NHL Power Rankings: Scalding Flames surge, Penguins also on the move

There are a number of groups on vital profitable streaks, and that alters this week’s NHL energy rankings in consequence.

The Flames and Avalanche make appreciable jumps in the rankings, as do the Penguins and Bruins in the prime 10.

On the different aspect of the coin, the Kings take a serious fall backward this week.

Right here is the full breakdown of Sporting Information’ NHL energy rankings for Week thirteen Week 2 three Week four Week 6 eight Week 9 eleven Week 12

NHL Power Rankings thirteen.zero

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

31-10-three, sixty five pts (final week: 1)

First group to succeed in 30 wins, however simply 2-2-1 final 5 video games — a minor velocity bump in midst of nice season. Victor Hedman damage a blow, nevertheless.

2. Vegas Golden Knights

29-eleven-three, sixty one pts (final week: 2)

Stood toe to toe with defending Western Convention champs Tuesday, however misplaced 1-zero determination to Predators. Subsequent up: face the prime group in the NHL, the Lightning, in Tampa on Thursday.

three. Washington Capitals

28-14-three, fifty nine pts (final week: three)

Caps have 18 wins on house ice, tied with Golden Knights for league lead. 

four. Nashville Predators

26-eleven-6, fifty eight pts (final week: 6)

Pekka Rinne is having an impressive season in aim, and Juuse Saros crammed in Tuesday with forty three-save shutout over Vegas. Preds three-zero-1 final 4.

5. Winnipeg Jets

26-thirteen-7, fifty nine pts (final week: 5)

Misplaced two straight; and 10-10-6 street document is a priority.

6. Boston Bruins

24-10-eight, fifty six pts (final week: eight)

Tied with Lightning for fewest regulation losses with solely ten. 

7. St. Louis Blues

27-17-three, fifty seven pts (final week: 9)

Three of the prime seven groups in the energy rankings are from Central Division. How about Carter Hutton stepping in as Jake Allen tries to seek out his recreation, and posting a ridiculous 1.seventy eight GAA and .942 save proportion in 17 appearances this season? 

eight. San Jose Sharks

24-thirteen-6, fifty four pts (final week: thirteen)

Sharks discover their footing with three-recreation win streak. Win over Kings jumps them over L.A. and into second place in Pacific.

9. Toronto Maple Leafs

25-17-four, fifty four pts (final week: 10)

Power play is ninth greatest in the NHL, PK is ranked fourth. That is a profitable mixture come playoff time.

10. Pittsburgh Penguins

24-19-three, fifty one pts (final week: sixteen)

The schedule flipped to the second-half and the Penguins got here alive. 4 straight wins and Sidney Crosby is enjoying like Sidney Crosby once more.

eleven. New Jersey Devils

23-12-eight, fifty four pts (final week: eleven)

Snapped six-recreation winless skid with convincing street victory over Islanders Tuesday night time as group captain Andy Greene fought for the first time in eleven-season NHL profession.

12. New York Rangers

23-17-5, fifty one pts (final week: 7)

Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Flyers was Rangers’ most spectacular victory in current reminiscence. Henrik Lundqvist continues sensible play. Accidents beginning to pile up for first time this season.

MIXED BAG: Metro, Central races turning right into a massacre 

thirteen. Calgary Flames

19-sixteen-four, forty two pts (final week: 22)

Hit their bye week on a season-excessive seven-recreation profitable streak. Johnny Gaudreau with factors in all seven of these video games.

14. Dallas Stars

26-17-three, fifty five pts (final week: 14)

sixteen residence wins tied for second most in Western Convention. Jason Spezza benched for one recreation, responds with two objectives Tuesday night time.

15. Columbus Blue Jackets

25-18-three, fifty three pts (final week: 12)

Jack Johnson asks for commerce, Blue Jackets nonetheless springing leaks and battling accidents, although stay in playoff spot in robust Metro.

sixteen. Los Angeles Kings

24-15-5, fifty three pts (final week: four)

On a 4-recreation dropping streak and simply 2-5-1 in final eight video games

17. Colorado Avalanche

24-sixteen-three, fifty one pts (final week: 21)

They’ve gained seven in a row and Nathan MacKinnon is a professional Hart Trophy candidate.

18. New York Islanders

23-19-four, 50 pts (final week: 18)

Powered by rookies Mat Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier, the excessive-flying Islanders gained three in a row earlier than four-1 setback to Devils final night time. Injured Josh Bailey resumes skating Wednesday.

19. Minnesota Wild

24-17-5, fifty three pts (final week: 19)

Just one regulation loss in final seven video games (four-1-2). Since coming back from damage, Zach Parise solely has one level (help) in seven video games.

20. Anaheim Geese

20-sixteen-9, forty nine pts (final week: 15)

Rickard Rackell stepping up amidst plethora of accidents in Anaheim with workforce-excessive 15 objectives and 32 factors.

21. Philadelphia Flyers

20-sixteen-eight, forty eight pts (final week: 23)

4-recreation profitable streak introduced Flyers again into playoff image. Thumped 5-1 by Rangers, although, on Tuesday.

22. Chicago Blackhawks

22-17-6, 50 pts (final week: 20)

Corey Crawford’s vertigo issues might derail Chicago’s playoff hopes.

23. Carolina Hurricanes

20-17-eight, forty eight pts (final week: 17)

Sebastian Aho concussion an enormous blow to ‘Canes. Aho has staff-excessive sixteen objectives and 37 factors.

24. Edmonton Oilers

20-23-three, forty three pts (final week: 25)

Very quietly Connor McDavid has 37 assists and fifty two factors in forty six video games.

25. Detroit Pink Wings

18-19-7, forty three pts (final week: 24)

Dylan Larkin has solely 4 even power objectives this season — also has one on the energy play and two extra shorthanded.

26. Florida Panthers

18-19-6, forty two pts (final week: 26)

Three gamers — Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trochek and Aleksander Barkov — with forty or extra factors.

27. Montreal Canadiens

18-20-6, forty two pts (final week: 27)

Scary concussion suffered by Phillip Danault, coupled with unspecified Andrew Shaw damage, places struggling Habs additional in a bind.

28. Ottawa Senators

15-18-9, 39 pts (final week: 29)

Craig Anderson, Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman all come alive earlier than bye week. Can they proceed uptick in play upon return Thursday?

29. Vancouver Canucks

18-21-6, forty two pts (final week: 28)

Henrik Sedin has two objectives in forty five video games — although he does have group-excessive 30 assists.

30. Buffalo Sabres

eleven-24-9, 31 pts (final week: 30)

Snapped 5-recreation winless skid with strong three-1 win over Blue Jackets earlier than bye week. 

31. Arizona Coyotes

10-28-eight, 28 pts (final week: 31)

Did they get almost sufficient from Chicago in Anthony Duclair commerce? Do not assume so.