8 29-22-4-1
(29-27-0)
0 St. Louis
Hottest team in the league, rising quickly.
15 18 up 3 29-22-4-2
(29-28-0)
0 Carolina
Well conditioned Carolina squad is coming on.
16 15 down 1 29-23-5-0
(29-28-0)
0 Dallas
Have been right around the same level all season.
17 12 down 5 23-23-10-1
(23-34-0)
0 Colorado
Lead balloon, playoff spot in jeopardy.
18 14 down 4 28-21-6-1
(28-28-0)
0 Buffalo
Problems on their own end continue.
19 16 down 3 27-25-3-2
(27-30-0)
0 Minnesota
Veteran squad still live to sneak into playoffs.
20 20 same 26-26-4-3
(26-33-0)
0 Vancouver
Wait till next year, but this year turning out okay.
21 19 down 2 25-27-4-1
(25-32-0)
0 Arizona
Injury depleted entry was hung tough.
22 30 up 8 24-25-8-1
(24-34-0)
0 Chicago
Offense has been spectacular at times.
23 31 up 8 26-24-6-1
(26-31-0)
0 Philadelphia
Stunning hot streak fueling late season optimism.
24 21 down 3 24-24-4-4
(24-32-0)
0 Florida
Pesky when the goaltending holds up.
25 27 up 2 24-24-6-2
(24-32-0)
0 NY Rangers
All about the future rather than the present.
26 23 down 3 24-27-5-0
(24-32-0)
0 Edmonton
Aside from top line, almost nothing to like.
27 26 down 1 23-28-2-5
(23-35-0)
0 Detroit
Plenty of fight most nights, just not enough talent.
28 29 up 1 21-31-5-0
(21-36-0)
0 Ottawa
In great position to sell at deadline.
29 24 down 5 21-28-5-3
(21-36-0)
0 New Jersey
Injury list continues to grow, losses eep piling up.
30 28 down 2 23-28-4-2
(23-34-0)
0 Los Angeles
Total rebuild has to happen.
31 25 down 6 22-26-7-2
(22-35-0)
0 Anaheim
Finally fired Carlyle, no idea what took so long.

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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