NHL Power Rankings 1/26

(-)10. Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-0)

Could the Pens be ranked higher? Sure, but with Evgeni Malkin playing the way he is right now, 1G and 1A through 6 games, this team isn't going anywhere.


(UR)9. New York Islanders (3-2-0)

Another year, another boring Barry Trotz team that will somehow make the playoffs and knock out a strong contender. If you haven't watched an Isles game this year, don't start now. Its the most boring thing you'll ever see, but Trotz knows how to make it work.


(-1)8. St. Louis Blues (3-2-1)

The Blues haven't been the most consistent team in the first two weeks of the season, but when they are skating well there aren't many teams that can compete with them. If G Jordan Binnington can keep us his hot play, this team will be competing for the top spot in the division.


(-4)7. Washington Capitals (3-0-3)

The Caps have had a disaster start of the season off the ice. Although, on the ice they have managed to score a point in every game so far this season and sit atop their division without 4 of the top 5 players on the ice. Tom Wilson's injury luckily doesn't seem too serious and expect this team to turn up the physicality with the huge lineup they have returning.


(-)6. Toronto Maple Leafs (5-2-0)

The big stars, including John Tavares, seen to finally be firing on all cylinders in Toronto. My only worry is with the goaltending against what is going to be a fierce battle in the North division.


(-)5. Boston Bruins (3-1-1)

Boston was a team I was really worried about this year, and honestly I still am worried. The B's haven't played terrible, but I know how hard it is to make it out of this tough East division. David Pastranak's return should help boost the team, I just don't know if they can stand the loses of Krug and Chara on the blue line over the long haul of the season.


(-2)4. Colorado Avalanche (3-3-0)

The Colorado Avs record isn't all that impressive right now, but this team is probably the best team in the league on paper. Has their been a better blue line in recent history?


(-2)3. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0)

Even without star Nikita Kucherov, the defending Cup Champions are off to a hot start. Why do I still feel like Brayden Point is the most underrated player in the league, even after last season? To me, he might be the best player on the team. Certainly one of the most valuable.


(UR)2. Montreal Canadiens (4-0-2)

What a start to the season for the Canadiens! Not only do they have the best record in the league, but they have recorded 10 out of the 12 possible points and lead the league in goal differential all while playing every game on the road. Will the Habs remain this hot? Probably not, but I've said it a ton of times in the past, if Carey Price is in net Montreal is capable of beating anyone. (Just ask the Penguins)


(+3)1. Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-0)

I was worried about the goalie situation is Vegas this year as the team stuck with the tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner, but they are proving me wrong. Even with all the success this franchise has had in its short 4-year history, I think this may be the most talented team Vegas has had to date.



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