The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 based on a combination of last week's play and a squad's overall outlook throughout the regular season.

Power Rankings

Isles exceed all expectations

Isles exceed all expectations

by Adam Proteau - April 22, 2013 3:50 PM EDT

Not many would have guessed the Islanders would be a playoff team, but here they are in the final week of the season.
Not many people would have imagined the New York Islanders would be hovering near the top 10 (and ahead of the cross-town Rangers) of THN's NHL Power Rankings at any point in this lockout season, but that was exactly where they were – and at the most important time of the regular season.


Washington looks to capitalize on streak

Washington looks to capitalize on streak

by Rory Boylen - April 15, 2013 5:25 PM EDT

Washington is on a tear and starting to gain momentum in Stanley Cup picks, but it's not all rosy.
When THN staffers gathered Monday morning and began the process of picking our Stanley Cup favorite for our Playoff Preview edition, the usual suspects were naturally mentioned.


What a week to be Wild

What a week to be Wild

by Rory Boylen - April 1, 2013 6:50 PM EDT

Minnesota has won 10 of its past 12 and is all of a sudden giving the No. 2 ranked Ducks something to worry about.
This is more what GM Chuck Fletcher envisioned when he signed the two biggest free agents last summer. The Minnesota Wild started this season a very mediocre 4-5-1.


Blue Jackets bob into playoff picture

Blue Jackets bob into playoff picture

by Rory Boylen - March 26, 2013 9:40 AM EDT

In this week's list, the hottest team in the NHL sits on top, while the underdog Blue Jackets make a serious jump.
They’ve won seven of their past 10 games and, after a slow start to the year, are back up in the playoff race, one point out of eighth.


Carter, Kings contend for Cup

Carter, Kings contend for Cup

by Rory Boylen - March 11, 2013 5:25 PM EDT

When the Kings found their offensive groove last season, no one could stop them. This year, they've found it early.
Last season, the Los Angeles Kings finished with the 29th-ranked offense in the NHL, averaging 2.29 goals per game. Even Jonathan Quick’s Vezina caliber performance was barely enough to keep them in the playoff hunt; on March 3, 2012, the Kings were 10th in the West.


Leafs laughing

Leafs laughing

by Rory Boylen - March 4, 2013 5:00 PM EST

Despite all the trade rumors, playoff drought and dismissed GM, Toronto is playing like a playoff team.
Here we are, approaching the halfway mark of the season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are still a top 10 team in our Power Rankings. Yes, OK, so the shortened season will taint any potential playoff appearance for some, but this is the most legit Leafs team in the salary cap era.


Feast or famine

Feast or famine

by Adam Proteau - February 25, 2013 3:40 PM EST

Some teams, like the Sharks, have been both terrific and terrible. But not our No. 1. The Blackhawks have been tip-top from puck drop.
The San Jose Sharks began this season as one of the NHL's strongest teams, but their abysmal play in what will be their longest road trip of the year has dropped them down THN's Power Rankings and put all members of the organization on the hot seat.


Wheels off Washington

Wheels off Washington

by Adam Proteau - February 11, 2013 5:05 PM EST

Who would have guessed the Capitals of all teams would be sitting dead-last a quarter of the way into the season?
The Washington Capitals have hit rock bottom, dropping to the basement of THN's Power Rankings for the first time in recent memory. The dubious honor is well-deserved: they're the worst team in the NHL, one point behind Columbus for 29th place overall, and are just one of two teams (the other is Minnesota) who have yet to win on the road.


Panthers panic

Panthers panic

by Rory Boylen - January 28, 2013 5:45 PM EST

After making it back to the playoffs for the first time in a decade last season, the Panthers head to the bottom of the pile.
It’s time for the Florida Panthers to panic. In a year where the margin for error and the leniency for an extended losing streak is zilch, Florida could not be starting worse.


The initial NHL surge

The initial NHL surge

by Rory Boylen - January 21, 2013 5:10 PM EST

From Jaromir Jagr, to Marian Hossa, to Josh Harding, there were plenty of good stories to ring in the new NHL season.
Day 1 of this 48-game season really took a page out of the shortened 1995 season after veterans Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne each tallied four points.


Penguins on the warpath

Penguins on the warpath

by Adam Proteau - April 2, 2012 3:05 PM EDT

In the final edition of the season, the Rangers stay on top, but a few teams are making gains with the playoffs around the corner.
The New York Rangers grab top spot in the final edition of this season's THN.com NHL Power Rankings, but another Atlantic division team – the Pittsburgh Penguins – are going to be right up there with them in the minds of pre-playoff prognosticators as the biggest Stanley Cup favorites.


Boston is back

Boston is back

by Adam Proteau - March 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT

After tumbling for a little while, the Boston Bruins are making their way back up our weekly list ranking the best teams in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins remain the best in the latest THN.com Power Rankings, but the Boston Bruins – a team that spent much of the year at or near the top of those rankings – are slowly rediscovering their groove and could be back near the top by the end of the regular season.


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