TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings
Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:31 PM
The Wild, Stars, Maple Leafs and Capitals rise as the Canadiens, Blue Jackets and Jets fall in this week's edition of the NHL Power Rankings.
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Scott Cullen's Power Ranking Methodology is explained here. (Note: While all injuries are taken into account, those listed as Key Injuries for each team generally consist of top six forwards, top four defencemen and starting goaltenders.)
This Week1Last Week1St. Louis Blues44-14-6
Winners of five straight, the Blues are locking down on the opposition, allowing 21 or fewer shots in four of the past six games.
Key Injuries: C Vladimir Sobotka (leg).
This Week2Last Week2Chicago Blackhawks38-13-14
The Blackhawks have won three of four and while remaining a dominant possession team -- they've outshot the opposition in 18 of the past 20 games, with the only occasions the Blackhawks were outshot in that span being road games at Anaheim and San Jose.
Key Injuries: RW Marian Hossa (upper body).
This Week3Last Week5San Jose Sharks41-17-7
6-1-1 in their past eight games, the Sharks are on a roll even when the power play has gone into a slump, going 1-for-27 (3.7%) in that span.
Key Injuries: LW Tomas Hertl (knee).
This Week4Last Week4Boston Bruins42-17-5
Winners of five straight, the Bruins are re-affirming their status as Cup contenders, though it wasn't easy to bolster the lineup at the deadline, with Andrej Meszaros (and Corey Potter on waivers) their ultimate solution to improve blueline depth.
Key Injuries: D Dennis Seidenberg (knee).
This Week5Last Week3Pittsburgh Penguins42-17-4
With only one regulation win in the past six games, and generating a total of 58 shots on goal in the past three, the Penguins are in a shaky spot. They made some nice underrated additions at the deadline -- C Marcel Goc and RW Lee Stempniak -- but they're pressing forward with a defence corps that is currently missing its top two.
Key Injuries: RW Pascal Dupuis (knee), RW Beau Bennett (wrist), D Kris Letang (stroke), D Paul Martin (hand).
This Week6Last Week6Anaheim Ducks43-14-7
Even with back-to-back shootout losses, the Ducks have points in five straight, though it feels like their trade deadline action, which included moving out LW Dustin Penner, was not quite finished; that a deal for now-Canadiens LW Thomas Vanek or Canucks C Ryan Kesler would have rounded out the roster more appropriately for a title contender.
Key Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (wrist), D Stephane Robidas (leg).
This Week7Last Week7Colorado Avalanche41-18-5
Had a four-game winning streak stopped Saturday against St. Louis, but the Avalanche gave a good accounting against the top team on this chart. Feels like Colorado is a bit of an interloper among the top teams, coming off last season's results, but they keep putting up the numbers that justify their placement.
Key Injuries: RW Alex Tanguay (ankle), C Paul Stastny (back).
This Week8Last Week8Los Angeles Kings37-22-6
Winners of seven straight, the Kings sure seem to be rounding into form, so much so that they can keep winning even as they wait for LW Marian Gaborik to get on the board.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week9Last Week10New York Rangers35-26-4
Winning a couple in a row since the deadline is nice, but getting RW Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay and Mats Zuccarello back from injury also play a part in the Blueshirts climbing up a couple spots.
Key Injuries: None
This Week10Last Week12Tampa Bay Lightning34-24-6
Winless in four doesn't feel great, to be sure, particularly after dealing St. Louis to the Rangers, but the Lightning also got centres Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula back from injury, so there's reason to remain optimstic.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week11Last Week15Minnesota Wild34-22-8
5-1-1 in the past seven games, the Wild did a nice job adding LW Matt Moulson at the deadline, a move that gives them quality scoring depth. Not as sure about G Ilya Bryzgalov, but the way Darcy Kuemper has played (.922 SV% in 19 GP), Bryz is merely an insurance policy.
Key Injuries: G Josh Harding (illness).
This Week12Last Week13New Jersey Devils28-24-13
6-3-2 in their past 11 games, the Devils have played much better than their overall record suggests. That 0-8 mark in shootouts has a devastating effect on the perception of their performance this season.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week13Last Week16Dallas Stars31-23-10
7-2-1 in the past 10 games, the Stars have to be feeling okay about C Tyler Seguin who, with eight points in the past two games, has climbed to fifth in the league scoring race with 66 points. They'd be in position to move up more if not for losing their No. 1 goaltender to a concussion.
Key Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (concussion)
This Week14Last Week9Montreal Canadiens35-24-7
No regulation wins in the past seven games or, surely just coincidentally, the last time Carey Price played for the Habs. That dampens the enthusiasm that was created by the deadline coup, landing LW Thomas Vanek at a cut-rate price.
Key Injuries: G Carey Price (lower body), D Josh Gorges (hand).
This Week15Last Week17Philadelphia Flyers33-24-7
7-1-1 since the beginning of February, the Flyers are facing a bear of a schedule coming up (PIT x 2, NJ, CHI, DAL, STL, LA) though six of the next seven games are at home.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week16Last Week11Columbus Blue Jackets33-26-5
Four wins in the past five games, but the bigger issue is missing half of their starting defence corps so, for the time being at least, the rankings reflect a short-staffed Blue Jackets blueline.
Key Injuries: D Fedor Tyutin (ankle), D Ryan Murray (knee), D Nikita Nikitin (head).
This Week17Last Week20Toronto Maple Leafs34-23-8
One regulation loss in the past seven helps lift the Leafs, though only two regulation wins in the past seven probably limits the ascent. They embark on a five-game road trip, starting with the gauntlet in California, which should be a good test.
Key Injuries: C David Bolland (ankle).
This Week18Last Week21Washington Capitals30-25-10
Between adding G Jaroslav Halak and LW Dustin Penner at the trade deadline and the arrival of top prospect C Evgeny Kuznestov, the Capitals have improved to some degree. Will it be enough to climb into the postseason?
Key Injuries: C Mikhail Grabovski (ankle).
This Week19Last Week14Winnipeg Jets30-28-7
One regulation win in the past seven games, combined with losing rookie second-line C Mark Scheifele (who had been playing really well), contributes to the Jets' fall.
Key Injuries: D Grant Clitsome (back), C Mark Scheifele (knee).
This Week20Last Week18Nashville Predators26-28-10
It's one thing to get G Pekka Rinne back in action, it's another to score a total of three goals in the past four games.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week21Last Week19Phoenix Coyotes29-24-11
2-4-1 in the past seven games, the last three played without top centre Martin Hanzal, knocks the Coyotes to their lowest ranking of the season. That said, the addition of LW Martin Erat does offer a chance to pay off with improved offence; strange to say about a player with just one goal to this point in the year, but that's the case.
Key Injuries: C Martin Hanzal (lower body).
This Week22Last Week24Detroit Red Wings29-22-13
If they're going to harbour playoff hopes, the Wings needed an addition like C David Legwand, though I fear that Detroit could eventually regret the cost, because C Calle Jarnkrok appeared to be coming on nicely in the AHL.
Key Injuries: C Stephen Weiss (groin), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back), C Pavel Datsyuk (knee).
This Week23Last Week22Vancouver Canucks29-27-10
Saturday's win against Calgary was the Canucks' second in the past 13 games but let's not get too excited -- they are suddenly left with promising but unproven goaltenders and registered a season-low 14 shots on goal. In fact, it's the first time this season that the Canucks were held under 20 shots on goal.
Key Injuries: C Mike Santorelli (shoulder), LW Daniel Sedin (ribs).
This Week24Last Week23Ottawa Senators28-25-11
The last time that the Senators put together more than back-to-back wins was January 4 and time's running out to keep doing the two-steps-forward, two-steps-back routine and expect that they can make up the four-point deficit for a playoff spot. Even so, like the addition of RW Ales Hemsky, who was low cost and gives them a better chance.
Key Injuries: LW Clarke MacArthur (hand).
This Week25Last Week25Carolina Hurricanes27-28-9
It's been eight games since the Hurricanes last won in regulation, which pretty much seals their fate for this season.
Key Injuries: D Joni Pitkanen (heel), D Justin Faulk (upper body).
This Week26Last Week26Edmonton Oilers22-35-8
7-3-2 in the past dozen games, the Oilers are getting outshot rather consistently, but G Ben Scrivens has been great, posting a .938 save percentage in 10 games since joining the team.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week27Last Week27Calgary Flames25-32-7
9-5 in their past 14 games, the Flames strangely still have pending UFA LW Mike Cammalleri on their roster after the trade deadline. Even so, injuries are providing good opportunity for young players to showcase their games as the jockeying for next season begins.
Key Injuries: LW Curtis Glencross (lower body), G Karri Ramo (lower body), RW David Jones (shoulder), LW Jiri Hudler (upper body), C Matt Stajan (personal).
This Week28Last Week28New York Islanders24-33-9
No regulation wins in the past eight and now their fearsome first line has been reduced to RW Kyle Okposo with C Frans Nielsen and LW Michael Grabner, which sounds a lot more like a solid second line.
Key Injuries: C John Tavares (knee).
This Week29Last Week29Florida Panthers24-33-7
2-6 in the past eight, with wins over the Sabres and Islanders, doesn't offer a great deal of immediate hope, but the Panthers have added an above average starting goaltender to the fold and that gives them something on which they can hang their hat going forward.
Key Injuries: C Aleksander Barkov (knee), LW Tomas Kopecky (concussion).
This Week30Last Week30Buffalo Sabres19-37-8
The Sabres have split six games since Ryan Miller's last start, getting impressive work out of their new goaltending tandem of Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth, but the real work of deadline day involved more building for the future, moving out Miller (then Halak) and LW Matt Moulson.
Key Injuries: RW Chris Stewart (knee).