NHL Power Rankings – Week 10

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Welcome to the next installment of HockeyClan’s weekly NHL power rankings. Each week throughout the season, HockeyClan ranks every team in the National Hockey League from top to bottom.

Who’s #1? Who’s rising? Who’s falling? It’s week 10 in the NHL season. Stay tuned each week for updates in our power rankings!

Tampa Bay players congratulate Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) after shutting out the St. Louis Blues on December 12, 2017, at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO. Tampa Bay won, 3-0. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (23-6-2) No. 1 in offense (112 GF), No. 2 in defense (73 GA) and No. 1 power play unit (27.7%) while extending win streak to six. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ, ANA, DAL, CHI, BUF, SJ, NYI, COL, WIN, STL, AZ Last: 1

2-Nashville Predators (20-7-4) 7-2-1 over their last 10 games. 11-2-2 at Bridgestone Arena. Plus-21 goal differential. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ, PIT, WAS, COL, WIN, MON, STL, CHI, ANA, BOS, DAL, VAN, EDM Last: 4

3-Los Angeles Kings (20-9-3) No. 1 penalty killing unit in The League (87.6%). Western Conference-best plus-25 goal differential. 8-1-1 over their last 10 games. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA, FLA, ANA, DET, WAS. STL, CHI, MIN, OTT Last: 2

4-St. Louis Blues (21-10-2) Bit of a tailspin with two straight losses, including 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, and 4-4 over their last eight. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ, EDM, VAN, EDM, MIN, MON, DAL, DET, BUF Last: 3

5-Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-1) Scoring rate has slipped but still boast third-best 106 goals for and fifth-best power play converting 22.2% of the time. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN, BOS, BOS, NJ, MON, CAR, CAL, EDM, CAL, PIT, EDM Last: 5

6-Columbus Blue Jackets (20-11-1) Bobrovsky pulled after yielding five goals on 26 shots to the lowly Oilers. Offense has disappeared now and Jax rank 21st in goals with just 85. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA, DET, MON, NYR, BUF, CAL, OTT, CAR, ANA, NJ, AZ, NYI Last: 6

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Nine

Tier Two

Patrik Laine #29 of the Winnipeg Jets trails Colton Sceviour #7 of the Florida Panthers as goaltender Eric Comrie #1 stops his shot at the BB&T Center on December 7, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

7-Winnipeg Jets (18-9-5) Just one win over their last five, yielding 21 goals over that stretch. Third in offense (103 GF), fourth-best power-play (25.9%). Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL, AZ, AZ, PHI, NJ, LA, ANA, MIN, VGK, OTT, VAN Last: 8

8-New Jersey Devils (17-9-5) Just two wins over their last five but 5-1 victory over Los Angeles a nice notch in their belt. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN, FLA, CHI, MIN, VAN, DET, COL, CBJ, LA Last: 9

9-Washington Capitals (20-12-1) The hottest team in the Eastern Conference with eight wins over their last 10 games. The return of Matt Niskanen (plus-3 vs. Bruins) a nice boost. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ, PIT, EDM, MIN, OTT, TB, TOR, CBJ, SJ, CHI, NYR, COL, BOS Last: 10

10-Vegas Golden Knights (20-9-2) Revenge of The Flower. Triumph over Penguins to secure win No. 20 enough to climb four more spots up the ladder. 12-2-1 in Sin City. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT, WIN, VAN, LA, ANA, SJ, AZ, AZ, ANA Last: 14

11-Pittsburgh Penguins (16-14-3) It’s not quite panic time, but Pens have lost three straight, four of five, and are now fifth from the bottom with 103 goals against. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ, BUF, OTT, TB, PHI, BUF, BUF, NYI Last: 7

12-Dallas Stars (18-13-1) Quietly putting together a quality season with seven victories over their last 10 games. 10-4 at American Airlines Arena, but need to shore up road game (8-9-1). Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF, NYI, EDM, MON, CAL, VGK, CHI, CHI, COL, NYR, NYI Last: 12

13-New York Islanders (17-12-3) Raise your hand if you pegged Isles to be second in NHL with 108 goals scored through first 10 weeks of the season. Now put your hand down liar. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL, STL, CAR, TB, PHI, PHI, OTT, VAN, FLA, WAS Last: 11

14-Chicago Blackhawks (16-11-5) Followed up five-game losing streak with four-game winning streak. Yes, three of those came against Sabres, Panthers and Coyotes but 5-1 triumph over Jets is impressive. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN, CAR, NYR, PIT, FLA, ANA, BUF, FLA, AZ, WIN Last: 15

15-San Jose Sharks (17-10-3) Swimming in the right direction with 6-2-2 record over their last 10 games. Jumbo Joe (2-9-11 in last 10) has something left after all. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA, VAN, LA, AZ, WIN, PHI, FLA, CAR, OTT, CAL Last: 16

16-Minnesota Wild (17-11-3) Along with Blackhawks, winners of four straight while going 7-3 in their last 10 despite Devan Dubnyk going down with a lower-body injury. It’s Alex Stalock time. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON, PHI, PHI, NAS, BUF, COL, VGK, STL, ANA, SJ, CAL, TOR Last: 19

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Eight

Tier Three

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on December 12, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The Wild defeated the Flames 2-1 in a shootout.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Calgary Flames (16-13-3) Johnny Hockey can’t do it alone. Dropped last two and just 4-4-2 over their last 10. Minus-8 goal differential. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET, STL, PHI, WAS, COL, AZ, MON, VAN Last: 13

18-New York Rangers (16-12-3) Madison Square Garden has been hospitable (12-5-3), but Blueshirts have just four wins in 11 games on the road. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS, EDM, OTT, CAR, DET, VAN, CAR, PIT, NJ Last: 17

19-Boston Bruins (15-10-4) B’s have really turned it around, winning seven of their last 10 to go from a .500 club to third in the Atlantic Division. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN, LA, SJ, NJ, PIT, TB, PHI, AZ, NYI, DET Last: 18

20-Anaheim Ducks (14-11-7) Hanging in there, biding their time as their stars make their way back from injury. Wait, what’s that? Corey Perry to the injured reserve. Ouch. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN, BOS, FLA, SJ, STL, OTT, CAR, STL Last: 20

21-Montreal Canadiens (14-14-4) Have taken 14 out of a possible 20 points over their last 10 (6-2-2), but minus-13 goal differential plus the fact team is in the bottom third in nearly every offensive and defensive category has to be concerning. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK, BUF, BUF, CBJ, OTT, DET, DET, NJ Last 22

22-Philadelphia Flyers (13-11-7) Talk about mood swings. After losing 10 in a row, Flyboys have won five straight. Explain that one professor. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI, CAL, EDM, VAN, TOR, BUF Last: 27

23-Vancouver Canucks (14-14-4) Hot start all but forgotten. Losers of four straight with a minus-14 goal differential. Brock Boeser (16-13-29) coming into this own, though. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL, LA, PHI, PIT, NAS, TOR, CAR Last: 21

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Seven

Tier Four

Phillip DiGiuseppe #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates Jeff Skinner #53 and Noah Hanifin #5 after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on December 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

24-Carolina Hurricanes (12-11-7) Ho-hum 3-4-3 in their last 10 and now occupy basement in Metropolitan Division. Fifth-last in goals for (80) and power play (15.3%) isn’t scaring opponents. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA, CBJ, DAL, BUF, NYI, NAS, FLA, VGK Last: 23

25-Colorado Avalanche (15-14-2) MacKinnon’s two goals leads Avs past Panthers for second time in a week. 12th in scoring (95 GF), but still giving up goals at an alarming rate (100 GA, 24th). Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI, WAS, DET, DAL, WIN, FLA, PIT, FLA Last: 24

26-Florida Panthers (12-15-5) Third-worst 108 goals allowed and now it’s the James Reimer show with Roberto Luongo out indefinitely. Huberdeau (9-23-32), Trocheck (13-19-32) and Barkov (11-19-30) are a legit scoring line, but there’s not much after that. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA, BUF, DAL, SJ, TOR, NJ, NYR, WIN, DET Last: 26

27-Detroit Red Wings (11-13-7) To put Atlantic Division into perspective, Wings’ 29 points have them in fifth place. That kind of production would be last in every division save the Pacific. 1-5-4 in last 10. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN, CAL, BUF, WIN Last: 25

28-Ottawa Senators (10-13-7) Just two victories in their last 14 games. Yikes! Chris Neil finally hung up his mitts and now pundits are predicting where Sens will ship Erik Karlsson. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET, COL, COL, NYI, NYR Last: 28

29-Edmonton Oilers (13-17-2) Capable of scoring in bunches (6-2 W vs Habs, 7-2 W over Jax), but getting completely shut out in others (1-0 L vs Leafs, 4-0 L vs Preds). Disappointing to say the least. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ, VGK, DET, BOS, AZ, CAL, MON, CBJ Last: 29

30-Buffalo Sabres (8-18-6) Have actually been playing much better lately with nearly half its wins coming in their last 10. Each of their last three losses have been by one goal. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS, EDM, COL, OTT Last: 31

31-Arizona Coyotes (7-22-5) 2-6-2 in their last 10 and losers of five straight to drop back down a peg. Minus-42 goal differential is the worst. Wins: PHI, CAR, MON, OTT, TOR, LA, NJ Last: 30

* records and rankings through 12/14




Main Image: Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot in the second period during a NHL game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues on December 12, 2017, at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO. Tampa Bay won, 3-0. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


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