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Maple Leafs And Wild Climb, Ducks Fall

On this week’s NHL energy rankings, we noticed a serious shift within the prime 10. The Tampa Bay Lightning as soon as once more asserted themselves because the group to beat, no shock. See the place the opposite 30 groups stand right here.

31. Los Angeles Kings (17-25-Three)

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They’re nonetheless the worst group within the NHL, in order that no less than provides the Kings a better probability on the Jack Hughes sweepstakes. So when’s the entrance workplace going to kick begin a rebuild and commerce their veterans?

30. Philadelphia Flyers (16-22-6)

The Flyers have now misplaced eight of their final 10 video games, because the goaltending and defensive woes proceed to mount. It is a misplaced season, and GM Chuck Fletcher higher begin shifting out a few of his veterans between now and the Feb. 25 deadline.

29. Ottawa Senators (17-23-5)

Properly, they picked up wins of their first two stops on the dreaded California street journey. The Sens are at the very least getting lots of manufacturing from younger stars like Colin White, Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk, so no less than the rebuild is displaying promise.

28. Detroit Purple Wings (16-23-7)

The Pink Wings have misplaced three straight video games and 9 of their final 10 general. At the very least Dylan Larkin (18 objectives, 41 factors), continues to develop as a celebrity. It will not be lengthy till he is named captain.

27. Chicago Blackhawks (16-22-Eight)

Nicely, the Blackhawks have proven battle throughout a 5-Three-2 run. They’ve an outdoor shot at making the playoffs. Patrick Kane has been missed at occasions. He has 58 factors this season.

26. New Jersey Devils (16-20-7)

Three straight losses for the Devils, who proceed to disappoint after making the playoffs final yr. There are a whole lot of flaws everywhere in the roster that may have to be addressed, if this staff is to turn into a playoff staff once more.

25. Anaheim Ducks (19-18-Eight)

10 straight losses now? Yikes. The Ducks blew a Three-Zero lead at house to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Until GM Bob Murray has some huge strikes up his sleeves, it is arduous to see this staff rebounding. It has been a downright terrible new yr for the Ducks to date.

24. New York Rangers (17-19-7)

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Welp, that five-game dropping streak in all probability ruins any hope the Blueshirts have of creating the playoffs. Anticipate GM Jeff Gorton to have one other busy commerce deadline, because the rebuild continues on Broadway.

23. St. Louis Blues (18-20-Four)

The Blues have cut up their final 10 video games and have some minor hope at getting again within the playoffs. That was some dominant Four-1 house win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Now, if they might simply discover some type of consistency…

22. Florida Panthers (17-18-Eight)

The Panthers blew a late result in Edmonton on Thursday and a two-goal result in Calgary on Friday. They misplaced in each video games. It has been that type of a season within the Sunshine State, and GM Dale Tallon higher put together to promote subsequent month.

21. Arizona Coyotes (19-21-Three)

The Coyotes have gained their final two video games and are out of the Western Convention basement. They’ve a minimal probability of gaining floor within the playoff spot, however the Coyotes are going to need to go on a scorching run quickly.


20. Colorado Avalanche (20-16-Eight)

The Avalanche might have the perfect line in hockey, however they’ve now misplaced eight of their final 10 video games. Issues are tense within the Mile Excessive Metropolis, and the Avs higher get out of this droop quickly, in the event that they’re to make the playoffs a second straight yr.

19. Edmonton Oilers (21-20-Three)

Connor McDavid is doing every part he can to get this extraordinarily flawed roster into the postseason. If Edmonton makes the playoffs, he higher be the unanimous Hart Trophy winner.

18. Vancouver Canucks (20-21-5)

The Canucks are predictably struggling to rating with out rookie star Elias Pettersson. They’re surprisingly hanging round within the playoff race however how for much longer can they do it with out their star participant?

17. Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-5)

The Hurricanes have gained seven of their final 10 video games, they usually’re abruptly again within the playoff race. May need to rethink the thought of buying and selling stalwart defenceman Dougie Hamilton.

16. Montreal Canadiens (23-17-5)

The Habs have been a pleasant story for some time, however now they’re being uncovered miserably. Carey Worth seems to be like he will not regain his MVP-like type once more, and the protection is lackluster at greatest. The Canadiens shall be fortunate to make the playoffs at this level.


15. Dallas Stars (23-18-Four)

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The Stars have been one of many prime groups within the new yr, choosing up factors in seven of their final 10 outings. Assume the 2 franchise gamers obtained the trace after being referred to as out by the CEO? Positive appears prefer it.

14. Minnesota Wild (22-18-Three)

They swept the Japanese Canadian street journey and had an enormous residence win over the powerhouse Winnipeg Jets. The Wild have been cold and hot all yr, however they appear poised to make one other journey to the postseason.

13. New York Islanders (24-14-Four)

The Islanders have been purple scorching as of late, going Eight-2-Zero over their final 10 video games. Head coach Barry Trotz deserves some votes for the Jack Adams Award, given what he is finished with a reasonably flawed roster.

12. Buffalo Sabres (23-15-6)

The Sabres have been struggling to seek out consistency since their scorching run in November, however this group could be very a lot within the race for the second seed within the East. And with the commerce deadline looming, there are alternatives so as to add reinforcements.

11. Columbus Blue Jackets (25-15-Three)

The Blue Jackets have quietly been simply nearly as good as any group not named Tampa within the East. They’re 7-Three-Zero of their final 10 video games. Seth Jones and Artemi Panarin have this staff in line for a 3rd straight playoff spot.

10. Boston Bruins (25-15-Four)

The Bruins had a five-game profitable streak snapped by the defending champions on Thursday, however they’re nonetheless one of many hottest groups. The highest line stays as dominant as ever.

9. Nashville Predators (27-15-Four)

Nicely, the Predators have busted out of a stoop and have gained 5 of their final seven video games. Identical to that, they’re pushing arduous for the Central Division title once more.

Eight. Pittsburgh Penguins (25-13-6)

Few groups are scarier than the Penguins proper now. They’ve gained 9 of their final 10, together with an enormous comeback in Anaheim on Friday. Did you actually contemplate writing them off after a sloppy first half?

7. Winnipeg Jets (28-14-2)

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The Jets could also be dominating the common season, however they will not go anyplace within the playoffs if goalie Connor Hellebuyck continues to wrestle. And oh, the Jets higher keep away from Minnesota within the playoffs. The Wild are Three-Zero vs. the Jets this season. All is properly in Winnipeg, in any other case.

6. Vegas Golden Knights (27-16-Four)

Their seven-game profitable streak ended following a house loss to the Sharks on Thursday. That is simply superb, although. Vegas appears as harmful as another group within the Western Convention proper now. Their inaugural season wasn’t pure luck in any case.

5. Washington Capitals (27-12-Four)

The Capitals have gained their final three straight video games, and picked up a 14th consecutive win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Alexander Ovechkin leads the NHL with 32 objectives. What a shock!

Four. San Jose Sharks (26-13-7)

That is now 5 straight wins for the Sharks, highlighted by an enormous street victory over the Golden Knights on Thursday. Erik Karlsson is now as much as 41 factors via 44 video games, so yeah, he and the Sharks are type of harmful.

Three. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-13-2)

If there’s one staff that ought to scare Tampa Bay within the East, it is the Toronto Maple Leafs. John Tavares is within the midst of a profession yr with 29 objectives and 50 factors. Now, if the Maple Leafs might simply add some top-four defencemen…

2. Calgary Flames (29-13-Four)

4 totally different Flames had 50-plus factors on the 45-game mark. The final group to try this was the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk are all within the midst of profession years.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (34-Eight-2)

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Spoiler alert: No one is able to dethroning the Lightning from the highest spot. There isn’t any stopping Nikita Kucherov, the league scoring chief. So far as the league is worried, we’re all dwelling on the earth of the Lightning.


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