NHL Power Rankings Week 19

NHL Power Rankings Week 19

This week we saw a few shake ups among the top ten teams in the NHL.

Let’s take a look at how the best of the NHL stack up right now:

10. Washington Capitals:

The defending champions are currently second in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 31-19-7.

Coming off a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last ten games and travel to take on the San Jose Sharks tonight.

9. Montreal Canadiens:

The Montreal Canadiens have gone 7-1-2 in their last ten games and are currently three points behind Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.

With a home record of 17-10-4, and an away record of 14-8-3 Montreal is not a team to be taken lightly and should be expected to find themselves back in the playoffs this year.

8. Boston Bruins:

Boston is currently third in the Atlantic Division with 72 points and an impressive 21-7-3 home record.

The Bruins have also won three games in a row, going 6-1-3 in their last ten games.

Boston will travel to take on the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night, as they look to make it four wins in a row.

7. Nashville Predators:

Nashville is definitely having a tougher season than last year’s President’s Trophy winning season.

The Predators are currently second in the Central Division four points behind the Winnipeg Jets with an overall record of 33-21-5.

Nashville will certainly need to improve their special teams if they want to make a deep playoff appearance this season, as they currently have the league’s worst power play with an efficiency of 13.1 percent.

6. New York Islanders:

The Islanders have gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games, and still sit atop the Metropolitan Division above the Capitals, Blue Jackets, and Penguins.

New York has shown that they can win at home and on the road, with a home record of 17-7-4, and an away record of 16-10-2.

New York will travel to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight; Columbus has won four consecutive games and are just two points behind the Capitals for second in the Metropolitan Division.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs:

Toronto has gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games and sit just one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division.

With an overall record of 35-18-3, and a goal differential of plus-41 the Maple Leafs are one of the most dangerous teams offensively this season.

The Maple Leafs go on the road tonight as they take on Vegas, who have lost back to back games including going 3-7-0 in their last ten games.

4. Winnipeg Jets:

Sitting in first place in the Central Division, the Winnipeg Jets are 36-18-3, which includes a dominating 21-6-3 home record.

Although the Jets have won back to back games, they have gone 5-4-1 in their last ten games.

Winnipeg hosts the Colorado Avalanche tonight in a Central Division match up, however, the Avalanche have struggled as of late going 1-6-3 in their last ten games.

3. Calgary Flames:

The Calgary Flames have gone 5-3-2 in their last ten games and are second in the Pacific Division with an overall record of 34-16-6.

The Flames have also shown that they are a team that can win whether it is home or away, with a home record of 17-5-5, and an away record of 17-11-1.

Calgary will take on the Florida Panthers in an away tonight as they look to regain the first seed in the Pacific Division.

2. San Jose Sharks:

The San Jose Sharks are an extremely close second.

Currently on a six game winning streak, San Jose is first in the Pacific Division, and tied with the Winnipeg Jets for first in the Western Conference.

Although their away record is not as hot as their 18-4-4 home record is, the Sharks may not need to worry about having to win on the road if they keep up this play.

San Jose hosts the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Washington, tonight as they look to win their seventh consecutive game.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning:

Once again, the Lightning remain atop the NHL.

Currently on a three game winning streak, Tampa Bay is first in the NHL with a record of 42-11-4, and a league best plus-64 goal differential.

The Lightning also have a league best home AND away record of 22-5-2, and 20-6-2 respectively.

Tampa Bay hosts the Dallas Star tonight as they look to win their fourth consecutive game, and reach 90 points on the season.

Photo Sources:

Featured: http://www.bleacherreport.com

Tampa Bay: http://www.rawcharge.com

San Jose: http://www.edwardsvilleintelligencer.com

Calgary: http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com

Winnipeg: http://www.thehockeywriters.com

Toronto: http://www.sportsnet.ca

New York: http://www.NYpost.com

Nashville: http://www.tennessean.com

Boston: http://www.edwardsvilleintelligencer.com

Montreal: http://www.dailyhive.com

Washington: http://www.WTOP.com

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