NHL Top Ten Power Rankings 3/16

NHL Top Ten Power Rankings 3/16

The NHL Trade Deadline is officially less than a month away, along with most teams having played at least half of their Regular Season games.

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

10. Colorado Avalanche 16-8-2:

The Avalanche seem to be finding their grove at this point in the season as they sit in third place of the Honda West Division, and are currently on a three game winning streak.

Backed by Philipp Grubauer in net with a save percentage of .923, goals against average of 1.91, along with four shutouts.

Taking on the Anaheim Ducks tonight at 9:00 PM ET, Colorado will look to improve their power play (14th in the NHL), as well as maintain their strong penalty kill unit (2nd in the NHL).

9. Toronto Maple Leafs 19-9-2:

Toronto appears to be hitting a small bump in the road right now as they’ve lost back-to-back games (5-2 vs WPG, 4-3 vs OTT), and are now 5-5-0 in their last ten games.

The Maple Leafs do not play again until Friday night against the Calgary Flames at 7:00 PM ET.

With Winnipeg, and Edmonton just four points behind Toronto in the standings the Maple Leafs need to find a way to get back to their winning ways, and high octane offense.

8. Minnesota Wild 17-8-1:

The Minnesota Wild are on fire right now sitting on a four game winning streak with two wins over Vegas, and Arizona.

Even more impressive about this four game winning streak is that the Wild have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 14-4.

Minnesota now sits just four points behind Vegas for first place in the Honda West Division, and will look to defeat the Arizona Coyotes tonight at 8:00 PM ET for the third consecutive time.

7. Pittsburgh Penguins 18-9-1:

The Pittsburgh Penguins are not going anywhere folks.

Since Brian Burke, and Ron Hextall stepped in following Jim Rutherford’s resignation, the Penguins have gone 13-4, and are now in third place in the MassMutual East Division.

This season Pittsburgh is nearly unbeatable at home with a record of 12-2-0 at the PPG Arena.

Along with being 13-4 since new management, the Penguins are currently on a six game winning streak, and have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 25-9.

Pittsburgh takes on Boston tonight at 7:00 PM ET, who they defeated 4-1 handily last night.

6. Washington Capitals 18-6-4:

Currently on a five game winning streak, the Capitals sit just two points behind the Islanders for first place in the division, making for an interesting matchup tonight at 7:00 PM ET between the two teams.

Washington has the ability to win at home, or on the road with a record of 8-3-2 at home, and a 10-3-2 on the road.

If the season were to end right now, the Washington Capitals would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the First Round; not a bad series by any means.

5. Florida Panthers 19-5-4:

Florida has shown up this season, especially as of late going 7-1-2 in their last ten games, and are on a four game winning streak.

The Panthers are currently in first place of the Discover Central Division, and are tied with Vegas for second in the NHL for point percentage.

No one should be taking this Panthers team lightly as they are well coached, and play an extremely well positioned game which makes it hard for any team to defeat them.

Florida takes on Nashville Thursday at 7:00 PM ET as they look to make it five consecutive wins.

4. Vegas Golden Knights 19-6-1:

There is no doubt whatsoever that Vegas is the best team in the Western Conference.

On a three game winning streak, the Golden Knights are 8-2-0 in their last ten games.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has played a huge role in Vegas’ success this year with a save percentage of .936, goals against average of 1.77, along with four shutouts; early Vezina front runner.

Vegas takes on the San Jose Sharks tomorrow at 10:00 PM ET at home where the Golden Knights are 11-2-1.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning 19-6-2:

The defending Stanley Cup Champions continue to look solid despite Carolina, and Florida both giving them a run for their money in the Discover Central Division.

Tampa Bay is 7-2-1 in their last ten games, and have the NHL’s best goal differential of plus-34.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been phenomenal as well with a save percentage of .934, goals against average of 1.85, and has recorded three shutouts.

The Lightning will look to bounce back from their 4-1 loss to Nashville last night as they take on the Dallas Stars tonight at 8:30 PM ET.

2. New York Islanders 19-6-4:

The New York Islanders are doing one thing, and one thing only as of late. Winning.

Currently on a nine game winning streak in which the Islanders have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 32-15.

With a home record of 12-0-2, give New York home ice in the playoffs and not many teams, if any are going to have much success against them.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been making it easy for the Islanders to win games with a goals against average of 2.03, a save percentage of .929, along with three shutouts.

New York takes on Washington tonight at 7:00 PM ET, who is also on their own winning streak of five games, and are just one point behind the Islanders for first in the division.

1. Carolina Hurricanes 20-6-1:

There is no team hotter in the NHL right now than the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes have won eight consecutive games, and have outscored their opponents 30-15 in the process; improving their goal differential to plus-27.

Also impressive is the fact that Carolina has the leagues best point percentage of .759, and has the best power play with a scoring rate of 31.8% (only team in the NHL with a power play better than 30%).

Carolina takes on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7:30 PM ET in what should be an easy win to extend their winning streak to nine games.

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