NHL Power Rankings – Week 13

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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 13 in the NHL season. Stay tuned each week for updates in our power rankings!

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save with Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) in front of the net during the second period of the NHL game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens on January 4, 2018, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (29-8-3) Number one for the 11th straight week and number one in your hearts. 7-2-1 in their last 10 and 13-5-2 on the road. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ, ANA, DAL, CHI, BUF, SJ, NYI, COL, WIN, STL, AZ, COL, OTT, MIN, MON, CBJ, TOR Last: 1

2-Vegas Golden Knights (27-10-2) Witness history. At what point does the expansion stigma disappear? Fifth in goals-for (134), sixth in goals-against (106) while staying out of the penalty box with a second-best league low 275 penalty minutes. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT, WIN, VAN, LA, ANA, SJ, AZ, AZ, ANA, PIT, DAL, NAS FLA, TB, WAS, ANA, LA, TOR, NAS Last: 4

3-Nashville Predators (23-11-6) Road back to the Cup a little bumpy with three losses in their last four. Big game at Los Angeles Saturday night. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ, PIT, WAS, COL, WIN, MON, STL, CHI, ANA, BOS, DAL, VAN, EDM, CAL, STL, MIN Last: 2

4-Los Angeles Kings (24-12-5) Number one shut down penalty killing unit, converting 87.8% of the time. Fourth in goals allowed (96), while potting 121 (12th). Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA, FLA, ANA, DET, WAS, STL, CHI, MIN, OTT, CAR, PHI, COL, VAN, EDM Last: 3

5-Winnipeg Jets (23-11-7) The biggest difference has to be the stabilization in between the pipes. Everyone is talking offense (135-GF, 3rd; 24.2%-PP, 4th) but Connor Hellebuyck has been nothing short of spectacular (21-4, 2.38 GAA, .932 save %). Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL, AZ, AZ, PHI, NJ, LA, ANA, MIN, VGK, OTT, VAN, STL, NAS, EDM, NYI, EDM Last: 6

6-St. Louis Blues (26-15-2) Back on track with three straight victories after tumultuous end to 2017. Tops in the Central with 54 points, but have played at least two more games than the rest of the division. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ, EDM, VAN, EDM, MIN, MON, DAL, DET, BUF, VAN, WIN, CAR, NJ, VGK Last: 8

7-Washington Capitals (25-13-3) Winners of three straight and 7-1-2 over their last 10 bump the Caps into the top tier. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Alexander Ovechkin is making a case for the Hart Trophy. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ, PIT, EDM, MIN, OTT, TB, TOR, CBJ, SJ, CHI, NYR, COL, BOS, ANA, DAL, BOS, NJ, CAR Last: 10

8-New Jersey Devils (22-11-7) Followed up five-game winning streak with four-game skid. Two points behind the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division with a game in hand. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN, FLA, CHI, MIN, VAN, DET, COL, CBJ, LA, DAL, ANA, NYR, CHI, DET Last: 3

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week 12

Tier Two

The Toronto Maple Leafs honour former goaltender Johnny Bower before a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0. (Photo by Nick Turchiaro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

9-Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-2) Unbalanced, yielding 121 goals (21st) while continuing to score at an impressive clip (135, 3rd). That has to be resolved. The Leafs will almost certainly be players at the NHL Trading Deadline. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN, BOS, BOS, NJ, MON, CAR, CAL, EDM, CAL, PIT, EDM, CAR, NYR, AZ, SJ Last: 7

10-Boston Bruins (22-10-6) Climbed from 19 to 12 to 10 in the HockeyClan Power Rankings over the last three weeks thanks to an impressive 11-4 run. With just 38 games played, the B’s are the top defensive team in The League (93-GA) with multiple games in hand. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN, LA, SJ, NJ, PIT, TB, PHI, AZ, NYI, DET, CBJ, BUF, WIN, DET, OTT, OTT, NYI Last: 12

11-Dallas Stars (23-16-3) After a slow start, the Stars are coming on and their beating some quality opponents along the way. Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg, Alexander Radulov all with 35+ points. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF, NYI, EDM, MON, CAL, VGK, CHI, CHI, COL, NYR, NYI, CHI, NAS, STL, SJ, NJ Last: 12

12-Columbus Blue Jackets (23-16-3) It’s been a tough stretch for the Jax, which have dropped four of their last five. Dead last in power play efficiency (11.4%) but injuries have a lot to do with the slide. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA, DET, MON, NYR, BUF, CAL, OTT, CAR, ANA, NJ, AZ, NYI, TOR, PHI, DAL Last: 9

13-San Jose Sharks (21-12-5) Really getting it done with smoke and mirrors. Third-best 94 goals-against, second-best penalty killing unit (84.9%) but offensively the Sharks are fifth from the bottom in goals scored (102). Joe Thornton got into a fight and had his beard ripped out. Ouch! Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA, VAN, LA, AZ, WIN, PHI, FLA, CAR, OTT, CAL, VAN, LA, CAL, MON Last: 15

14-New York Rangers (21-14-5) J.T. Miller’s game-winner in overtime lifted the Blueshirts in the Winter Classic. Top-10 in goals-for and goals-against. Mats Zuccarello (8-23-31) leads team in scoring but he needs help. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS, EDM, OTT, CAR, DET, VAN, CAR, PIT, NJ, LA, BOS, ANA, WAS, BUF Last: 16

15-Anaheim Ducks (19-14-9) Scratching and clawing, Ducks are 3-0-1 in their last four. Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf have been hot and instigator Ryan Kesler is back in the mix. This team is built for the playoffs. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN, BOS, FLA, SJ, STL, OTT, CAR, STL, NYI, PIT, CAL, AZ, VAN Last: 20

16-Pittsburgh Penguins (20-19-3) Fans have to be concerned. After beginning the year as the odds-on favorite to three-peat, the Pens have been a mess with a minus-17 goal differential. If this team squeaks into the playoffs, they will be dangerous (NHL-best 25.7% PP) but that’s a big if. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ, BUF, OTT, TB, PHI, BUF, BUF, NYI, AZ, CBJ, CBJ, PHI Last: 14

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week 10

Tier Three

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22), center, celebrates after scoring in the 1st period to make it 1-0 during the regular season game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Minnesota Wild on January 4, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Minnesota Wild (22-16-3) Much like the Ducks, the Wild are a well-rounded team that can make some noise in the post-season – if they can get there. Devan Dubnyk is back and appears to be back in form behind one of the best defensive corps in the league. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON, PHI, PHI, NAS, BUF, COL, VGK, STL, ANA, SJ, CAL, TOR, OTT, DAL, NAS, FLA, BUF Last: 17

18-Chicago Blackhawks (19-14-6) Oh, how the mighty have fallen. After beginning the year in the top tier, simply cannot drop the Hawks any lower. Despite Crawford going down, this team’s top line and first two pairings are as good as any in the league but breakdowns have become all too common. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN, CAR, NYR, PIT, FLA, ANA, BUF, FLA, AZ, WIN, MIN, EDM, NYR Last: 14

19-New York Islanders (20-17-4) Losers of four straight and just 3-6-1 over their last 10 after a really impressive run Nov. into Dec., but much like Toronto, this Isles are a talented offensive team (139-GF, 2nd) with defensive woes (149-GA, 31st). Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL, STL, CAR, TB, PHI, PHI, OTT, VAN, FLA, WAS, LA, WIN, BUF Last: 15

20-Calgary Flames (20-16-4) A scratch in nearly every category, offensively and defensively. Johnny Hockey can only do so much. This team would vault into the chase if they could get consistent play out of its second, third units. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET, STL, PHI, WAS, COL, AZ, MON, VAN, VAN, STL, CHI, LA Last: 19

21-Carolina Hurricanes (19-13-8) 7-2-1 over their last 10 and it’s been fun to watch. Impressive 10-4-4 at home at PNC Arena and respectable 9-9-4 on the road. The Canes brought in free agent Scott Darling (8-11-6), but it’s been veteran Cam Ward (11-2-2) continuing to impress. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA, CBJ, DAL, BUF, NYI, NAS, FLA, VGK, BUF, CBJ, NAS, BUF, MON, PIT, PIT Last: 21

22-Colorado Avalanche (21-16-3) Welcome to the third tier Mile High after winning four straight over a 7-2-1 stretch in their last 10. Nathan MacKinnon’s resurgence has Avs back in the playoff race. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI, WAS, DET, DAL, WIN, FLA, PIT, FLA, PIT, AZ, TOR, NYI, WIN, CBJ Last: 26

23-Philadelphia Flyers (17-15-8) Winning record at home and on the road good enough for last place in a tough, tough Metropolitan Division. Despite the ups and downs, there is a lot to time on Broad Street. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI, CAL, EDM, VAN, TOR, BUF, DAL, DET, TB, NYI Last: 22

24-Florida Panthers (17-17-5) Really nice, 6-3-1 run over their last 10. Six players with 20+ points and that doesn’t even include top-pick Aaron Ekblad. This is James Reimer’s team now. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA, BUF, DAL, SJ, TOR, NJ, NYR, WIN, DET, AZ, MIN, OTT, PHI,MON Last: 25

25-Detroit Red Wings (16-16-7) Winners of three straight gets this team back to .500. Detroit hoping Andreas Athanasiou’s breakout is here to stay. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN, CAL, BUF, WIN, TOR, NYI, NYR, PIT, OTT Last: 28

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Nine

Tier Four

Edmonton Oilers Goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes a save in the second period during the Los Angeles Kings game versus the Edmonton Oilers on January 2, 2018, at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB. (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

26-Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) Dreadful 9-12-1 at home at Rogers Place, including back-to-back 5-0 shutouts at the hands of Los Angeles and Winnipeg. Really disappointing to say the least to the guys working at Shell. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ, VGK, DET, BOS, AZ, CAL, MON, CBJ, MIN, SJ, STL, MON, ANA Last: 23

27-Montreal Canadiens (17-20-4) Minus-24 goal differential on what historically has been one of the best defensive teams in the league. Markov’s departure coupled with the Preds winning the Subban-Weber trade means lean times in the Real. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK, BUF, BUF, CBJ, OTT, DET, DET, NJ, VAN, CAL, TB Last 24

28-Vancouver Canucks (16-19-5) Just two triumphs in their last 10 games after a really nice start. Thomas Vanek would be a really nice addition to a playoff team. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL, LA, PHI, PIT, NAS, TOR, CAR, SJ, CHI Last: 27

29-Ottawa Senators (12-17-9) Falling apart and it is only a matter of time before the Sens become sellers at the trading deadline. Taylor Hall should have been a Senator? Woudla/Coulda/Shoulda. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET, COL, COL, NYI, NYR, MON, CBJ Last: 29

30-Buffalo Sabres (10-21-9) Really nice 4-3 win over the Devils in overtime, but the victories have been few and far between in what was supposed to be a push for the playoffs in 2017-18. Unless Buffalo is overwhelmed (and Kane doesn’t want to be there), resigning Evander, their best player this season, is more appealing than more draft picks. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS, EDM, COL, OTT, PHI, NJ Last: 30

31-Arizona Coyotes (10-27-5) 31st in the rankings but a step above in both goals-for (96, 30th) and goals-against (147, 30th). Have utilized five different goalies since the departure of Mike Smith. Wins: PHI, CAR, MON, OTT, TOR, LA, NJ, WAS, COL, NAS Last: 31

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Main Image: The Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Rangers skate during the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on January 1, 2018 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City, New York. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

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