NHL Power Rankings 2016-17
NHL power rankings (Updated 4/3/2017)
Taking you through the ups and downs of the NHL season. Which teams are hitting their stride and which teams are struggling? Find out where all the teams in the NHL stand with the NHL power rankings.
30. New Jersey Devils (Last week: 29)
After 20 NHL seasons, all with the Devils, Patrick Elias is hanging up his skates.
29. Colorado Avalanche (Last week: 30)
The Avs have one win in their last nine games as this season nears its merciful conclusion.
28. Vancouver Canucks (Last week: 27)
Just rebuild already. Vancouver has put this off long enough.
27. Florida Panthers (Last week: 25)
The Panthers are one of the bigger surprises of the season. After winning the Atlantic last year, Florida does not even have a .500 record and will not be returning to the playoffs.
26. Detroit Red Wings (Last week: 26)
Detroit's run of 25 consecutive playoff appearances will officially come to an end this season. That will mean a quiet end to Joe Louis Arena.
25. Arizona Coyotes (Last week: 28)
The Coyotes are one win away from tying a season-high win streak. They have won two straight.
24. Buffalo Sabres (Last week: 24)
Sabres captain Brian Gionta had a very memorable 1,000th game as he scored the game-winning goal.
23. Los Angeles Kings (Last week: 22)
The Western Conference playoff field is set and the Kings aren't in it. Even with Jonathan Quick's injury this year, this has to be a bitter pill to swallow considering that Peter Budaj kept them in contention for much of the season.
22. Dallas Stars (Last week: 20)
Dallas may not be very good, but every spoiler team is dangerous. Carolina learned that the hard way as the Stars ended the Hurricanes' point streak with an emphatic 3-0 win.
21. New York Islanders (Last week: 17)
The Islanders' playoff chances took a major hit with the news that John Tavares is out for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury.
20. San Jose Sharks (Last week: 21)
San Jose has lost eight of its last nine games and Joe Thornton's health is now a question mark. The Sharks are in real trouble.
19. Winnipeg Jets (Last week: 23)
We all know how great Patrick Laine is, but 24-year-old Mark Scheifele is also becomming a superstar with 30 goals and 48 assists this season.
18. Philadelphia Flyers (Last week: 18)
Philadelphia is the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight games in a season and not make the playoffs.
17. Ottawa Senators (Last week: 13)
The road has not been kind to the Senators who have lost the first four games of a five-game road trip.
16. Minnesota Wild (Last week: 16)
Well, at least Minnesota can still beat Colorado. That's...something.
15. Carolina Hurricanes (Last week: 12)
Carolina's point streak was halted at 13 games on April Fool's Day by the Dallas Stars and with it likely went their narrow playoff hopes.
14. Tampa Bay Lightning (Last week: 19)
It looks like the Eastern Conference playoff race is realistically down to nine teams. With five wins in their last six games, the Lightning just will not go away.
13. New York Rangers (Last week: 11)
After last season's dreadful playoff showing, the Rangers looked poised to take step back this season. Instead, they clinched their seventh consecutive posteason appearance and 11th in the last 12 seasons.
12. Nashville Predators (Last week: 10)
Nashville has made the playoffs, but will they find their second wind? The Predators have lost three of their last four games and are staring a potential first-round matchup against Chicago in the face.
11. Boston Bruins (Last week: 15)
Just when it looked like the Bruce Cassidy honeymoon was over, the Bruins have rattled off five straight wins.
10. Columbus Blue Jackets (Last week: 3)
Sergei Bobrovsky is great, but Columbus needs to find some offense. In their last seven games the Blue Jackets scored three goals only once and have been held to fewer than three in the other six.
9. Toronto Maple Leafs (Last week: 14)
Auston Matthews' season is rapidly going from impressive to historic. His 38 goals ties a single-season NHL record for goals by a U.S.-born rookie.
8. Pittsburgh Penguins (Last week: 7)
Add Chris Kunitz to the lengthy list of injuries the Penguins are dealing with. It cost them four losses in their last five games. They need to get healthy before the postseason or it could be a short run in Pittsburgh.
7. Calgary Flames (Last week: 4)
Calgary gets the California gauntlet to end the season. That's bad news considering whoever finishes in the second wild card spot will get the Blackhawks in the first round.
6. St. Louis Blues (Last week: 6)
St. Louis is making a surge in the standings that we all saw coming because six of their last 12 games this season come against Arizona and Colorado.
5. Edmonton Oilers (Last week: 9)
Edmonton has clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2005-06 and are challenging for the Pacific crown.
4. Montreal Canadiens (Last week: 8)
The Alexander Radulov signing seems to be working out just fine for Montreal. He is second on the team in points with 52.
3. Chicago Blackhawks (Last week: 5)
For a while it looked like Chicago would have to settle for second in the West, but when the Blackhawks shifted gears, they left the Wild in their dust. Chicago is now 8-2-2 in their last 12.
2. Anaheim Ducks (Last week: 2)
Jonathan Bernier continues his unreal streak for Anaheim with a 10-0-2 record in his last 12 appearances. The Ducks are now enjoying an 11-game point streak as a result.
1. Washington Capitals (Last week: 1)
Last season had a lot of people asking if the Caps had cooled off too much to win in the playoffs. That doesn't look like it will be a problem this year as Washington is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.