NHL Power Rankings – Week Eight

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

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates by the bench after scoring during a game against the Boston Bruins on November 29, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-2) The top-ranked team each of the last six weeks with three losses in their last four? Still deadly with the man-advantage (27.4%, 1st). Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ, ANA, DAL, CHI, BUF Last: 1

2-St. Louis Blues (17-7-1) Top-six in goals for and against. Bottom-eight in both power play (17.2%, 24th) and penalty kill (75.9%, 27th). Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ, EDM, VAN, EDM, MIN Last: 2

3-Columbus Blue Jackets (16-8-1) One of the hottest teams in the league right now with seven wins in their last eight. Just think how good they could be if they could score on the power play (8.8%, 31st) No, that is not a typo. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA, DET, MON, NYR, BUF, CAL, OTT, CAR Last: 4

4-Nashville Predators (15-7-3) Third-best power play (25.8%) and penalty killing unit (84.3%) in the league. 9-2-1 at home at Bridgestone Arena this season. Smashville is back. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ, PIT, WAS, COL, WIN, MON, STL, CHI Last: 3

5-Toronto Maple Leafs (17-9-1) Tied with the Islanders in the East with a 7-2-1 record over their last 10 games. Top-scoring team in the NHL with 91 goals scored. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN, BOS, BOS, NJ, MON, CAR, CAL, EDM Last: 6

6-Los Angeles Kings (15-8-3) Winners of three straight, Kings boast best penalty killing unit (89.3%) in the league behind Doughty, Muzzin, Martinez, Lewis and Forbort. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA, FLA, ANA, DET, WAS Last: 5

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Seven

Tier Two

Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 27, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7-Pittsburgh Penguins (13-10-3) The fact this team is over .500 with a minus-17 goal differential is amazing. Only the Coyotes (101) have given up more goals than the Penguins (90) this season. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ, BUF, OTT Last: 6

8-Winnipeg Jets (15-6-4) Tied with the Predators as the best in the West over their last 10 (7-2-1). Fifth in NHL in scoring (81 goals-for) behind fifth-best power play unit (23.5%) Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL, AZ, AZ, PHI, NJ, LA, ANA, MIN Last: 10

9-New Jersey Devils (14-6-4) Tied with Tampa Bay for the second-most wins on the road this season (8). Given this team is surpassing expectations, the trade of Henrique to Anaheim is a little puzzling. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN, FLA, CHI, MIN, VAN, DET Last: 9

10-Chicago Blackhawks (12-9-4) Alex DeBrincat (10 goals, eight assists) has been a pleasant surprise. Only Artem Anisimov has more goals on this team (11). Towes, Saad, Sharp not too sharp lately. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN, CAR, NYR, PIT, FLA, ANA Last: 9

11-Calgary Flames (14-10-1) 28-save shutout by Mike Smith (2.67 GAA, .921 save%) against his ex-mates in the desert must feel pretty good. Gave Columbus all it could handle in tough 1-0 loss. Johnny Gaudreau (11-23-34) a highlight reel every night. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET, STL, PHI, WAS, COL, AZ Last: 13

12-New York Islanders (15-7-2) Have yet to taste defeat at home with an 8-0-2 record at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Winners of four straight. Confidence at an all-time high this season. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL, STL, CAR, TB, PHI, PHI, OTT, VAN Last: 17

13-Minnesota Wild (12-10-3) Eric Staal (8-13-21), Jason Zucker (13-7-20) and Nino Neiderreiter (9-3-12) carrying this team offensively. Not sure that’s good enough. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON, PHI, PHI, NAS, BUF, COL, VGK Last: 13

14-Vegas Golden Knights (15-8-1) If the playoffs started today, Vegas would be dealt in. Team’s 31 points just two behind LA in the Pacific Division. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT, WIN, VAN, LA, ANA, SJ, AZ Last: 15

15-San Jose Sharks (13-8-2) Big 4-0 shutout of high-flying Jets on Nov. 25. Probably a better team than Vegas but the Sharks just lost to Sin City. Top defense in NHL with league-low 50 goals allowed. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA, VAN, LA, AZ, WIN, PHI Last: 11

16-Washington Capitals (14-11-1) Two wins over a couple of top-tier teams in Tampa and Toronto this past week, but much like Pittsburgh can fall apart defensively at any moment. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ, PIT, EDM, MIN, OTT, TB, TOR Last: 14

17-New York Rangers (13-10-2) Four-game winning streak snapped by Florida on Tuesday. After starting out 2-6-2, New York has turned it around with 11 wins in their last 15 games. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS, EDM, OTT, CAR, DET, VAN Last: 18

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Six

Tier Three

Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller (59) goes for the rebound off Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a game on November 29, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Lightning 3-2. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

18-Boston Bruins (11-8-4) Just when it looked like the wheels were falling off, the B’s win four of five — all against second tier teams. Instead of a goaltending controversy, Boston arguably has the best tandem in Rask-Khudobin. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN, LA, SJ, NJ, PIT, TB Last: 19

19-Dallas Stars (14-10-1) Winners of three straight. 9-2 at American Airlines Center. Radulov (8-14-22) and Bishop (2.63 GAA, .911 save%) fitting in just fine. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF, NYI, EDM, MON, CAL, VGK, CHI Last: 21

20-Anaheim Ducks (11-10-4) Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf reportedly to return in December. They can’t get back in the lineup soon enough. Addition of Adam Henrique will help. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN, BOS, FLA, SJ, STL Last: 16

21-Vancouver Canucks (12-10-4) Daniel and Henrik Sedin are the first two brothers in NHL history with 1,000+ points. Triumph over Nashville snapped three-game skid. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL, LA, PHI, PIT, NAS Last: 22

22-Montreal Canadiens (12-12-3) If there ever was a stretch to save the season, it has been the Habs four-game winning streak to climb back to .500. Now that they’ve dug themselves out of the hole, welcome back Carey Price. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK, BUF, BUF, CBJ, OTT, DET Last 29

23-Carolina Hurricanes (10-8-5) Have committed league-low 115 penalty minutes, so there’s that. 25th in goals-for (66) and 28th on the power play (15.6%). Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA, CBJ, DAL, BUF, NYI, NAS Last: 24

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Five 

Tier Four

Montreal Canadiens Center Phillip Danault (24) stands in front of Ottawa Senators Goalie Mike Condon (1) as Trevor Daley and Erik Karlsson look on in a game on November 29, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

24-Ottawa Senators (8-9-6) Losers of seven straight games. Yikes! Last wins were back-to-back triumphs over the Avalanche on November 10-11. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET, COL, COL Last: 20

25-Colorado Avalanche (12-9-2) 12th in the league in both goals-for (75) and against (72). Matt Duchene with just one point (one goal) in nine games since getting his wish to jump ship. Be careful what you wish for. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI, WAS, DET, DAL, WIN Last: 26

26-Detroit Red Wings (10-11-5) Losers of six straight. Yikes! Not quite as bad as Ottawa but points hard to come by. Last victory was over lowly Sabres back on November 17. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN, CAL, BUF Last: 23

27-Edmonton Oilers (10-14-2) Three wins in their last five reason for optimism. Connor McDavid (11-20-31) leading the team in scoring. Next-highest player 12 points behind. Depth starting to show its ugly head. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ, VGK, DET, BOS, AZ Last: 27

28-Florida Panthers (10-12-2) Have been playing much, much better of late with a triumph over the Leafs before back-to-back wins against the Devils and Rangers. Roberto Luongo continues to set records. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA, BUF, DAL, SJ, TOR, NJ, NYR Last: 28

29-Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-7) Abandon ship! The Flyers are mired in a nine-game losing streak. That is not a typo. The last time the Broad Street Bullies won was way back on November 9. Still, management insist coach Hextall not on the hot seat. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI Last: 26

30-Buffalo Sabres (6-15-4) Evander Kane is as good as gone and everyone is to blame. If the Sabres showed any sign of life, the two sides would be talking extension. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS, EDM Last: 30

31-Arizona Coyotes (6-18-4) NHL-worst minus-35 goal differential. And now they’ve turned to Scott Wedgewood in net. Things couldn’t be much worse. Wins: PHI, CAR, MON, OTT, TOR, LA Last: 31

* records and rankings through 11/30




Main Image: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first-period goal past Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


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