The Washington Capitals have wrested the top spot back from the Anaheim Ducks in SI.com's Week 22 NHL Power Rankings.
Not much to distinguish between the top two spots this week, but the Capitals get the nod on the strength of Nick Backstrom's shootout winner in Monday's 2–1 decision over the Ducks. But while Washington and Anaheim are the class of the field, the Predators are closing in thanks to a season-best string of play. Nashville hasn't lost in regulation in 12 games and is a solid 13-3-4 in its past 20, establishing itself as a prohibitive favorite to claim one of the two Western Conference wild card berths. Defense may be their calling card, but the offense has come to life for the Preds, scoring at least four goals in four straight and three in six consecutive games.
Biggest jump: Nashville Predators (12 to 4)
Biggest drop: New Jersey Devils (21 to 28)