Welcome to the final Classy Power Rankings prior to the Olympics! This week, the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators move up, while the Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild take a slide downwards.
Scroll down to see how your favourite teams measure up at the break. Please note this will be the last Power Rankings for a few weeks – the Classy Power Rankings will return on Monday March 8th, once the NHL season resumes.
NHL Classy Power Rankings – Week 20
30. Edmonton Oilers (last week: 30)
29. Toronto Maple Leafs (last week: 28)
28. New York Islanders (last week: 27)
27. Carolina Hurricanes (last week: 29)
26. Florida Panthers (last week: 26)
The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing their best hockey of the season recently, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. All this while the Toronto Maple Leafs lost both of their games this week. In other news, the Florida Panthers management recently sent out a letter to all season ticket holders explaining large changes will be made to their roster soon. Hmmmm…
25. Columbus Blue Jackets (last week: 25)
24. Atlanta Thrashers (last week: 23)
23. Tampa Bay Lightning (last week: 17)
22. New York Rangers (last week: 22)
21. Montreal Canadiens (last week: 18)
The Tampa Bay Lightning keep bouncing in and out of playoff contention with inconsistent play. The New York Rangers have won two straight games and are just outside of the 8th spot in the East. The Montreal Canadiens, who are holding down the 8th position in the Conference, traded a second round draft pick for Dominic Moore (of the Panthers)… why do teams keep trading second round draft picks for Moore?
20. Minnesota Wild (last week: 16)
19. St. Louis Blues (last week: 21)
18. Boston Bruins (last week: 24)
17. Anaheim Ducks (last week: 19)
16. Detroit Red Wings (last week: 14)
The Boston Bruins seem to have found their stride, having won their last four games, while the Anaheim Ducks continue to move closer to the playoffs. Ryan Getzlaf appears to be OK after having a sprained ankle scare earlier this week. At this point in the Western Conference, I’m starting to believe the Ducks are the only team outside of the playoffs who can make the post-season.
15. Philadelphia Flyers (last week: 20)
14. Dallas Stars (last week: 15)
13. Calgary Flames (last week: 12)
12. Nashville Predators (last week: 13)
11. Buffalo Sabres (last week: 11)
This is where it gets tight. The Philadelphia Flyers have done a nice job moving up, thanks to four straight wins. The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames all remain in the top 15 going into the Olympic break.
10. Pittsburgh Penguins (last week: 9)
9. Ottawa Senators (last week: 10)
8. Colorado Avalanche (last week: 8)
7. Vancouver Canucks (last week: 7)
6. New Jersey Devils (last week: 6)
The Ottawa Senators move up one spot this week thanks to big wins over the Capitals and Islanders. The New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils stay pat in their respective positions.
5. Phoenix Coyotes (last week: 5)
4. Los Angeles Kings (last week: 3)
3. Chicago Blackhawks (last week: 4)
2. San Jose Sharks (last week: 2)
1. Washington Capitals (last week: 1)
The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks swap positions this week, while the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals hold down the top two positions in the Classy Power Rankings. The Blackhawks, Sharks and Capitals are starting to pull away from the pack in the NHL points race. They are the class of the league.
Stay classy, NHL Power Rankings.