Week 10 NHL Power Rankings
We are approaching the last month of the season. Minnesota and Pittsburgh are surging in their respective conferences. The playoff picture is still bleak with so many teams jumping in and out of the playoff race. This should be a very entertaining last month.
20. San Jose Sharks (13-11-6) Previous Rank: 17
Struggles in San Jose continue and they are slowly falling out of the playoff race. They have a home-and-home with the Anaheim Ducks coming up. Things may only get worse.
19. New York Rangers (15-13-3) Previous Rank: N/A
Week to week, no one knows what to expect from the Rangers. Losses to Washington and Florida are very disappointing and could be a cause for concern.
18. Dallas Stars (15-14-3) Previous Rank: N/A
This team was embarrassed by a hot Minnesota Wild team, and they have to play that very team on Friday. Maybe they can get some redemption.
17. Nashville Predators (14-13-6) Previous Rank: N/A
The Predators have won three in a row. They are in a tight race for that final playoff spot out west.
16. Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-6) Previous Rank: 16
Their point streak has ended. On the bright side, Sergei Bobrovsky has been outstanding and has given them the consistency in net they have desperately been looking for.
15. Washington Capitals (15-16-1) Previous Rank: N/A
The Caps have won three straight and Alex Ovechkin has been on fire, scoring seven goals in his past seven games.
14. New Jersey Devils (15-11-7) Previous Rank: 14
Martin Brodeur is back, but now they have lost Ilya Kovalchuk. New Jersey can’t seem to catch a break.
13. Winnipeg Jets (17-14-2) Previous Rank: 11
They were destroyed by the Capitals in back-to-back games over the weekend, but bounced back with a solid win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
12. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-12-4) Previous Rank: 15
They are 2-0-2 in their last four and seem to be getting back on track after dropping five in a row.
11. St. Louis Blues (17-12-2) Previous Rank: 6
They went 1-2 on their recent road trip and their power play is struggling. This team should make the playoffs, but power play must improve.
10. Detroit Red Wings (16-11-5) Previous Rank: 9
The Red Wings picked up two wins in Anaheim, very impressive. They seem to be finding their stride.
9. Los Angeles Kings (18-12-2) Previous Rank: 10
The Kings are coming off of a very entertaining 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s nice to see that this team has found some offense.
8. Vancouver Canucks (17-9-6) Previous Rank: 12
With four wins in a row, the Canucks aren’t ready to relinquish the Northwest division.
7. Ottawa Senators (18-9-6) Previous Rank: 8
The Senators keep winning. This is a very tough and disciplined team. They kill be scary come playoff time.
6. Minnesota Wild (19-10-2) Previous Rank: 7
The Wild have seven wins in eight games, four of those seven wins came on the road.
5. Boston Bruins (21-7-3) Previous Rank: 5
They have dropped three of their last five and are struggling to score goals. Could a trade be coming in the near future?
4. Montreal Canadiens (20-6-5) Previous Rank: 4
The Canadiens have a tough slate of games coming up, facing Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Boston on Wednesday. They could take this opportunity to gain some ground at the top of the eastern conference.
3. Anaheim Ducks (22-5-4) Previous Rank: 3
The Ducks have dropped three in a row after an inspiring win over the Blackhawks. They still have a chance to gain some ground on Chicago when they visit the United Center on Friday.
2. Chicago Blackhawks (24-4-3) Previous Rank: 1
The Blackhawks have lost two in a row. Since their 21-0-3 start, they have gone 3-3-0. Are teams starting to figure them out, or are they just bored with the regular season?
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (25-8-0) Previous Rank: 2
Pittsburgh has won 12 games in a row, nine without Evgeni Malkin. What is more impressive is the defense they have been playing during the latter part of the streak.