NHL Power Rankings – Week Four

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

The Lightning bench celebrate a shorthanded goal during the second period of an NHL game between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 02, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-2) The top-ranked team in the league for the third week in a row. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA Last: 1

2-St. Louis Blues (10-3-1) Winners of four of its last five, outscoring the opposition 15-6. Time to give the credit where it’s due. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA Last: 5

3-Los Angeles Kings (10-2-1) Top defensive unit has allowed league-low 27 goals. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR Last: 4

4-Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-2) NHL’s second-best power play, cranking out goals at a 29.1 clip. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM Last: 3

5-Columbus Blue Jackets (9-4) “The Bread Man,” Artemi Panarin settling in just fine with 11 points in 13 games. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA Last: 7

6-Toronto Maple Leafs (8-6) 6-1 start all but forgotten. Toronto falling like leaves on the trees with losses in five of its last seven games. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA Last: 2

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Three

Tier Two

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) helps goalie Corey Crawford (50) clear the puck in the third period during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 1, 2017, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7-Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-2) Dropped out of the top tier altogether with three losses over its last four games, including two to inferior opponents in Colorado and Vegas. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ Last: 3

8-New Jersey Devils (9-2) Probably most telling stat: 5-0 on the road away from Prudential Center. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN Last: 10

9-Washington Capitals (6-6-1) Kremlin hailing Alexander Ovechkin for starting pro-Putin group. So there’s that. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI Last: 8

10-Nashville Predators (5-5-2) 30th in the NHL with just 28 goals scored. Pekka Rinne can only do so much. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI Last: 9

11-Minnesota Wild (5-4-2) Turning it on with three wins in their last four. 15 goals over that span with a pair of six-spots hung on the Islanders and Canadiens. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT  Last: 12

12-Ottawa Senators (6-2-5) NHL-best five ties. Scratching and clawing for every point. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI Last: 12

13-Boston Bruins (5-3-3) Fourth-best power play (28.2%) and penalty killing (86.4%). Marchand day-to-day with lower-body injury. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK Last: 17

14-San Jose Sharks (7-5) Impressive east coast road swing. After a slow start, all seven of their wins have come in their last 10. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS Last: 18

15-Calgary Flames (7-6) Two huge wins over the Capitals and Penguins this past week. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT Last: 16

16-Anaheim Ducks (6-5-1) Ryan Getzlaf joins Ryan Kesler on injured reserve. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR Last: 11

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Two

Tier Three

Vegas Golden Knights Right Wing Reilly Smith (19) is congratulated by teammates after goal during the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers NHL game on October 31, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Vegas Golden Knights (8-4) Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban, Oscar Dansk, Maxime Lagace. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL Last: 14

18-Winnipeg Jets (7-3-2) One of the hottest teams in the league right now. 7-1-2 over their last 10 games played. Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL Last: 22

19-Dallas Stars (7-6) You’re looking at the top power play unit in the league converting an unsustainable 30.8%. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN Last: 21

20-Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-1) A pair of quality wins this past week against the Blues and Maple Leafs. Nolan Patrick to IR. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, STL, TOR Last: 19

21-New York Islanders (7-5-1) Goaltending woes being masked by potent offense. Third in the league in total offense with 47 goals scored. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, VGK, NAS Last: 23

22-Colorado Avalanche (7-5) After being roasted by Vegas, 7-0, rebound with back-to-back wins over Blackhawks and Canes. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR Last: 24

23-Vancouver Canucks (6-4-2) Surprisingly, 4-1 on the road this season. Second in total defense yielding just 28 goals this season. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS Last: 26

24-Carolina Hurricanes (4-5-2) Trouble lighting the lamp with fourth-worst 30 goals scored. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR Last: 15

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week One

Tier Four

Connor McDavid #97 and Patrick Maroon #19 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Place on November 1, 2017 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

25-Edmonton Oilers (3-7-1) Opponents have been tough, but this team is really struggling right now. Losses in four of their last five. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL Last: 20

26-New York Rangers (5-7-2) Starting to turn it around with three wins in their last four including 2-1 triumph over top-tanked Tampa. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB Last: 28

27-Montreal Canadiens (4-8-1) What’s wrong with Carey Price? The road has been unkind (2-6). Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT Last 25

28-Detroit Red Wings (6-7-1) Have to quit passing up shots to regain foothold. 3-6-1 over its last 10 games. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ Last: 27

29-Florida Panthers (4-7-1) Just one win in their last five games. Third-worst penalty killing unit, shutting down opponents just 70.8% of the time. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA Last: 25

30-Buffalo Sabres (4-7-2) Minus-14 in goal differential, tied for the third-worst mark in the NHL. Still, with three wins in their last five, there is reason for optimism. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ Last: 30

31-Arizona Coyotes (1-12-1) Called it last week. Off the schnide. Wins: PHI Last: 31

* records and rankings through 11/2

 

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Main Image: The Arizona Coyotes get together after scoring a goal during the NHL hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes on November 2, 2017 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

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