NHL Power Rankings

Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 4-0-1
▲ 5
So far, the Kings have given up more than two goals just one time in five games. That was an overtime loss to Calgary. They’re looking strong.
2 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 4-1
▲ 9
Three of the early wins have come on the road, and now four of the next five are at home for the Devils.
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1
▲ 2
Two overtime wins have tempered the dominant victories that started the seasons, but the points are in the bank for the Maple Leafs.
4 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 4-1
▲ 4
Are the Wings back? They’re the only team to beat the Golden Knights so far, which may mean nothing, of course.
5 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1
▲ 10
Other than an ugly loss to Chicago in the second game of the season, the Blue Jackets look poised to repeat their 2016-17 successes.
6 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1
▲ 11
The team is 4-0 at home and 0-1 on the road. The next three games are on the road.
7 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 4-1
▲ 3
Two of Vegas’ four wins this season have come against Arizona, so we’ll let you decide what that means.
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 3-0-2
▲ 20
After starting the season with three straight shootouts, the Sens have won two games in blowout fashion on the road. Now they have five straight at home. Watch out!
9 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 4-1-1
▼ 7
The offensive output has dwindled slowly since the ten-goal explosion against Pittsburgh to start the season. Chicago has just four goals in its last two games.
10 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 4-2
▲ 11
The Avs certainly have put last season behind them with a solid start. The question is whether Colorado can sustain the momentum.
11 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 4-2
▼ 8
The 4-0 start has been tempered now by two losses on the road in the Sunshine State. Next up? The Blackhawks at home.
12 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 4-2
▲ 4
Both Calgary defeats have come via shutout, so if the Flames score? They win! That trend won’t continue, but it’s kind of fun to point out now.
13 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 3-2
▲ 7
Philly has been alternating wins and losses this season, so even with the next four games at home, the Flyers are a coin-toss proposition.
14 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 3-2
▲ 13
Forget the slow start! The Jets are flying now with three straight wins, and the next two games are at home with plenty of rest.
15 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 3-2-1
▼ 14
How do you cough up eight goals to the Flyers? The Caps aren’t going too far this year with that kind of goaltending.
16 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2-1
▼ 4
Since giving up ten goals to Chicago, the Pens have won three of four. That’s more like it.
17 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 2-2
▲ 2
The Panthers are pretty average so far this season, with 16 goals for and 15 goals against. Three of the next four are on the road, which could change that.
18 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 1-1-2
▲ 6
With five of the first six games on the road, it’s just been about survival for the Wild. They’re doing okay on that standard so far.
19 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 2-2-1
▲ 7
The Stanley Cup Finals hangover could be over now as Nashville has won two of three with the other game being a loss in overtime to Chicago.
20 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 1-1-1
▼ 13
The Hurricanes aren’t scheduled to play back-to-back games until October 26-27. They haven’t capitalized on all that rest (yet).
21 New York Islanders New York Islanders 2-3-1
▼ 3
With just 15 goals in six games, the Isles need some more firepower if they’re going to win games this season.
22 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 2-3-1
▼ 8
Losing to then-winless Buffalo at home on Sunday wasn’t pretty, and now the Ducks have five days to ponder it before they host the Canadiens.
23 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 2-3
▲ 7
The Stars recovered nicely from an 0-2 start by beating both Detroit and Colorado at home last week. Dallas also gets Arizona for two straight this week.
24 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 2-3
▼ 20
Losing in Vegas to one of their former goalie prospects had to burn Bruins fans, as this slow start isn’t what Boston ordered for 2017-18.
25 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 1-2-1
▼ 16
The Canucks have gotten progressively worse in their first four games, all at home, and now they have five games on the road. Uh oh.
26 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 1-3-1
▼ 4
The only win is still that opening shootout against Buffalo, and losing at home to Toronto in overtime has to sting. Now, the Habs are on the road for three in four nights.
27 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 1-3
▼ 14
The potent Oilers have notched just eight goals in four games so far, and the goaltending has been mediocre. When will the kids flip the switch?
28 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 1-3
▼ 3
With five straight at home to open the season, the Sharks have just a win over Buffalo to show for the scheduling favor. This will haunt San Jose in March.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 1-4-1
The Sabres got off the floor with a Sunday win in Anaheim, but starting winless through five is not a recipe for success.
30 New York Rangers New York Rangers 1-5
▼ 7
A 2-0 win over Montréal is all the team has to hang its hat on right now. The Rangers scored just four goals in three losses last week.
31 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 0-4-1
The league’s only winless team at this point, the Coyotes are on the road for six of their eight remaining games in October.


About The Ranker:

Sam McPherson covered college hockey for USCHO.com in both Colorado and Michigan before later spending a lot of time writing about the San Jose Sharks from 2010 to 2015. He firmly knows the NHL is the purest professional sport left in North America this century. Follow him on Twitter @sxmcp as he covers a lot more than just hockey for various websites. 

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