NHL Power Rankings – Week Nine

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

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) during an NHL game on December 02, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (20-6-2) Top dog in The League for the eighth week in a row behind No. 1 offense (100 goals-for) and No. 1 power play (28.7%). Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ, ANA, DAL, CHI, BUF, SJ, NYI, COL Last: 1

2-Los Angeles Kings (18-8-3) Winners of seven straight, second-best defensive team in The League surrendering just 63 goals behind top penalty killing unit shutting down the opposition 89.6% of the time. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA, FLA, ANA, DET, WAS. STL, CHI, MIN, OTT Last: 6

3-St. Louis Blues (19-8-2) Snapped mini three-game losing streak with back-to-back wins including shutout of Dallas. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ, EDM, VAN, EDM, MIN, MON, DAL Last: 2

4-Nashville Predators (18-7-3) Winners of three straight and four of their last five. Second-best power play in the NHL converting 27.4% of the time. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ, PIT, WAS, COL, WIN, MON, STL, CHI Last: 4

5-Toronto Maple Leafs (18-10-1) Took to of three on Western Conference swing before welcoming Calgary back to Air Canada Center with a 2-1 setback. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN, BOS, BOS, NJ, MON, CAR, CAL, EDM, CAL Last: 5

6-Columbus Blue Jackets (17-10-1) Followed up 7-1 run with three losses in their last five. Big home-and-home on tap with Jersey. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA, DET, MON, NYR, BUF, CAL, OTT, CAR, ANA Last: 3

7-Pittsburgh Penguins (16-11-3) Turning the corner with four victories in their last five despite Stanley Cup hero Matt Murray going down. Next man up thanks to impressive rookie Tristan Jarry. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ, BUF, OTT, TB, PHI, BUF, BUF, NYI Last: 7

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Eight

Tier Two

Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 7, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

8-Winnipeg Jets (17-8-4) Surging Jets hit bump in the road dropping three of their last five. Fourth in goals-for (94), eighth in goals-against (76). Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL, AZ, AZ, PHI, NJ, LA, ANA, MIN, VGK, OTT Last: 8

9-New Jersey Devils (16-7-4) Winners of three of their last five but losses to Florida and Arizona are puzzling. No. 1 pick Nico Hischier settling in just fine with 20 points in 27 games. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN, FLA, CHI, MIN, VAN, DET, COL, CBJ Last: 9

10-Washington Capitals (17-11-1) Came out of their downward spiral at the end of November with four wins in their last five games, including 6-2 scalping of Blackhawks. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ, PIT, EDM, MIN, OTT, TB, TOR, CBJ, SJ, CHI Last: 16

11-New York Islanders (16-9-3) Finally lost a home game at Barclays Center but are still tied for second in The League with 99 goals behind Tavares (17), Lee (16) and Eberle (11). Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL, STL, CAR, TB, PHI, PHI, OTT, VAN, FLA Last: 12

12-Dallas Stars (16-12-1) Slow start has given way to seven wins in their last 10, including back-to-back triumphs over Chicago. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF, NYI, EDM, MON, CAL, VGK, CHI, CHI, COL Last: 19

13-Calgary Flames (15-12-2) Still carrying that minus-eight goal differential but a 3-2 overtime victory over the Habs is the ultimate cure-all. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET, STL, PHI, WAS, COL, AZ, MON Last: 11

14-Vegas Golden Knights (17-9-1) Showing no signs of slowing down with seven wins in their last 10 despite the goaltending carousel in between the pipes. 11-2 at T-Mobile Arena. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT, WIN, VAN, LA, ANA, SJ, AZ, AZ, ANA Last: 14

15-Chicago Blackhawks (12-11-5) Losers of five straight and now Corey Crawford has hit the IR. A chance to turn it around, however, with a three-game homestand against Buffalo, Arizona and Florida. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN, CAR, NYR, PIT, FLA, ANA Last: 10

16-San Jose Sharks (15-10-2) Erased 3-0 deficit by defeating Canes in overtime — exactly the type of comeback to light the fire under Burnsie, Big Joe and Little Joe. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA, VAN, LA, AZ, WIN, PHI, FLA, CAR Last: 15

17-New York Rangers (15-10-2) Tale of two seasons for one of the hottest teams in the league. Winners of seven of their last 10 and now rank sixth in NHL with 90 goals scored. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS, EDM, OTT, CAR, DET, VAN, CAR, PIT Last: 18

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Seven

Tier Three

Boston Bruins left defensemen Torey Krug (47), and Brandon Carlo (25) stand in front of goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in a game against the Arizona Coyotes on December 7, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

18-Boston Bruins (13-9-4) Another case of a team with a losing record who found their groove with six wins over their last eight games. And now Marchand and Rask are back to full strength. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN, LA, SJ, NJ, PIT, TB, PHI, AZ Last: 19

19-Minnesota Wild (13-11-3) Fifth-best power play unit in the league at 22.5% but Dubnyk and Co. have been giving up goals in bunches. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON, PHI, PHI, NAS, BUF, COL, VGK, STL Last: 13

20-Anaheim Ducks (12-11-6) 3-4-3 over their last 10 but welcomed back Rickard Rakell back to the fold. Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are not far behind. If they can continue to tread water, a playoff push are not out of reach. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN, BOS, FLA, SJ, STL, OTT Last: 20

21-Vancouver Canucks (14-11-4) Just 5-5-3 at home, the Canucks are road warriors and 9-5-1 away from Rogers Arena. Free Agent Thomas Vanek has been everything and more for Big V. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL, LA, PHI, PIT, NAS, TOR, CAR Last: 21

22-Montreal Canadiens (13-13-3) Nothing more than a .500 team at this point. The Habs dug themselves out of their early season predicament but finding the sledding tougher against better teams. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK, BUF, BUF, CBJ, OTT, DET, DET Last 29

23-Carolina Hurricanes (11-10-6) Not scoring much (28th, 70 GF), but thankfully not giving up many either (9th, 77 GA). Have committed league-low 164 penalty minutes. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA, CBJ, DAL, BUF, NYI, NAS, FLA Last: 23

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Six

Tier Four

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) and Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly (90) face-off during a game on December 5, 2017, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

24-Colorado Avalanche (12-13-2) Finally starting to play the way most expected. After exceeding expectations earlier in the season, Avs are 3-6-1 in their last 10 and have lost four straight. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI, WAS, DET, DAL, WIN Last: 25

25-Detroit Red Wings (11-12-5) Snapped six-game losing streak with impressive 5-1 triumph over high-flying Jets. Despite the pounding night after night, Zetterberg admirably faces the music every time in post-game interviews. A true class act. Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN, CAL, BUF, WIN Last: 26

26-Florida Panthers (11-13-4) Roberto Luongo deserves a lot of credit for turning this team around, but he’ll be watching from the sidelines “for weeks” after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury. James Reimer is reportedly ready for the long haul. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA, BUF, DAL, SJ, TOR, NJ, NYR, WIN Last: 28

27-Philadelphia Flyers (11-11-7) Talk about your ups and downs. Followed up nine-game losing streak with three straight wins. Nothing like a Western Conference road swing to cure your ills. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI, CAL, EDM, VAN Last: 29

28-Ottawa Senators (9-11-7) Lost seven straight games before defeating the Islanders. Celebrated by losing their next three. The Duchene trade has not had the impact the team has hoped and now Canada’s Capitol is 1-7-2 in their last 10. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET, COL, COL, NYI Last: 24

29-Edmonton Oilers (11-15-2) Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the first two months of the season after last year’s playoff success. Nothing like a couple of upcoming bouts with the Habs and Leafs to wet your whistle. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ, VGK, DET, BOS, AZ, CAL Last: 27

30-Arizona Coyotes (7-19-5) Tied with Buffalo for the worst goal differential at minus-36 but at least they know where the net is. Three of their seven wins have come against top-tier teams. Wins: PHI, CAR, MON, OTT, TOR, LA, NJ Last: 31

31-Buffalo Sabres (7-17-4) Held off the scoreboard completely for 220+ minutes spanning 11 periods of play and there appears to be no end in sight. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS, EDM, COL Last: 31

* records and rankings through 12/7

 

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Main Image: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) and goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) attempt to stop Boston Bruins winger Danton Heinen (43) during a game on November 16, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

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