NHL Power Rankings For This Week: Who Can Stop Tampa Bay?

We've got a new No. 1 in this week's power rankings, and a big shuffle in the bottom-10 now.

It was quite the week for the NHL. The Ottawa Senators' season got more embarrassing following a leaked video of players trash talking their own coaches. Two head coaches on perennial playoff teams were fired.

Get ready for another crazy week of hockey. For now, a look at where all 31 teams stand.

31. Los Angeles Kings (5-9-1)

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The Kings fired head coach John Stevens after just one year on the job. They hope new bench boss Willie Desjardins can get something out of this ageing core. Right now, there's little doubting who the worst team in the NHL is.

30. Florida Panthers (4-5-3)

Florida isn't as bad as their record indicates. Their goal differential is just a minus-four, and they're coming off impressive victories over the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers. They seem due for a hot run soon.

29. Ottawa Senators (6-7-3)

Well, so much for surprising us. The rebuilding Senators are starting to look like the Jack Hughes front-runners now. They've lost seven of their nine games, as Craig Anderson continues to struggle in the crease. The Uber video release is just yet another classic case of Murphy's Law for the Sens.


28. New Jersey Devils (6-7-1)

Who else forgot about their 4-0-0 start? The Devils have lost four of their last five games and are starting to show that last season was a mirage. At least reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall hasn't lost a step, with 15 points on the season.

27. St. Louis Blues (6-5-3)

The Blues have been one of the biggest disappointments in 2018-19. This group has too much talent to be hovering right around the .500 mark. It wouldn't be surprising if head coach Mike Yeo gets fired soon, especially with Joel Quenneville now available.

26. Detroit Red Wings (7-8-2)

The Red Wings are starting to come around after a horrible 0-5-2 start. Following a nice comeback win against the New York Rangers on Friday, Detroit has now won five of its last six contests.

25. Chicago Blackhawks (6-7-3)

The Blackhawks made a questionable decision to fire head coach Joel Quenneville, who led this team to three Stanley Cup championships. You wonder if GM Stan Bowman gets the axe if this group misses the playoffs again. Either way, a rebuild is in order.


24. New York Rangers (7-7-2)

Well, the Rangers sure don't look half bad for a team that's in rebuilding mode. They took two of three on the dreaded California road trip and have won four of their last five games. The only downside is that it hurts their chances of winning the Jack Hughes sweepstakes.

23. Vegas Golden Knights (7-8-1)

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22. Anaheim Ducks (7-8-3)

After a seven-game losing streak, the Ducks showed signs regained their form, winning two of their next three contests. Then a 5-1 home loss to the Minnesota Wild followed. Try your best in figuring this team out.

21. Arizona Coyote (7-6-1)

The Coyotes have played better than expected, but it's hard to take them seriously as a playoff contender. Clayton Keller (11 points), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (10 points), are  the only ones scoring, though. Newcomer Alex Galchenyuk and rookie Dylan Strome must get it going if a turnaround season is in order.

20. Carolina Hurricanes (7-7-2)

The 'Canes are cooling off a bit after winning four of their first five games. Sebastian Aho continues to stay hot with 18 points on the season, but newcomer Dougie Hamilton is struggling with just five points in 16 contests.

19. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-5-3)

Following a sweep of the Western Canadian road trip, the Penguins have now lot five games in a row. It's concerning that goalie Matt Murray is being outplayed by Casey DeSmith. Might head coach Mike Sullivan make the latter the new No. 1? He should consider it.

18. Edmonton Oilers (8-7-1)

The Oilers are like a box full of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get. Connor McDavid can take over and single-handedly win games. But the Oilers have now dropped three straight games. Goalie Cam Talbot is picking the worst time to perform this poorly in a contract year.


17. Colorado Avalanche (7-6-3)

The Avs are starting to cool off a bit after a blistering start. At least Mikko Rantanen (24 points), and Nathan MacKinnon (22 points), are both scoring in bunches. They have the talent to start turning it around soon.

16. Philadelphia Flyers (8-7-1)

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Philly has rebounded nicely as of late, taking three of four on their West coast road trip - then returned home on Thursday for a 5-4 overtime win against the Coyotes. As long as they keep on scoring at a torrid pace, Philly will be in contention for the Metropolitan Division.

15. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-6-1)

The Blue Jackets have yet to hit their stride, but that could come at any day now. Artemi Panarin has 17 points on the season, but the Blue Jackets are lacking secondary scoring. That's a bit concerning, given how much scoring this team did in the last two years.

14. Washington Capitals (7-5-3)

The defending Stanley Cup champions are slowly finding their groove again. Four guys have 17-plus points now. Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the way with 20 points, while Alexander Ovechkin is up to 12 goals on the season.

13. Buffalo Sabres (8-6-2)

Finally. The Sabres are piecing together a non-terrible team for once. This team looks like it'll be a playoff contender throughout the season, rather than a bottom-three club that's simply counting down the days until the draft lottery.

12. New York Islanders (8-5-2)

No John Tavares, no problem. Head coach Barry Trotz has to be considered the early Jack Adams Trophy favorite. What other bench boss could have his team atop the division, just months after losing John Tavares in free agency?

11. Winnipeg Jets (9-5-1)

The Jets returned home after playing two games overseas against the Florida Panthers in Finland and soundly defeated Colorado 5-2. They'll start getting hot soon, so the other Central Division powers shouldn't be feeling too comfortable just yet.

10. Boston Bruins (8-5-1)

Forget about that ugly 8-5 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks , and it's otherwise been a solid last couple of weeks. The league's best line continues to pile up the points, but the Bruins need secondary scoring help if they want to hang in there with the East's top teams.

9. Montreal Canadiens (8-5-3)

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Yes, Carey Price is off to a horrible start. But it's pretty impressive that the Canadiens are in playoff position despite his struggles. Once the league's top goalie regains his old form, the Habs will be surging. Newcomer Max Domi is rolling with 19 points in his first 16 games.

8. San Jose Sharks (8-6-3)

The Sharks are a top-10 team, sure. But many expected them to run away with the Pacific Division after adding Erik Karlsson. He has a mere seven assists through 16 games. Simply not what the team expected when they gave up a ton for him.

7. Vancouver Canucks (10-6-1)

The only question now is if the Canucks can keep this up. Rookie Elias Pettersson will run away with the Calder Trophy if he stays healthy. Bo Horvat is on pace to hit the 40-goal mark. The likes of Jake Virtanen, and Markus Granlund are supplying much-needed secondary scoring.

6. Dallas Stars (9-6-1)

The Stars have won four of their last six games now, as new head coach Jim Montgomery has found a way to make the most out of this talented group. The Stars will be tested with a Saturday morning contest vs. the Nashville Predators.

5. Calgary Flames (9-6-1)

The Flames have been hanging around the top of the Western Conference, but they really have to figure out the goaltending woes. If Mike Smith doesn't t urn it around, GM Brad Treliving has to start making calls. It's the only thing holding them back from championship contention.

4. Minnesota Wild (10-4-2)

Well, that 1-2-2 start to the season has been completely erased. Minnesota is surging with nine wins in their last 11 games. Zach Parise has turned back the clock, with 15 points in as many games this season.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-0)

The Maple Leafs have regressed a bit since their scorching start, but it's hard to sustain a hot start when Auston Matthews gets sidelined for four-to-six weeks. They bounced back with an impressive 5-0 road win against the Penguins, and have won three straight games.

2. Nashville Predators (12-3-0)

The defending Presidents' Trophy champions look like the team to beat in the Western Conference right now. They've won four straight games and lead the NHL with a plus-20 goal differential. There's no weakness in this team.

1. Tampa Bay Lighning (12-3-1)

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The Lightning have won four consecutive games and are five points up on the Maple Leafs - the second-best team in the East. Seven players already have double-digit points, with Brayden Point leading the way (nine goals and 10 points). Their goal differential of plus-17 trails only Nashville.


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