A lethargic week by the Chicago Blackhawks opened the door for the Washington Capitals to retake the top spot in SI.com's NHL Week 16 Power Rankings.
The final Power Rankings before the All-Star break features six teams that missed the playoffs last season among the top 10, which begs a question: Which of them are legit? It’s clear that the Kings have the high-end talent, the experience and the depth to make a serious Stanley Cup run, but the others are still touch-and-go to earn a postseason berth. Even the Panthers, the NHL’s most pleasant surprise over the past six weeks, might be missing a couple of key pieces. With a couple of days off, its time for these clubs to take stock of themselves and decide whether they’ll go all-in ahead of next month’s trade deadline.
Biggest jump: New Jersey Devils (22 to 9)
Biggest drop: Dallas Stars (10 to 16); Minnesota Wild (18 to 24)