NHL Power Rankings: Hurricanes overtake Bruins for No. 1 spot before All-Star break


The Bruins’ three-game losing streak unlocked for a brand-new group to take control of the leading area, and the Hurricanes did simply that by rattling off 6 successive wins. Martin Necas continued his tear recently with a last-second objective to connect the video game and the overtime winner versus the Sharks. 2 34-9-8

For the very first time all season, the Bruins have actually looked rather mortal. They’ve lost 3 straight video games, however Boston has the chance to enter into the All-Star break and bye week on a high note if it can beat the Maple Leafs in a huge Atlantic Division clash on Wednesday night. 1 39-7-5

Brayden Point fought injuries throughout the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he suffered a torn quad in the last versus the Avalanche. He has actually returned more powerful than ever. Point is presently on speed for 50 objectives, which would be a profession high. His supremacy is a huge reason the Bolts have actually stayed a juggernaut in a hard Atlantic Division. 1 32-15-1

Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews will miss out on 3 weeks with a knee sprain, however that is far from a catastrophe for the Leafs for a number of factors. First of all, Toronto has an extremely light schedule showing up, so the group needs to be no even worse off by the time Matthews returns. Secondly, William Nylander is on a seven-game point streak, and he is completely efficient in getting Matthews’ slack in the meantime. 2 31-13-8

Over the last month, the Devils’ underlying numbers have actually dipped, however the group has actually gone 9-2-2 because time. That’s since Vitek Vanacek has actually been outstanding over the last couple of weeks. Since Jan. 1, Vanacek is 4th in the NHL in objectives conserved above typical with 6.42, per Natural Stat Trick. 3 32-13-4

I’ll pause my weekly Connor McDavid gratitude post and offer some love to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is having the very best season of his profession. Nugent-Hopkins is on speed for 36 objectives, 62 helps and 98 points. All of those numbers would smash his previous profession highs. At times, the Oilers have actually struggled to get production behind McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, however Nugent-Hopkins has actually been bring his weight. 1 28-18-4

Filip Chytil has actually become a goal-scoring device. In simply 41 video games, Chytil has actually set a brand-new profession high with 16 objectives, which doubles his overall from last season. Chytil’s shooting portion is practically 8 points greater than his profession average, however at the age of 23, he has actually plainly taken an advance in his advancement. 2 27-14-8

Cale Makar is beginning to install his defense of the Norris Trophy. Makar is on an eight-game point streak with 4 objectives and 7 helps because stretch. Beyond that production, the Avalanche are still controling with their star defenseman on the ice. Colorado owns a five-on-five anticipated objectives share of 56.06% with Makar in the video game. 1 27-18-3

Owen Power hasn’t had much difficulty adapting to the NHL level. The novice defenseman is a huge reason the Sabres will be playing significant hockey video games after the All-Star break. Power has 19 points in 46 video games, and Buffalo has actually managed 58.06% of the anticipated objectives with him on the ice at five-on-five, per Natural Stat Trick. 4 26-20-4

It took the Kraken all of 47 video games to top last season’s point overall. Going from godawful goaltending to proficient goaltending can do that for a group, however Dave Hakstol ought to a minimum of get a respectable reference for the Jack Adams Award at this moment in the year. — 29-15-5

The Jets have actually been among the NHL’s most significant surprises this season, however they have actually revealed some fractures recently. Winnipeg is 3-5-0 over the last 2 weeks, and the Stars have actually exceeded them for top place in the Central Division. Luckily for the Jets, they do not play another video game up until Feb. 11, so they have a lot of time to strike the reset button prior to the stretch run. 3 32-19-1

The Stars struck the All-Star break as the leading group in the Central Division, however they have actually likewise lost 3 straight video games in additional time. The Stars have actually not lost 10 video games in overtime or a shootout, which is 2nd just to the Sharks’ 11 losses after policy. If Dallas had actually simply won a couple of more of those video games, its department lead would be far more comfy. 1 28-13-10

The Wild scored simply 17 five-on-five objectives in January, which is dead last in the NHL. Despite that do not have of offense, Minnesota went 6-4-2 last month, which permitted them to hold on to a top-three area in the Central Division. With the Avalanche charging, that might not last for long, and GM Bill Guerin needs to remain in the marketplace for a top-six forward ahead of the trade due date. 1 27-17-4

Mikey Anderson and Drew Doughty have actually ended up being an extremely strong leading pairing for the Kings. With those 2 on the ice together at five-on-five, the Kings have actually managed 53.67% of the anticipated objectives. No other pairing has actually been almost as reliable in Los Angeles. 1 28-18-7

Getting burnt out by a Blackhawks group beginning its fourth-string goaltender is no chance to return into a playoff position. That’s what the Flames did recently, and it was emblematic of the disparity that has actually afflicted this group because opening night. 1 24-17-9

Just 8 video games after making his 2022-23 season launching, Tom Wilson suffered a lower-body injury versus the Avalanche on Jan. 24. The Capitals have had a terrible time attempting to get healthy, and the duct tape that’s been utilized to keep this group afloat as much as this point is beginning to weaken. 2 27-20-6

Golden Knights
Very couple of groups are chillier than the Golden Knights. They shot 7.69% in January, which ranked 30th in the NHL, and Jack Eichel remains in the middle of a significant depression. Eichel hasn’t taped a point in his last 5 video games, and he hasn’t scored because Jan. 12. That has actually led to Vegas slipping to 2nd location in the Pacific Division. — 29-18-4

After getting controlled by the Blues on Jan. 19, the Predators held a group conference that was referred to as “uncomfortable” by Roman Josi. Since then, the Preds have actually won 3 straight video games over the Kings, Jets, and Devils. We’ll see whether the results of that conference are still felt after an 11-day layoff. 2 24-18-6

The Panthers were looking down the barrel of their 4th straight loss on Saturday when David Pastrnak offered the Bruins a 3-2 lead with under a minute staying in policy. However, Aleksander Barkov connected the video game with a couple of ticks left on the clock, and Sam Reinhart won it in overtime. That might’ve been a season-saving series, however the Panthers have a great deal of work ahead of them. — 24-22-6

Earlier this month, the Penguins got some great news when Tristan Jarry returned from injury. However, those great vibes just lasted a couple of video games. Jarry missed out on the group’s last 3 video games prior to the All-Star break with an upper-body injury, and the group needs to hope he’s prepared to go when play resumes. Casey DeSmith has actually had a hard time terribly when asked to substitute Jarry, which has actually added to the Pens’ slide. 2 24-16-9

To his credit, Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello attended to among his group’s most significant requirements by obtaining Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks. The problem is that it may be too little too late. The Isles are chasing after a variety of groups in the playoff race, and there is a good possibility they miss out on the playoffs and lose their first-round choice in the upcoming draft. 5 25-22-5

After inspecting the sophisticated analytics, I can conclude that the vibes are on the increase in Ottawa. The Senators have actually won 4 in a row heading into the All-Star break, and 3 of those have actually come versus Atlantic Division competitors Toronto and Montreal. Van Wilder needs to be caring what he’s seeing nowadays. 3 24-23-3

Travis Konecny is having a remarkable season in general, however he has actually struck a rough spot just recently. Konecny hasn’t taped a point in 4 video games, and he hasn’t scored in his last 9 video games played. When Konecny is going the Flyers are borderline watchable, however that hasn’t held true just recently. 1 21-21-9

Red Wings
Jake Walman has actually unexpectedly become a trusted choice on the Red Wings’ blue line. He has actually been coupled with Moritz Seider a lot just recently, which duo has actually been really effective. With those 2 on the ice at five-on-five, the Red Wings have actually managed 55.48% of the anticipated objectives. That is a significant enhancement over the outcomes when Seider was coupled with Ben Chiarot. 1 21-19-8

Former seventh-round choice Rafael Harvey-Pinard has actually played simply 7 video games for the Canadiens, however his 5 objectives are connected for 8th on the group. Since being phoned from the AHL’s Laval Rocket, Harvey-Pinard has actually made the NHL appear like a beer league. I’m unsure he’ll have the ability to maintain his 42.9% shooting portion, however who am I to moisten the Pinard parade? 1 20-27-4

Go ahead and slap an ‘Everything Must Go’ indication on front of the Enterprise Center. After a ruthless collapse versus the Jets, the Blues have actually now lost 5 straight video games in policy, and they will remain in seller mode ahead of the NHL trade due date. 5 23-25-3

Defenseman Jake McCabe is currently a hot name on the NHL trade market, and he might effectively be a budget-friendly depth choice for a competitor wanting to strengthen its blue line. McCabe has an on-ice objective differential of minus-3, which appears pedestrian on the surface area, however it’s great relative to the remainder of the group. It’ll be intriguing to see what the marketplace resembles for McCabe over the next couple of weeks. 2 15-29-4

The Ducks have actually established a routine of winning video games over the last 2 weeks, consisting of a resurgence win over the Avalanche, which has actually harmed their possibilities of landing the No. 1 general choice. To make matters worse, 2 of those wins versus their primary draft lottery game competitors, the Coyotes. 1 16-29-5

While Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier remain in the middle of outstanding seasons, Tomas Hertl has actually had some difficulty lighting the light this season. At the minute, Hertl is on speed for 23 objectives, which would be an action back from his 30-goal season in 2021-22. To make up for that, Hertl’s taken his playmaking up a notch as he is tracking to set a brand-new profession high for helps. 1 15-25-11

The Canucks have actually lastly chosen to swindle the band-aid by trading captain Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders. Vancouver now has the capability to start its restore, as long as it can adhere to a cohesive prepare for when. 1 20-26-3

Blue Jackets
If Blue Jackets fans are looking towards the future, as the ought to be, the concept of Kent Johnson using a line with Johnny Gaudreau for many years to come is an interesting possibility. As a novice, Johnson is 5th on the group in objectives (10) and 4th on the group in helps (14). 1 15-32-4

Arizona has actually gotten persuading wins over the Golden Knights and Blues in the last 10 days, however they have actually lost when it mattered. The Coyotes dropped 2 video games to the Ducks in a period of 5 days. — 16-28-6

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