NHL Power Rankings: Hamburglar leads surging Senators into the top 10 and playoff position.

By The SI Staff
March 24, 2015

Welcome to the newest installment of our 2014–15 NHL Power Rankings. While the Rangers continue to roost comfortably at No. 1 with goalie Henrik Lundqvist on the verge of returning from his vascular injury, the sensational Hamburglar and the red hot Senators have stolen into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Ottawa’s success is making life tough for the Bruins, who fell from No. 12 to No. 19 this week and will have to claw their way back into the East’s last wild-card playoff spot.

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A word or three about these rankings: Our sage scribes—Allan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Sam Page—submitted their detailed choices for the top 10 and dutifully ranked all 30 teams. The final results were hand crafted using only the finest barley, selected hops and Artesian water filtered through the prism of on-ice performance, strength of schedule, dents and dings, general outlook and how high each club came in on our writers’ ballots. In some cases another purely capricious and utterly loathsome method was used to break ties, rank teams that were chosen by only one or two writers and inspire you, gentle reader, to sue for emotional distress.

We’ve presented the 30 teams in groups, with the top 10 receiving the most trenchant commentary. Overview paragraphs precede both the middle 10 and bottom 10. Weekly movement up or down has been duly noted by colorful little arrows. So without further ado, commence to boo!

1
1New York Rangers
last week: 1
record: 46-18-7

Last week: 2-1-0

2
2Tampa Bay Lightning
last week: 4
record: 45-21-7

Last week: 2-0-0

3
3Montreal Canadiens
last week: 7
record: 46-20-7

Last week: 3-0-0

4
4St. Louis Blues
last week: 3
record: 45-21-7

Last week: 1-1-2

5
5Chicago Blackhawks
last week: 6
record: 44-22-6

Last week: 3-1-0

6
6Anaheim Ducks
last week: 2
record: 46-21-7

Last week: 2-1-0

7
7Minnesota Wild
last week: 5
record: 41-25-7

Last week: 3-1-0

8
8Ottawa Senators
last week: 15
record: 37-24-11

Last week: 4-0-0

9
9New York Islanders
last week: 8
record: 44-25-4

Last week: 1-1-0

10
10Nashville Predators
last week: 9
record: 44-21-8

Last week: 1-0-1

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Back-to-Back road wins over the Kings and Arizona were important not only because they solidified Vancouver’s playoff standing, but it also kept potentially dangerous L.A. out of their first-round picture. 

What’s not to love about the Jets? While other clubs are folding under pressure, Winnipeg has won five straight to tighten its grip on a postseason berth. And how about Ondrej Pavelec? He’s rebounded brilliantly from the heartbreaking center-ice floater that cost the Jets a point in St. Louis, allowing just five goals in his last five appearances.

You had to hate that the Flames gave away a crucial OT point at home to the Blue Jackets, but this ragged band of upstarts is still 7-2-2 in March and staying in the hunt despite the loss of captain Mark Giordano. Now if only Calgary could squeeze some offense from someone other than Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler or Johnny Gaudreau it would really be cooking with gas.

11
11Vancouver Canucks
last week: 14
record: 42-26-4

Last week: 3-1-0

12
12Winnipeg Jets
last week: 18
record: 38-23-12

Last week: 4-0-0

13
13Detroit Red Wings
last week: 10
record: 39-21-11

Last week: 1-2-0

14
14Pittsburgh Penguins
last week: 11
record: 40-22-10

Last week: 1-2-0

15
15Washington Capitals
last week: 13
record: 39-24-10

Last week: 1-1-0

16
16Calgary Flames
last week: 17
record: 40-27-6

Last week: 2-1-1

17
17Los Angeles Kings
last week: 16
record: 35-23-14

Last week: 1-1-1

18
18Florida Panthers
last week: 20
record: 33-25-14

Last week: 2-1-0

19
19Boston Bruins
last week: 12
record: 36-25-12

Last week: 0-2-2

20
20Dallas Stars
last week: 22
record: 35-28-10

Last week: 3-0-0

Without a regulation win since February 2, the Coyotes are in it to lose it. Could they challenge the Sabres’ grasp on the NHL’s basement? Well, the two face each other twice this week, which will play out like the anti-Stanley Cup finals. Maybe call it the McDavid-Eichel Cup. 

21
21Colorado Avalanche
last week: 21
record: 33-27-12

Last week: 1-1-1

22
22San Jose Sharks
last week: 19
record: 35-30-8

Last week: 1-3-0

23
23Columbus Blue Jackets
last week: 26
record: 33-35-4

Last week: 3-0-0

24
24Philadelphia Flyers
last week: 24
record: 29-29-16

Last week: 0-2-1

25
25New Jersey Devils
last week: 23
record: 31-31-11

Last week: 2-2-0

26
26Carolina Hurricanes
last week: 25
record: 26-36-10

Last week: 0-2-2

27
27Edmonton Oilers
last week: 28
record: 20-40-13

Last week: 1-1-1

28
28Buffalo Sabres
last week: 30
record: 20-46-7

Last week: 1-3-0

29
29Toronto Maple Leafs
last week: 27
record: 27-41-6

Last week: 0-3-0

30
30Phoenix Coyotes
last week: 29
record: 21-44-8

Last week: 0-3-0

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