1. Washington Capitals
The Caps have the best road record in the NHL with only one regulation loss and one overtime loss in ten away games. Washington is also tied for the league lead in goals for per game. This is all while captain Alex Ovechkin is said to be having a “down season.”
Leader in Points: John Carlson (26)
Leader in Goals: Alex Ovechkin (13)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
2. Boston Bruins
Boston surrendered its first loss in what seems like ages, and it came on the second night of a back-to-back after facing Sidney Crosby and the Penguins at home. The Bruins are also the league leaders in power play scoring percentage at 31.4 percent, which is 4.3 percent higher than second place.
Leader in Points: David Pastrnak (30)
Leader in Goals: David Pastrnak (15)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
3. New York Islanders
Before Thursday night’s overtime loss to Pittsburgh, the Islanders were on a ten-game win streak. That means 20 of the Isles’ 23 points all came in a row. They also accomplished this incredible feat without any conventional “star player”. Reigning Coach of the Year Barry Trotz is coming for his second straight Jack Adams award.
Leader in Points: Josh Bailey/Mathew Barzal (12)
Leader in Goals: Josh Bailey/Mathew Barzal (6)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
4. St. Louis Blues
Look at that, the St. Louis Blues are back in the top five for the first time since Week one of the power rankings. How have the Blues climbed their way back into a position of respect? After winning eight of its last nine games, St. Louis has established some consistency for the first time since the playoffs. It is interesting to note, though, that the Blues’ only loss since Oct. 19 took place in TD Garden.
Leader in Points: Ryan O’Reilly (17)
Leader in Goals: Brayden Schenn (10)
Last Week’s Ranking: 11
5. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers dropped two of their three games played in the past week. So, why move them up? Their one win this week was a 2-1 overtime victory against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Leon Draisaitl, who scored the game-winning goal, not only leads his team in points and goals, but has more than teammate Connor McDavid. Who would’ve thought?
Leader in Points: Leon Draisaitl (29)
Leader in Goals: Leon Draisaitl (13)
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
6. Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin is back. After the Pens’ generational talent scored a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh’s takedown of the New York Islanders, no one would have guessed that he had previously been out for weeks with a leg injury. If Malkin can play up to his standard from years prior, there is no chance that the Penguins miss the playoffs as many experts predicted.
Leader in Points: Sidney Crosby (17)
Leader in Goals: Jake Guentzel (7)
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto’s resurgence is easily explained. Leafs captain John Tavares, just like Evgeni Malkin, has returned from injury. Tavares has shown no signs of regressing in his play. He scored two points in the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Leader in Points: Auston Matthews (19)
Leader in Goals: Auston Matthews (13)
Last Week’s Ranking: 18
8. Calgary Flames
Although they already played 19 games, the Flames deserves credit for having the sixth-most points, as well as third-most in the Western Conference. The Flames also own the third-best penalty kill in the league, allowing goals on only 11.6 percent of their opponents’ power plays.
Leader in Points: Mattew Tkachuk (18)
Leader in Goals: Elias Lindholm (10)
Last Week’s Ranking: 20
9. Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche are one of the best teams in the entire NHL, and are Stanley Cup contenders...when healthy. Not only is captain Gabriel Landeskog and right wing superstar Mikko Rantanen out with injuries, but Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the team in points and goals, was injured during a 9-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Leader in Points: Nathan MacKinnon (22)
Leader in Goals: Nathan MacKinnon (9)
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
10. Florida Panthers
The Panthers were impressive in their two games this past week. A 4-0 shutout win against the Red Wings on Saturday night reestablished a sense of confidence in goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Although Florida dropped its second game of the week, it was a close battle in Washington that went into overtime. If Florida can hang with the number one team on the power rankings, they should be able to gather more wins over lesser opponents.
Leader in Points: Jonathan Huberdeau/Aleksander Barkov (19)
Leader in Goals: Jonathan Huberdeau (9)
Last Week’s Ranking: 12
11. Nashville Predators
12. Vancouver Canucks
13. Montréal Canadians
14. Arizona Coyotes
15. Vegas Golden Knights
16. New York Rangers
17. Carolina Hurricanes
18. Buffalo Sabres
19. Philadelphia Flyers
20. Tampa Bay Lightning
21. Winnipeg Jets
22. Carolina Hurricanes
23. Anaheim Ducks
24. San Jose Sharks
25. Chicago Blackhawks
26. Columbus Blue Jackets
27. Ottawa Senators
28. New Jersey Devils
29. Minnesota Wild
30. Los Angeles Kings
31. Detroit Red Wings