The Capitals clinched the top seed for the playoffs, but the red hot Blues look like contenders in SI.com's Week 25 NHL Power Rankings.
There's no shortage of intrigue at the top of our Power Rankings as the season heads into its final two weeks. The Blues took a significant leap up the list, and in the estimation of fans, even with their 4–0 thrashing of the Capitals there's still no denying Washington's claim to the top spot given the way the Caps have played during the past few weeks. The way the Predators and Wild are going, both wild cards could be favored in their opening-round series against the Pacific and Central Division champs. And keep an eye on the Penguins, a team that finally looks like it is having fun again under coach Mike Sullivan. They're playing fast and loose, daring opponents to keep up. So far, few can.
Biggest jump: St. Louis Blues (7 to 2); Minnesota Wild (18 to 13)
Biggest drop: Los Angeles Kings (3 to 8)