The Power Ranking is NHL.com’s weekly leaderboard. It does not always reflect the current standings of the table and is more of a long-term view. Statistics and team balances include the games from Thursday to Friday.
The New York Islanders (3-0-1) finished last week with the most points of all 32 teams, but lost once in the extra shift. The Edmonton Oilers (3-0-0), the Washington Capitals (3-0-0) and the Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0) completed their tasks with full points. The St. Louis Blues (1-0-2) and Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-1) also knew how to score in every game. On the other hand, the Ottawa Senators (0-3-0) had nothing but expenses.
- Colorado Avalanche (43-13-5, previous week 1st)
The Colorado Avalanche reinforced their lead in the league not only by scoring full points at home to the Calgary Flames (3-0) and away to the Los Angeles Kings (3-0), but also by not conceding a goal in the had to accept two games.
Goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper (69 saves) was credited with both shutouts. Right winger Mikko Rantanen (2 goals, 2 assists) and center Nathan MacKinnon (2 goals, 1 assist) were convincing on the Avalanche’s offensive.
After an appearance with the San Jose Sharks, Colorado hosts the Oilers and Vancouver Canucks in front of their own crowd.
- Tampa Bay Lightning (39-15-6, previous week 3rd)
On an away tour through western climes, the Tampa Bay Lightning conceded their third loss in a row in Edmonton (1:4), but were able to stop the downward trend in Vancouver (2:1) and at the Seattle Kraken (4:1).
With Victor Hedman (3 goals), a Tampa Bay defender was the most successful player in the final. Center Steven Stamkos (3 assists) also scored three points.
On Saturday, the Lightning will take on the New York Rangers at the Amalie Arena. Coach Jon Cooper’s team will appear in Carolina and with the in-form Boston Bruins.
- Carolina Hurricanes (41-14-5, previous week 2nd)
The Carolina Hurricanes extended their home winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, but things were far from smooth away for them. The Metropolitan Division leaders were beaten by the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-4) and Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3).
Six different players scored the Hurricanes’ seven goals and 15 of 19 players were involved in the goals, with center Sebastian Aho (2 goals) scoring two of them.
Next week, the Hurricanes can try to extend their home streak to eleven wins against the Capitals, Rangers, Lightning and Dallas Stars.
- Toronto Maple Leafs (39-17-5, previous week 4th)
After the away defeat at the Buffalo Sabers (2: 5) in the NHL Heritage Classic 2022, the Toronto Maple Leafs knew how to convince on home ice in the games against the Stars (4: 0) and Hurricanes (3: 2).
Toronto goalie Erik Kallgren (35 saves) made his NHL debut with a shutout against Dallas. Center John Tavares (1 goal, 3 assists) led the Maple Leafs’ intra-team scoring, ahead of three wingers with three points each.
Over the next seven days, the Maple Leafs have a game against the Nashville Predators and a home game against the New Jersey Devils.
- Florida Panthers (41-14-6, previous week 5th)
The Florida Panthers were able to defend their standings in the Atlantic Division abroad, also because the competition from Tampa Bay dropped points. From their guest appearances with the Kings (2:3 SE), Sharks (3:2 OT) and Vegas Golden Knights (5:3), the Panthers took three out of a possible six points.
Center Frank Vatrano (2 goals) was the only Panthers player to score twice, while defender Aaron Ekblad (3 assists) scored three points.
Florida continues its 15-day away tour with the Anaheim Ducks and against the Montreal Canadiens.
- Calgary Flames (37-16-7, previous week 6th)
The Calgary Flames did their homework confidently against the Detroit Red Wings (3:0) and Devils (6:3). Thus, the defeat in the top game of the Western Conference at the Avalanche (0:3) was easier to get over.
The Red Wings’ attacking efforts, against whom he scored his ninth shutout of the season, were hardly a headache for goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom (19 saves). No goalkeeper kept his goal clean more often in 2021/22 than the 32-year-old Swede. In the game up front, left winger Matthew Tkachuk (1 goal, 4 assists) set the most accents for the western Canadians.
In home games against the Sabers and Sharks, as well as in Vancouver, the Flames will look to further extend their lead in the Pacific Division.
- Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-9, previous week 7th)
The Pittsburgh Penguins fended off the competition’s assault on their second-place spot in the Metropolitan Division by thrashing away in encounters with the Golden Knights (5-2), Hurricanes (4-2), Predators (1-4) and Blues ( 3:2 SO) could only be defeated once.
Defensemen Mike Matheson (2 goals, 1 assist) and Kris Letang (3 assists) are two of five Penguins players involved in three goals.
Over the next few days, the Penguins will face off against three teams from the bottom half of the table. The opponents are Arizona Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Sabers.
- Boston Bruins (37-19-5, previous week 9th)
After the Boston Bruins scored for the fourth and fifth time in a row against the Coyotes (3-2) and in Chicago (2-1 OT) (4-0-1), they suffered a setback when visiting the Minnesota Wild (2:4).
Center Craig Smith (3 goals) was Boston’s top finisher. Centers Charlie Coyle (1 goal, 2 assists) and Trent Frederic (3 assists) were in no way inferior to him on points.
The Bruins finish their tour of foreign arenas with the Winnipeg Jets and in Montreal. They then await the Lightning in the TD Garden.
- New York Rangers (38-18-5, previous week 8th)
The New York Rangers started the week brilliantly with victories in Dallas (7-4) and against the Ducks (4-3 OT) at Madison Square Garden, but of all things they lost out in the local derby against the Islanders (1-2).
Left winger Artemi Panarin (1 goal, 7 assists) proved to be Rangers’ most diligent points scorer, followed by defender Adam Fox (2 goals, 2 assists).
Over the next seven days, the Rangers will visit the Lightning, Hurricanes, and Devils.
- St. Louis Blues (34-17-9, previous week -)
After a week’s absence, the St. Louis Blues are back in NHL.com’s top 10. The Blues scored in each of their games against the Predators (7-4), the Jets (3-4 OT) and the Penguins (2-3 SO).
Left winger David Perron (4 goals) continued his goal streak. He has excelled as a goalscorer in the Blues’ last five games. Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko (1 goal, 4 assists) tops the list of blues scorers.
The Blues are next up in Columbus and Washington. The Flyers then await them at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings