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Power Rankings Week 15

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Power Rankings remained relatively static as Vegas made the big move to move into sixth place. Minnesota and St. Louis made moves up the standings while Columbus and Buffalo trended downward.


The top-five remained the same from last week as Tampa Bay easily retained the top spot, losing for the first time in 17 games in regulation time.


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1. Tampa Bay


Record: 32-8-2 (1-1-0)


Last Week 1


The Lightning beat the Kings on the road and then travelled to San Jose where they lost in regulation for the first time in 17 games. Tampa Bay plays Columbus and Carolina at home before they face Buffalo and the New York Islanders on the road. Mikhail Sergachev finally scored his first of the season against the Sharks. Nikita Kucherov was the first star for the month of December with nine goals and 30 points in 14 games. He leads the NHL in scoring with 69 points in 42 contests.


2. Toronto


Record: 27-13-2 (1-2-0)


Last Week 2


The Maple Leafs lost to Minnesota and Nashville and defeated the Canucks this week. They play in New Jersey and return home to face Boston and Colorado. The Maple Leafs have lost three-of-four and are without both goalies as Frederik Andersen is out with a groin injury and Garret Sparks is sidelined with a concussion. Michael Hutchinson has taken over. William Nylander has only a goal and three points in 14 games and his play (or lack thereof) is the major reason why you should never hold out as an RFA.


3. Washington


Record: 25-12-4 (1-1-1)


Last Week 3


The Capitals lost to St. Louis, lost to Dallas in overtime and beat Detroit. Washington is home to three out of four this week as they face Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis at home and travel to Boston in their only road contest. Alex Ovechkin became the first player this season to hit the 30-goal mark. Evgeny Kuznetsov has not scored in 13 games.


4. Winnipeg 


Record: 26-13-2 (1-1-0)


Last Week 4


The Jets were beaten by Pittsburgh and then defeated Dallas. The Jets play Colorado, Detroit and Anaheim at home this week and go to Minnesota for their only road game. The Jets lost Nikolaj Ehlers this week for at least four weeks after he suffered an upper body injury. Jack Roslovic will take over his spot on the second line. Dustin Byfuglien is also out of action as injuries are piling up on important members of the Jets.


5. Calgary


Record: 27-13-4 (3-1-0)


Last Week 5


The Flames won three of four on the road as they beat Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago but lost to Boston. They return home this week to start a five-game home stand and face Colorado, Florida and Arizona. Johnny Gaudreau has been on fire this season with 26 goals and 64 points in 44 games and was the NHL’s first star of the week with 11 points in four contests.


6. Vegas


Record: 26-15-4 (3-0-0)


Last Week 8


The Golden Knights defeated the Kings, Anaheim and New Jersey as they won all three games for the second week in a row. Vegas plays the New York Rangers and San Jose at home this week and then travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Brandon Pirri was recalled from the minors after the Knights placed William Carrier, the NHL’s leader in hits, on the reserved list with an illness. Pirri has nine points in seven games but was a victim of numbers when he was sent back to the minors earlier in the week. It’s nice to have depth.


7. Pittsburgh


Record: 23-13-6 (2-1-0)


Last Week 7


The Penguins saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end as the Blackhawks were victorious on Sunday. Pittsburgh beat the Rangers and Winnipeg earlier in the week. This week they are home to Florida and then head out west to play Anaheim and Los Angeles. Justin Schultz has started skating as he attempts to return from a broken ankle suffered on October 13. Sidney Crosby saw his six-game points streak end against Chicago. He has 51 points in 39 games.


8. Nashville


 Record: 26-15-3 (3-0-1)


Last Week 9


The Predators are 4-0-1 in their last five after defeating the Flyers, Montreal and Toronto as well as losing in overtime to Detroit. They finish their six-game road trip by playing Chicago, Columbus and Carolina. Filip Forsberg returned to action on Monday versus Toronto after missing 16 games with an upper-body injury. Mattias Ekholm has been hot of late as the defenseman has two goals and six assists in his last six games. He has five goals and 30 points this season.


9. San Jose


Record: 24-13-7 (3-0-0)


Last Week 11


The Sharks beat Colorado, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles this past week. San Jose takes on Edmonton, Vegas and Ottawa this week with the Golden Knights being the only game on the road. Erik Karlsson has been a stud of late as he has assists in 13 straight games. The record for defensemen is 17, held by Paul Coffey. Both he and Brent Burns give the Sharks the top duo on the blueline in the NHL.

10. Boston


Record: 24-14-4 (3-0-0)


Last Week 12


The Bruins beat Chicago in the Winter Classic, as well as Calgary and Buffalo. This week they will try to continue the streak as they are home to Minnesota, Washington and Montreal and on the road versus Toronto. They are hoping Charlie McAvoy will return this week as he has been out since December 23 with a lower-body injury. Tuukka Rask has been hot of late as he is 3-0 since Christmas and has given up only five goals on 98 shots.

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