NHL Hockey Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings: Week 16

Posted January 21, 2014 05:17 PM EST

The Anaheim Ducks actually lost a game recently. They fell 4-2 at Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“It's hard to win as many games in a row as we did and lose,” coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters. “Then you're coming back against (one) of the best percentage teams in the league. It would be pretty easy to say, `Hey, we had a good run. Let's take this next one off.' ”

The Ducks did not do that. They regrouped immediately to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 the next night. That was Anaheim's 19th victory in 21 games, an astounding total.

“This is a prideful group,” Boudreau said.

That is why they remain atop our NHL Power Rankings. Here is how this week’s pecking order shakes out . . .

For more puck coverage, check out The Iceman Cometh.


Toronto Maple Leafs


Washington Capitals



37-9 -0 - 1/14
GOOD NEWS: They are unbeaten (20-0-2) in their first 22 games at Honda Center this season.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Jonas Hiller struggled with the flu and actually lost a game during the same week.
BOTTOM LINE: Center Ryan Getzlaf is keeping himself in the Hart Trophy discussion. He scored five goals and added six assists during a seven-game span.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

32-8 -0 2 1/6
GOOD NEWS: Winger Marian Hossa scored five goals in a five-game span.
BAD NEWS: Coach Joel Quenneville is still searching for a No. 2 offensive center.
BOTTOM LINE: With Corey Crawford locking in — he was 2-0-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .916 save percentage last week — the Blackhawks won’t lose many games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

34-13 -0 1 1/8
GOOD NEWS: Steady defenseman Paul Martin (broken tibia) finally returned to active duty.
BAD NEWS: Their 13-game home winning streak ended unceremoniously with a 5-1 loss to the lowly Panthers.
BOTTOM LINE: With Martin, James Neal, Chuck Kobasew and Jayson Megna returning from injuries at the same time, the Penguins looked disorganized against Florida. The confusion should not last long.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

33-10 -0 1 1/6
GOOD NEWS: Alexander Steen had two assists in a 4-1 victory at Detroit, his first points since recovering from his latest concussion.
BAD NEWS: Home-ice losses to the Kings and Ducks reminded the Blues that they still have some catching up to do with the top Pacific Division teams.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a really good team, but can it win a Stanley Cup without a great goaltender?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

32-12 -0 - 1/7
GOOD NEWS: Forward Joe Pavelski scored 11 goals in a 10-game span and 18 in 20 games.
BAD NEWS: Winger Tommy Wingels went 15 games without scoring a goal.
BOTTOM LINE: They kept pace with the mighty Ducks by winning three consecutive road games. San Jose heads toward the Olympic break by playing eight of its last 10 games at home.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

29-15 -0 - 3/12
GOOD NEWS: Jonathan Quick was 4-1-2 with just 10 goals allowed in his first seven games back from injury.
BAD NEWS: Quick failed to close out a potential victory in Detroit, then he suffered a 3-2 loss at Boston.
BOTTOM LINE: Coach Darryl Sutter isn't getting much from his young offensive-minded forwards. That is one reason why LA fell 15 points behind Anaheim.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

31-15 -0 - 1/10
GOOD NEWS: Winger Brad Marchand heated up by scoring six times in a four-game span and 11 times in 15 games.
BAD NEWS: Defensemen Adam McQuaid (leg) and Dougie Hamilton (concussion) remain sidelined.
BOTTOM LINE: If they ever get both of their offensive lines going at once, the Bruins could build a long winning streak.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

29-16 -0 - 7/23
GOOD NEWS: Martin St. Louis produced 50 points in his first 50 games. He is making the rest of the NHL pay for his Olympic snub.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Ben Bishop set a team record with a 48-save game. Ideally the Lightning would not make him stop 48 pucks in one game too often.
BOTTOM LINE: Despite the absence of Steven Stamkos, the Lightning kept aim on a high playoff seed by winning nine of 11 road games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

31-12 -0 - 1/13
GOOD NEWS: This already explosive offense regained forward P.A. Parenteau, who recovered quickly from his knee injury.
BAD NEWS: Veteran winger Alex Tanguay is still working his way back from his knee injury.
BOTTOM LINE: Goaltender Semyon Varlamov refuses to cool off. He went 11-0-5 with a 2.23 goals-against average during a span of 16 starts.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

27-17 -0 - 9/17
GOOD NEWS: Winger Max Pacioretty had four goals and five assists in his first eight games of January.
BAD NEWS: Rene Bourque went 13 games without producing a point before landing in the press box as a healthy scratch.
BOTTOM LINE: Montreal has lapsed into .500 mode during the New Year, putting more pressure on GM Marc Bergevin to make changes.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

27-21 -0 3 9/20
GOOD NEWS: Rick Nash lives! He scored seven times in a span of eight games.
BAD NEWS: Captain Ryan Callahan scored just two goals in his first ten games after recovering from a knee injury. He has just four goals in his last 24 games.
BOTTOM LINE: It took a few months, but King Henrik Lundqvist rules again. He went 7-2-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .934 save percentage during a 10-start stretch.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

25-16 -0 1 7/23
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Roberto Luongo won his first game back after missing six with an ankle injury.
BAD NEWS: Center Henrik Sedin saw his consecutive games streak end at 679 games due to bruised ribs.
BOTTOM LINE: They lost seven of eight games before slugging out their news-making victory over the Calgary Flames. It took an epic John Tortorella meltdown to rile up this bunch.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

25-19 -0 1 9/26
GOOD NEWS: Power forward Wayne Simmonds produced at least one point in 14 of 17 games.
BAD NEWS: Top-line winger Jakub Voracek suffered a left hand injury during a loss to the New York Islanders.
BOTTOM LINE: The Flyers rewarded goaltender Steve Mason with a generous contract extension. Will he clean up his game and give a good return on that investment?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

27-19 -0 1 9/24
GOOD NEWS: Fill-in goaltender Darcy Kuemper is 4-1 in five starts with a 1.36 goals-against average and .954 save percentage.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Josh Harding missed nine consecutive games — and 13 of 15 games overall — due to his ongoing treatment for multiple sclerosis.
BOTTOM LINE: Getting top gun Zach Parise back will make a world of difference for Minnesota.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

26-20 -0 4 7/20
GOOD NEWS: Top forward Phil Kessel scored three goals and added seven assists during a five-game surge.
BAD NEWS: They have allowed three or more goals seven times in a span of nine games.
BOTTOM LINE: After losing four straight games, Toronto came back with a five-game winning streak. The Leafs scored 20 goals during that streak, their longest since 2007.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

23-17 -0 - 7/20
GOOD NEWS: They regrouped by winning consecutive home games while killing off 8-of-9 penalties.
BAD NEWS:They fell 4-2 to the Maple Leafs with top goal-scorer Martin Hanzal sidelined by a lower-body injury.
BOTTOM LINE: Firepower is not the issue. The Coyotes tied a team record by scoring power-play goals in eight consecutive games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

21-18 -0 - 5/19
GOOD NEWS: Despite winning just seven of their first 25 home games, they somehow remained in range of a playoff berth.
BAD NEWS: Goaltender Jimmy Howard re-injured his knee, landing him on the team’s extensive injury list.
BOTTOM LINE: After starting the season 6-2, they went 15-16-10 in their next 41 games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

21-19 -0 2 10/25
GOOD NEWS: They earned points in eight consecutive games before suffering a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
BAD NEWS: Jason Spezza scored just two goals and added just three assists during a 12-game slump.
BOTTOM LINE: Goal prevention remains their primary concern. They allowed four or more goals in each of their last eight losses.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

24-20 -0 4 10/28
GOOD NEWS: A six-game winning streak vaulted them into the middle of the playoff race. They outscored opponents 23-12 during that run.
BAD NEWS: Injury-plagued Marian Gaborik has played just one game since Nov. 14.
BOTTOM LINE: With Nathan Horton bolstering the offense and Sergei Bobrovsky (1.59 goals-against average, .947 save percentage in seven consecutive victories) taking charge in goal, the Blue Jackets are a playoff contender.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

22-19 -0 5 12/22
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Braden Holtby pulled himself together, stopping 37-of-40 shots during two relief appearances.
BAD NEWS: Their power play fell into a 1-for-13 rut. That is hard to do with Alexander Ovechkin on the ice.
BOTTOM LINE: A five-game losing streak left coach Adam Oates and his team leaders searching for answers. The Capitals scored just one goal in four of those losses.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

20-19 -0 1 19/29
GOOD NEWS: They killed off 43-of-49 power plays during a span of 15 games. Cory Schneider made his bid for the No. 1 goaltending job by going 2-0-2 with a 0.94 goals-against average in four starts.
BAD NEWS: They lost three of four games on a recent road trip.
BOTTOM LINE: This team remains offensively challenged. Perhaps Damien Brunner’s return after a 14-game injury absence will change that.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

21-20 -0 4 11/25
GOOD NEWS: At least their power play is still working. It produced a goal in four consecutive games.
BAD NEWS: Rookie right wing Valeri Nichushkin played his way out of the starting lineup. He went pointless in a span of five games before sitting out consecutive games.
BOTTOM LINE: A 1-8-1 downturn sent the Stars fading from the Western Conference playoff picture.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

22-22 -0 1 16/25
GOOD NEWS: Forward David Legwand perked up with a goal and six assists during a four-game surge.
BAD NEWS: Even after scoring four goals in consecutive games, they ranked 24th in the league in scoring.
BOTTOM LINE: The Preds climbed back to .500 by winning three of four games, but remain miles away from playoff contention in the Western Conference.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

20-24 -0 1 18/30
GOOD NEWS: Top line winger Kyle Okposo produced his 15th multi-point game Monday. Only three NHL players had more at that point of the season.
BAD NEWS: Key defenseman Travis Hamonic remains sidelined by an upper-body injury.
BOTTOM LINE: After starting the season 11-21-7, the Islanders won nine of their next 12 games to become relevant again.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

20-19 -0 4 16/26
GOOD NEWS: After drawing public fire from team management, winger Alexander Semin woke up and scored three times in a two-game span. Center Eric Staal had his fourth multi-point performances in six games.
BAD NEWS: They lost three of four games while scoring just six times during that stretch.
BOTTOM LINE: This team should have enough firepower to get back into the playoff hunt, but coach Kirk Muller must get more from this group.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

22-23 -0 - 17/26
GOOD NEWS: Top winger Evander Kane returned to the lineup after missing four games with a hand injury. New coach Paul Maurice tried him with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.
BAD NEWS: As a defenseman, big Dustin Byfuglien has significant trade value. As a winger, he does not.
BOTTOM LINE: The Jets won their first three games under Maurice, before heading out West for tough games at Anaheim and San Jose.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

19-23 -0 - 26/29
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Tim Thomas has a .933 save percentage since Dec. 1. His strong play helped Florida kill 31 consecutive penalties.
BAD NEWS: Winger Brad Boyes hasn’t scored a goal in five games.
BOTTOM LINE: Coach Peter Horachek is making progress with this group, as evidenced by a 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh. The Panthers hadn’t won there in five years.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

15-30 -0 - 25/29
GOOD NEWS: Owner Daryl Katz assured fans, in writing, that he is committed to building a winning team at some point in his lifetime.
BAD NEWS: His also-ran franchise will be in the NHL draft lottery once again.
BOTTOM LINE: Adding (Ben Scrivens) and subtracting (Devan Dubnyk) goaltenders didn’t dramatically change the look of this team.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

13-27 -0 1 28/30
GOOD NEWS: After missing eight games with an upper-body injury, Cody Hodgson came back to score five points in four games. Defenseman Tyler Myers woke up and scored three goals in four games.
BAD NEWS: The Sabres failed to build on a five-game home winning streak, losing their next three on home ice.
BOTTOM LINE: Although they rank last overall in the NHL, they have elite prospects capable of spurring a quick turnaround under new management.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

16-27 -0 1 17/30
GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Kris Russell finally recovered from a knee injury suffered in December. He missed 13 games. Forward David Jones returned after missing eight games with an eye injury.
BAD NEWS: In a weak attempt to appear tough, they engaged the Canucks in a game-opening line brawl. This team-building exercise did nothing to end their utter futility.
BOTTOM LINE: They raced toward the bottom of the Power Rankings by losing 11-of-13 games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets


Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by