NHL Power Rankings – Week Six

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning defends the net against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on November 8, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

1-Tampa Bay Lightning (15-2-2) League’s top scoring offense with 76 goals boosted by the second-best power play unit converting 28.6% of the time. Wins: FLA, WAS, PIT, DET, STL, CBJ, PIT, CAR, DET, FLA, CBJ, LA, SJ, ANA, DAL Last: 1

2-St. Louis Blues (14-5-1) Just when you think the Blues have turned the page, losses to the Flames and Islanders this past week. Wins: PIT, DAL, NYI, NYR, CHI, COL, CAL, CAR, CBJ, LA, TOR, NJ, AZ, EDM Last: 2

3-Los Angeles Kings (11-6-2) Have dropped three straight four of their last five (VAN, SJ, TB, NAS). Still riding the league’s top penalty killing unit shutting down the opposition 89.2% of the time. Wins: PHI, SJ, BUF, NYI, CBJ, MON, OTT, MON, BOS, TOR, ANA Last: 3

4-Toronto Maple Leafs (13-7) Home-and-home sweep of the Bruins and without Auston Matthews for a stretch big confidence-booster. Second in the league 71 goals score. Defense still a problem with sixth-worst 63 goals against. Wins: WIN, NYR, CHI, MON, WAS, DET, LA, ANA, VGK, MIN, BOS, BOS, NJ Last: 5

5-Nashville Predators (10-6-2) Winners of five straight from Nov. 3-14, including triumphs over Pittsburgh, Washington and Los Angeles, gets this team into the top tier for the first time this season. Wins: PHI, DAL, COL, PHI, CHI, ANA, LA, CBJ, PIT, WAS Last: 6

6-Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-3) Avoided their third straight loss by escaping the lowly Sabres in overtime on Tuesday. Sidney Crosby notched his first goal in 11 games – not exactly what you want from your franchise player. Wins: NSH, WAS, FLA, NYR, FLA, EDM, WIN, EDM, AZ, BUF, OTT Last: 4

Related: NHL Power Rankings Week Five

Tier Two

Battle for control of the puck between Montreal Canadiens winger Andrew Shaw (65) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Nick Foligno (71) in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the game on November 14, 2017 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7-Columbus Blue Jackets (11-7-1) Rebounded with back-to-back wins over Detroit and Montreal on the heels of three straight losses. Bobrovsky sporting spectacular 2.16 GAA, .928 save% but he cannot do it alone. Wins: NYI, CAR, NYR, MIN, WIN, BUF, WIN, BOS, FLA, DET, MON Last: 7

8-New Jersey Devils (11-4-3) Overcame minor three-game hiccup with back-to-back wins including a seven-spot in Chicago. There will be ups and downs this season for such a young team but there is a lot to be thankful for. Wins: COL, BUF, TOR, NYR, TB, OTT, OTT, AZ, VAN, FLA, CHI Last: 9

9-Chicago Blackhawks (9-8-2) Playing with reckless abandon. Hung Corey Crawford out to dry against New Jersey, then found scoring touch against New York. They’re better than this but consistency remains an issue. Wins: PIT, CBJ, MON, NSH, AZ, PHI, MIN, CAR, NYR Last: 7

10-San Jose Sharks (10-7) Continuing to climb the ladder despite virtually no offensive production from Brent Burns (0-7, minus-5). Still maintaining league’s best defense with league-low 38 goals allowed. Wins: BUF, MON, NJ, NYR, BUF, TOR, NAS, ANA, VAN, LA Last: 11

11-Ottawa Senators (8-4-5) Vastly underrated. Have taken at least one point in 13 of the 16 games they’ve played this season. Continuing to add pieces too with the addition of Duchene signals this team is ready to win now. Wins: VAN, CAL, EDM, TOR, PHI, DET, COL, COL Last: 13

12-Winnipeg Jets (11-4-3) Not getting much love on the east coast, but fans in Manitoba know how good this team is. Winners of four of their last five continues the quiet upward trend. Wins: EDM, VAN, CAR, MIN, PIT, MIN, DAL, DAL, AZ, AZ, PHI Last: 16

13-Minnesota Wild (9-7-2) Back-to-back-TO BACK shutouts for Devan Dubnyk in between the pipes. Dubnyk’s stretch of perfection is helping the Wild get back on track. Wins: CHI, CAL, NYI, MON, PIT, MON, PHI, PHI, NAS Last: 17

14-Washington Capitals (10-9-1) Case could be made it plays down to the level of its competition. Return of Matt Niskanen to the lineup will help John Carlson and a weary defensive corps. Wins: OTT, MON, NJ, DET, EDM, NYI, BOS, AZ, PIT, EDM Last: 10

15-Calgary Flames (10-8) Just when you think Flames have it figured out with triumphs over St. Louis and New Jersey, Calgary drops a stinker allowing eight goals in a loss to Detroit. Goalie Mike Smith nursing upper-body injury. Wins: WIN, ANA, LA, VAN, NSH, WAS, PIT, NJ, DET, STL Last: 14

16-Anaheim Ducks (8-7-3) It’s not their fault but injuries have hit this team hard. The good news is goaltender John Gibson returned to the crease after a concussion and looked good with 40 saves in victory over Boston. Wins: AZ, NYI, MON, PHI, TB, CAR, VAN, BOS Last: 12

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Four

Tier Three

Vegas Golden Knights Center William Karlsson (71, left) celebrates with teammate Reilly Smith (19) after scoring a goal during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on November 10, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17-Vegas Golden Knights (11-6-1) Starting to show signs of an expansion team but still rank in the top echelon of the NHL with 64 goals for. Discipline has been key with just 140 penalty minutes. Wins: DAL, AZ, AZ, BOS, BUF, STL, CHI, COL, OTT, WIN, VAN Last: 18

18-New York Islanders (10-6-2) Plus-7 goal differential. Big triumph over the Blues this past week. Thomas Greiss has seemingly taken the reigns from Jaroslav Halak in goal. Wins: BUF, SJ, NYR, SJ, AZ, NAS, VGK, COL, STL Last: 21

19-Dallas Stars (9-8-1) Setbacks in three of their last five games, including losses to lowly Carolina and Florida. Wins: DET, COL, AZ, AZ, CAR, CAL, VAN, BUF, NYI Last: 19

20-New York Rangers (9-8-2) Climbing back into the race with six wins over their last seven games. Lost a wild one to the Blackhawks Wednesday night, but there is still reason for optimism after a dreadful start. Wins: MON, NSH, AZ, VGK, TB, FLA, CBJ, BOS, EDM Last: 22

21-Boston Bruins (7-7-4) Hitting the skids with four losses in their last five. Sporting an ugly 2-4-2 record on the road this season and now Brad Marchand has hit the IR. Wins: NAS, AZ, VAN, SJ, VGK, MIN Last: 15

22-Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-3) Failed to sneak one in against Minnesota in 120 minutes of action against the Wild. Losses in three of their last five mixing in triumphs over the Blues and Blackhawks. Mysterious. Wins: SJ, ANA, WAS, FLA, EDM, TOR, STL, CHI Last: 20

23-Vancouver Canucks (9-8-2) This was supposed to be a rebuilding season in the Pacific Northwest. Instead, goaltending from the likes of Anders Nilsson and Jacob Markstrom keeps this team in it most nights. Wins: EDM, OTT, BUF, DET, MIN, WAS, PIT, CAL, LA Last: 23

Related: NHL Power Rankings – Week Three

Tier Four

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) smothers this loose puck during a game versus the Calgary Flames on November 15, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

24-Detroit Red Wings (9-8-2) Continue to wreck havoc on the western conference. Sixth-best power play (23.7%), seventh-best penalty kill (84.3%). Wins: MIN, OTT, AZ, VGK, FLA, AZ, EDM, VAN, CAL Last: 27

25-Colorado Avalanche (9-7-1) Gabriel Landeskog: power-play goal, even-strength and a penalty shot for a hat trick in 6-2 trumping of Caps. Wins: NYR, BOS, BOS, ANA, DAL, CHI, CAR, PHI, WAS Last: 26

26-Montreal Canadiens (8-10-2) Charlie Lindgren — the savior in Montreal while Carey Price is on the mend. Playing better but the results are not up to the standards the Belle Center faithful expect. Wins: BUF, FLA, NYR, OTT, WIN, CHI, VGK, BUF Last 25

27-Edmonton Oilers (7-10-2) Acquired Mike Cammalleri in exchange for Jussi Jokinen in an effort to spark league’s 24th-ranked offense. Wins: CAL, CHI, DAL, NJ, NYI, NJ, VGK Last: 25

28-Carolina Hurricanes (7-6-4) League-low 84 penalty minutes accrued. Staying out of the box –that’s good because Canes have second-worst penalty killing unit at 13.2%. Wins: MIN, EDM, CAL, TOR, FLA, CBJ, DAL Last: 28

29-Florida Panthers (7-9-2) The return of Roberto Luongo in net has been a boost. Triumphs in two of their last three, even if one of them was against Buffalo. Wins: TB, STL, WAS, ANA, BUF, DAL, SJ Last: 30

30-Buffalo Sabres (5-9-4) Eastern Conference worst minus-21 goal differential. Franchise savior Jack Eichel just scored his first goal in his last nine games. Wins: ANA, BOS, DET, AZ, WAS Last: 29

31-Arizona Coyotes (3-15-3) NHL-worst minus-32 in goal differential. Again, on the bright side, Clayton Keller looks like the front-runner for Rookie of the Year. Wins: PHI, CAR, MON Last: 31

* records and rankings through 11/16

 

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Main Image: Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on November 09, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

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