Power Rankings: Week 25

Michael Finewax

The rankings at the top remained similar with only San Jose and Calgary swapping places as the Flames are now third and the Sharks fourth. Vegas has made a move upwards and should be considered contenders once again for the Stanley Cup.         


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1. Tampa Bay

Record: 56-13-4 (3-0-0)

Last Week 1

The Lightning won all three this week as they defeated Detroit, Washington and Arizona. Tampa Bay clinched the President’s Trophy with the win over Arizona and did so with nine games still left on their schedule. This week they take on Washington, Carolina and St. Louis on the road before returning home to play Boston. The Lightning could be resting players from time-to-time down the stretch, especially giving goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy an easier workload as they prepare for the playoffs.


2. Boston

Record: 43-20-9 (1-2-0)

Last Week 2

The Bruins lost this week to Columbus and Winnipeg before defeating Columbus in a rematch in overtime. Boston plays all four games on the road this week with games in New York to face the Islanders, New Jersey, Florida and Tampa Bay.  David Pastrnak is expected back in the lineup in time for the game against the Islanders.  He has been out since February 10.


3. Calgary

Record: 44-21-7 (2-1-0)

Last Week 4

The Flames defeated New Jersey and the New York Rangers but dropped a 2-1 decision to Winnipeg this past week. This week they face Vancouver on the road in the middle of three home games versus Columbus, Ottawa and Los Angeles. Johnny Gaudreau exploded out of his slump this week with a six-point performance against the Devils. James Neal returned to practice after missing 15 games with a lower-body injury and he could return this week. Derek Ryan has replaced the ailing Sean Monahan on the top line.      


4. San Jose

Record: 43-22-8 (1-3-0)

Last Week 3

The Sharks had a bad week as they dropped decisions at home to Florida, Nashville and Vegas after defeating Winnipeg on the road. They are in Los Angeles and Anaheim this week before playing Detroit at home in what has to be their easiest schedule of the season as all three teams are near the bottom of the overall standings. Martin Jones saw his save percentage drop under .900 again after giving up three goals on 11 shots to Vegas Monday night. The Sharks have to be worried about their netminding heading into the playoffs.


5. Toronto

Record: 43-24-5 (1-2-0)

Last Week 5

It was not a great week for the Maple Leafs as they lost to Chicago and Ottawa and had to come back from a three-goal deficit to defeat Philadelphia. They start the week on the road, playing Nashville and Buffalo before returning home to play the Rangers and Florida. John Tavares hit the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career. Frederik Andersen has been in a slump of late as he has given up 14 goals in his last three starts and was pulled twice, once at the end of the first as well as 4:50 into the second. He faced only 62 shots in that span.


6. Washington

Record: 42-23-7 (1-2-0)

Last Week 6

The Capitals had a tough week and it showed in their 1-2 mark as they lost to Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay and defeated the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Capitals face the Devils in New Jersey and then return home to play Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Philadelphia. Alex Ovechkin is sitting at 48 goals and could be the only player to score 50 goals again this season. He has been the only 50-goal scorer in the NHL on four separate occasions and that already is an NHL record.


7. New York Islanders

Record: 42-23-7 (2-1-0)

Last Week 7

The Islanders knocked off Montreal and Minnesota but lost to Detroit on the road. The play Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and Arizona this week. Thomas Greiss was the NHL’s first star of the week with a 3-1 mark to go with a .959 save percentage and a 1.25 GAA. Anders Lee is up to 27 goals as he has scored in four straight games.


8. Winnipeg 

Record: 43-25-4 (3-1-0)

Last Week 8

The Jets lost to San Jose this week before finally getting back on the right track with wins over Boston, Calgary and Los Angeles. This week they are in Anaheim and Vegas before coming home to play Nashville and Dallas. Blake Wheeler is sitting at 68 assists and is only one off the franchise record of 69 set in the 2005-06 season by Marc Savard when the Jets were in Atlanta, playing as the Thrashers. After being second in the NHL in goals last season with 44, Patrik Laine is sitting at only 29 with 10 games left on the schedule.


9. Pittsburgh

Record: 39-24-10 (2-1-1)

Last Week 9

The Penguins beat Washington and Buffalo before losing to St. Louis and Philadelphia, albeit the loss to the Flyers was in overtime. This week the Penguins are on the road for all four games, facing Carolina, Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. They received some bad news this week as Evgeni Malkin suffered an upper-body injury and is week-to-week. Kris Letang is expected to return this week as he has been out of action since February 23.


10. Vegas

Record: 41-27-5 (3-0-0)

Last Week 12

The Golden Knights won all three games this week, beating Dallas, Edmonton and San Jose. They have won nine-of-10 since picking up Mark Stone from Ottawa at the trade deadline. Stone has been hot of late with four goals in his last five games to give him 32 this season. The Golden Knights play Winnipeg and Detroit at home this week before heading out to play the Blues. Vegas is hot, hot, hot heading into the playoffs this season and is a team to be wary of as they could upset.

11. Nashville

Record: 41-27-5 (2-1-0)

Last Week 10

The Predators lost to Anaheim before defeating Los Angeles and San Jose as they played all three games in California. This week the Predators return home to play Toronto and Pittsburgh before heading back on the road to play in Winnipeg and Minnesota. The NHL has reinstated Austin Watson from his indefinite suspension as he was placed in Stage Two of the NHL and NHLPA’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program back on January 29. Let’s hope he is now okay.


12. Carolina

Record: 39-25-7 (1-1-0)

Last week 11

The Hurricanes were shut out by Columbus before but came back the next night to defeat Buffalo. They play all four at home this week as Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Montreal come to town. Jordan Staal picked up the 500th point in his NHL career against Buffalo. Andrei Svechnikov has had a very good rookie campaign as the second pick in the 2018 Draft has 18 goals and 33 points this season. 


13. St. Louis

Record: 37-27-8 (1-2-1)

Last Week 13

The Blues lost to Arizona and lowly Ottawa, but beat Pittsburgh before losing in a shootout to Buffalo. The Blues are home for all four games in the upcoming seven days as they will play Edmonton, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Vegas. David Perron returned this week from a concussion that forced him to miss 24 games. He had points in both games and has a 15-game points streak that dates back to before Christmas. Vladimir Tarasenko is still out with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated this week.


14. Columbus

Record: 40-28-4 (2-0-1)

Last Week 15

Columbus defeated Boston and Carolina before losing in overtime to the Bruins as they faced Boston twice this week.  The Blue Jackets are in Western Canada this week as they play Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Nick Foligno missed the second Boston game with a personal matter. Artemi Panarin has scored only once in his last 14 games.


15. Montreal

Record: 37-28-7 (1-2-0)

Last Week 14

The Canadiens opened with a win Detroit but subsequent losses to Chicago and the New York Islanders hurt their playoff chances. They are in Philadelphia before returning home to play the New York Islanders and Buffalo. Jonathan Drouin has not picked up a point in his last eight games and has gone 16 games without a goal. Carey Price continues to have a great season as he has a 27-22-5 mark with a 2.57 GAA and a .915 save percentage.


16. Dallas

Record: 37-29-6 (2-1-1)

Last Week 17

The Stars beat Buffalo and Minnesota this week and then lost at home to Vegas and Vancouver although the Vancouver game was in a shootout. Dallas plays Florida, Colorado and Pittsburgh at home before heading to Winnipeg to complete the week. Mats Zuccarello (broken arm) is expected to rejoin the Stars during the road trip so he could play next week.


17. Philadelphia

Record: 35-29-8 (1-2-0)  

Last Week 16

The Flyers lost to Washington and Toronto before coming back to beat Pittsburgh in overtime. They are home to Montreal and the New York Islanders and on the road to face Chicago and Washington. Carter Hart is back in the lineup after he was out for seven games with an ankle injury. He is the Flyers goalie of the future and he should be on your radar next season.


18. Minnesota

Record: 34-30-9 (1-1-1)

Last Week 18

The Wild lost to Dallas. Beat the Rangers and lost in overtime to the Islanders. The Wild face Colorado and Nashville at home this week and those contests sandwich a couple of road games with Washington and Carolina. Ryan Donato has been a stud for the Wild since his trade from Boston as he has 13 points in 13 games including four points in his last two games.


19. Arizona

Record: 36-31-6 (2-1-1)

Last Week 19

The Coyotes started the week with a couple of wins over St. Louis and Anaheim, lost in overtime to Edmonton and were defeated by Tampa Bay (like everyone else). Arizona continues on the road this week with games against Florida, New Jersey and the New York Islanders. After a 65-point season as a rookie last year, Clayton Keller has only 14 goals and 46 points this season. He leads the Coyotes in points this season as well but he has regressed this season as he also is a minus-18.


20. Florida

Record: 32-28-12 (2-1-0)

Last Week 20

The Panthers knocked off San Jose and Los Angeles but lost to Anaheim during their week in California. Florida finishes the road trip in Dallas and comes back home to play Arizona and Boston before returning on the road to play in Toronto. Aleksander Barkov has a six-game points streak going with two goals and 15 points in that span. He is also a plus-nine. He has a career high of 83 points, five better than his previous best of 78 set last season.

21. Colorado

Record: 31-29-12 (1-1-0)

Last Week 21

The Avalanche lost to Anaheim and shut out the New Jersey Devils. They face Minnesota and Dallas away from home, come back to play Chicago and then face the Blackhawks again in the back-end of a home-and-home series. Gabriel Landeskog is out for the remainder of the season with an upper-body injury and while he skated on Monday, he still won’t return for the regular season. Nathan MacKinnon hit the 90-point mark for the second year in a row.


22. Buffalo

Record: 31-32-9 (1-3-0)

Last Week 22

After three straight losses to Dallas, Pittsburgh and Carolina the Sabres finally won in a shootout as they beat St. Louis. The Sabres play Toronto, Montreal and New Jersey this week. Evan Rodrigues scored for the first time in 19 games on Sunday. Alexander Nylander was recalled this week and had a couple of assists Sunday for his first two points of the season as he was playing in his fourth game of the week.


23. Chicago

Record: 32-30-10 (2-0-1)

Last Week 25

The Blackhawks defeated Toronto and Montreal but lost in overtime to Vancouver. The Blackhawks face Philadelphia at home and play a home-and-home series with Colorado. Erik Gustafsson picked up his 14th goal of the season and has 51 points in 69 games. He had a total of five goals and 30 points in his first 76 games over his first two seasons. Patrick Kane had a pair of assists Monday and went over the 100-point mark for the season. He was the third player this season to get to the magical mark.


24. Vancouver

Record: 31-32-10 (3-0-1)

Last Week 26

The Canucks had a great week, as they lost in a shootout to New Jersey and beat the Rangers, Dallas and Chicago. They play Ottawa, Calgary and Columbus this week as Vancouver starts a six-game home stand. Elias Pettersson set a Vancouver record for the most points by a rookie with his 61st point, surpassing former greats Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka. Bo Horvat scored the overtime winner Monday and has 25 goals this season.


25. Edmonton

Record: 32-33-7 (1-2-0)

Last Week 24

The Oilers lost to New Jersey and Vegas by the same 6-3 score and beat Arizona in overtime. This week the Oilers face St. Louis on the road and then play at home to Columbus and Ottawa. Connor McDavid has at least two points in eight straight games, the best by anyone this season. Leon Draisaitl has 43 goals and 90 points this season, both career bests.


26. New York Rangers

Record: 28-31-13 (0-3-0)

Last Week 23

The Rangers lost all three games this week as Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota beat them. New York plays Detroit, Toronto and Pittsburgh this week. The Rangers have fallen off and are not a factor this season. Since the Rangers are out of it, they are letting some of their youngsters play in more familiar roles as Lias Andersson is being put back at center while Brett Howden, a former first round pick of the Lightning in 2016, will see second line duty with Vladislav Namestnikov and Pavel Buchnevich, against Detroit.


27. Anaheim

Record: 30-35-9 (3-1-0)

Last Week 28

It was a great week for the Ducks as they beat Nashville, Colorado and Florida and lost to Arizona. They face Winnipeg, San Jose and Los Angeles. Jakob Silfverberg has scored in four of his last five games and has a team-leading 22 goals this season. Forty-eight players have suited up for Anaheim this season and that says a lot. They will start using plenty of their prospects next season so don’t expect a quick rebound for the Ducks.


28. New Jersey

Record: 27-37-9 (2-2-0)

Last Week 27

The Devils sandwiched losses to Calgary and Colorado around wins over Edmonton and Vancouver this week. They are home to Washington, Boston, Arizona and Buffalo this week. Miles Wood has been out of action since February 25 with a fractured ankle injury. Look for Mackenzie Blackwood to be the starting goaltender to start the 2019-20 season as the Devils need him to get to the next level.


29. Detroit

Record: 25-37-10 (1-2-0)

Last Week 30

Detroit lost to Montreal and Tampa Bay before defeating the New York Islanders this past week. It’s a four-game week for Detroit as they are in New York to face the Rangers, and then travel to St. Louis, Vegas and San Jose. Dylan Larkin played against the Islanders for the first time since March 5 as he was out with a neck injury. He is one point off his career high of 63, set last season. Justin Abdelkader is out for the rest of the season after suffering a hairline fracture in his leg.


30. Los Angeles

Record: 25-39-8 (0-3-0)

Last Week 29

The Kings lost all three this week as Nashville, Florida and Winnipeg were victorious at the Staples Center. This week they face San Jose and Anaheim at home and then start a three-game trek to Western Canada with a game in Calgary. Anze Kopitar became the first King this season to hit the 20-goal mark with one against Florida Saturday and Dustin Brown is right behind at 19 with a goal on Monday.


31. Ottawa

Record: 25-41-6 (2-0-0)

Last Week 31

The Senators defeated St. Louis and Toronto in a very rare week where they did not lose. This week they are in Western Canada to play Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.  It has been a tough season for Ottawa, made even tougher with the knowledge that they do not hold their first-round pick this season but there is a lot of young talent available to the Senators including Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk and Colin White.

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