Monday Morning Power Rankings: Week 24

1. Columbus Blue Jackets

Up one spot from last week, the Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL with eight wins in their last 10 – they’ve also clinched a playoff spot and made it to 100 season points, becoming not only one of the best NHL teams this season, but the best Blue Jackets team of all time. As a young and hot team in front of a stellar goaltender, the Jackets are looking scary good.

2. Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are staying on their roll as well. Looking for their fourth Stanley Cup in eight years, the Blackhawks have a solid goalie tandem in Corey Crawford and Scott Darling, and the rookies, such as Nick Schmaltz, Tanner Kero, and Gustav Forsling, have slipped in nearly seamlessly.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

Dipping a bit in the power rankings due to no fault of their own, the Penguins are still a dominant team. Now with top NCAA free agent Zach Aston-Reese in their depth pool, both the present and the future look solid for Pittsburgh.

4. Washington Capitals

The Caps are back near the top! After a rough stretch a couple weeks ago which included a Kevin Shattenkirk suspension, Washington has revitalized and is on the road back to dominating the east, which has included a playoff berth and being at the top of the league with 100 season points.

5. Montreal Canadiens

Before the Michel Therrien firing, Carey Price’s numbers were sinking fast – not just relatively, however; Price’s numbers were bad for a month and a half before the switch to Claude Julien was made. Now the Montreal’s elite goaltending has come back, so has their winning ways.

6. San Jose Sharks

7. New York Rangers

8. Calgary Flames

9. Boston Bruins

10. St. Louis Blues

Surprisingly, the Blues have done better without Shattenkirk. Since the trade, the Blues have moved into a better position. There’s also the return of a better Magnus Paajarvi, who has spent most of the season injured and/or in the minors.

11. Edmonton Oilers

12. Anaheim Ducks

13. Ottawa Senators

14. Nashville Predators

15. Minnesota Wild

The Wild have dropped in play massively. While the acquisition of Martin Hanzal and Ryan White looked solid for a couple games, the Wild have lost eight of their last 10. With the strength of Dubnyk’s season before this stretch, Minnesota should be able to get back on the horse before it’s too late.

16. Tampa Bay Lightning

17. Toronto Maple Leafs

18. Los Angeles Kings

19. New York Islanders

20. Winnipeg Jets

21. Carolina Hurricanes

22. Philadelphia Flyers

23. Florida Panthers

24. Dallas Stars

25. Buffalo Sabres

26. Detroit Red Wings

27. Arizona Coyotes

28. Colorado Avalanche

29. Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have been terrible, especially in the past week. Winning two of their last 10 games, they’ve been worse than the Avalanche over that stretch (who have lost three). The team might be intentionally bad, or they might be tanking. Either way, with eleven games left to go, the Canucks and their fans are likely wishing for this season to be over.

30. New Jersey Devils

 

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