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NHL Power Rankings Week 20

Just ahead of the trade deadline we are starting to see trades happen, along numerous shifts in the top ten teams in the NHL.

Let’s take a look at how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up right now.

10. Washington Capitals:

The defending champs find themselves still in tenth this week yet again.

Although they have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games, the Capitals are second in the Metropolitan Division with an overall record of 33-20-7.

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Washington does have a fairly successful road record of 16-11-2, which they will hope to improve even more as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in a tough road game tonight at 7:00 PM ET.

9. St. Louis Blues:

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The Blues have made a giant leap into the top ten with their eleven wins in a row that has propelled them to third in the Central Division.

St. Louis now has a record of 32-22-5, and will take on the Dallas Stars tonight in Dallas at 8:30 PM ET.

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What’s impressive with this winning streak is that eight of these wins came on the road as the Blues improved their road record to 17-9-3.

8. Winnipeg Jets:

The Jets took a big dive this week.

Winnipeg has gone 4-4-2 in their last ten games, however still remain first in the Central Division, due to Nashville not playing up to their ability.

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After last night’s 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg must use this as the game where they turn things around as they travel to take on the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow at 10:00 PM ET; Vegas is currently third in the Pacific Division and are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Boston.

If Patrik Laine gets hot, and this team starts playing at the level they are capable of, the Jets will climb back up the power rankings.

7. Nashville Predators:

Although the Predators are not playing up to their ability, as stated above, they are playing better than they were in the previous few weeks.

With a record of 35-22-5, Nashville sits second in the Central Division by one point, and are coming off a solid 5-3 road win against Dallas.

The Predators will look to continue to get back to the top of the Central Division as they take on the Los Angeles Kings in Nashville tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

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Nashville has a home record of 19-11-1, and have had one of the best home records in each of the past two seasons.

6. Toronto Maple Leafs:

Toronto falling one spot is not due to Toronto playing poorly, it is due to other teams simply playing better.

The Maple Leafs are third in the Atlantic Division four points behind Boston with an overall record of 36-19-4.

In their last ten games they have gone 6-2-2, however are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

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Whether its home or away, Toronto can win with a home record of 17-11-1, and a road record of 19-8-3.

Toronto will host the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:00 PM ET as they look to stay close with the Boston Bruins.

5. New York Islanders:

What Head Coach Barry Trotz has done with this team is impressive.

From most goals against in the NHL last season, to least goals against in the NHL this season, the New York Islanders sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division with an overall record of 35-18-6.

In their last ten games the Islanders are 6-3-1, and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.

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New York will need to start consistently beating contenders if they want to be taken seriously as a legit Stanley Cup Contender.

The Islanders travel from Calgary to take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 9:00 PM ET as they look to keep a steady lead over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan Division.

4. San Jose Sharks:

The San Jose Sharks are currently second in the Pacific Division and are coming off a 5-6 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins.

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However the Sharks have gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games, and do have a nine point lead over third place Vegas.

San Jose does have a very impressive home record of 19-5-5, and can also win on the road as well with a road record of 16-12-3.

The Sharks will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh as they look to inch closer to Calgary for first in the Pacific Division.

3. Boston Bruins:

Let’s face it the Bruins are playing incredible hockey right now.

Currently on a seven game winning streak, Boston finds themselves third overall in the NHL, and second in the Atlantic Division behind the Tampa Bay Lighting.

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The Bruins have an overall record of 36-17-8, and boast a 21-7-3 home record.

Coming off a strong 3-2 shootout win over Vegas on the road, the Bruins will travel to take on the St. Louis Blues Saturday at 4:00 PM ET in St. Louis.

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Boston also has the second best power play in the league, scoring on 26.5 percent of their power plays.

2. Calgary Flames:

The Flames are currently first in the Western Conference with an overall record of 37-16-7, and a goal differential of plus-43.

With a home record of 19-5-5, and a road record of 18-11-2, Calgary is a team that can go on the road and win, however if they continue to play like this the only series they will not have home ice advantage in is if the Flames and Lightning play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

And right now at this point in the season, that is a huge if.

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However, the Flames are currently on a three game winning streak, which puts them ahead of San Jose in the power rankings for this week, despite having a record of 5-3-2 in their last ten games.

Calgary will host the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night at 9:00 PM ET as they look to get their 20th home win of the season.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are simply unstoppable right now.

Having a commanding lead over the NHL all year, you would expect them to at some point slow down right?

Wrong.

The Lightning are currently first in the NHL by 15 points, have an overall record of 46-11-4, have a league best goal differential by 37 goals of plus-80, and are currently on a seven game winning streak.

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Also, as expected, Tampa Bay has a home record of 24-5-2, and an away record of 22-6-2.

The Lightning will host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at 7:30 PM ET with an eighth win in a row in mind, along with their 25th home win on the season.

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