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NHL Power Rankings: Week of Nov. 6

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
November 6, 2017


Who’s on top, who’s rising and who sits at the bottom.

No, we’re not talking about the current state of the standings (that would be way too easy to do). Instead, we present to you the weekly NHL power rankings, going from 1-31 (yes, 31, remember the Vegas Golden Knights became the newest team, which you might notice early on in this countdown).

Note: Records as of Sunday

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-2-2) Franchise best start will be tested on West Coast trip
2. St. Louis Blues (12-3-1) Getting contributions up and down the lineup while Alex Pietrangelo looks Norris worthy
3. Los Angeles Kings (10-2-2) Unbeaten in regulation on home ice, team looks faster and more open offensively under John Stevens
4. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-4-1) Only losses have come to the three teams right above them in these rankings
5. New Jersey Devils (8-2-0) Brian Boyle's return to the lineup alone is worth a jump in the rankings
6. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-3) Finally starting to live up to some expectations as goaltending starting to look strong
7. New York Islanders (8-5-1) John Tavares playing like an MVP, Matt Barzal playing like a Calder contender
8. San Jose Sharks (8-5-0) Four consecutive victories heading in to showdown with Eastern Conference top team - Tampa Bay
9. Vegas Golden Knights (9-4-0) What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, which includes victories as the Knights are on a long road trip
10. Ottawa Senators (6-3-5) Addition of Matt Duchene will provide a boost to the Senators offense
11. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-2) Penguins having issues during 5-on-5 play
12. Vancouver Canucks (7-4-2) Brock Boesner could run for mayor right now and win in a landslide
13. Nashville Predators (7-5-2) Addition of Kyle Turris gives Predators strong depth down the middle
14. Dallas Stars (8-6-0) Team is nearly perfect at home, need to figure out how to win on the road
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-7-0) California trip proved humbling for fast-starting Leafs
16. Washington Capitals (7-6-1) Will Alex Ovechkin's political support of Vladimir Putin become a distraction?
17. Calgary Flames (8-6-0) Three-game winning streak behind the play of goaltender Mike Smith
18. Anaheim Ducks (6-6-2) Still holding their own despite slew of injuries
19. Minnesota Wild (5-5-2) Among best defensive teams in the league, just need some offense to support them
20. Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-2) Early season inconsistency is nothing new for these Blackhawks
21. New York Rangers (6-7-2) Lundqvist is playing well, not coincidentally, so are the Rangers
22. Colorado Avalanche (8-6-0) Duchene drama is finally over, but how much better are the Avalanche
23. Montreal Canadiens (6-8-1) Carey Price is out, but the Canadiens suddenly figured out how to score goals
24. Boston Bruins (5-4-3) The Black and Yellow are more like black and blue as IR starts to fill up
25. Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2) Injuries are starting to take a toll on the Flyers backend
26. Carolina Hurricanes (4-5-3) Young D is the core, but they need to find somebody to consistently score
27. Detroit Red Wings (7-7-1) Middle of the road team continues to just middle along
28. Florida Panthers (4-7-2) The Panthers can score, but porous defense can't keep teams from outscoring them
29. Buffalo Sabres (4-8-2) New head coach Phil Housley under heat for praising team's play during losing ways
26. Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1) Edmonton continues to surprisingly struggle on offense and the losses are staring to pile up
31. Arizona Coyotes (2-12-1) Finally found the W column with a pair of victories. . . but still