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Power Rankings: Week 25

by Michael Finewax

The rankings at the top remained similar with only San Jose and Calgary swapping places as the Flames are now third and the Sharks fourth. Vegas has made a move upwards and should be considered contenders once again for the Stanley Cup.         

 

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1. Tampa Bay

Record: 56-13-4 (3-0-0)

Last Week 1

The Lightning won all three this week as they defeated Detroit, Washington and Arizona. Tampa Bay clinched the President’s Trophy with the win over Arizona and did so with nine games still left on their schedule. This week they take on Washington, Carolina and St. Louis on the road before returning home to play Boston. The Lightning could be resting players from time-to-time down the stretch, especially giving goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy an easier workload as they prepare for the playoffs.

 

2. Boston

Record: 43-20-9 (1-2-0)

Last Week 2

The Bruins lost this week to Columbus and Winnipeg before defeating Columbus in a rematch in overtime. Boston plays all four games on the road this week with games in New York to face the Islanders, New Jersey, Florida and Tampa Bay.  David Pastrnak is expected back in the lineup in time for the game against the Islanders.  He has been out since February 10.

 

3. Calgary

Record: 44-21-7 (2-1-0)

Last Week 4

The Flames defeated New Jersey and the New York Rangers but dropped a 2-1 decision to Winnipeg this past week. This week they face Vancouver on the road in the middle of three home games versus Columbus, Ottawa and Los Angeles. Johnny Gaudreau exploded out of his slump this week with a six-point performance against the Devils. James Neal returned to practice after missing 15 games with a lower-body injury and he could return this week. Derek Ryan has replaced the ailing Sean Monahan on the top line.      

 

4. San Jose

Record: 43-22-8 (1-3-0)

Last Week 3

The Sharks had a bad week as they dropped decisions at home to Florida, Nashville and Vegas after defeating Winnipeg on the road. They are in Los Angeles and Anaheim this week before playing Detroit at home in what has to be their easiest schedule of the season as all three teams are near the bottom of the overall standings. Martin Jones saw his save percentage drop under .900 again after giving up three goals on 11 shots to Vegas Monday night. The Sharks have to be worried about their netminding heading into the playoffs.

 

5. Toronto

Record: 43-24-5 (1-2-0)

Last Week 5

It was not a great week for the Maple Leafs as they lost to Chicago and Ottawa and had to come back from a three-goal deficit to defeat Philadelphia. They start the week on the road, playing Nashville and Buffalo before returning home to play the Rangers and Florida. John Tavares hit the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career. Frederik Andersen has been in a slump of late as he has given up 14 goals in his last three starts and was pulled twice, once at the end of the first as well as 4:50 into the second. He faced only 62 shots in that span.

 

6. Washington

Record: 42-23-7 (1-2-0)

Last Week 6

The Capitals had a tough week and it showed in their 1-2 mark as they lost to Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay and defeated the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Capitals face the Devils in New Jersey and then return home to play Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Philadelphia. Alex Ovechkin is sitting at 48 goals and could be the only player to score 50 goals again this season. He has been the only 50-goal scorer in the NHL on four separate occasions and that already is an NHL record.

 

7. New York Islanders

Record: 42-23-7 (2-1-0)

Last Week 7

The Islanders knocked off Montreal and Minnesota but lost to Detroit on the road. The play Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and Arizona this week. Thomas Greiss was the NHL’s first star of the week with a 3-1 mark to go with a .959 save percentage and a 1.25 GAA. Anders Lee is up to 27 goals as he has scored in four straight games.

 

8. Winnipeg 

Record: 43-25-4 (3-1-0)

Last Week 8

The Jets lost to San Jose this week before finally getting back on the right track with wins over Boston, Calgary and Los Angeles. This week they are in Anaheim and Vegas before coming home to play Nashville and Dallas. Blake Wheeler is sitting at 68 assists and is only one off the franchise record of 69 set in the 2005-06 season by Marc Savard when the Jets were in Atlanta, playing as the Thrashers. After being second in the NHL in goals last season with 44, Patrik Laine is sitting at only 29 with 10 games left on the schedule.

 

9. Pittsburgh

Record: 39-24-10 (2-1-1)

Last Week 9

The Penguins beat Washington and Buffalo before losing to St. Louis and Philadelphia, albeit the loss to the Flyers was in overtime. This week the Penguins are on the road for all four games, facing Carolina, Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. They received some bad news this week as Evgeni Malkin suffered an upper-body injury and is week-to-week. Kris Letang is expected to return this week as he has been out of action since February 23.

 

10. Vegas

Record: 41-27-5 (3-0-0)

Last Week 12

The Golden Knights won all three games this week, beating Dallas, Edmonton and San Jose. They have won nine-of-10 since picking up Mark Stone from Ottawa at the trade deadline. Stone has been hot of late with four goals in his last five games to give him 32 this season. The Golden Knights play Winnipeg and Detroit at home this week before heading out to play the Blues. Vegas is hot, hot, hot heading into the playoffs this season and is a team to be wary of as they could upset.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.