This week’s Power Rankings has some huge shake ups as the Pacific Division is currently making a march for the top of the league, and as Tampa Bay continues to be atop the NHL.
10. New York Islanders:
Barry Trotz appears to have given the Islanders life as New York is 8-2-0 in their last ten games, including an impressive 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Coming off back-to-back wins, New York will take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at home as they look to make it three wins in a row.
The Islanders are currently third in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
9. Washington Capitals:
The defending champions took a little step back this week.
The Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last ten games, including a lack luster 7-2 defeat to the Nashville Predators, and are currently sitting on back-to-back losses.
Washington will take on the New York Islanders tomorrow night at home where they are 13-7-3.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets:
Do I think Columbus is better than Washington?
No, however at this moment the Blue Jackets are the hotter team currently first in the Metropolitan Division, have won four consecutive games, and are 7-3-0 in their last ten games.
Columbus will take on Montreal tomorrow night at home, as they look to make it five wins in a row, and hold their spot as leaders of the Metropolitan Division.
7. Vegas Golden Knights:
Vegas is currently third in the Pacific Division with a record of 15-4-3 at home, however a not so good record of 13-13-1 on the road.
After losing to Winnipeg Tuesday night, Vegas now is 8-2-0 in their last ten games.
The Golden Knights will host the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night as they will look to bounce back, and continue their home dominance.
Not being able to win on the road will be a huge set back come playoff time.
6. Toronto Maple Leafs:
Toronto is struggling right now compared to the top three team in the league they were for much of this season.
However the Maple Leafs have gone 5-5-0 in their last ten games, and now just one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto will certainly have their hands full tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road, where they do have an impressive 15-5-1 record.
5. Nashville Predators:
The Nashville Predators are back in the top five, and sit just two points behind their division rival Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division.
The Predators have gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games, including their last game, which was an impressive 7-2 home victory over Washington.
Nashville hosts the Winnipeg Jets tonight in a game with huge division standings implications, although the Predators have also improved their home record as of late to 16-7-0.
4. San Jose Sharks:
San Jose continued to play impressive hockey this week, going 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and are now second in the Pacific Division with 63 points.
Like Vegas, San Jose’s level of play depends on whether they are home or away.
At home, the Sharks are 17-4-4, but on the road San Jose is 11-10-3.
The Sharks travel to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday in a game that would be a tremendous win for San Jose.
3. Winnipeg Jets:
It appears Winnipeg is going to be the team this season that when people start to doubt them, they hit a hot streak.
The Jets have won three games in a row, and are now first in the Central Division with 62 points.-
Winnipeg has proven they can win at home this year with a home record of 18-6-2, with Patrik Laine, and Mark Scheifele leading the team in goals with 25 a piece.
2. Calgary Flames:
Calgary is 7-1-2 in their last ten games, and can win whether it is on the road, or at home.
At home the Flames are 15-4-5, and away Calgary is 15-9-0.
The Flames are also not only first in the Pacific Division, but also the Western Conference.
Calgary will take on the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow at home in what should be another win for the Flames.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning:
Although, the Lightning were defeated 5-1 by the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay still continued their dominance over the NHL this season going 8-2-0 in their last ten games.
Tampa Bay currently sits first in the NHL with a record of 36-9-2, and have scored 191 goals in just 47 games.
That is just over four goals a game average.
Home, or away it does not matter for Tampa Bay.
Home Tampa Bay is 19-4-0, and on the road the Lightning are 17-5-2.
Tampa Bay hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, as they look to win back-to-back games coming off their 2-0 win over Dallas.
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