As we reach the midway point in the regular season, some teams are starting to gear up for expected postseason runs while others are fighting to get into playoff position. Some teams might as well start practicing their golf swings. Injuries still plague many teams, but there should be no surprises in this week’s power rankings.
1. Chicago Blackhawks (21-0-3) Last week: 1
Raise your hand if you think the Blackhawks sold their souls to the devil. But in all seriousness, Chicago is having an amazing season, which is due mostly to their diversity of goal scorers.
2. Anaheim Ducks (16-3-3) Last week: 2
The Ducks continue to impress but they let the Coyotes get into their heads this week, losing 5-4 in shootout rounds in both their Saturday and Monday matchups against Phoenix. However, the Ducks exacted revenge on the Coyotes at home Wednesday night with a 2-0 win.
3. Montreal Canadiens (14-5-2) Last week: 5
Carey Price continues to be solid in net, but the team has been inconsistent in their last three with an overtime loss, a win and a regulation loss.
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-0) Last week: 4
Losing Evgeni Malkin in late February didn’t halt the Pens’ success and they were glad to have him back in the lineup when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, 4-3.
5. Boston Bruins (14-3-3) Last week: 3
The Bruins were on a six-game win streak, but losing two games this week was a setback.
6. Ottawa Senators (12-8-4) Last week: 6
The Sens continue to be injury prone, which may have caused them to lose all four of their games this week.
7. Vancouver Canucks (11-6-5) Last week: 8
The Canucks lost two out of three, but the Sedin twins still managed to find each other and the back of the net.
8. San Jose Sharks (11-7-4) Last week: 9
The Sharks made strides winning two out of their last three. Scott Gomez also scored his first goal as a Shark on Tuesday when they defeated the Canucks.
9. Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-0) Last week: 11
When was the last time the Leafs were in the Top 10 of a power rankings list? Being sixth in the league and winning all three of their games last week bumps them up again this time around.
10. New Jersey Devils (10-8-5) Last week: 7
Last week’s minor setback for the Devils has turned into a major one as they are currently on a five-game losing streak.
11. Carolina Hurricanes (13-8-1) Last week: 14
The ‘Canes may be one of the most underrated teams this season. Having dealt with some injury setbacks, they continue to improve with a four-game win streak.
12. St. Louis Blues (11-9-2) Last week: 10
The Blues drop two spots after losing three of their four games last week. The team is getting desperate as they recalled AHL goalie Jake Allen again.
13. Dallas Stars (11-9-2) Last week: 13
The Stars showed some inconsistency this week by splitting their last two games.
14. Detroit Red Wings (11-8-4) Last week: 15
The Red Wings won two of their games last week, but were unable to defeat the Blackhawks in an overtime shootout round on Sunday.
15. Nashville Predators (9-9-5) Last week: 12
The Predators fall again after another two losses this week.
16. New York Rangers (11-8-2) Last week: 18
Points leader Rick Nash is back in the lineup and showed up the Flyers on Tuesday alongside Ryan Callahan, launching the Rangers to a 4-2 victory. They are also undefeated so far this week.
17. Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-1) Last week: 17
The Flyers split their two games last week, showing their inconsistent nature yet again. They will look to breakout star Jakub Voracek this week to help pull them out of the hole.
18. Phoenix Coyotes (11-9-3) Last week: 19
The Coyotes had a really good week after defeating the Wild, 4-3, and then taking down the Ducks, 5-4, in shootout rounds, twice. Phoenix couldn't make it three wins in a row over the Ducks. The Coyotes were shut out by Anaheim to end the week.
19. Tampa Bay Lightning (10-12-1) Last week: 16
Steven Stamkos continues to lead the league with 17 goals, but he’s stuck on a really mediocre team. They finally beat the Devils on Tuesday, but dropped their previous three games.
20. Los Angeles Kings (12-7-2) Last week: 21
The Kings improved with two big wins this week. They routed the Predators, 5-1, on Monday and then defeated the Blues, 6-4, on Tuesday.
21. Minnesota Wild (11-9-2) Last week: 20
The Wild split their four games this week so they appear to be improving, but fans are starting to question why the team shelled out so much money for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
22. New York Islanders (10-11-2) Last week: 23
The Islanders move up a spot after winning another two games and gaining a point in an overtime loss against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
23. Winnipeg Jets (10-11-1) Last week: 22
The Jets lost their edge from last week’s successful road trip when they lost all three of their games this week.
24. Edmonton Oilers (8-9-5) Last week: 24
The Oilers continue with another 1-3 funk this week. This team is supposed to have the best picks of the draft, but the rookie heavy roster proves to be their downfall.
25. Calgary Flames (9-8-4) Last week: 25
After posting a 2-1 record in their three games last week, the Flames stay at the 25th spot.
26. Washington Capitals (9-11-1) Last week: 28
The Caps move up after winning both their games last week.
27. Colorado Avalanche (8-10-4) Last week: 26
P.A. Parenteau has been crucial to the Avs this season, but they are still in a 1-2-1 slump this week.
28. Buffalo Sabres (9-13-2) Last week: 29
The Sabres keep trying to pull themselves out of their hole, but it’s hard to do that when they split their four games last week.
29. Florida Panthers (7-11-5) Last week: 27
It doesn’t matter how good rookie Jonathan Huberdeau is, his team is still terrible. Like last week, the Panthers split their four games this week.
30. Columbus Blue Jackets (7-12-4) Last week: 30
There isn’t much to be said about the Blue Jackets. They may be on a two-game win streak, but their overall record and performance doesn’t show it.