Washington and Islanders 1-2 in Rankings

Michael Finewax

Once again there is a new leader atop the Rotoworld NHL Power Rankings as the Bruins drop from a two-week reign and the Washington Capitals are the new leaders with the Islanders moving up to second and the Bruins dropping to third. 

The Flyers made a big jump up the standings while the Kings fell to the bottom.

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1. Washington

Record: 13-2-3 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -2)

The Capitals won both this past week defeating Florida and Vegas. Washington is much busier this week as they take on Arizona, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Boston. Carl Hagelin, Nik Dowd and Richard Panik are on the sidelines.

2. New York Islanders

Record: 12-3-1 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -4)

New York finally dropped a game this week, losing to Pittsburgh in overtime 4-3 after leading 3-0. They redeemed themselves as they defeated Ottawa and Florida. The Islanders take on Toronto and Philadelphia this week. Leo Komarov is expected back but Casey Cizikas may miss Wednesday’s tilt against Toronto, while Matt Martin, Tom Kuhnhackl and Andrew Ladd are still on the sidelines.

3. Boston 

Record: 11-3-3 (1-2-1)

(Last Week -1)

The Bruins finally had a poor week as they defeated Pittsburgh and lost in a shootout to Philadelphia at home while losing both on the road against Montreal and Detroit. Boston will try and get back on track this week facing Florida, Toronto and Washington. Torey Krug, Brett Ritchie, Jake DeBrusk and David Backes are all sidelined.

4. St. Louis

Record: 12-3-3 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Blues have won nine of their last ten including all three this past week, defeating Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary on the road. They return home to face Arizona and Anaheim with a side trip to Columbus in between. Vladimir Tarasenko is out for five months while Alexander Steen will be missing for a month.     

5. Edmonton

Record: 12-5-2 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -3)

The Oilers started the week losing to Arizona in overtime, dropping a 5-2 decision to St. Louis and then defeating New Jersey and Anaheim. They play in San Jose this week and return home to face Colorado and Dallas. The Oilers still have Adam Larsson on the sidelines as well as Joakim Nygard.

6. Colorado

Record: 10-5-2 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -7)

The Avalanche continued their slump, losing to Dallas for their fourth game without a win but returned to the plus side with a couple of w’s against Nashville and Columbus. They are on in Western Canada this week to play Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Avs have been struck hard by injuries as Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are out while Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nikita Zadorov, Philipp Grubauer and Colin Wilson are also sidelined.

7. Nashville

Record: 9-5-3 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -9)

The Predators beat Detroit, lost in a shootout to San Jose and defeated Detroit. This week the Predators are in Vancouver and home to Chicago in a light week. Nashville has no injuries to report.

8. Pittsburgh

Record: 10-6-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -12)

The Penguins lost in Boston before beating the Islanders in overtime and Chicago in a shootout. The Penguins play the New York Rangers and New Jersey on the road and are home to Toronto Saturday. Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist are all out of the lineup.

9. Vancouver

Record:9-6-3 (0-3-1)

(Last Week -10)

The week was not kind to the Canucks as they lost in overtime to St. Louis and then lost three in a row in regulation as Chicago, Winnipeg and New Jersey were victorious. Vancouver takes on Nashville, Dallas and Colorado this week. Antoine Roussel is still out after off-season knee surgery while Micheal Ferland and Tyler Motte are also in the infirmary.

10. Carolina

Record:9-7-1 (0-3-0)

(Last Week -5)

It was not a good week for the Hurricanes as they dropped all three games, losing to the Flyers, Ottawa and the New York Rangers. They will try to get back on track this week as they take on Ottawa, Buffalo and Minnesota. Erik Haula and Jordan Martinook are out of action.

11. Vegas

Record: 9-7-3 (1-2-1)

(Last Week -11)

The Golden Knights started their road trip off nicely with a win in Columbus but an overtime loss to Toronto combined with regulation losses to both Washington and Detroit, made it a tough week for the Golden Knights. This week the Golden Knights are home to Chicago and Calgary with a short road trip to Los Angeles in between. Alex Tuch is their only injured player although Valentin Zykov is on the suspended list for PEDs.

12. Buffalo 

Record: 9-6-2 (0-2-0)

(Last Week -8)

The Sabres lost both in Stockholm, Sweden against Tampa Bay this past week and return to North America to play Carolina, Ottawa and Chicago. Zack Bogosian, Matt Hunwick and Marco Scandella are missing from their blueline with Vladimir Sobotka was injured in Stockholm and is day-to-day.

13. Philadelphia

Record: 10-5-2 (4-0-0)

(Last Week -21)

The Flyers won all four this week, knocking off the Penguins, New Jersey, Toronto and Boston. They face Washington, Ottawa and the New York Islanders this week. Nolan Patrick is still week-to-week with migrane problems while Samuel Morin and Scott Laughton are also out.

14. Tampa Bay

Record: 8-5-2 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -18)

The Lightning perfect in Sweden this week, winning both against the Sabres. They return home this week to play a couple of games as the New York Rangers and Winnipeg are in town. Erik Cernak is the Lightning’s only player who is on the sidelines.

15. Winnipeg

Record: 10-7-1 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -19)

The Jets lost in a shootout to New Jersey but won out the rest of the week, beating Vancouver and Dallas. This week they start off at home to Colorado and then are in Florida to play the Panthers and the Lightning. Dustin Byfuglien is out as he has been suspended as well as he underwent surgery. Mark Letestu, Mason Appleton, Bryan Little and Gabriel Bourque are also on the injured reserve list.

16. Calgary

Record: 10-7-3 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -20)

The Flames got back on track as they picked up five of six points this past week. They defeated Arizona and New Jersey before dropping a game in overtime to St. Louis Saturday night. This week Calgary is home to Dallas then travel to the American southwest to play Arizona and Vegas.  Sam Bennett, Austin Czarnik and Juuso Valimaki are out of action. 

17. Montreal

Record: 9-5-3 (2-0-1)

(Last Week -17)

The Canadiens sandwiched an overtime loss to Philadelphia around wins versus Boston and Los Angeles. This week Montreal takes on Columbus, Washington and New Jersey. Jesperi Kotkaniemi is on the disabled list with a groin injury.

18. Arizona

Record: 9-6-2 (1-2-1)       

(Last Week -13)

The Coyotes defeated Edmonton but lost to Calgary in overtime as well as Columbus and Minnesota at home. The Coyotes are on the road for three games this week in Washington, St. Louis and Minnesota before returning home for a Saturay matchup with Calgary. Niklas Hjalmarsson and James Demers are out of the lineup.

19. Florida

Record: 8-4-5 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -14)

The Panthers lost in overtime to Washington, dropped a 2-1 decision to the Islanders and then beat the Rangers in a shootout. This week, Florida takes on Boston, Winnipeg and the New York Rangers. MacKenzie Weeger. Noel Acciari and Jayce Hawryluk are on the sidelines with injuries.

20. Toronto

Record: 9-6-4 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -16) 

The Maple Leafs defeated Los Angeles and Vegas to start the week, lost in a shootout to Philadelphia and then were defeated by Chicago 5-4 despite putting 57 shots on goal. This week Toronto takes on the New York Islanders, Boston and Pittsburgh. Mitch Marner will miss at least four weeks with an ankle injury but Zach Hyman could return to action this week.

21. Anaheim 

Record:9-8-1 (0-2-0)

(Last Week -15)

The Ducks lost both games this week, as Minnesota and Edmonton knocked them off. This week the Ducks play Detroit, San Jose and in St. Louis. Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson are on the injured reserve list.

22. Dallas

Record: 8-8-2 (1-0-1)

(Last Week -22)

The Stars beat Colorado but lost in overtime to Winnipeg Sunday. This week they continue playing in Western Canada with games in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. The Stars are missing John Klnigberg, Roope Hintz, Roman Polak, Martin Hanzal and Stephen Johns from their lineup.

23. New York Rangers

Record: 7-6-2 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -23)

The Rangers lost to the Senators, beat Detroit and Carolina and then lost in a shootout to Florida. This week they teake on Pittsburgh and paly Tampa Bay and Florida on the road. Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast are out of the lineup with injuries.

24. Columbus

Record: 6-8-3 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -24)

The Blue Jackets defeated Arizona but had a couple of losses to start and end the week as Vegas and Colorado were victorious. This week they are in Montreal and home to St. Louis. Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray and Brandon Dubinsky are all on the injured reserve list.

25. Chicago

Record: 6-7-4 (2-1-1)

 (Last Week -25)

The Blackhawks lost in San Jose and in a shootout in Pittsburgh but won both home games as they defeated Vancouver and Toronto. This week Chicago plays in Vegas and Nashville and return home Sunday to face Buffalo. Ryan Carpenter, Connor Murphy and John Quenneville are missing from the lineup.

26. San Jose

Record: 7-10-1 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -28)

The Sharks were perfect this week, beating Boston, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The Sharks take on Edmonton, Anaheim a and Detroit this week. Mario Ferraro, Dylan Gambrell and Jacob Middleton are not in the lineup due to injuries.

27. New Jersey 

Record: 5-7-4 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -27)

The Devils split the week, defeating Winnipeg and Vancouver and losing both in Alberta as Calgary and Edmonton knocked them off. New Jersey takes on Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Montreal this week. Sami Vantanen and Connor Carrick are missing from the New Jersey lineup.

28. Minnesota

Record:6-10-1 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -29)

The Wild won a couple, beating Anaheim and Arizona on the road and losing to San Jose in the Shark Tank. This week the Wild play in Los Angeles and return home to play Arizona and Carolina. Luke Kunin, Marcus Foligno and Greg Pateryn are sidelined with injuries.

29. Ottawa 

Record:6-9-1 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -31)

The Senators doubled their win total with victories over the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and Carolina while losing to the New York Islanders. This week the Senators play four games again as they are in Carolina, New Jersey and Buffalo while facing Philadelphia at home. Artem Anisimov, Logan Brown, Rudolfs Balcers and Scott Sabourin are all out of the lineup with injuries.

30. Detroit

Record: 6-12-1 (2-2-0)

(Last Week -30) 

The Red Wings lost two to start the week as Nashville and the Rangers handled them quite easily but Detroit came back to win two in a row as they knocked off Boston and Vegas. This week the Red Wings are in California to play Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Trevor Daley. Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Luke Glendening are out of action.

31. Los Angeles 

Record:5-11-1 (0-2-1)

(Last Week 26)

The Kings have not won since October 22 when they beat Winnipeg and have lost seven in a row although there was one overtime loss in that span. That happened on Thursday in Ottawa as the Kings also lost to Toronto and Montreal this past week. This week they face Minnesota, Detroit and Vegas in home games. Trevor Lewis, Kurtis MacDermid and Derek Forbort are out of action.


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