NHL Power Rankings – Week Five

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

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebrates after scorig a goal during the game against the Los Angeles Kings on November 09, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (13-2-2) The top-ranked team in the league for the past month and with four wins in their last five showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ Last: 1

2-St. Louis Blues (13-3-1) Starting to turn even the dimmest of doubters into devout believers. 5th in GF (52), 6th in GA (37). Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ Last: 2

3-Los Angeles Kings (11-3-2) Smoked 5-2 by top-ranked Lightning Thursday night shows just how far of a drop off there is after No. 1. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA Last: 3

4-Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-2) League’s third-best power play unit gets a boost with return of Justin Schultz from injured reserve. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ Last: 4

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Four

Tier Two

Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches the corner against the Minnesota Wild during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 8, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Wild 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

5-Toronto Maple Leafs (10-7) League’s number one scoring offense with 64 goals for back on track with two wins in their last three. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN Last: 6

6-Nashville Predators (8-5-2) Huge statement this past week with wins over Ducks, Kings and Blue Jackets. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ Last: 10

7-Columbus Blue Jackets (9-6-1) Three straight losses drops the cannons down a tier. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA Last: 5

8-Chicago Blackhawks (7-7-2) Third-best goals against but the secondary offense after Kane, Toes and Saad just hasn’t been there. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN Last: 7

9-New Jersey Devils (9-4-2) Winless in their last four games, but the Devils are #BoyleStrong. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN Last: 8

10-Washington Capitals (8-7-1) Victories in three of their last four, but a 3-1 loss to the lowly Sabres with backup Grubauer in net shows this team cannot afford to take a night off. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ Last: 9

11-San Jose Sharks (8-6) League’s top defensive team with just 35 goals allowed. Five victories in its last six before running into the buzzsaw that is Tampa Bay in 5-1 loss. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA Last: 14

12-Anaheim Ducks (7-6-3) The injuries continue to pile up: Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, John Gibson and now Ryan Miller, but scraping for at least one point in three of their last four. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN Last: 16

13-Ottawa Senators (6-3-5) Very few holes in their game and now they get their man in Matt Duchene. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET Last: 12

14-Calgary Flames (9-7) First goal as a Flame for the ageless one, Jaromir Jagr, as Calgary doubles up Detroit. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET Last: 15

15-Boston Bruins (6-5-3) Win one, lose one. Win one, lose one. At least Tuukka Rask is showing no ill effects from this concussion last month. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN Last: 13

16-Winnipeg Jets (8-3-3) Climb into the second tier – and rightfully so – with four wins over their last five. Fourth-best power play (23.9%). Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL Last: 18

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Three

Tier Three

Minnesota Wild Defenseman Ryan Suter (20) and Winger Mikael Granlund (64) line up for a faceoff in a game against the Montreal Canadiens game on November 9, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Minnesota Wild (6-7-2) Slide six spots and out of the second tier altogether with three losses in their last five. If only they could play Montreal every game. They’re not this bad but Dubnyk has been a sieve. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON Last: 11

18-Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-1) Coming back to earth after such a historic start with four losses over their last five games. Goaltending woes mostly to blame, down to fourth string. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT Last: 17

19-Dallas Stars (8-7) Special teams ace. Top power play unit (31.8%) and fourth-best penalty kill (86.5%). Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF Last: 19

20-Philadelphia Flyers (8-6-2) Beating all the tough teams. Losing to all the bad ones. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI Last: 20

21-New York Islanders (8-5-2) Six players with 10 or more points: Tavares, Bailey, Lee, Barzal, Eberle, Leddy. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL Last: 21

22-New York Rangers (8-7-2) Don’t look now but the Blueshirts have won five straight to climb over .500 for the first time this season. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS Last: 26

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Two

Tier Four

Jacob Markstrom #25, Erik Gudbranson #44 and Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the Anaheim Ducks  at Honda Center on November 9, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

23-Vancouver Canucks (8-6-2) Weaknesses starting to get exposed but they’re still pulling off some pretty impressive wins including Pittsburgh and Calgary this past week. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL Last: 23

24-Edmonton Oilers (6-8-1) We all knew they weren’t this bad and now they’re starting to figure it out with three wins in their last four including two dances with the Devils. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ Last: 25

25-Montreal Canadiens (7-9-1) Three wins in their last four as well, a huge turnaround for les bleu, blanc et rouge. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK Last 27

26-Colorado Avalanche (8-6) Had actually been playing very well but the Duchene deal is more indicative of this team’s focus on the future. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI Last: 22

27-Detroit Red Wings (8-8-1) Rock City can’t outscore their defensive miscues. Anthony Mantha (8g, 8a) emerging before our very eyes. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN Last: 28

28-Carolina Hurricanes (5-5-3) Second-best defense (36 GA) going to waste behind league’s worst offense (34 GF). Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA Last: 24

29-Buffalo Sabres (5-8-2) Two wins in their last three, including a 3-1 triumph over the Caps, is something to build on. Still, with all the talent on board, more is expected Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS Last: 30

30-Florida Panthers (4-8-2) In a tailspin with five straight losses. Roberto Luongo looks all but finished. A future Hall of Famer, but Cats would do well in dealing him to a contender. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA Last: 29

31-Arizona Coyotes (2-13-3) Have yielded an NHL-worst 70 goals against. On the bright side, Clayton Keller (11g, 6a) a front-runner for Rookie of the Year. Wins: PHI, CAR Last: 31

* records and rankings through 11/9

 

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Main Image: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues in action against the New Jersey Devils on November 7, 2017 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

 

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