February 13, 2018
By Tab Bamford

POWER RANKINGS

Injuries keep piling up all over the NHL, both on the ice and with the egos of front office personnel. 

As we inch closer to the trade deadline, the realities of who’s in and who’s out will make decisions easier in many situations and tougher in others. Who’s buying? And at what cost? And who needs to burn it down and try a completely new formula? 

Here are our latest Power Rankings, Valentine’s Day Edition, entering action on Feb. 13. 

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1. Boston Bruins

One of the hottest teams in the league, Boston is 8-2-0 in their last ten and now rank second in goal differential at +49. They’re rolling, and putting the rest of the East on notice.

 

2. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa still has the best goal differential (+52) and best record in the league. They’re also the only team to eclipse 200 goals as a team on the season. The only thing keeping them from being number one is Tuukka Rask.

 

3. Vegas Golden Knights

“They’ll fade” people said. “They’ll wake up” people assumed. They’re still in first place in the West and appear to be a bona fide contender. Stick tap to the Pens for one helluva tribute for Marc Andre Fleury’s return as well.

 

4. Toronto Maple Leafs

Don’t look now but Babcock is doing Babcock things with a young, talented roster in Toronto. The Leafs have won eight of their last ten and sit third in the Eastern Conference.

 

5. Nashville Predators

The Preds are in first in the impressive Central Division that could have five teams make the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how integrating Mike Fisher impacts the lineup later this season, but they’ve overcome significant injuries all year and remained on top.

 

6. Pittsburgh Penguins

Sid finally got to 400 career goals and the Pends are on the move up. They’re 7-2-1 in their last ten and boast in impressive 20-7-1 record at home.

 

7. Winnipeg Jets

The Jets have had their share of injuries to deal with but just keep winning games. They’ve only lost in regulation twice in their last ten and have a 20-5-2 record at home.

 

8. Dallas Stars

The third Central Division team in the top eight is Dallas, who finished off a season sweep of the Blackhawks last week. John Klingberg continues to be part of the Norris conversation as well.

 

9. St. Louis Blues

The Blues have a Central Division-leading 31 regulation wins, which is tied with Boston for third overall in the NHL.

 

10. Washington Capitals

The Caps stagger into our top ten having won only four of their last ten. As the trade deadline draws closer, they’ll undoubtedly be a team to watch.

 

11. Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is getting more and more from Zach Parise with each game but injuries have created concerns on their blue line.

 

12. Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have won six of their last ten and their goal differential (+26) ranks fourth in the Western Conference. As always, they’re a hot potential buyer in any trade rumor.

 

13. San Jose Sharks

The loss of Jumbo Joe isn’t a deal breaker for the Sharks but they’re struggling right now. Winners of only four of their last ten, they’ll need to warm up quickly to get into a playoff spot and hang on.

 

14. Calgary Flames

The Flames are only 13-13-3 at home but have only lost six times in regulation on the road this year, which is fascinating. They’re a team that could buy or sell depending on what the team does on the ice over the next week.

 

15. Philadelphia Flyers

Feeling the mojo from the Eagles’ Super Bowl win, the Flyers have rolled off six wins in their last ten and are climbing. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek enter Tuesday tied for sixth in the NHL with 64 points each.

 

16. Colorado Avalanche

The Avs looked like they were in position to make things really interesting in the West before losing Nathan MacKinnon. In the most competitive division in the game, they’ll need him back at 100 percent soon.

 

17. Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim’s goal differential is in the red and their playoff chances might be as well. Winners of five of their last ten, they’re 12-10-7 away from home.

 

18. New Jersey Devils

It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Devils, who have lost seven of their last ten in regulation. Playoff hopes might be fading in Jersey.

 

19. Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina had a rough stretch that might ultimately cost them a postseason but they’ve won five of their last ten.

 

20. Florida Panthers

The Panthers have won six of their last ten and won a tremendously entertaining 7-5 game in Edmonton on Monday night. They’re trusting Dale Tallon to get the program back on track after a couple years moving in the wrong direction.

 

21. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Jackets look like they won the Brandon Saad – Artemi Panarin trade last summer, but Panarin’s 15 goals haven’t been enough; he’s accounted for more than 10 percent of the team’s total this season.

 

22. New York Islanders

The good: the Islanders rank second in the NHL in goals scored as a team (193). The bad: the Isles have allowed 16 goals more than any other team this season.

 

23. New York Rangers

They made their willingness to sell public. Now we wait to see how they begin the process they’ve promised their fans will keep them in the mix to win a championship.

 

24. Detroit Red Wings

They’ve only put up an 11-11-7 record in their new barn and haven’t been able to get consistent play out of many of their youngsters.

 

25. Edmonton Oilers

If I told you the Oilers ranked in the bottom ten in record and goals scored as a team on Valentine’s Day back in October, you would have assumed Connor McDavid got hurt. He hasn’t...

 

26. Buffalo Sabres

The loss of Jack Eichel is another tough blow in a struggling season in Buffalo. They’re expected to sell at the deadline, but the return they’re able to get for their assets will be interesting.

 

27. Montreal Canadiens

The only part of the Habs that’s been hot lately is the rumor mill. They’re a stunning 8-16-1 away from home this season.

 

28. Ottawa Senators

Only two teams – Arizona and Buffalo – have a worse goal differential than the Sens (-44), who might have to consider a franchise-altering move with Erik Karlsson in the next couple weeks.

 

29. Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser has been a revelation, but the rest of the team has been more like relegation, amirite?

 

30. Arizona Coyotes

Is it still a rebuild six years in? The days of a Western Conference championship series feel so far gone.

 

31. Chicago Blackhawks

Yes, the Blackhawks are dead last on our power rankings. They’re 2-6-2 in their last ten and lost 6-1 in Arizona. When you get outscored by the Coyotes and Canucks 10-3 with four losses in between, you’ve earned the bottom spot in any power rankings.