THW NHL Power Rankings: Week 11

Week 11 brings us the last power rankings before what looks to be an exciting NHL trade deadline. While Jarome Iginla could have already been the biggest name to be moved this year, there are sure to be numerous other quality players that will be moved from basement dweller to a contender. Although the top few teams are holding steady, we are starting to see a lot of movement outside of the top 3 positions.

Note: Due to Easter Sunday I did not have the extra hours free to search for and add in my usual individual player highlight for each team. Sorry for the inconvenience and the power rankings will be back to normal next week. Thank you!

Check back every Monday for updated Power Rankings!

 

avalanche logo 1995 - present30. Colorado Avalanche (12-18-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 29

This Week’s Schedule: @Detroit, @Nashville, Detroit, @Phoenix

Breakdown: The Colorado Avalanche have begun to challenge the Florida Panthers for the 1st overall pick in this year’s draft after losing 6 of their last 8 games. In recent games, the Avalanche’s offense has been stagnant – scoring only 2.14 goals per game over their last 7 games played.

 

flames logo 1980 - 199429. Calgary Flames (13-16-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 27

This Week’s Schedule: @Edmonton, Edmonton, @San Jose, @Vancouver

Breakdown: The Calgary Flames look like a team prepping for a rebuild after not only trading away team Captain Jarome Iginla, but also because they have lost 5 of their last 7 games. However, even during their recent struggles the Flames’ powerplay has been converting at a respectable 26% over their last 7 games played.

 

phoenix210028. Phoenix Coyotes (14-15-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21

This Week’s Schedule: Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado

Breakdown: Even though they had an astounding 7 goal explosion against the Nashville Predators, the Phoenix Coyotes have still lost 7 of their last 8 games. One of the main reasons for the Coyotes’ recent woes has been their inability to score in bunches – scoring more than 2 goals in only 2 games out of their last 9.

 

panters logo 100 1993 - present27. Florida Panthers (11-19-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 30

This Week’s Schedule: @Tampa Bay, Washington, Ottawa

Breakdown: The Florida Panthers seem intent on playing themselves out of the number 1 overall pick after winning 4 out of their last 7 games. The main reason for the Panthers’ recent winning ways has been their improve powerplay which has converted 33% of their opportunities over their last 7 games played.

 

hurricanes logo 1997 - present26. Carolina Hurricanes (16-15-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18

This Week’s Schedule: @Montreal, Washington, Tampa Bay, NY Rangers

Breakdown: The Carolina Hurricanes have fallen out of a playoff spot after losing 7 of their last 8 games. Even with scoring talent like Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, the Hurricanes have only been able to score 1.63 goals per game over their last 8 games played.

 

Sabres Logo 201125. Buffalo Sabres (13-17-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22

This Week’s Schedule: @Pittsburgh, Ottawa, New Jersey

Breakdown: The Buffalo Sabres remain near the bottom half of the Eastern Conference after losing 5 of their last 8 games. The Sabres have been negatively affected by their questionable penalty kill – allowing 7 powerplay goals over their last 6 games played.

 

rangers logo 1978 - present24. New York Rangers (16-15-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20

This Week’s Schedule: Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, @Pittsburgh, @Carolina

Breakdown: The New York Rangers have found themselves in a battle for 8th place in the Eastern Conference after losing 4 of their last 6 games. The Rangers’ offense is in turmoil after being shut out in consecutive games and only scoring 1.63 goals per game over their last 8 contests.

 

predators logo 2011 - present23. Nashville Predators (14-14-7)

Last Weeks’s Ranking: 23

This Week’s Schedule: @Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Chicago, @Chicago

Breakdown: The Nashville Predators currently sit 2 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference after losing 4 of their last 7 games. Even during recent losses, the normally docile Predators’ offense has been clicking – scoring 3.33 goals per game over their last 6 games played.

 

tampa bay logo 201122. Tampa Bay Lightning (15-18-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 28

This Week’s Schedule: Florida, @Carolina, @NY Islanders, @Washington

Breakdown: The Tampa Bay Lightning have been playing improved hockey since the firing of Guy Boucher – winning their last 2 games and 4 of 7 overall. Although they have won some games, the Lightning’s once might powerplay remains dormant – converting only 2 of their last 28 chances when up a man.

 

Flyers Logo 1967 - present21. Philadelphia Flyers (15-17-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25

This Week’s Schedule: Montreal, @Toronto, @Winnipeg

Breakdown: The Philadelphia Flyers remain within reach of the playoffs even though they have only won 3 of their last 7 games. Although the Flyers have been unable to win consistently they have still managed to look impressive on their powerplay – scoring at least 1 PPG in 5 straight games.

 

stars logo 1999 - present20. Dallas Stars (16-15-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15

This Week’s Schedule: Anaheim, @Anaheim, @Anaheim, @San Jose

Breakdown: The Dallas Stars find themselves 2 points out of 8th place in the Western Conference after winning 3 out of their last 6 games. The Stars have been riding their special teams to victory lately – scoring 6 powerplay goals over their last 4 games played.

 

Devils Logo 1999 - present19. New Jersey Devils (15-11-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17

This Week’s Schedule: NY Islanders, @Boston, Toronto, @Buffalo

Breakdown: The New Jersey Devils still hold a 4 points cushion in the Eastern Conference standings even after losing 3 straight overtime games and 5 of 7 overall. Over their last 7 games, the Devils have done an adequate job of keeping opponents scoring under control  – allowing 2.57 goals per game on average.

 

Islanders logo 1972 -199518. New York Islanders (16-16-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19

This Week’s Schedule: @New Jersey, Winnipeg, @Washington, Tampa Bay

Breakdown: The New York Islanders have played themselves into a tie for 8th place in the Eastern Conference after winning 3 of their last 6 games. The Islanders would benefit from an increased output from their powerplay which has only converted 1 of their last 19 opportunities when up a man.

 

sharks logo small17. San Jose Sharks (17-11-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 26

This Week’s Schedule: Vancouver, Minnesota, Calgary, Dallas

Breakdown: The San Jose Sharks have finally awoken from their midseason slumber – winning 4 consecutive games and 6 of 9 overall. In recent games, the Sharks have excelled at shutting down opponent’s offenses – allowing only 10 goals over their last 6 games played.

 

Oilers logo 2011 - present16. Edmonton Oilers (14-13-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24

This Week’s Schedule: Calgary, @Calgary, @Vancouver, @Los Angeles

Breakdown: Much like the San Jose Sharks, the Edmonton Oilers have recently broken out of a midseason slump – winning 3 in a row and 4 of 7 overall. Over their last 5 games the Oilers have outscored opponents by a combined score of 15 to 10.

 

blues logo 1998 - present15. St. Louis Blues (17-14-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12

This Week’s Schedule: @Minnesota, @Chicago, Columbus, @Detroit

Breakdown: The St. Louis Blues have hit a snag – losing 3 straight games and 4 of 6 overall. The main reason for the Blues’ recent troubles has been their inability to put points on the board – scoring only 11 goals over their last 6 games played.

 

jets logo 100 2011 - present14. Winnipeg Jets (18-16-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11

This Week’s Schedule: @NY Rangers, @NY Islanders, @Montreal, Philadelphia

Breakdown: The Winnipeg Jets’ lead in the Southeast Division is down to 4 points after losing 4 of their last 6 games. Over their past 6 games, the Jets’ offense has struggled to show any consistency – scoring more than 2 goals in only 2 of their last 6 games played.

 

capitals logo 2007 - present13. Washington Capitals (16-17-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16

This Week’s Schedule: @Carolina, NY Islanders, @Florida, Tampa Bay

Breakdown: The Washington Capitals find themselves within 1 point of the playoffs after winning 4 of their last 6 games. The Capitals have benefited from a steady powerplay in recent games – converting 8 of their last 33 opportunities, or 24% of the time.

 

red wings logo 1948 - present12. Detroit Red Wings (17-13-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8

This Week’s Schedule: Colorado, @Phoenix, @Colorado, St. Louis

Breakdown: The Detroit Red Wings have a 3 point cushion in the Western Conference standings after winning 5 of their last 8 games. The Red Wings offense has benefited from a very reliable powerplay which has scored at least 1 PPG in 8 of their last 10 games played.

 

ducks111. Anaheim Ducks (23-7-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4

This Week’s Schedule: @Dallas, Dallas, Dallas, Los Angeles

Breakdown: The Anaheim Ducks are hitting their first rough patch of the season – losing 5 of their last 7 games. In recent games, the Ducks offense has absolutely vanished – scoring only 8 goals over their last 6 games played.

 

Leafs Logo110. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14

This Week’s Schedule: Philadelphia, @New Jersey

Breakdown: The Toronto Maple Leafs now have a 9 point cushion in the Eastern Conference standings after winning 3 straight games and 5 of 7 overall. Over their last 5 games, the Leafs have outscored opponents by a combined score of 18 to 10.

 

bruins_logo9. Boston Bruins (22-8-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5

This Week’s Schedule: Ottawa, New Jersey, @Montreal

Breakdown: The Boston Bruins are 1 point out of the Northeast Division lead after losing 4 of their last 7 games. The Bruins’ powerplay continues to be one of their biggest weaknesses – converting just 1 of their last 16 chances when up a man.

 

blue jackets logo 2007 - present8. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-14-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7

This Week’s Schedule: @Nashville, @St. Louis, Minnesota

Breakdown: The Columbus Blue Jackets’ magical run now has them sitting as the 8th seed in the Western Conference after getting a point in 15 of their last 17 games. However, the once stalwart defense and goaltending of the Blue Jackets has struggled a bit lately – allowing 3 or more goals in 3 of their last 5 games played.

 

canucks logo 2007 - present7. Vancouver Canucks (19-10-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 13

This Week’s Schedule: @San Jose, Edmonton, Calgary

Breakdown: The Vancouver Canucks remain tied with the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division lead after winning 6 of their last 7 games. Amazingly, the Canucks have been able to win games with their offense scoring just 10 goals over their last 6 games played.

 

kings logo 2011 - present6. Los Angeles Kings (20-12-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 10

This Week’s Schedule: @Phoenix, Minnesota, Edmonton, @Anaheim

Breakdown: The Los Angeles Kings have a 7 point cushion in the Western Conference standings after winning 6 of their last 9 games. Over their last 9 games, the Kings have outscored opponents by a combined score of 22 to 15.

 

blackhawks logo 1964 - present5. Chicago Blackhawks (26-5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2

This Week’s Schedule: Nashville, St. Louis, @Nashville, Nashville

Breakdown: Although they are no longer the top team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks remain an elite squad after winning 5 of their last 8 games. In recent games, the Blackhawks’ penalty killing unit has been outstanding – not allowing a PPG in their last 6 games played.

 

senatorslogo4. Ottawa Senators (19-10-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9

This Week’s Schedule: @Boston, @Buffalo, @Florida

Breakdown: The Ottawa Senators have surprised people all season and have now won 6 out of their last 8 games – as well as getting a point in 8 of their last 10. The Senators bread and butter continues to be the ability to stifle opponent’s scoring units – allowing only 15 goals over their last 7 games played.

 

wild logo 2000 - present3. Minnesota Wild (21-11-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5

This Week’s Schedule: St. Louis, @San Jose, @Los Angeles, @Columbus

Breakdown: The Minnesota Wild have quietly become the hottest team in the Western Conference after winning 8 of their last 9 games. In those 9 games, the Wild have been able to outscore opponents by an impressive combined score of 38 to 25.

 

Canadiens Logo 1956 - present2. Montreal Canadiens (22-7-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3

This Week’s Schedule: Carolina, @Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Boston

Breakdown: The Montreal Canadiens remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference after getting points in 9 of their last 11 games played. The Canadiens have benefited from a reliable powerplay that has scored at least one PPG in 4 of their last 5 games.

 

pengions logo 2000 - present1. Pittsburgh Penguins (28-8-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1

This Week’s Schedule: Buffalo, @NY Rangers, NY Rangers

Breakdown: Even with the loss of Sidney Crosby for an undetermined amount of time, the Pittsburgh Penguins remain the hottest team in the NHL after winning their 15th straight game on Saturday. The key to the Penguins recent success has been their amazing ability to keep opponents off of the scoreboard – allowing just 5 goals over their last 7 games played (including 3 consecutive shutouts).

Jarome Iginla (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Jarome Iginla (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

 

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An English major with a passion for pucks, Jameson has been a credentialed media member covering the Florida Panthers for Panther Parkway since the 2012-2013 season. Although his focus rests mainly with Panther Parkway, Jameson still contributes occasionally to the Sunbelt Hockey Journal. Through player interviews and discussions it's his goal to help bring players closer to their fans through interesting stories and personal pieces. With a unique brand of humor and insight, Jameson looks to provide hockey fans with articles that not only entertain, but also educate.
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