NHL Power Rankings February 27
Looking for our updated NHL Power Rankings? The NHL Stretch run is officially here – the Trade Deadline is this Wednesday and offers teams a chance to bolster their rosters before what all hope is a long run into the early summer.
There have been some minor trades consummated already which have made some contenders even more competitive – those same trades effectively signaled the throwing in the towel for a couple teams as well.
Version 8.0 – 2017 NHL Power Rankings
While the Rankings may look a whole lot different at this time next week, they remained remarkably stagnant the last couple of weeks – the top 8 teams haven’t moved – I can’t EVER remember seeing that happening in the past.
So where does your favorite team sit as we head down the stretch in the NHL Regular Season? Let’s take a look in Dave B’s bi-weekly NHL Power Rankings.
1. Washington (41-13-7)
– Two Weeks Ago: 1
The Caps just keep plugging along – they have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games despite being the hunted each and every night. They are best in the league in terms of goal against – just 133 so far and they have an astounding +70 goal differential this year.
It is awfully difficult to envision anyone beating this team in a seven game series isn’t it?
2. Minnesota (39-14-6)
– Two Weeks Ago: 2
The Wild have remained solid in every facet of the game – they are top 5 in the NHL in scoring and second in goals against. The team has already pulled a trade – Martin Hanzal from Arizona gives them depth, size and even more of a scoring touch up front.
There are ZERO holes on this team right now – as consistent and as dangerous as any team in the league for sure.
3. Chicago (39-18-5)
– Two Weeks Ago: 3
The Hawks enter this week as the hottest team in the league – 9-1-0 in their last 10 games and having been stellar on the road as of late. They should be busy at the deadline to improve – they already got Tomas Jurco from the Red Wings and will add more for sure.
Health and the Minnesota Wild are the only things I see standing in their way in the West.
4. Pittsburgh (38-14-8)
– Two Weeks Ago: 4
The Penguins remain the top scoring team in the NHL – 211 goals for this year. They have gone 6-1-3 in their last 10 games overall and are another team that could get better by Wednesday.
The addition of Ron Hainsey to the blue line already makes them better where they need to improve – Sid and crew’s offense shouldn’t be a problem at all going forward.
5. New York Rangers (40-20-2)
– Two Weeks Ago: 5
The Rangers continue to play consistently good hockey – they are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and could also be a player at the trade deadline. New York is the second highest scoring team in the NHL (206 goals) but could use a little defensive help.
6. Columbus (39-16-5)
– Two Weeks Ago: 6
The Jackets have been a better than average team since their insane run in December/January and barely hold onto their top 6 spot. They have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and still boasts some of the best young talent in the game.
But will that youth catch up to them?
7. San Jose (36-18-7)
– Two Weeks Ago: 7
The Sharks are another team treading water – they have gone – get this – 4-1-5 in their last 10 games.
Brent Burns remains in the Hart Trophy conversation – it is the rest of the team that needs to play a little better in order to turn those 1-point games into two!
8. Edmonton (33-22-8)
– Two Weeks Ago: 8
The Oilers get the benefit of the doubt here – they are 5-5 in their last 10 games and enter this week in t a two game losing streak. They play 13 of their final 20 games at home and look to be in good shape to make some noise in the playoffs.
Could they add a piece by Wednesday? Should be interesting.
9. Ottawa (33-21-6)
– Two Weeks Ago: 10
The Senators continue what has been essentially a Cinderella run. They have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and have been bolstered by the return of Craig Anderson who has been terrific for the club.
The injuries have been almost unfair but this team is somehow finding a way to win. Watch out Montreal!
10. Montreal (33-21-8)
– Two Weeks Ago: 9
Despite going just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and losing their Coach, Montreal gets the benefit of the doubt on talent alone. Something has to give for this team – maybe at the Deadline. Momentum is a funny thing – bets are that they gain some traction soon under their new coach Julien.
11. Anaheim (32-21-10)
– Two Weeks Ago: 11
The Ducks have gone just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and enter the week with just a +1 goal differential on the year.
Offense has been a bit of an issue for this team – the addition to Patrick Eaves from Dallas should help a team that is in desperate need of some secondary scoring.
12. Nashville (31-22-9)
– Two Weeks Ago: 17
The Preds proved how good they were Saturday when they beat the Capitals. They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall and enter this week on a nice three game win streak.
The team is inconsistent but when they put it all together are a dangerous squad indeed.
13. Calgary (33-26-4) – Two Weeks Ago: 20
14. St. Louis (31-25-5) – Two Weeks Ago: 14
15. Boston (32-24-6) – Two Weeks Ago: 16
16. New York Islanders (29-22-10) – Two Weeks Ago: 15
17. Toronto (28-20-13) – Two Weeks Ago: 12
18. Florida (28-23-10) – Two Weeks Ago: 19
19. Philadelphia (28-26-7) – Two Weeks Ago: 18
20. Los Angeles (30-27-4) – Two Weeks Ago: 13
21. Tampa Bay (27-25-8) – Two Weeks Ago: 22
22. Buffalo (26-26-10) – Two Weeks Ago: 25
23. Winnipeg (28-29-6) – Two Weeks Ago: 26
24. Carolina (25-25-5) – Two Weeks Ago: 23
25. New Jersey (25-25-11) – Two Weeks Ago: 21
26. Detroit (24-26-10) – Two Weeks Ago: 28
27. Dallas (24-28-10) – Two Weeks Ago: 27
28. Vancouver (26-29-6) – Two Weeks Ago: 24
29. Arizona (22-32-7) – Two Weeks Ago: 29
30. Colorado (17-40-3) – Two Weeks Ago: 30
What do you think about our NHL power rankings this week? Here are the NHL power rankings from two weeks ago if you want to compare. Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.
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