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Mar 27, 2017

Ovi and company lead the pack in 7-Eleven Power Rankings

Season-long excellence and a return to form after a four-game stumble place the Washington Capitals No. 1 in the inaugural 7-Eleven Power Rankings.

Alex Ovechkin

Season-long excellence and a return to form after a four-game stumble place the Washington Capitals at No. 1 in the inaugural 7-Eleven Power Rankings.

Washington is the consensus choice of TSN Hockey experts Ray Ferraro, Jeff O’Neill, Jamie McLennan, Craig Button and Darren Dreger who will be ranking teams from first to worst on a weekly basis.

Caps’ head coach Barry Trotz declared a March 18 game versus Tampa Bay an “absolute” must-win and his Capitals responded with a 5-3 triumph to ignite four wins in eight days and earn the renewed confidence of our experts.

The 7-Eleven Power Rankings reflect a blend of emphasis on overall record and recent performance.

Chicago, Columbus, Anaheim and Pittsburgh round out the top 5 – and at No. 6 are the Calgary Flames, whose brilliant record since mid-February has them slotted considerably higher than their No. 11-ranked overall points percentage.

Calgary holds a slight edge over provincial rival Edmonton at No. 7.

No team has paid a bigger price in the rankings for recent poor play than Minnesota, which has gone from a 12-game winning streak in December to 11 losses in 14 games this month. The voters took notice and have the Wild slotted No. 12, well below their overall No. 5-ranked season-long points percentage.

 

Washington Capitals
1. Washington Capitals

  • Record
    49-17-8
  • Last 10
    5-4-1
  • Last 5
    4-0-1
The Capitals are back on track with six-game point and four-game winning streaks, erasing the memory of a four-game losing stretch in early March. 
Chicago Blackhawks
2. Chicago Blackhawks

  • RECORD
    48-21-6
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST 5
    3-1-1
The Hawks were 6-0-1 over a seven-game stretch before losing 7-0 to Florida on Saturday; Chicago still has the league’s best record (18-4-1) since Feb. 1. 
Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • RECORD
    48-19-7
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST 5
    3-1-1
Columbus has a 9-3-1 mark in March; even more impressive is Sergei Bobrovsky’s 8-0-1 record and .970 save percentage over the month. 
Anaheim Ducks
4. Anaheim Ducks

  • RECORD
    41-23-11
  • LAST 10
    8-1-1
  • LAST 5
    4-0-1
The Ducks’ 8-1-1 record since March 7 has featured wins over seven playoff teams – among them Washington, Chicago, St. Louis and Edmonton. 
Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Record
    46-18-11
  • Last 10
    5-2-3
  • Last Week
    2-1-2
The Penguins have lost to just one team (twice to Philadelphia) in regulation since March 3. Their other three losses during that span were all by shootout. 
Calgary Flames
6. Calgary Flames

  • RECORD
    42-29-4
  • LAST 10
    7-3-0
  • LAST 5
    3-2-0
Since kicking off a 10-game winning streak Feb. 19, the Flames have compiled the NHL’s best record (13-3-0).
Edmonton Oilers
7. Edmonton Oilers

  • RECORD
    41-24-9
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST 5
    4-1-0
Edmonton has recently had moments like the Oilers of the 1980s, scoring 32 goals in seven games (6-1-0), averaging a goal a game more than any other team. 
St. Louis Blues
8. St. Louis Blues

  • RECORD
    40-28-6
  • LAST 10
    8-1-1
  • LAST 5
    4-0-1
St. Louis is tied with Anaheim for the best record (9-2-1) in March. Previously much-maligned Jake Allen has a .951 save percentage and 1.44 GAA.
Montreal Canadiens
7. Montreal Canadiens

  • RECORD
    45-24-9
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST WEEK
    9

A four-game winning streak just about ensures top spot in the Atlantic. A .956 save percentage in those games says Carey Price is peaking for the playoffs. 

Nashville Predators
10. Nashville Predators

  • RECORD
    38-25-11
  • LAST 10
    6-2-2
  • LAST 5
    4-1-0
The Preds’ only loss in their last seven games was to red-hot Carolina. Wins include two over San Jose, and one each over Calgary and Washington. 
New York Rangers
11. New York Rangers

  • RECORD
    46-26-4
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST 5
    2-2-1
Eight straight starts by Antti Raanta yielded just three wins. A return to action by Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday didn't help in a 6-3 loss to Anaheim. 
Minnesota Wild
12. Minnesota Wild

  • RECORD
    44-24-7
  • LAST 10
    2-7-1
  • LAST 5
    1-3-1
The Wild has the NHL’s worst point (.208) and save (.870) percentages since March 7. Bruce Boudreau labeled Minnesota’s loss to Vancouver Saturday embarrassing. 
Ottawa Senators
13. Ottawa Senators

  • RECORD
    41-25-8
  • LAST 10
    5-3-2
  • LAST 5
    2-2-1
After starting the month with six straight wins, the Sens have won just two of seven and scored only 11 goals for a  league-low 1.57 goals per game mark. 
Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • RECORD
    35-24-15
  • LAST 10
    7-2-1
  • LAST 5
    3-1-1
Apart from stinkers vs. Buffalo and Florida, the Leafs have been solid over their last 10 games – going 7-0-1 and not allowing more than two goals in any game. 
San Jose Sharks
15. San Jose Sharks

  • RECORD
    42-26-7
  • LAST 10
    3-7-0
  • LAST 5
    0-5-0
The Sharks are on a league-high six-game losing streak, punctuated by weekend losses to Dallas and Nashville in which they were outscored 13-3. 
Carolina Hurricanes
16. Carolina Hurricanes

  • RECORD
    33-27-13
  • LAST 10
    7-0-3
  • LAST 5
    4-0-1
The Canes have earned a point in 10 straight games (7-0-3), the league’s longest current point streak. 
Boston Bruins
11. Boston Bruins

  • RECORD
    43-30-6
  • LAST 10
    6-4-0
  • LAST WEEK
    17
Boston rebounded from a four-game losing streak – during which they allowed 20 goals - with a much-needed win over the Islanders on Saturday.
Tampa Bay Lightning
18. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • RECORD
    36-29-9
  • LAST 10
    6-3-1
  • LAST 5
    2-3-0
Tampa Bay kept their playoff hopes alive with wins over Boston and Detroit, ending an ill-timed three-game losing streak. 
New York Islanders
19. New York Islanders

  • RECORD
    35-27-12
  • LAST 10
    5-4-1
  • LAST 5
    2-2-1
The Isles brought back Jaro Halak from the minors and it resulted in a 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh, helping keep them in the playoff hunt.
Florida Panthers
24. Florida Panthers

  • RECORD
    33-34-11
  • LAST 10
    3-7-0
  • LAST WEEK
    20

The Panthers lost four straight games (and fill-in No. 1 goalie James Reimer) as they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Philadelphia Flyers
19. Philadelphia Flyers

  • RECORD
    38-33-8
  • LAST 10
    6-4-0
  • LAST WEEK
    21

The Flyers won four in a row, but a highly improbable last-ditch playoff effort ended Sunday with a loss to the Rangers.

Dallas Stars
22. Dallas Stars

  • RECORD
    31-33-11
  • LAST 10
    5-4-1
  • LAST 5
    3-1-1
Dallas has allowed just nine goals over a 4-1-1 stretch (1.5 per game) vs. 17 goals in its previous three games (5.7 per game). 
Buffalo Sabres
23. Buffalo Sabres

  • RECORD
    31-32-12
  • LAST 10
    4-6-0
  • LAST 5
    3-2-0
Three wins in four games have helped the Sabres forget their previous 12-game stretch during which they recorded two wins and a .250 point percentage. 
Detroit Red Wings
24. Detroit Red Wings

  • RECORD
    30-32-12
  • LAST 10
    5-4-1
  • LAST 5
    3-1-1
Three wins in five games has been largely based on improved goal prevention; the Red Wing have allowed six goals in their last four games. 
Winnipeg Jets
25. Winnipeg Jets

  • RECORD
    34-35-7
  • LAST 10
    4-5-1
  • LAST 5
    3-2-0
Jets’ goalie Michael Hutchinson has recorded three wins in eight days after going nearly three months without a victory. 
Los Angeles Kings
26. Los Angeles Kings

  • RECORD
    35-32-7
  • LAST 10
    4-5-1
  • LAST 4
    2-3-0
The Kings have failed to mount a playoff challenge since the trade deadline, going 5-5-1 during a critical 11-game period.
Vancouver Canucks
27. Vancouver Canucks

  • RECORD
    30-36-9
  • LAST 10
    2-6-2
  • LAST 5
    2-3-0
The Canucks went 2-3-0 on a five-game road trip and now return home where they are winless (0-5-3) since Feb. 18. 
Arizona Coyotes
28. Arizona Coyotes

  • RECORD
    27-39-9
  • LAST 10
    4-4-2
  • LAST 5
    1-4-0
Arizona is a .500 team since late January, but has reverted to form in recent games with one win in its last six games. 
New Jersey Devils
29. New Jersey Devils

  • RECORD
    27-33-12
  • LAST 10
    2-7-1
  • LAST 5
    1-3-1
Fifteen losses in their last 17 games. Enough said.  
Colorado Avalanche
30. Colorado Avalanche

  • RECORD
    20-51-3
  • LAST 10
    3-7-0
  • LAST 5
    0-5-0
The Avs’ historically bad season has worsened recently: they’ve lost five straight games, allowing 26 goals, an average of 5.2 per game.